Santa To The Sea
I raced a 5K in Oxnard, CA yesterday “Santa to the Sea” and killed myself trying to win (but got second place). I ran an 18:19 - which is a better time than expected since I’ve been focusing more on long distance rather than speed lately.
Thought you all might enjoy a few shots from the event so take a look and Happy Holidays!
Chia Bars on the Bike
After returning from my trip to Germany, I brought a few Chia bars back with me to try out on my training days. I have had a lot of problems with other bars and gels during hard workouts because my stomach is extremely sensitive. I tried them this week and the verdict is in.
The new Chia Essentials bars prove to be very efficient and easy to eat. They are the first whole seed chia bar to market, which is pretty awesome if I do say so myself. They didn’t break or crumble when I shoved them in my bike’s saddle bag. They were also very neat and easy to chew while on my bike. The best part is that they never bothered my stomach! I didn’t get any cramps and within 15-30 minutes my energy level was back up and I was riding strong. I really enjoyed this snack and now I look forward to all my long bike rides because I know I’ll get rewarded with a chia bar halfway through!
Chia bars navigate Nymphenberg Palace!
Before my big Munich Half Marathon race, a few of us went out sight-seeing in Germany. We walked around the entire Nymphenberg Palace in Munich, Germany which has over 130 bedrooms.
The grounds of the Nymphenberg Palace are so expansive (490 acres!), after only walking to the edge of the garden, all of us started getting a little worn-out and hungry.
Fortunately, Evan brought some of the new Chia Essentials bars for us to eat. Not only were these bars great tasting, but they gave us that extra pick-me-up energy we needed to finish the tour and make it back to the train in time. Of course we also had some refreshing Vitalyte to wash it down!
This was the perfect energy bar to travel and backpack through Germany with. They didn’t melt in the warm weather or freeze/harden in the cold temperatures either. I can’t wait until they are for sale in the United States! I plan on hiking the California Mountains with them all winter long.
My San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon
By Laura Conley
The day before the race I felt that little scratch on the back of my throat and knew that meant I was getting sick … then I couldn’t sleep at all Saturday night because my throat hurt so bad and I had a fever! So I woke up 4am, rolled out of bed, drank my Tri-phase and went to race!
I felt so crappy I barely did any warm-up and just jumped into corral 1 for starting position. I began a little to fast at 6:20 pace (goal was to maintain 6:30pace) so then after about mile 2/3 I began feeling run-down fatigue of being sick. I did my best to keep it together and push through but more and more people started passing me which made me feel even worse!
So then around mile 7 I took a Chia Surge and by mile 8 my legs and attitude improved slightly. I realized I was probably calorie deficient so I took another one at that point…
Well, by mile 9 I was a different person! I started thinking about my pace and running faster. At mile 10 I decided “I am going all-out for this last 5K of the race” and took off full-speed ahead!! I must have passed 80% of everyone who passed me earlier and boy were they shocked! I heard “Wow”, “What the #$#*^$&”, and “Nice Kick!” I think I made up for my mid-race slump by sprinting in those last 3 miles to finish in 1:27:15.
Now I know take the Chia surge earlier in the race or before warming up for that much needed energy! :)
Triathlons can be very difficult races….
By Laura Conley
Triathlons can be very difficult races, but sometimes its the training that is even harder! Everyday working out for hours on end… evenwhen you’re tired/burned out/stressed….but that’s just what we do as athletes! However, I have found that Vitalyte products taken before/durning and after my training workouts have made it significantly easier and more enjoyable! I drink Tri-phase first thing in the morning then run anywhere from 8-15miles or bike for 2-3 hours. Then as I drive over to the pool, I drink Vitalyte and take 1-2 chia surges so I am ready to hit the water! How else could I keep up with the Master’s swim team for 1hour!?
Finally after I’m all done, I drink the recovery drink (while in the shower haha!) Without the help of my super nutrition I don’t think I’d make it through these grueling training days! What a difference this all has made.