STAGE 02 JOURNAL – 07.08.18
“The next few days won’t be easy by any stretch, but I know I’m in good hands.”
As a pro athlete, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than spending your life training for a moment, only to have it go completely opposite of how you planned. For Lawson, yesterday was not about the physical pain of the injuries he sustained–it was about the mental hurdles he had to overcome in order to push forward.
“I’ve dealt with pain my whole life,” Lawson told us, “and have been able to make a career out of it. It was the mental aspect of seeing the X-rays to confirm I had fractured my scapula that was the toughest to deal with. Seeing the separation of the bones on that black and white screen felt like someone had just put a knife into my heart.”
Last night, Lawson did everything he could to prepare for Stage 02. Armed with a world-class medical team and supportive teammates, he focused on the facts: He was fit, he knew his body, and he knew what he needed to do to recover.
This morning, he woke up in the green with an elevated HRV of 109 and a low RHR of 41, both solid results relative to Lawson’s usual baselines. While that may seem surprising for a guy who just raced 120 miles and sustained injuries, according to WHOOP physiologists, the markers are not unexpected and the sign of a well-trained body waiting to do its work.
“It was an encouraging sign to see my HRV and recovery bounce back today,” Lawson added. “Especially when I knew what I was in store for. One thing that I have noticed since tracking my HRV with WHOOP is that I often have a delayed reaction in terms of recovery. I can finish a hard training block, take a day easy, and still have a poor recovery. It’s not usually until I jump back into training or racing that my recovery scores will jump up. This has been very useful info when it comes to planning my training with my coach, Jim Miller, heading into a big event.”
Lawson’s Sleep Performance, obviously impacted by the discomfort of his injuries, was poor. According to Miller, this is something they will have to keep an eye on, as “A couple nights of that and you put yourself in a big hole.”
Lawson completed Stage 02 today with a 4:26 race time, a Strain of 20.5, 275 NP and 221 TSS. He now looks ahead at the daunting task of tomorrow’s Team Time Trial–a flat out 100% effort to help the team AND get himself to the finish line within the day’s time cut.
We’re honored to follow his journey as he competes, and we’re amazed by his resilience.
Photo credit: Jered and Ashley Gruber
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