By taking/teaching my classes, doing PT twice a week and staying consistent, my recovery has been flying by. I am completely amazed at how the body heals. Blood flow, nutrients, hydration and mobility - it all has an impact on your body’s ability to recover. Not just after a major surgery, but even after a tough workout out or event. A lot of people dedicate time to training, but not to recovering.
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Today marks three weeks post op. If I look too much to others and compare myself to other people’s recovery I can get discouraged or maybe cocky. But what I have to realize that this is MY journey and I need to do what I need to do, when I need to do it. I have a lot of support from all different directions and look forward to the next few weeks of making progress. There is no doubt that I will have to be reigned in at some point from feeling so good, but that is why I have a physical therapist that knows where I was and where I want to be.
Finally, a week during this program that I get to complete 100%! After three weekends of back to back races I felt the urge to take time off because I "Earned" some rest. When in reality I knew this was the time to buckle down, get my training on point and use the next five weeks wisely. My goals are no longer for aesthetics but for performance and I am ready to perform at my best. All though having some shredded abs and glutes would be awesome, I just don't obsess about it or use the scale to measure my progress. Speaking of weighing in, I haven't weighed myself in over two months (Slam the scale did me good!). I track my progress by my races. Not if I win or place, but how I FEEL
As a trainer, coach, instructor, mentor, motivator or whatever you call me, I have had tons of opportunities to create workout plans, nutrition plans, run boot camps and train thousands of people over the past 8 years. Throughout those years I have created plans for myself as well for all different goals, ranging from marathon training to my first bikini competition to Spartan Races. In my experience with competing I realized having a coach was one of the best experiences and having the accountability helps reach goals that were thought at one time unreachable. I got to taste first hand what I was doing for others and it was exactly what I needed.
One year ago I was lining up at a start line, freezing cold, not knowing what to expect and wondering what it was I was going to have to do. I told myself I was going to take it easy, but once we were released to go, I took off into the unexpected. The cold, rainy weather, mud and ice cold water was only a piece of what I was experiencing. Along the way I was running up steep hills, climbing over walls, crawling under what felt like a mile of barb wire, climbing ropes and doing burpees in the mud. I managed to finish and never felt so alive. That day was December 7th, 2013 in Malibu, CA at the Spartan Malibu Sprint, the day that marks the date when I would never be the same.