I may a little late to the party having never trained or raced or trained in compression wear but I think I’d go as far as to say I’ve been missing out. For a few years now my triathlon friends have been attracting the opposite sex and scaring away small animals with their compression socks, calf guards, quad quards, armwear and hell you could probably even get compression shorts and tops. You could roll out onto that bike course looking like an Egyptian mummy if you put all that little lot on.
What’s all the fuss about?
In very basic terms compression aids the return of venous blood from the feet to the heart. What the hell is venous blood? You’re forgiven for not knowing and I can tell you it’s the deoxygenated blood that you’ve used and needs returning to the heart and ultimately the lungs for oxygen replenishment. Compression wear aids that process and the theory is it helps to reduce the build up of toxins in the legs. The double whammy benefit is you can go longer, fatigue slower and ultimately recover quicker.
When do I use them?
Well you can use the calf guards both during and after training. During training you get the benefits I’ve mentioned above but after training the compression wear speeds up the recovery process doing more of the same, flushing toxins and increasing the flow of oxygenated blood.
I’m using them
I’ve invested in some Compression Sport R2 calf guards and some