Posts by Megann Rodhe

    @Justin RODHE and I just took an average over Nov, Dec and Jan of how much we spend on food each month to sustain our training schedules…..$1200 per month. A couple qualifiers:We live in Canada so the cost of food is slightly higher than the USA

    We buy 30-50% of our food organic, locally sourced when possible

    Eat out at a restaurant on average 4 times per month (this will increase when travelling for camps or competitions).
    We both value high quality nutrition and think of it as an investment in our performances and our ability to maintain a rigorous training schedule. Optimal nutrition has been especially important throughout Justin's injury rehabilitation. Our favourite and most essential kitchen appliance has become our Blendtec blender. It allows us to pack nutrients in a cup of liquid that is easily eaten and tastes delicious. Sure beats trying to chew through 10 plates of salads and veggies everyday :) Optimal nutrition takes discipline and effort, but it is the FUEL that makes or breaks you (athlete or not).

    A few things that have been key for me to throw hammer outside in as cold as -30C.

    • a warm place to warm up before getting out in the cold
    • lots of layers that allow me to move well (have actually found for those really cold days that good old cotton sweat pants, with a tight under them are warmer than an expensive highly technical wind/fleece lining pant.
    • A warm headband and merino wool neck warm
    • A warm mit for my right hand.
    • XL rubber boots that I can wear with my throwing shoes. Throwing is much more pleasant when you feet aren't frozen!
    • A dry circle, otherwise LOTS of hot water.
    • A coach who is willing to snow plow the field.
    • On really cold days, we warm up part way through workout indoors.

    I never thought it would be effective to train outdoors in -30C, but it is, and we are able to get some great work done. A good mindset is important, I know know I have to get the workout done, and I have no other place to do it, so I make it a great workout, because I can :)

    I was surprised to not feel physically much different in -30C vs. 0C. Wind makes more of a difference in feeling than temperature. I have had days at +3C but very windy and I feel colder and stiffer than days at -30C.