4 Quick Tips on Coming Back From Injury

Contributed by Coach Emily Conlon, RRCA

There are few things more frustrating for an athlete than being sidelined by an injury. Getting back out on the road or field after sitting out for weeks or months or longer, is like reaching the light at the end of a tunnel. It’s exciting and full of relief. But it’s important to come back smartly and progressively, or else you’ll likely be reinjured and back in that dark tunnel.

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Test Kitchen: Feed Your Sweet-Tooth Addiction!

Let’s start by saying, “it’s not our fault.”   Needing carbs…wanting carbs..CRAVING carbs is hardwired into our systems.   Dr. Oz stated it concisely:  “Ever wonder why white carbs are so addictive? It has to do with chemicals that travel from the stomach to the part of the brain where you produce dopamine, a hormone and neurotransmitter that affects the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Once these areas of the brain are stimulated, you’ll keep on wanting more of the addictive substance, whether it’s alcohol, drugs or carbs.”

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The Challenge of Training Alone

Contributed by TriTrain Endurance Coaching Athlete Emily Conlon

Alone on the Road: Inside the Mind of an Endurance Athlete Training Solo (how she copes & overcomes)

“Swim sprints at 5:00am in the basement of a 24-Hour Fitness is a very lonely place.”  I remember thinking that to myself in between repeats, as I struggled to draw in is as much chlorine-laced oxygen as I could. There was no one else in the windowless, concrete box so early in the morning. But that was normal. And the fact that I considered it ‘normal’ was in itself a little unsettling. “What the hell am I doing here?”

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