A Reminder From A Real Triathlete
This caught my eye on Liz Fedofsky’s blog this evening:
…. And then the frozen peas were passed around. One thing I keep learning from other athletes is how much time the care of the body takes. Sometimes I think I’m the only one that spends half her day with a ball crammed into her calf or sitting with ice bags. But then I met Beth. I have never seen someone stretch so much! All day long! I know many athletes struggle with injury and think they are the only one to have aches and pains. But we all feel pain at times and battle the lingering aches. Smart athletes are making the time to care for their body like it’s all they have. Because it is! Icing, stretching, resting. I know it’s hard in life when you have so many responsibilities but when someone takes on an athletic goal - especially like Ironman - keep in mind you cannot train like an elite athlete and not make the time to care for yourself. You can’t skip stretching, icing, massage or recovery and expect your body to be maintained.
an excellent reminder of what I really don’t do anywhere near enough of!
So here’s me saying it right now: I WILL do stretching and flexability exercises in the future (assuming I make it through this weekend, of course). The only thing is, I’m a believer in properly structured goals - hwo the heck do I turn that into something that I can track progress on, let alone make specific.
Answers on a postcard to the usual address please. Or failing that, just leave a comment here.