My Secret Weapon

Well it’s not what you would probably expect.  It’s not made of carbon fibre, it’s not a banned substance, and you don’t have to remortgage your home to get it before your next race.  It’s actually my massage therapist Dave Veenstra from Edgemont Massage Therapy in North Vancouver. 

Until about May of this year I was pretty ignorant to the positive effects a good massage could have on your body after a big training block or before a key race.  I always figured people just went to get massages to relax, have a couple knots worked out and to feel good for a few days.  What I didn’t anticipate is the positive effects it could have on performance and recovery. 

I decided to try this new masseur that Jenna had told me about a week before my first race of the season.  It wasn’t an “A” race so I thought it would be a good time to try this whole massage thing out.  When I went in to see Dave he asked me about what I did and what I was looking to get worked on but more importantly he really listened.  For the first time ever I got some massage work on my legs and I have to say I haven’t found anything more painful than having my IT bands worked on.  That’s probably the same reason why my foam roller is collecting dust over in the corner. 

The day after my massage I had an easy hill workout that I did out to Horseshoe Bay.  The only way I can explain it is I felt like a car that just had its oil changed for the first time in about 6 years and the mechanic put race fuel in my tank.  Maybe a bit of an exaggeration with the race fuel, but I was really surprised at the power I was generating with such ease.  In the North Shore Sprint that weekend I ended up having the fastest bike split by almost a minute and a half.  After that I was sold.  I went to see Dave the week before every race last season and also saw him after my big training weekends.

Aside from giving a really good sport specific massage, I have also found Dave to be a very useful source of information.  I’ve asked him about how to deal with different aches and pains I had at different times over the summer and he was always able to provide me with some great insight and methods on how to address them. 

When you do go in to see him, make sure to talk A LOT about triathlon.  He hasn’t done one yet and I’ve been working hard to convince him, I think he’s almost sold on the idea.

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