Managing Recovery on Saturday

July 9, 2009 12:00 PM

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Games08RunRecovery1.jpgAthletes competing on Saturday will have to actively manage their recovery.

The competition this year is very different from last year. Beyond the 0830 start for the run, you don't know what time you are competing for the subsequent events. Starting order is based on athlete ranking. The higher you are in the ranking (closer to the top), the later you go. The lower you are in the ranking, the sooner you go. The rankings, and thus your positions in the heats, change after each event.

There are scheduled start times for each event, but even these will be a little fluid. You won't have the same luxury as last year of knowing you have approximately four hours to recover, refuel and reset before your next event. Be smart about taking rest when you can.

Be flexible and prepared for a variety of scenarios. Have food and water in various quantities ready for you. Keep alert and in touch as the events unfold. Make sure that you are warmed up and ready to go when your next event is on.

15 comments on this entry.

1. Kevin Penner wrote...

July 9, 2009 1:09 PM

This is AWESOME!.....wish I was there.....GOOD LUCK TO ALL
Maybe next year we will have live video feed of the events

2. mike wrote...

July 9, 2009 2:47 PM

Next year you'll probably be able to catch a live feed on the Vs. channel, it'll come on right after the tour de france

3. Kieran wrote...

July 9, 2009 3:03 PM

What would the perfect recovery routine be?

It would be interesting if someone had an air-con trailer onsite at Aromas, and had ice-baths after each event, IV drips for rehydration, special foods etc.

I'm sure there would be other things that would aid performance. Would

Would it give you an extra 10%? We know that the trail run is going to require special shoes. I'll bet some people will be trying 2-3 different shoes out tomorrow.

Anyone read "Winning Ugly" by Brad Gilbert?

4. Geoff wrote...

July 9, 2009 4:19 PM

Variability in the work requirements for competitors based on their time on the run? I call shenanigans. Why not have an equal test with equal rest for everyone so at the end of the competition, everyone did the same thing?

5. Matt replied to comment from Geoff...

July 9, 2009 4:38 PM

The person who finishes in 90 minutes will not have done the same work as the person who finishes in 40 minutes. The person who takes 90 minutes had more "active rest" so to speak than the person who finishes faster.

Makes perfect sense to me. I like evrything about the structure so far except the point system. Ties should be average of points available. 5 ties for 1st shouldn't all get 1 point. They should all get 3 points (1+2+3+4+5)/5

It is going to be a blast. I'm on my way up tomorrow. I'll miss the team events Friday but be there for everything Sat & Sun.

6. Clint replied to comment from Geoff...

July 9, 2009 4:44 PM

I don't want to get in a huge argument, but the reason that I think the format is fine, is because life doesn't care. Last year every second counted, but going with a fixed heavy weight didn't help Spealler in the final event. If they "made it fair" by going with a certain percentage of body weight it would have helped his odds. This is CrossFit, preparing for the Unknown and the Unknowable. The format is and should be different every year. If a run doesn't play into your hand, maybe something else will. The format is set up so that it pays to be a winner. The fact that people will be getting cut during the event makes this even more critical and inspiring. Now you have to be careful when you consider sandbagging the run in order to have more reserves later.

7. alexandra replied to comment from Geoff...

July 9, 2009 5:49 PM

Nice point. Conspiracy at the games.

July 9, 2009 6:01 PM

I emailed Versus last night to suggest that they cover next year's games. Here's hoping :)

9. doodlefairy wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:13 PM

Hey Joe, are you one of the 16 -18 year old crossfitters?

10. dan wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:19 PM

i think competitors will need to sign a waiver
this is going to kill somebody

11. Andrew wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:54 PM

Wow, talk about setting this up for the runners out there.

12. Mike Bissaillon wrote...

July 9, 2009 8:05 PM


13. Garth wrote...

July 9, 2009 9:29 PM

Calm down, Joe. It's getting a little old. Yes, you're a tough guy. We get it.

14. Flip wrote...

July 9, 2009 10:26 PM

Ben Carter, kick some ass man.

Derby City baby, get it guys!

15. Steve S. wrote...

July 10, 2009 6:05 AM

Medical will have ice baths and you shouldn't be hydrating with I.V. fluids (you absorb them just as rapidly into your intracellular spaces by drinking), but we'll have 'em anyway. All up to the individuals now.

Best of luck everyone!