If you’ve ever competed in a Crossfit competition then you’ll know it’s tough.
First there’s the months of hard work you’ll put in at the gym; training once, or maybe even twice a day. You’ll spend that time honing your technique and working on your engine, ready for what ever wod gets thrown your way. Then there’s the time spent in the kitchen, dialling in your nutrition to help fuel your body through this brutal training (and to get lean as f***, of course). Not to mention your daily rom wod, supplementation plan and potentially some hours spent in the pool trying to learn a new skill – tires me out just thinking about it!
But have you ever planned for your recovery?
I’m guessing not (I’m speaking from experience here). In fact, you’ve probably thought about your post comp treat meal more than you’ve thought about your post comp recovery.
So what should you be doing to make sure you’re well rested post comp and ready to get back to the gym (and training for your next competition) in no time.
Being injured is an athletes worst nightmare – not being able to do the sport that you love is completely frustrating. And I should know.
I’ve had a shoulder injury which has seen my training scaled back ever since my last competition back in Feb and it’s been far from easy. I can’t even tell you where it all started as it wasn’t brought on by a single event but by months of repetitive strain, and a lot of training through the pain (mistake number one!). It wasn’t until I was in a small car crash back in January which jolted my neck and upper back adding insult to injury that I started taking the pain seriously.
Life is pretty hectic at the moment, not only have I just gone and bagged myself a new job (Wahoo!), but I’m also in the midst of buying a new house. The last couple of weeks have been crazy with mortgage applications etc. (fingers crossed!) and I’ve really had to be a bit more conscious about all the money I’m spending, especially when it comes to food. You may have already noticed that my Instagram hasn’t been super full of my latest inventions as I really have had to reign it in.
Although, it has got me thinking… is it really possible to eat a super healthy diet on a budget?
‘Muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed’
Ever heard that saying? No. Well let me break it down for you, when we train, especially when weight training, the strain we put our bodies under causes tiny tears in the muscle fibres – this is where DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness comes in. Most of you probably know that in order for our muscles to recover we need to re-feed our bodies but I think a lot of fitness fanatics probably forget that rest and more specifically a good nights sleep is actually just as important? And I’m not just talking about getting your 8 hours of sleep, I’m talking good quality sleep.
I used to be one of those people who took hours to nod off. As soon as my head touched the pillow I’d have a million and one thoughts swirling round my head – how much money I had in the bank, how my career was going, the email I hadn’t responded too, that thing I said to someone at work or that embarrassing thing I did when I was a teenager trying to find my place in the world (we’ve all been there). And even when I was asleep I was waking up every couple of hours, tossing and turning before hearing the sound of my piercing alarm for the tenth time since I hit snooze. Yep, it wasn’t a good time. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.
So how did I shake it all off and learn how to get a good night’s sleep?
If you religiously read my blog or follow me on social media you’ll know that earlier this year I competed in my first Crossfit competition (read it here) at The Rainhill Trials. Even though the weekend was insanely stressful and tiring I have to say it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages. I thought I would be self-conscious competing in front of the crowds of people as I’m not even a fan of coaches watching me in the gym (yes I have issues!) but on the day I completely forgot that the crowd was there and just focused on each wod, each rep and enjoyed every minute of it!