Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Yoga for Triathletes

My knee still bugged me tonight after only 1.5 miles on the treadmill, no matter what I did. Guess I'm officially injured. It SUCKS big-ass monkey balls!!! I know exactly what I did, which is almost more frustrating. Now, time to wait and heal and watch everything slide backwards. Anyway, I was able to do a quality weight session, followed by some Yoga. I included the poses I love below. I especially love Pigeon Pose right now b/c it's great for stretching both hip flexors and IT bands, which are verrrry tight on me. It's relaxing too. I also included some basic websites on Yoga for triathletes (title link), runners, and beginners (below). Some people use it for strength and stretching but I like to focus on it for stretching and then hit the weight room for strength. But different things work for different people. Here, I'm applying it for stretching only, which is great for injury prevention. Ideally, I would do Yoga for 20 minutes a day first thing when I wake up or before I go to bed, but most probably, I'll get it in 3x/week, which is better than nothing. What's your favorite pose?



Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Sorry about the injury. At least in triathlon we're always cross-training, right? We never really get too far behind on our training because there's always something else we should've been doing with our time, anyway.

Fizzgig said...

Stretching is the most fantastic thing, and until you get into the routine and stop, you never notice what it's doing for you! I do #11 a LOT, I didn't know it was Yoga! It cracks my back a lot, and feels sooooooo good!

Anonymous said...

Good that you've realized your injured and are working to fix it rather than pushing through the pain!

I love the 9 pose (although it's what i know as child's pose.)

Otherwise, anything that stretches the hips my favorites.

Thanks for the resources!

Cliff said...

Yoga..the only pose i like is the one that is at the end of a yoga session :0...oh so much pain from yoga.

It is pretty good actually.

Hmm...for your knee pain, is it the tibia that is hurting?

I had some right knee pain before. It is not sharp just a bit sore and pain. I have been doing leg extension and that helped a bit.

Well.rigth now the pain move from my right knee to my left one. I think the left knee pain is more of just getting a nice pair of shoes for support. This one is a sharp pain and occurs when I hit hills (not often, but sometimes).

Rachel said...

oops. sorry guys. i mixed up the labels for number 9 and 11. Number 9 is child's pose and number 11 is lying twist.