Shapiro swears by the Endurasoak recovery system. The bath formula is a combination of mineral salts and essential oils that penetrate the skin and are absorbed by achy muscles. A yummier option for a quick bounce-back is the reGen recovery drink. It has the correct ratio of carbohydrates to protein needed to rebuild muscles after a long, difficult workout, plus lots of vitamins and minerals. And most importantly, Shapiro likes the “rich chocolaty taste.”
Shapiro also looks to massage and other wellness treatments to keep her body in top shape. She sees Jette Hansen at Old Town Massage Center (312 S. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-518-8484) once a week for a sports massage to help stave off injury. Also on her calandar is a weekly visit to Dr. Aleck Wong, a chiropractor at United Wellness Center (905-B Herndon Pkwy; 703-437-8195) in Herndon for a soft-tissue treatment.
Of course, no athlete can function without the proper shoes. Shapiro likes the Nike Free, which she wears for strength training and plyometrics—exercises designed to improve speed and power.
For two-wheeled transportation, Shapiro likes bikes made by Elite Bicycles. “My two bikes are custom built and fit specifically to me, so I’m as comfortable and powerful as possible,” she says. For non-drafting triathalons, she rides a time-trial bike, and for international-elite races, a road bike. Plum Grove Cyclery (16286 Rockland La.; 703-777-2252) in Leesburg is the nearest dealer of Elite Bicycles.
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