How is Abdi preparing for his 5th Olympics?

Welcome to the Olympics! By the time this post appears, we’ll be mere hours away from the beginning of track and field events starting in Tokyo (this evening American time is the start). In honor of the Olympics, I have a couple topical articles to share, along with a couple others.

First up, Abdi Abdirahman will be running the marathon at his 5th Olympics at the age of 44. How did he prepare? There might be some good lessons in here for the rest of us.

Elites and sleep

We all know the elites take care of the big picture. Training incredibly hard, doing all the “little” things in training. The reason they are the best is that nobody does better than them at taking care of their physical preparation.

But how do they do with the rest of their lives? Well, based on sleep, we see that they are human. They struggle to get the sleep they need.

This doesn’t mean you can be your best with sleep deprivation. It just means, as we are seeing from Tokyo right now, Olympians are human beings. They are not infallible. They face the same struggles as the rest of us. Remember that when you see someone struggle.

Getting back to sleep

Speaking of sleep, do you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep? If so, here’s some advice.

Muscle memory

We’ve long talked about muscle memory. As training for many people has changed over the past year or so and now might be returning to normal, we’re all hoping muscle memory will kick in and get us in shape quickly. What do we really know about muscle memory, though? Alex Hutchinson shares current knowledge on the topic.

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