“Rountree helps you make the most of your down time, with methods both simple (massage, napping) and technical (computerized compression sleeves).” — Bicycling magazine
“An all-encompassing guide for how (and why) to make recovery an extension of your training…If there’s a recovery tool on the mraket, it’s probably explained in this book—think everything from compression socks to Epsom salts to NormaTec MVP boots.” — Triathlete magazine
“The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery stresses the oft-neglected key to a successful season of endurance sports—recovery…This invaluable resource will enable you to maintain that hard-to-find balance between rigorous training and rest so that you can feel great and compete at your highest capability.” — USA Triathlon Life magazine
“The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is a truly essential resource for endurance athletes. Most competitive endurance athletes do not do enough for recovery and this book is the only comprehensive and credible resource for athletes who seek to address their imbalance.” — Running.Competitor.com
“The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery combines years of accumulated research, knowledge, and practice into a single volumn on how to rest right.” — LAVA magazine
“Rountree does a brilliant job of discussing one of the most critical (and frequently neglected) aspects of performance…Easy to read and understand, The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is an indispensable resource for runners of all levels.” — Canadian Running magazine
“Informative and easily understandable.” — Athletics Weekly magazine
“A fast read [offering] good insight on how to avoid overtraining and how to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative data tracking to gauge [your] level of recovery.” — TriMadness
“Sage Rountree takes much of the guesswork out of recovery and explains why it is so important. The book includes tips and recommended recovery times for various races. Read it guilt-free while resting by a pool or on a beach.” — Salt Lake Tribune
“The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is the kind of book I wish I had when I was seriously competing in triathlons…It might have saved me from injuries and overtraining as well as improved my speed.” — Chicago Tribune
From the Back Cover
Recovery is your secret to becoming a faster, healthier competitor.
Hit a wall in your training? Maybe you aren’t giving the gains enough time to take hold. Hard workouts tear down the body, but rest allows the body to repair itself and come back stronger than before.
The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery is the first comprehensive, practical exploration of the art and science of athletic rest. Certified cycling, triathlon, and running coach Sage Rountree guides you to full recovery and improved performance, exploring how much rest athletes need, how to measure fatigue, and how to make the best use of recovery tools.
Drawing on her own experience along with interviews with coaches, trainers, and elite athletes, Rountree details daily recovery techniques and demystifies common aids such as ice baths, compression apparel, and supplements. She explains in detail how to employ restorative practices, including massage, meditation, and yoga. You will learn which methods work best and how and when they are most effective. Recovery is critical to performance gains. The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery offers recovery plans that target various training and race distances in events ranging from short-distance bike races to ultramarathons as well as examining recovery between seasons.
This invaluable resource will enable you to maintain that hard-to-find balance between rigorous training and rest so that you can feel great and compete at your highest level.
Sage Rountree is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and holds coaching certifications from USA Triathlon and the Road Runners Club of America. Her popular yoga classes for athletes draw students ranging from Ironman® triathletes and Olympians to everyday cyclists, runners, and walkers as well as team-sports athletes. She is a frequent contributor to Runner’s World, Yoga Journal, USA Triathlon Life, and Endurance magazines and is the author of The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga and The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga.