Jen Rulon

As triathletes, we are taught to go, go, go. We swim. We bike. We run. We lift weights. We race.  

Sometimes what we don’t listen to is our body telling us something is wrong, like an injury, hamstring pull or plantar fasciitis, fighting a head cold or a flu bug. Your body is smart. It has been designed to let YOU know when something isn’t right. The body is the most fantastic machine on this earth. It is telling your body to rest and heal.

Here are some questions that you need to ask yourself not only as a triathlete but as an athlete!

  1. What are you doing to get better?
  2. Are YOU listening to your body?
  3. Are you training?
  4. Are you resting?

My rule of thumb when it comes to being sick or injured:

  • Above the neck (headache, head cold): I try to get out and do something for at least 30 minutes. If it doesn’t feel right after 10 minutes, I turn around/stop, etc.
  • Below the neck: It is a rest day for me. Drink lots of fluids. Try to eat what I can and sleep!
  • Injury: Depends on the injury and also depends on the severity of the injury. I will try a massage first. If it is worse, I will contact Stratton Sport & Spine.

Remember, missing ONE  or two days from a workout will not hurt your fitness.  Remember, to look at the BIG picture of your training and your racing. Taking off one or two days to allow the body to heal is not a bad thing. It will help.

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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