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Definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s topics! A few thoughts…
Don’t know what the science or consensus is on the massage guns but it works for me. Often when I have those restless legs after a big day of intensity or volume it certainly helps. Not to mention it helps me recover faster. I wish these were around back when I was in my peak competitive days in college.
Don’t know about cycling but the finish line of XC skiing or even a High School cross country race is complete carnage these days. I don’t remember it being like that back in the day. Has something changed?
If you are elite and all in peaking for that ONE race (i.e. Olympic Trials, Olympics, World Champs, etc.)… your are likely threading a fine line between max training (stress) and burnout (result from that stress). Mentally it is tough to keep going, physically there are literally stress hormones that are affecting you physically. Good article on that here.
I tried the Massage Gun thing for a while, it didn’t work for me. No doubt I was doing it wrong. Or perhaps I wasn’t working out hard enough to then feel the full effects from it?
Seems like another one of those popular fads that the fast, hip, and more in shape crowd get results from but it does not work on the doughy, slow, and lazy people like me.
It’s been a Youtube “content creator” weapon of choice for quite some time. Looks like TR is starting to use it now as well.
A few years ago I remember some discussions on forums that showed using faces (on your thumbnails) can possibly lead to more clicks for Youtube videos. It seems like now content creators have moved on to having a shocked face or surprised face to drive clicks and views.
From a marketing standpoint it might result in more traffic for the video. It’s all that Jedi-hand wavey SEO marketing wizardy biz stuff, you know
My PT used a massage gun on me a few times during my rehab after shoulder surgery. Definitely worked to release this one tight spot that wouldn’t release otherwise. Of course the trick is to know where to use it and how long to use it (longer than I would have expected). And there’s no way you could do your own back.
Shocked / surprised / exaggerated expressions on YT vids tends to have the opposite effect on me to the one intended by the creators. Personally, I think they always come across as a potential warning that the content has been dumbed down or sensationalised in some way, that the content is light-weight and the subject hasn’t been given the seriousness I feel it deserves, so I don’t bother watching them. Not saying that this is the case here but it does have an off-putting effect.
For the question about dates as energy source: I can’t stand gels or chews, but dates work for me. I’ve been very happily using dates for an energy source for at least the last 8 months with great success - even for rides 3.5-4 hrs long. I usually use a combination of dates, a homemade drink mix of maltodextrose and sodium citrate, and maybe some maple sugar. But my drink mix is rarely more than about 80-100g CHO because I just find it just isn’t as palatable for me. My pitted medjool date box says that each date is about 10g CHO, and I’ve been known to eat at least 10 of those during a ride. Works totally fine for me, and they taste really good. No issues with fiber, and my GI system is a bit finicky. So, there’s an n of 1 for you.
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