Lesson 3: Recover Right
While Schwabenbauer has certainly upped her training time since going pro, she’s dedicated even more attention to what she does when she’s not in the pool, on the bike, or on the roads. “Right off the bat, my coach told me that the difference between pros and age-groupers is not the training, it’s how you take care of yourself in recovery,” she says. This means taking her easy days super seriously—even if she risks being dropped by her training partners. “On a recovery ride, I may do something like 50 to 80 watts. People can’t stand it because they don’t want to ride that slow, but I really need those easy days.” Schwabenbauer has noticed great gains in her fitness since better balancing her hard and easy efforts, as well as implementing more stretching and rolling, wearing NormaTec recovery boots and simply putting her feet up whenever she can.