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Sauna 101.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Hey well one of the tricks I like to use recovery quicker is having a steamy sauna.

I am very lucky to have a neibourg who’s got one of those home saunas!

The infomercials for these are hilarious; you see this super fit people “claiming” that they got their bodies from the sauna! There are a few scents that can be added like cinnamon or mint and even a head cover!

I found the magasine on the floor!

I found the magasine on the floor!

My favorite time to have a sauna is mid day on an active recovery day. Another good time is right after supper, I really feel who it helps me to digest my food!

Ideally I would have a Sauna where I can lay on my back, because that my favorite non-training position…But it’s a small compromise…

The sauna has been my “go to” solution to a vast amount of problems like hangovers, sinus infection, fatigue, fevers, sore muscles, injuries, ect.

One thing about the sauna is to not over do it, because the benefits can go backwards! I don’t recommend more than 30 minutes. It’s not because a little bit is good, that a whole lot more is better!

Windy Poem!

Friday, February 12th, 2010

During the day the wind blows.
And at night, it howls.

Whether I’m with my big black paddles swimming.
Or going up and down, round and round while ridding
And doing laps of the loop or at the track running.

The wind is my friend one minute, and the next it’s my worst enemy.
Occasionally it likes to play both sides.

I can’t see it.
I can only feel it.

At the pool, it will make waves.
And make a warm day feel chilly.
Sometimes, the real challenge is when my hands are out of the water.

There’s nowhere to hide.
Especially on my ride.

I can’t get out of the saddle, or shift my gears.
No way to see the end of as it seems to be whispering in my ears.

Around the track head on, when I’m about to pop.
On the next straight I feel great and rock!

In the cross wind, it feels like a rush.
Or just a sucker punch.

But my attitude is the same as on the rigs.
Head down, ass up and get her done!

When its windy.
It dont phase me ;)

My blood type is C!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hey I don’t remember my first day of school, or my first kiss or my first bike but I will always remember the first time I had coffee!

 

It was in the winter of 2004, my friends Chris needed an early morning ride to school as I was on my way to swim training. He offered to buy coffee at Starbucks in return for the favor. So once we got there, I just got whatever he was getting, a caramel macchiato.

 

I drank it slowly as we drove and then dropped him off on campus. Then I got to the Commonwealth pool and was starting to feel the buzz coming! It was a Tuesday and that means time trial! I was feeling chatty that morning and was on top on the water during warm up!

 

The time trial was my best, by a long shot in training!

 

I later called up Chris and told him about my swim, and he said “go figure eh”

 

From that Tuesday, I have been addicted!

 

Coffee to me means phase one, I can feel the buzz comming as soon as I smell it! It has helped me get through late night pizza shits during the playoffs, grave yard shits on the rigs and prepared me for some serious training session.

 

Now a days, I have coffee or tea or a supplement before almost every session.

 

I have had the chance to be part of a coffee roasting party in Kenya, tasted some great Borneo coffee, freeloaded some Brazilian stuff from Reinaldo and even taste some super potent from Baguio!

 

There are so many other coffees I want to taste out there!  I will make it a point to travel the world one day, in search of a new cup of coffee!

 

For racing, if done right, it can have very positive effects on an athlete’s performance, depending on the abstinence and how/when it is taken during the race.

 

There are many non-drinkers out there that claim it will dehydrate you quicker or compel you to start to fast or make you jumpy. But if you’re used to it, there no reason why one cannot cope.

 

I have meet many people who are “I don’t like it” or “I don’t need it” and it’s very funny, and not to generalize, but often those are the people who are late for appointments and/or just move around slowly…Again, I’m not generalizing, but I know lots of people who stand that position!

 

C is my blood type, and I always wonder how much slower humans evolution would have been without it ;)