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Inside Triathlon: Extreme Recovery

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Dec 28, 2012
Photo: Aaron Hersh

9. Stretching

Most triathletes feel they should stretch more than they do. They are sold on the benefits of stretching, but not enough to actually do much of it. Tollakson was one such triathlete until a couple of years ago, when injuries motivated him to finally make a serious commitment to stretching. Now, he says, “Every night I go through a 20-minute stretching routine before I go to bed. I’ve found that it helps a lot with my recovery as well as injury prevention.”

According to Rountree, stretching is like bodywork in that it is not strictly relevant to recovery. But, she said, “Stretching will keep adhesions from forming. It’s almost like massage from that angle. It’s going to make it easier for you to get into the next workout by keeping you from getting gummed up between the muscle fibers, and between the muscle fibers and connective tissue.”

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