I subscribe to a lot of different blogs including some about triathlons. Recently trifuel.com posted an article on training recovery so I decided to check it out.
It started out well, talking about stretching. Then the author said that “Message” was the second big thing. Ok, maybe he’s talking about sending positive messages to yourself. Then he went on and it became clear, that it wasn’t a message we should get, but a massage!
Here is the exact quote:
They feel good and help to keep your muscles nice and relaxed. They are a great way to keep the blood flow going in your legs which in turn may help you recover quicker.
In addition it is a great way to break up adhesions in the muscle and loosen tight spots via trigger points.
Top professional athletes in many types of sports get messages daily.
The rest of the article is pretty good. His other tips are recovery rides and swims, getting lots of sleep, elevating your legs, taking ice baths, and wearing compression socks.
I had never heard of wearing compression socks before but he says that it can help reduce swelling and he’s felt a difference while traveling.
Now, I know I’m not perfect – but I thought this was a good example of why it is important to review your writing several times and not just relying on spell check. My generation is especially bad about this part!
100 push-ups in a row. 6 weeks. 3 days a week.
That is the plan. Doing a prescribed set of push-ups 3 days a week for 6 weeks should allow you to complete 100 push-ups in a row. That is the claim of the latestet Internet fitness revolution. Bloggers (and non-bloggers) everywhere are taking part in the Hundred Push-Up Challenge created by Steve Speirs at Run Bulldog Run.
If you’ve been following my marathon training, then you know that I’m in the middle of Week 4 3. I’m almost up to 100 push-ups total in one setting – but within 5 sets. It can be pretty challenging some days.
I decided that I wanted to add a little something to my workout and started the challenge using a swiss ball. In addition to the regular benefits, I get a little extra benefits for my overall core. During an exhaustion test at the end of Week 2 my arms felt great doing the push-ups but my abs couldn’t hold my legs on the ball anymore and I fell over. My plan is that this will greatly strengthen my overall core and I’ll reap a little extra benefit for the marathon training.
It seems that pretty much everyone has had to repeat at least one week, including Steve himself. If you fail to meet the required workouts you should repeat the entire week to make sure you get the strength needed later. I repeated Week 2 because I skipped a workout! If you are thinking about starting it now, make sure that it fits in with your training schedule for fall races – you don’t want to try doing 100 push-ups the day before your marathon!
Are you one of the thousands doing the push-up challenge? Where are you at in the challenge and how does it feel?
[tags] push-ups, Hunderd Push-Up Challenge, Core [/tags]