Jeremy Hopwood

Jeremy Hopwood

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Top 5 Worst Things I Have Done for Recovery

So as per my previous post I have a contest focussed around recovery with some great prize packs from Powered by Chocolate Milk to give away.

For all the details of how to enter visit the post at

However as we all know we often learn from our mistakes and I thought I would share my top 5 things I have done in the past that may have inhibited my ability to recover from that workout or race

5 - Drive 5 to 10 hours immediately post race (or the day after)

Heck, this is often unavoidable but I do remember having to drive back 10 hours following Ironman Couer d'Alene as Leslie had to work the next day. The rest stops were the worst part where I had to lift myself out of the car each time due to my quads not being in a fully functioning state.

An honourable mention goes to flying across the world, have also done that and I tell you 20 hours on a plane post racing is far from optimal!

4 - Not having a change of clothes for "Destination Training Sessions"

To be honest I am not a big fan of driving somewhere to go train from a time efficiency perspective but when I do I have on occasion forgotten to bring a change of clothes. Sitting in bike or run shorts for a long drive home is not something that I  enjoy - so remembering a comfortable set of clothes for post workout is always good to remember.

Another thing to remember is to have adequate food, cold water in the car for post ride. Having a cooler with some ice is good for this and prevents the temptation to eat crap food on the drive home.

3 - Waiting till an injury to visit my Physio or Chiro

I am a big fan of proactive visits to my chiro. I often find that when I wait till an injury or niggle I remember ho many other things are not functioning 100% which often can be the cause of the niggle/injury

2 - Not wearing socks in a Ironman

I will do this again so this is why it is not no.1 but not wearing socks in a ironman run while giving the opportunity for fast T2's does have it side effects. In my last race it was the beautiful appearance of bandage socks

1 - Wearing Dress Shoes to Formal events the night after a 100km Event

So unbeknownst to many I have done a 100km event back in my time in Australia called the Oxfam Trailwalker in Melbourne. All I can say that is after covering 100km you can most probably get a pass for wearing non dress shoes to a engagement party that evening. As over time the feet seem to keep swelling and if you ever take those shoes off you will be walking home shoeless.

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