Blue Sky Endurance News helps you reach - Your Sky. Your Limit.
Your Blue Sky Monthly News & Updates   
September Morn' is for Recovery

Triathlon -- Why be great at one sport, when you can be average at all three
Upcoming Events
BSE Events/Clinics and Local Races

9/9 -  Swim Jam, IOP 8am

9/11 - Bike Race Prep, BSE Clinic given by our very own bike Guru Matt Bagnal, 6pm

9/16 - Transition Clinic, 2pm, Kiawah Race Expo

9/17 - Kiawah Triathlon

Ongoing Aug/Sept - partnership with Charleston Moves -  Buy a BSE Cycling jersey or cycling shorts and  BSE will donate 10% -- if you mention Charleston Moves . You'll also receive a FREE bike light set from Charleston Moves!!

  **Stay tuned for our big announcement coming in October. Get ready to take your winter training to the next level!

Group Ride - Tuesday 6 :00pm -check Meetup and FB for additional changes as needed
Group Run - Thursday 6:00pm

Referral Program: Don't forget about our ongoing referral program--with every customer referral, YOU get a FREE pair of socks!

Need to get in a long run, ride, or swim this winter? Check out our Meetup group or FB page:
Monthly Spotlight
Recover right not left
This is the last in the 6 part series about the different disciplines of triathlon. Over the past few months we have covered Swim, Bike, Run, Nutrition, Transition, and now Recovery. You might be asking yourself why it's important to talk about recovery at all. More is better. If you have free time, get out there and pound the pavement, ride the waves, cruise on your wheels. More training time leads to better performance right? No. no that's not true. Sometimes less is better and sometimes more is more. The key is to understand the important role recovery plays in your training. Overall, when it comes to recovery people typically fall into one of two categories, those that say:

1. Recovery is for sissies. I'm never taking a day off! You're going to have to pry my running shoes off my feet!
2. Ahh, now it's time to grab a beer, kick up my feet, put on some football and eat nachos -- No brainer.

Um, do you really think that either one of the above is the best way to handle recovery? No. Non. Nyet. Nein.

I think that in order to understand the importance of recovery, you need to think of recovery as "regeneration". The recovery process includes repairing damage to your muscles, replenishing glycogen stores, and rebuilding your immune system. Workouts break you down, recovery helps you rebuild "better, stronger, faster". (Wow, another reference to the 6 million dollar Man!). Recovery is a vital part of any training plan or for anyone exercising on a regular basis. Within a training plan there should be a recovery week every 3rd or 4th week and within each week there should be 2-3 recovery days. There are several ways to approach recovery within a training plan, but an easy way to classify recovery is - Active and Passive.

Active recovery - Calm down there, active recovery doesn't involve running 20 miles at an 'easy' pace after a mile swim. Active recovery refers to easy, shorter workouts that allow your muscles the chance to regenerate. These active recovery days are a good opportunity to work on form and technique in all three sports. For example, rather than swim slowly for 30 minutes, work on the swim skill by doing drills that help you get a better feel of the water and power for your stroke. On the bike work on cadence, pedaling skills, and cornering. And finally on the run focus on run cadence and good posture. However, if all of that seems too taxing on an easy peasy recovery day, then keep it light and easy and dream about rainbows and unicorns.

Passive Recovery- when in doubt, take a day off! Passive recovery refers guessed it, not doing anything! You can maybe do light yoga (no, not power yoga and no, not everything is a competition). You can also take a bath with epsom salt, get a stretch or a massage, enjoy a little extra sleep or foam roll -- try it without cursing this time. I'm sorry to say passive recovery is NOT the time to eat fried foods and drink that magnum of your favorite wine (save that for the offseason -- no I didn't just say that). Eating healthy is also an important part of recovery (See below in our Athlete's Plate section).

If you want to know the best way to incorporate recovery into your training, check out our training opportunities at BSE! -hint, see the link below.
YOU Wear It Well Award
Each month we're going to scour the internet to see who 'wore it best'. We're looking for people training and racing in Blue Sky Endurance gear. That means YOU! Did you snap a selfie on a morning run? Did you get an awesome race photo last week? Post it on our FB page or your FB page but make sure to tag us, or #blueskyendurance on instagram. You post it, we'll find you. Why should you care?? Because you will win something!! And who doesn't like free stuff?!

Winner Winner chicken dinner ! Congratulations Jana Swenson! You traveled to cooler temps in northern Minnesota in order to fully enjoy your rocking' BSE cycling shorts and boy do you look stylish:) Stop by the store at your convenience so we can praise you in person and shower you with gift (yes, not gifts...but we still dig ya).
The Athletes' Plate 

Pound Protein for Recovery, Right?
In the famous words of Lee Corso, Not so fast! When it comes to recovery, there is a huge misconception regarding post-workout/race fuel. All too often, individuals think they need to pound protein. Well, let’s put down the protein and let’s grab those carbohydrates. One of the main keys to recovery is glycogen (fuel for the body, stored in the muscles and liver) replenishment. It’s the combination of carbohydrate and protein that will nearly double the insulin response, leading to enhanced glycogen replenishment. The goal is at least a 2:1 (up to 5:1) ratio of carbohydrate to protein. This means 4 or 5g of carbohydrate to every 1g of protein. Workout Smart, Eat Right, Get Results®!

Dr. Rick Kattouf II
CEO/Founder  TeamKattouf Inc.
2x Best-Selling author
Featured Service
Recover Like a Boss
Train Hard, Recover Smart. That's the awesome philosophy of the Athlete Recovery Lab here at BSE. The Athlete Recovery Lab is a one stop shop for all athlete recovery, injury prevention, and performance needs. We offer stretch therapy, sports massage, sports physical therapy, cupping, dry needling, movement training, compression boots, and many other services. Our staff and therapists are all specifically trained to help you stay healthy and active for a long long time. Stop by the store, call (843-608-9787) or email ( for more information.
Whether you are new to the sport of triathlon or a seasoned triathlete, we are all time crunched individuals with overflowing inboxes. With our monthly Blue Sky Endurance e-news, we will strive to keep it truly monthly, just the facts, but filled with nuggets of quality information to help us all as we strive to improve at the sport in some way or other. Our e-news will keep you in the loop, in the know and spiked with motivation to keep you reaching for Your Sky. Your Limit.  
 Blue Sky Endurance |843-800-5330| |