BG: You’ve talked about your work after a jump session. What about your preparations before a competition? Are there specific things that you’re doing to prepare for competition through your medical and nutritional approaches?
BW: Yep. My body is really sensitive to food. From an Eastern philosophy approach, different foods create warmth and cooling in the body. I like to try and warm the body up for a competition. So, I eat foods accordingly. For example, lamb is a really warming meat so I’ll make lamb jerky often. When I eat lamb, I notice that my body feels a little bit looser, a bit more warm—more internal heat. From a dietary standpoint, I like to eat a lot of calories and make sure I am well-fueled. I want to make sure my fuel is topped off and stay with foods that don’t cool me down. I couple my nutrition with therapy. I don’t like ice anymore—my body doesn’t like it. I used to do a lot of cold baths. I understand the theory about how ice creates constriction and then it creates a pump. If I use cold at all, it is in contrast with heat. A lot of times before I go to a meet, I’ll take a really warm bath trying to open up all the tissues in my leg and lower back. I’ll try and sleep through the night making sure all of those tissues are opened up. Then, the day of the competition, I just try to stay warm, stretch, and stay limber. more