Last week we talked about how you can make small changes to your nutrition to have an impact. Today we want talk about sleep and recovery. We think that that sleep and recovery are some of the most important tools in your athletic tool bag. If you dial these in, you will see gains in your performance.
Take a look at your sleep patterns. It is easier in the summer to have a much later bedtime than you do the rest of the year. Try and go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning, even if your schedule says you don’t have to. Having a regular sleep/wake cycle helps you sleep more soundly.
Take a look at your recovery. A lot of us just go, go, go in the summer. We go from race to race, training session to training session with little to no thought about recovery. Now is your chance to make sure you are taking time for mobility, massage, chiropractic, etc. If you have had a nagging pain all summer that you have been pushing to the back burner, now is the time to get that looked at. Don’t let those little aches and pains become an injury.
If you are having a hard time getting yourself back into a routine, ask your coaches for some guidance and suggestions.