Yoga Pose of the Day: Pigeon Pose

This is a great hip opening stretch and stress reliever for athletes (especially runners, cyclists and triathletes), and people who sit at their desk all day.

This pose:

-        Opens the hip joint

-        Lengthens the hip flexor

-        Stretches the thighs, gluteals and piriformis muscles

-        Extends the groin and psoas

-        Helps with urinary disorder

-        Stimulates the internal organs

-        Increases hip flexibility

-        Improves posture, alignment, and overall suppleness

-        Lessens or alleviates sciatic pain

-        Diminishes lower back pain and stiffness

Try holding the pose on each leg for 5-10 breaths.

Here’s a video demo that will show you how to perform the pose correctly.

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The morning sun has just risen and is barely peeking through the trees creating a stunning visual in front of you. Do you stop and take a photo or do you finish your ride exactly as your training plan says that you’re suppose to?

This internal conflict between wanting to stop and capture the moment and nailing my workout is a constant struggle. 

-@MaeElizabethG

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An optimistic attitude is needed in life and it’s needed in racing. Pretty obvious, right? I know this, you know this, and I’m sure we have all given the PMA speech to others, but it hit me last week that I wasn’t practicing it.

When I first started racing about nine months ago, my goal was to finish. Then it turned into not getting dropped. Clearly, these weren’t very extravagant goals and because of it, I kept selling myself short. I’m not much of a baby-steps kind of person outside of cycling, so why was I setting such limited race goals for myself for so long? With this kind of mentality, I wouldn’t win until I was 50.

Last week I looked for anything to keep negative thoughts from creeping in. In addition to my normal training, I listened to new music, read quotes, watched inspirational videos, and read race reports from women I look up to. It all helped, but what stuck the best for me was saying to myself, “I’m going to win.” At first I felt really weird even thinking such a thing. Am I insane? If nothing else, I felt exceedingly awkward because it seemed like such a cocky mindset to carry. When my coach or close friend asked how I was feeling about my upcoming race, I finally said it out loud - I’m going to win. Sure, I didn’t walk around belting it from the mountain top, but the more I thought it, the more I started to believe it could happen.

Saturday ended up being a challenging course with fair amount of climbing and a killer finish. I turned every single detail into a positive that day with one simple phrase in mind - bring it. I’m pleased to say that because of this, I made a break from the peloton on the second lap and placed fourth. No, I didn’t win, but while stuck in no man’s land for the last 17 miles turning myself inside out to catch the girl in third, I stayed positive and never gave up.

- @MaeElizabethG