POWER RANGERS NINJA STORM! “Deep in the mountains, secret ninja academies train our future protectors. Ancient scrolls told of three who would be chosen above the others. Three who would become…"―Narrator
Shane, Tori and Dustin are three students at the Wind Ninja Academy. Their less than stellar performance gets them the occasional lecture from their Sensei. One day, the academy was attacked by Lothor, a banished ninja master who has returned to capture all ninja students. Shane, Tori and Dustin are the only three remaining students, and along with Sensei and his son Cam, retreat into the underground Ninja Ops. There, the three are given morphers, which allow them to transform into Wind Rangers and protect the city of Blue Bay Harbor from Lothor’s forces.
When Lothor demonstrated his ability to make his monsters grow into giants, the Rangers unleashed the Ninja Zords, which could combine into the Storm Megazord and destroy monsters with its arsenal of Power Spheres. Lothor again raised the stakes by sending his new allies to battle the Wind Rangers - the Thunder Rangers Blake and Hunter, who had their own Thunder Zords. The Thunder Rangers were on a mission to destroy the Wind Rangers’ Sensei, who they believed to be responsible for their parent’s death, but a visit from the afterlife from Blake and Hunter’s parents showed them the truth - that it was Lothor who killed them. The Thunder Rangers saw the error of their ways and joined the Wind Rangers in the battle against Lothor, bringing the Thunder and Ninja Zords together to form the Thunderstorm Megazord.
When the Rangers lost their powers, Cam used the Scroll of Time to travel into the past and retrieve the Samurai Amulet, a family heirloom in the possession of his mother. Cam traveled back to present day and used the amulet to become the Green Samurai Ranger, armed with the Samurai Star. A lost scroll would later reveal to Cam the Lightning Riff Blaster, which could summon the Mighty Mammoth Zord.
Lothor attempted to open the Abyss of Evil and release its evil into the world. In a final battle, he stole all of the Rangers’ powers, but was defeated by their ninja skills and thrown into abyss. The powerless Rangers resumed their normal lives, free from the menace of Lothor and his army.
Ninja Storm Ranger Form! Hah! Thunder Storm Ranger Form! Hah! Samurai Storm Ranger Form! Hah! Power of Air…Power of Earth…Power of Water…Power of Thunder…Green Samurai Power!
Runners are constantly trying to find ways to stay healthy, get faster, and recover faster. A popular trend recently has been how can you recover faster so that you’re healthy and can train hard! One of the ways people do this is by taking an ice bath after a hard workout to avoid getting sore or to stimulate “recovery”. Recovering from a run hurts and taking an ice bath will help ease that pain or soreness. I listened to a lecture by Dr. Richard Hanson, a successful exercise scientists in the running world and the coach or the Brooks Hansons professional running group. In this lecture, he explained ice baths and why you shouldn’t necessarily take them. When you ice, you are reducing the swelling. When you have a bruise and ice it, the swelling goes down a little bit. There’s two types of swelling (I can’t recall the exact names): first, a responsive swelling from jamming a finger or getting a bruise, and second, swelling from extensive and minute muscle tears from running or other forms of exercise. Swelling is a natural reaction by your body to heal. Now, we all know that muscle is built because you tear muscles and then they rebuild themselves stronger than before, but there’s a crucial part of this equation left out that ice baths dilute or minimize: swelling! When you ice bath, you’re accelerating your recovery, but your body isn’t getting as much from the workout as it could have. If your body is familiar with the workout, you’re not in risk of injury, and you’re not racing soon, you shouldn’t ice bath because that swelling is good for maximizing muscle development!
This doesn’t mean you should never ice bath. Alberto Salazar’s athletes tend to avoid ice bath’s, EXCEPT when they are racing. In the two weeks or so leading up to their planned peak performance, they will ice bath after their workouts. This is because they aren’t focusing on muscle development right before they peak, they’re focusing on sharpening the pencil as much as they can before it breaks. So ice baths are great for peaking, but they are also great for recovering in between really important races. If you’re a high schooler in California, ice baths are super important after races because you have to race a full effort (unless you’re @thedestinycollins and super super fast, but she ice baths more than I can imagine) once or twice every week for a couple of weeks to qualify for state. When you race 100% often, you need to accelerate that recovery process to be able to race fast. This is because the focus isn’t neuro muscular development, it’s racing! You need fresh legs for racing. Ice baths are great for injury prevention, also. Say you normally do an 11 mile long run and one day you decide to do a 15 mile long run. It might be a good idea to ice bath because that is very foreign territory for your body and you don’t want to get injured because of the new stress. Ice baths can be phenomenal for many reason, but don’t ice bath willy nilly because you might be reducing the benefits of your strength development. Taking an ice bath won’t injure you of course, but it might slow you down on your path to being as fast as possible.