What does the word ‘Recover’ mean? The true definition is ‘to return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.’ So how can one do this most efficiently and effectively in effort to stay in a happy, comfortable and euphoric state of being? The answer is simple; invest in the Recovery Pump system. It is easy to say that this is just another endorsement by a sponsored athlete because they are under contract but this is far from the truth. Even when I was a struggling age grouper toiling through the ranks, I still made it a point to use Recovery Boots. The system is an essential part of my tool kit to be able to get back on the horse and train or race again quickly. They are completely worth the investment, busy life or not, for the reasons diagrammed below.
One of the great quandaries in this day and age is having enough time to be able to accomplish everything that is important to you. This is the essence of multitasking. Around four times a week, after dinner, I put on my Recovery Boots and do work on my laptop, return emails to family and friends, have quality time with my husband, talk on the phone to my parents or any number of activities while I recover. The beauty of this is I can accomplish many jobs that are important to me while being able to have a steady hour or two of leg revitalization. I also concentrate on hydration and nutrition while in the boots along with much needed relaxation if need be. If I have a niggle too, it is easy to use cold treatments on the affected area during these Recovery Boot sessions. This is multitasking 101!
Being able to use the system in the car was a game changer for me. Like many, long airplane and car rides have traditionally wreaked havoc on my legs and they end up being a swollen mess. Now, after a plane flight, I can sit in the passenger seat of the rental car and receive proper recovery driving to the destination. This curbs the affects of traveling on my body so I can bounce back quicker than before. If I am driving the 1.5 hours to Russian River valley from the Bay Area to race or train, I can put the boots on and arrive at the event with fresh legs. One of my favorite phrases is: ‘the little things make the big things happen’ and this is true when it comes to being able to use the Recovery Pump system on a regular basis when traveling. The difference between breaking down in those last few miles on the run or sprinting strong through the finishing shoot could be the amount of time in the boots.
One of my favorite tricks before and after a race is to use the Recovery system. I wake up on race morning, go on an early wake up run, take a shower, make breakfast and get in my Recovery Boots. This gets the juices flowing in the legs, allows me to have a relaxing breakfast, and I can concentrate on the task at hand. Right when I get back to the hotel room after a race, the boots are again working their magic on the legs. This is a preemptive strike to the inevitable swollenness that comes from pushing your legs to the max. Once the race is over, your next race is your most important one so after the excitement dies down, you have to focus on recovery. Those hours are crucial after a race in order to speed up the mending of your body.
If you perform the aforementioned tasks with your Recovery Boots, you are well on your way to returning to a normal, fluffy, invigorated and resilient state of health, mind and strength! Racing is fun; it takes true discipline to recover!
-Meredith Kessler, Ironman Champion