I arrived in DEAGU, South Korea 2 days before my event. This allowed for time to adjust to the 9 hour time difference the food and the swelling that follows after flying for nearly 30 hours. +I was lucky to be staying in a beautiful hotel called Instar about 5km from the venue which had a large Jacuzzi 2 large showers and y=the most amazing gadget a heated toilet . This was so much fun and a joy to use as it the toilet was electric and had 20 buttons to make your experience in the bathroom a pleasure washing with different sprays and drying yes you heard it right drying and heating. A thing of the future as most good hotels, gyms and public places had them.
Breakfast was a shock, boiled rice, spinach soup, corn, fruit cocktail and a selection of garlic vegetables like cabbage, kale and white bait fish in peanuts. So as you can imagine it was difficult to adapt to and lucky I brought some good supplements like Triotein, whey protein shake and protein bars with me as there was no sign of eggs or porridge anywhere. Always be ready for the worst scenario take emergency food with you like rice cakes oat bars as I also had the experience of foreign trips I knew this would help my preparation.
Next thing to remember is going for an easy run or walk to help disperse the swelling in ankles and feet after travelling. This can be assisted by wearing calf supports or tight skins to help with compression and which helps stop swelling in flight.
I visited the venue to check out the call room and technical support, collect numbers and check travel time to and from hotel to competition site. Sometimes it is better not to depend on buses or shuttle courtesy buses but book a taxi that knows the venue regularly to be assured of correct arrival to allow perfect warm up timings.
Keeping life as normal as possible like sleeping at a regular time and getting enough sleep before the competition is important as is eating correct nutrition and regular supplementation to have your body at peak condition before competing. I recommend omega 3, glucosamine, turmeric, shark cartilage, aloe Vera, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, Creatine, L carnitine, b vitamins and a few other supplements dependent on the individuals needs like glutamine. I am a qualified nutritionist and I would not advise people just to start taking anything without consulting a qualified practitioner.
Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I will try and keep you up to date on all my future Events, plus results from students competitions and training progress.