Masters Recovery Podcast

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They say that the true gains made in sport performance come not from the hard training, but from the rest and recovery from the training – the adaptation. This becomes more and more important as we get older, and in order to continue training hard and enjoying the sport of cycling, we absolutely must prioritize recovery.

This podcast is on “Masters Recovery” as opposed to most recovery recommendations you hear in the popular media that pertain to younger athletes who recover faster and better. Or ‘elite athletes’ in the scientific literature. This podcast is a continuation of the June 12th, 2018 podcast Jackson and I recorded from of 4th ever episode way back when. Go back and give that podcast a listen but know that here today I will mainly be speaking about recovery as it pertains to adults ‘weekend warriors’ as it relates to their lifestyles. And these days, successful upwardly mobile people lead stressful busy lives. So much so, that I think back to my life in my 20’s and 30’s that was so simple and I sleep like a champ, ate well and recovered great. In fact recovery wasn’t even an issue. I just thought that’s how it was.

But add in a few kids, a stressful job, a relationship with your spouse,a pandemic, your career, and age related decline and whammo - that’s what we are talking about today. So much so that for the athletes I coach who are over 40 and the questions we field about training there are 3 VERY important aspects of training that pertain to masters athletes. They pertain to all ages athletes but I’m specifically going to talk from my experience as an athlete and a coach who is over 40 dealing with and working on these three. They are:

  1. Sleep

  2. Nutrition

  3. Training Plan

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Excellent Podcast Frank as its always great to not only get a refresher on the importance of these three aspects but also pick up a few ideas along the way. I learned so much that I literally had the worst night sleep I have had all year just thinking about how I can do better! Oh well, interval session tonight so time to #FTPF!!! :slight_smile:


Thank you @PowerHungry - glad you found it to be of benefit -

Sorry about your sleep - sounds like you could benefit from a short simple pre-bedtime guided meditation, like the one Sam Harris has:

@Jackson shared this Harvard Medical School article with me about Meditation and how helps improve sleep, that you may find interesting

"to Dr. Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. “Mindfulness meditation is just one of a smorgasbord of techniques that evoke the relaxation response,” says Dr. Benson.

The relaxation response, a term he coined in the 1970s, is a deep physiological shift in the body that’s the opposite of the stress response. The relaxation response can help ease many stress-related ailments, including depression, pain, and high blood pressure. For many people, sleep disorders are closely tied to stress, says Dr. Benson.

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I use the 10 percent meditation app it’s very useful with many different approaches to meditation.