Two days ago, I skied a big powder day at Snowbird. The Wasatch Mountains had seen almost 50 inches of new snow this week. The powder was thigh-deep and I was raring to go! Ski Utah!
Skiing deep powder can be punishing. Most people make five turns and have to take a break. I will typically ski from top to bottom without taking a break-- but because it was my first powder day of the season, I fatigued, and had to stop once or twice each run.
Yesterday I was sore. My legs and butt were achy, and I tried to avoid the stairs.
I did make a couple mistakes. First, I skied a little too hard. Second, and this is a big one, I took a long, hot shower when I got home. Hot tubs and hot showers exacerbate the trauma of strained and over-trained muscles. This is a no-no.
Listen closely; don't do it.
From my days as a bodybuilder, I knew exactly what would cure my sore legs.
The problem is, like carbs, not all protein is created equally. People think eating
chicken is just the right thing. As an iridologist once told me, "You might as
well eat the feathers."
Protein is the ultimate cure for over-training, but it must be absorbable.
What proteins are absorbable? Whey is the most absorbable protein for
the human body. It's best to buy it in powder form so you can make a shake. You can find Whey at GNC or your local grocery store.
The next most absorbable protein is egg white. Here's the catch: It must be raw. Just as soon as you cook, blend, shake, or even stir an egg white, the molecular structure changes significantly, rendering it almost useless to your body. For the ultimate protein shake, follow this link.
I drank one shake yesterday afternoon, and sprang out of bed this morning, ready
to get back on the mountain.
Tommy Kirchhoff is an expert in Taoist health systems, exercise and athletic training. He studies under the world-famous Grandmaster Victor ShengLong Fu.