Recovery

With all this training I’ve got going on, recovery is a key part of my training – just as pre-training preparation, and nutrition during training (but I’ll save that for another day). I appreciate American based companies who are actually making their products in the US. And maybe, you could say, I kind of like the companies that are small and athlete focused and that are really trying to make a name for themselves out there. There are some great brands out there, sometimes you just need to do a little research. 😉

A couple of years ago, Dustin got a sponsorship offer from Fluid Recovery (now they also have a Performance line) on hookit.com. He asked for samples to try and he seemed to like it a lot. I was training for my first marathon and had a 23 mile run. He saw me on his way home from work – I was struggling! I felt like I had run all over New Orleans that day. I got back to his house and I think I slightly died on his patio, he came out and said “drink this”. It was something from his little bullet blender: icy, frothy, and I was like “what’s this?” I looked at him with doubt and said okay, seriously, I was hurting so what could hurt me at this point?! I was amazed the next day at how I felt! I thought for sure that I’d be with muscle aches and pains the next day… not so much!  Taste was good (Tropical Escape is my favorite, but they’re all good), it was light, frothy, and worked! So ever since then, I’ve been a believer and ever since then, I’ve been a Fluid pusher!! haha. I have also been fortunate enough to be an Ambassador for this amazing company that always seems to put the personal touch on everything!

So I thought who better to tell you about how it works and the label than from the company’s own web-site, www.livefluid.com!

“How does Fluid work?

Fluid specially formulated to help the body recover from physical activity in four different ways:

  • 1. Fluid restores muscle energy levels with complex carbohydrates and all natural fruit sugar
  • 2. Fluid supplies muscles with ultra pure whey protein isolate and 2500mgof muscle supporting L-Glutamine.
  • 3. Fluid prevents aches, pains, and soreness associated with exercise by stopping inflammation before it starts.
  • 4. Fluid replenishes the body with electrolytes and provides immune boosting Vitamin C.

Fluid also combines ingredients that are synergistic and provide more benefit than taking them individually. This helps you recover faster, and come back stronger.

Fluid is made from 100% Natural foods and does NOT contain:

  • Artificial ingredients
  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial flavors, and it never will.

Take Fluid after your next workout and experience better recovery!

Nutrition Facts
Serv. Size: 2 Scoop (39g)
Servings Per Container: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128
Calories from Fat 0
%DV*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 250mg 10%
Total Carb 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 0%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin C 166%
Calcium 4%
Potassium 125mg **
L-Glutamine 2500mg **
*Percent daily values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**DV not established
Ingredients
Maltodextrin, crystaline fruit sugar, whey protein isolate, L-glutamine, natural tropical fruit flavor, citric acid, sodium citrate, soy lecithin, ascorbic acid, potassium chloride.”

 

So there you have it, it’s pretty basic ingredients that aid in recovering swiftly so you can give it you’re all the next day. It’s more important to me now than ever as I’ve upped my endurance distances! It kept me going through my Ironman Texas training after those long, hard training rides on the Natchez Trace, long swims, long runs, what sometimes seemed like endless 2 a days. Now that I am full swing Goofy mode in training for my first 13.1+26.2 in two days at Disney in January, it’s going to be even more important to focus on recovery! Let’s face it, as a triathlete, you’re joints can get a little break from your body weight but as a runner in the winter, there is no option and that L-Glutamine and Protein will help me and my aging joints…. and muscles….. okay, let’s just say body!

Now, in addition to Fluid, I do like me an ICE BATH…. and I don’t bundle up… I get in, have my fluid… and occasionally I have a party in the tub – meaning…… I take a beer or two…. one can float and one can be drank. I’ve learned this helps me pass time quicker and they don’t warm up (my parents would be proud). Stretching is also key and I’ll be honest, I don’t do it enough but I’m trying!!! I really want a pair of Recovery Pump boots at some point to add in to this rotation!

Suck it up Buttercup!

So, I always like to know whats out there (even if I’m kind of in love with the miracle of Fluid). What all are you using for recovery?!  Any special tricks you’d like to share?

Trying, no just say I’m DOING…

So this weekend I went down to New Orleans to help Dustin get everything back up to north Mississippi for the week… Stella had been down there for 2 weeks so we had the kennel, her and her dog food to bring up, in addition to Mylee and Apollo, clothes, bikes… you’re seeing the picture now.

When I got to NOLA on Friday, I found myself in an interesting conversation about trying vs. doing during happy hour at Superior Grill (best margaritas in town). I really don’t think about it when I say I’m going to try this or I’m going to do this. The conversation went onto if you say you’re going to try your also leaving the door open to fail whereas if you say you’re going to do, the only option is to succeed. Thinking about Ironman Texas, the only mentality I can have is to do… battling the south Texas heat, the humidity from hell, and what can only mean to me that I am going to do this thing! So Dustin and I continued to have a good time Friday night only to have to wake up at 4:30a Saturday morning to meet up with some Venom teammates and some of the Hard, Inc.’ers to ride on the north shore. It was a GREAT hilly ride! I think I’m adjusting to the hills and actually loving them – especially when I get to go down! lol. I think I need to work on my nutrition a bit in the heat… I had all Nuun and 2 GU gels on me (one regular and one Roctane) and I think when I do 2 bottles of Nuun and 2 bottles of Accelerade Hydro, it’s a better mix for me with the GU. Kind of felt sick after the ride but there could be so many factors playing into that! After we finished, we went straight to IHOP for some breakfast with Jonathan and Ashley Steudlein… it was delicious!

Sunday, Dustin and I packed up and headed back to Starkvegas – he’s up here for the week visiting and I couldn’t be happier! We headed straight to the pool… met up with Michael Lee (one of the MSU triathlete’s) and man it’s been a while for me. On the bright side, I’m getting my membership and won’t have any more excuses for not swimming but, I do miss open water swimming! I’ll get it this weekend at Sunfish Triathlon. We went to Piggly Wiggly afterwards for some groceries when I saw a yellow watermelon!! Dustin and I were both excited as we’ve been looking for one for almost a year (VMR, get ready, we’re bringing one down for the race this weekend!)… it’s delicious!

Mmmm, Mmmm, GOOD!

I was going out with Michael for a ride Monday morning, before the Tour started being televised again, and last minute, Dustin decided he was riding too. We were on new pavement and he just got done telling me about how tarry it is and how he always blows a tube… not 2 seconds later, he had a flat! So I rode ahead, late, and he’d taken off (I don’t blame him). Dustin caught up to me and took off… we rode about 20 and I could tell I wasn’t using my Fluid the way I typically do. 

Dustin decided to get my race wheels on (I bought them like 2 months ago and have been impatiently waiting to use them) while I napped. He adjusted my saddle for me and of course, I immediately put on a pair of shorts and headed out to scare the neighbors walking with my whoosh, whoosh, whoosh sound. I was amazed by the difference. For the first time in a while, my seat felt great and I could not believe what a difference my disk and 404 Zedtech makes… 
Ready to roll this weekend! 
Now onto a taper… the goal is to place in the Athena division this weekend at Sunfish. I’m ready for the hills… time to rep Venom and Mississippi State Triathlon! I’m going to DO THIS! Whoooo hoooo!