A Triathlete Attributes His Success to the AlphaSonic™
Daryl Clarke: Research Chemist, Western New York – Buffalo
In addition to his full-time career as a Research Chemist, 32-year old Daryl Clarke devotes much of his free time to his passion, triathalons. The demands of training and competing in over 25 races a year are taxing on both his body and mind, and yet he consistently places in the top three in his age group in local and national races. In order to accomplish such success, he is ever mindful of his mental and physical health.
While he’d known about the technology for several years, it did not occur to Daryl that he should incorporate the AlphaSonic™ into his training regimen until a family member loaned him a machine.
His uncle raises and trains top dollar equine athletes and also happens to be a marathon runner. He uses his machine to help keep himself and his horses in tip-top, competitive edge health. Several years ago, after running a race that left him so sore he could hardly walk, Daryl took his uncle’s advice and tried the AlphaSonic™, arbitrarily sweeping himself with the transducer, and then focusing it on his achy muscles. He figured he had nothing to lose. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I was skeptical. But the next day, I was a different person” he says, reflecting on the experience. From that day forward, the AlphaSonic™ became an integral element of his training, and he attributes much of his success to its benefits. He says the AlphaSonic™ has helped him achieve peak performance, maintain his competitive edge, and remain injury free for several years.
Top athletes work hard to avoid injuries, but because they push their bodies to incredible limits they know that injuries are inevitable. Daryl’s breakdown occurred in September of 2005, shortly after his 32nd birthday. He had been competing in long distance races every weekend, including Olympic distance triathlons and a half marathon. “My goal at that time was to do both a half Iron Man triathlon and a marathon by the end of 2005.” Just two miles into a half-marathon, his right calf muscle popped. “It felt like my muscle literally tore away from the bone,” he recalls vividly. Unable to even walk, he was forced to drop out of the race, a first in his athletic career. For most athletes, such an injury takes from 6 to 9 months to recover. His doctor advised him to stay off of the leg for about 8 weeks, and to employ the RICE therapy (rest, ice, compress and elevate). He was told it would take 3 to 4 months before he could run again, if at all. Daryl, however, had another idea.
He had already committed to a 10k at Disneyworld in Orlando; the trip and the race were already paid for. It was less than a month away, and he planned to be there in competitive form. He felt that accomplishing his goal would take a miracle. He went straight home and, in addition to following the doctor’s orders, also used his AlphaSonic™ every night. Just five days after his calf muscle had torn, he was walking without pain and ten days later he was able to run slowly. He continued his therapies as well,—ever mindful not to re-injure the leg—gradually increasing the pace and the duration of his runs.
Early on October 9th of 2005, Daryl warmed up along with more than 950 other runners at the starting line at Disneyworld, not knowing if he would complete the race. Amazingly, Daryl crossed the finish line just 35 minutes and 45 seconds later, ranking 14th overall and 2nd in his age group. He had achieved his goal. “I went from being crippled to running a great race in less than a month!” His friends, family members and colleagues were amazed with his rehabilitation. Daryl himself was more convinced than ever that the AlphaSonic™ was instrumental in his recovery.
Today he is adamant that the AlphaSonic™ will remain his number one maintenance and therapy tool: “After using the AlphaSonic™, I feel stronger and have more endurance. I can train hard days more often with fewer recovery days between workouts. And if anything happened to my AlphaSonic™, I’d be on the phone buying another one.”