Once a month I see my chiropractor. She runs a skilled eye over my unbalanced, twisted, knotted body, gives a touch here, a tendon strip there, a pulsation, an acupressure, a trigger point activation, a cross fibre rub and the very occasional manipulation crunch. She tests my responses and reflexes, asking questions, giving advice, and works away at my tired muscles so they can support my skeleton which can then more effectively drive those tired muscles. She has an eclectic background and uses a range of modalities to suit the needs of the individual client. Each month I hang out for my tune up. A few times she has asked me to bring in my bike and trainer so she can have a look at what is happening on the bike (as best you can on a trainer). She is ACE!! and is an integral part of Team Lawrence.
I am far far removed from being an elite athlete, but am on a huge journey with some big goals, that may or may not happen. To get there, I need some help. I can’t do it on my own, it’s too hard (I know, I have tried). I have (in no particular order) my coach, my chiro, my partner, my training buddies, my occasional masseur (I should see him more often – he is also ACE!!), my Strength and Conditioning coach friend, my Wednesday night coach/es, my competitors (talk to your competitors, you learn a lot), my naturopath sister, my own athletes to name a significant few off the top of my head. I am learning to surround myself with people who do not give off dead energy or are black holes – I need to save my energy for my bike and for also supporting Team Lawrence, as much as they support me.
Lori Ann Meunzer (2004 Olympic Track Sprint Gold Medallist) says at the end of her DVD One Gear No Brake (thanks Monstertrucker!!) all it takes is a bit of belief to make a sunflower bloom. Self belief can be one of the hardest things to do and to keep hold of. If you believe in yourself, so will others. But as Meunzer notes, from experience, the sunflower sometimes needs the recognition of others that their goal is valid and significant, and needs the support that follows that recognition. So it really is crucial to surround yourself with a team of people who truly believe in what you are doing (including yourself). Even something as simple as finding a GP who understands endurance sports and cycling can make the difference between a quick return to training or a blown season and disillusion and frustration.
So today I see my chiro, will go home feeling lighter, more supple and fluid, relaxed, no longer fighting my body, happy and positive. In turn, I can support my supporters because I feel good, feel fit and strong, and am ready for another great training session. Hey, I may even cook tonight!