Prep Work

February 23, 2015

Bath, 1925. Imogen Cunningham


The Open starts at the end of the week. My coaches have all told me, in so many words, that there is no more training I can do: I can only stay the same…or get worse. So I am going into self-care mode. Here is my to-do list:

  • Focus on mobility in the gym to keep my shoulders, thoracic spine, and hips open, using the movements suggested in Kelly Starrett’s book
  • Take my supplements on time, as directed
  • Eat meals on time and exactly as directed
  • Slather my hands in CrossFixe repair balm multiple times every day to repair blisters and calluses
  • Get body work done, especially focusing on shoulders and arms
  • Break in my new shoes, Inov8 F-lite 240’s
  • Read pertinent sections of “The Invictus Mindset,” especially Chapters Three and Five
  • Soak 20 minutes in an Epsom salt bath before bed
  • Get eight hours of sleep every night



The Unmade Bed, Imogen Cunningham, 1957


Do you have any personal rituals you follow before a big competition?

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