Some thoughts on training and racing with a period.
A huge part of womens sports that`s not often talked about.
I`ve been getting questions and comments since I started talking about how my hormone cycle effects my training and racing.
It seems women definitely want more.
Until a few years ago I was just like most women.
For years my period came irregularly,
then for years I was using an IUD.
And although my training, racing, (and every aspect of my life) was deeply effected by my monthly cycle, I didn`t know much about it at all.
And I never tracked my cycle.
I basically associated bleeding with 1 thing, lack of pregnancy, and considered it a nuisance when it came otherwise.
Woah. 😳 Was I missing the picture entirely.
In the last few years I`ve dove deep into educating myself on womens health and hormones, and our cyclical nature.
There is SO MUCH more to the menstrual cycle than just a period.
And when you learn to track yours, (without the interference of hormone contraception and IUDs,)
you learn how to live, work, train, fuel, and recover in whole new ways.
Even if you are past your bleeding years, tapping in to your cyclical nature, knowing and living by your cycle, syncing your training to your cycle,
It`s a complete game changer.
I have experienced this and my female coaching clients experience it as well.
Okay what I actually wanted to write this post about 👉🏻👉🏻 👉🏻
As athletes we often only associate our cycles with our periods and the negative effects we feel when it comes to performance.
And the truth is, every phase of the menstrual cycle has its different benefits from the hormone shifts we experience.
And we can use this to optimize the way we train, fuel, recover, make progress, feel about ourselves, and show up on race day.
Rather than what I see most often in women, which is quite the opposite.
Okay thats my thoughts, for now.
I`ll continue to share these parts of my journey with you as there so much more to unpack here.
Love and sincerity,
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