Observation about Foam Rolling
Ok. So I used to be queen foam roller. Everyday before bed. I felt I was getting better sleeps etc.
I haven’t touched the foam roller throughout these 11 weeks thus far. More because I was petering out of the queen-ness of it :). I can’t recall if it was in a zoom or in the forum the discussions of the pros and cons of foam rolling/ the different camps etc.
Well- not sure if this was related but I can only put my finger on the foam rolling.
I’m always out with at least minimum 9 pounds of weight. So adding more to that for the weighted hikes was good. I haven’t walked in the hills with a good weighted pack in quite some time. So- we’ve added to that and walking with about 17 pounds. WOW love it – way to get those legs and core working on a different level.
So yesterday was hike day. Gorgeous here in NZ super sun-shiny day. No issues. Took 20 min break at turn around point for snacks and pictures of course.
Brendan my husband (whom is an avid bushman and his regular fitness is my literal year of training fitness) He billy goats floats across riverbeds and scree slopes. Says to me: he is in disbelief that I walk up the mountain with full water bladders in pack and do not empty them before coming down “who does that” I said laughing it’s a training hike (face palm) and I do that.
The night before we were all watching some awesome doco on Saqqara Tombs when I was just stretching on the floor. Empty floor – place self there – that’s what we do. But the foam roller was in reach and I’m like “oh wow, ok lets do this” and did about 20 min just rolling out the usual. Felt good, good sleep and next day this weighted hike.
Had no issues before with weighted hike all felt awesome. Walking up kept adjusting the pack making sure its in right place and thought hmm.. why, am doing that? On the walk down my hips didn’t feel like they were syncing with my steps down. Then near to the end my old knee tightness which I haven’t felt in over a year was coming back and why was my ankle (weaker ankle from many injuries) was feeling too loose like not pulled in/stable. It was as if that whole side was trying to figure out its position and keeping things “together”
It dawned on me while feeling a bit wary and disappointed thinking it was the weight and maybe Brendan is right don’t carry that down etc. But then thought no, no …what else. When I had the “Ah. Ha” moment that holy crap was it because I foam rolled the night before? I don’t rinky-dink foam roll. I get in there and make sure it’s worth the effort of foam rolling.
I began thinking well the purpose of foam rolling is stretching out the fascia and creating that space and untightening the tightening. BUT- in doing that – did I unravel a network of “tight” “put together” form and create a disharmony when I needed the “tight” to hold all together firmly while carrying weight ascending/descending?
It has most definitely got me thinking. I would love your thoughts and opinions I do see the benefits of foam rolling but if it does loosen up the network when the network needs to be healthfully tight; I’m assuming here – not really a good thing eh. I probably should only use or recommend the day before a recovery day. OR maybe just go get a massage instead haha. I’m not using “Im getting old” excuse bc there are some wicked awesome strong female older athletes that are just killing it out there.
I’m only basing this on one moment in time – I am curious if any of you have had anything similar.
PS Coach Carolyn – you mentioned in the training peaks zoom that the heart strap monitor can interfere with the Personal Locator Beacon. Is this all straps to all beacons? Where we go for training here, most definitely requires PLBs and it’s the first time I’m wearing a heart strap etc. IF god forbid I ever need to use it – disconnect and take Hr Strap off?