More and more high end athletes are pre-cooling before their sport as research continues to be done on the enhanced performance benefits one receives. When conditioning/training the body’s central organs (specifically the liver, kidneys and intestines) rise significantly in temperature and can often times exceed 101 degrees. This causes water and blood to leave the muscles and race to the skin in an attempt to cool the individual down which will lead to fatigue as it depletes the muscles of oxygen and dehydrates them.
I love the off-season. That part of my training where I don't have an event planned for awhile. I get to look back over my last season (not a good one as I was plaqued with an injury!), look at what I learned, make the neccessary tweaks (more speed work, more time spent in the pool, more drills, less endurance runs, train certain muscle groups vs. others, etc) and plan for next season. I always get a bit giddy! The hope, opportunity and challenge the next season will hold!!! I'm reinvigorated to start.