Hi All, My usual style is quite candid. This release was written about my work with the Bontrager Livestrong Cycling Team so I thought I would share it here. Perhaps you all will enjoy the tips!
Napa Chiropractor Serves USA Pro Cycling Team
Shares Tips Learned on Tour
August, 2012 — Dr. Rhea Zimmerman of Napa, CA will serve as team chiropractor for Bontrager Livestrong Cycling Team at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge of Colorado, August 20-26. She served the team earlier this year in the Amgen Tour of California.
“It is an honor to be one of the few chiropractors on a pro-cycling tour. I love taking care of the team, and staff too. Optimizing the performance of a team means taking care of everyone involved,” says Zimmerman.
Zimmerman’s primary duty as team chiropractor is to adjust all 8 riders each night after racing. Working with riders through stage races means that Zimmerman experiences the race from the inside. Often at the Tour of California she was inside of the follow cars that race along with the riders. Through this process she sees first hand the types of mental and physical stressors that these top athletes face. This allows her to fully support the athletes at day’s end. “One of the greatest benefits of the nightly adjustment is that it’s like hitting an internal reset button,” says Zimmerman. “No matter what they faced today, they race with a clean slate tomorrow.”
Before serving the team in May, Dr. Zimmerman worked with many of the riders in Austin, TX, during February training camp. It turned out to be important training for her as well, as she got to know the riders, the competitive environment, and the special challenges that face professional cyclists. “Being familiar with the team, and them with me, is a huge advantage when I show up to serve at their most difficult stage races of the year,” she says. “Given that the team is a development team, meaning that all of the riders are under 23 and aspiring to ride the likes of The Tour de France, it is particularly exciting to see the riders accomplish things at one race that they couldn’t the race before, and a joy to be a part of the staff that allows the athletes to continually reach their goals.”
Zimmerman’s experience working with professional athletes enhances the service she provides for clients at home in Napa. “Optimum life performance is for everyone, whether it is a professional athlete, a woman preparing for natural birth, a person who wants to thrive in life as much as possible, or everyday cycling and sports enthusiasts here in the Valley.” Here are her top 5 lessons learned from observations on the road, applicable to anyone interested in improving performance.
1. Love What You Do. When you are passionate about what you do, then you will automatically be inspired to work hard to find your optimum potential. Obstacles will always come. When you love what you do with a passion you will be greater motivated to face the challenges that ultimately lead to greater skill and learning.
2. Enjoy The Ride. Along the journey of the road to optimum performance is the joy of life. Enjoy the ride. Your capacity to enjoy, and relax, will create the physiological state for better performance from the inside out, physically and mentally.
3. Know Your Skills. In cycling a rider knows what their most optimum role is on the team. Instead of trying to be all things to everyone, they train hard to optimize their unique skill set. Know your skillset and work to optimize it. Let go of being hard on yourself for the things that you aren’t good at and work to optimize the things that you are. Find the jobs and roles in life where you are a natural good fit- by being your best you!
4. Be a Team Player. Giving your best to play the role for the team while balancing the imperative to shine as an individual athlete makes for some of the beauty of a team sport like cycling. A family, team, and community can express optimally when everyone plays their optimal part, to their best, for what is also best for the whole.
5. Get Adjusted. No matter what your age, health condition, or training goals are, having a clear nervous system through the chiropractic adjustment is vital to optimum physical, mental and emotional performance.