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  • The science of summer hydration, using "VITALYTE PRE WORKOUT ENDURANCE FUEL"!

    unnamedAs summer rolls in, it becomes more apparent that hydration is more important than ever!  While the cold can push you past your limits and require plenty of hydration, it's much more forgiving on the human body than the heat!  Hydration is just as necessary during winter as it is during summer, however, your bodies ability to cool itself down during summer is void!  Your core temperature peaks and as the human body begins to overheat, it reacts in a similar fashion as a radiator does without Antifreeze!

    I've come to realize that sodium is an essential part of the electrolyte makeup, however sugars just as valuable!  The need for sugar and salt become apparent when pushing past your threshold, during any Ultramarathon!  You'll notice that the standard cookie cutter aid station layout, for any Ultramarathon is as follows (Electrolytes, salty snacks, fruit with high sugar content, water, salty broth, etc.)!

    During my training season, I've found that the VITALYTE PRE WORKOUT ENDURANCE FUEL, helps to not only keep me hydrated, but recover during my runs!  Unlike any other electrolyte/endurance fuel out there, VITALYTE PRE WORKOUT ENDURANCE FUEL, supplies endurance athletes with just the right amount of sugars, electrolytes(Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Sodium),  Vitamin A,B,C and BCAA's(Branch Chain Amino Acids) for recovery!

    Typically, most endurance drinks avoid the use of BCAA's(Branch Chain Amino Acids) which are essential building blocks and help aid in the recovery of muscle tissue and tendons!  These essential components are great in recovery drinks, but why wait til post competition/training to recover?  Why not keep fully charged and train/compete at 100%, by repairing your muscle tissue and tendons while you compete/train?  Remember, BCAA's not only build lean muscle mass, but help to recover, which is essential during any Ultramarathon!

    This is a solid reason to try VITALYTE TRI-PHASE ENDURANCE PRE WORKOUT ENDURANCE FUEL!  Remember, hydrating before training/racing is just as important as during!  Be sure to hydrate with VITALYTE TRI-PHASE ENDURANCE PRE WORKOUT ENDURANCE FUEL, at least 30 minutes before competing/training and every 30 minutes thereafter!  Water is just as essential, so be sure to hydrate with water in between!  For instance, drink water every 5-10 minutes leading up to the 30 minutes, then replenish with the VITALYTE TRI-PHASE ENDURANCE PRE WORKOUT ENDURANCE FUEL!  Thank you and enjoy those trails!

  • "The only way to get there faster is to keep working hard!" Lenny Futterman

    Try hardMay was another month for selection regattas for the USA Rowing Team. I decided since it was my first year on the elite rowing circuit, it was very important for me to have some positive results by myself in the Single Scull.
    The next big race on my schedule National Selection Regatta #2. I knew that my main competition would be from one of my good friends, Willy Cowles, who used to row out of my club, but recently moved to a different program in Vermont.
    Once again, due to high winds, the Time Trial was pushed to a 7:30 PM start time. It should be noted, that on the average night, I am usually eating my dinner and starting to get to bed at that time! Regardless, I settled into my new pre-race ritual, drinking some Vitalyte Tri-Phase Endurance, pedaling on the indoor bike for 30' and listening to some old Bruce Springsteen. I survived the messy conditions and managed to place 2nd behind Willy.
    The final was another rough day out, but I rowed through it the best I could. I got to the start line early, took some Chia Surge and got ready to blast off. Again through all the chop I finished 2nd. I was certainly not happy that I lost, but as everyone keeps reminding me, I am "young" on the elite rowing scene and I'll have my day in the sun soon. The only way to get there faster is to keep working hard!
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  • "April was an exciting month indeed!"--Lenny Futterman

    Brand Ambasssador_lenny_fluttermanApril was an exciting month in the rowing calendar because it marked the beginning of spring selection for the national team. The first of these selection regattas is in the double scull (two people, two oars each).
    A few weeks ago my double partner and I drove to Princeton for this regatta. We had shown decent speed in practice and were excited to see what we could do against the country's best scullers.
    The first day was a time trial. We executed our race plan, but truthfully, when it was over, I had no idea how we had done. It was only on the dock when another rower yelled to us "Hey Guys, good job!" that we found out that we got 2nd overall.
    The next day, even at 6am, the weather was nasty with 15-20mph winds. Regardless, we suited up, got in our boat and started warming up for our semi final. It was only 10 minutes before the race that the officials announced that the racing would be canceled for the day and would resume the following morning.
    When our semi finally went off the next morning, we had a composed race which we won in the 2nd fastest time of the day. At that point, we were just happy to have gotten to race, n though the wind was still kicking at 11mph.
    On saturday we had the Grand Final. After the successes of the last few races, we expected to beat crews that we had been beating or posting faster times than all week. We finished fourth in a tight race (2nd to 4th was .8 seconds!), but we realized that although it is not how we wanted to finish, it was still a solid result and a great way to start the season.
    I have another selection regatta in a few weeks, this time in the Single Scull. If I win this regatta, I will be able to compete at one of the world cups.
  • "Vitalyte products helped me power up while Mountain biking"--Jasmine Welter

     

    Vitalyte_brand_ambassadorWhile I have had to readjust my season's plans due to injury, I decided to make the most out of it and still enjoy as much of swimming, biking, and running as my body allows for. I guess joining a large group of brave ladies for the Women's Dirt Days in Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin, might have pushed the definition of "recovery training" a little bit, but it was such a gorgeous day for us cold-struck Mid Westerners that I couldn't resist. It was my first time for a real mountain bike trip, and we totaled around 20 miles on the Jon Muir trails, covering steep hills, fast descents, and a lot of technical switchbacks. With mountain biking being brutally challenging at times and the day being significantly warmer than expected, I was happy to have taken enough Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement orange as well as my favorite Chia Surge Gels with me, so I could power up the trails and stay on top of my bike (handling skills)!

  • Morning Ride with Vitalyte!

    Morning Ride with VitalyteWe do a ride every Wednesday morning. Last Wednesday I started up Mt Lemmon without having breakfast. It's only a 23 mile ride from my house but I had eaten a lot the night before. I start my morning ride with Vitalyte in my bottles, usually the Grape or Fruit punch flavored. I also now take the Chia Surge with me, just one is all you'll need. I got to mile post 3 and was feeling quite hungry.  I had finished most of my bottle of Vitalyte and remembered the Chia Surge in my pocket. I had that with more drink and continued to Molino Basin another 2.75 miles up with no problems. I have to admit, this Chia Surge is the best gel I have ever used. It just seems to give me that little extra kick.

     

    By the way, I'm the one with the bottle in hand and blue jersey on.

    By: Garry Segarman

  • Meet Brand Ambassador James Mc Gee

    james 1 1385094_676269235820157_8670376167197930063_nStarted playing tennis aged 7 years old. Multiple time National Junior Champion and Senior Champion. Irish Open Champion 2011. Play Davis Cup for Ireland since 2009. Turned pro in 2008 and has a career high singles ranking of 188 in the world. Played the qualifying event of Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open 2013. Multiple wins over top 100 players. Qualified for U.S. Open 2014. Currently preparing to play the qualifying event of Australian Open 2015. Goal is to break top 50 in the world. Personal interests: health, sports, reading, music, movies.

  • Meet Brand Ambassador Garry Segarman

    Garry1I'm a 61 year young male. I took up cycling at the age of 47. SO for 14 years I've been riding. Mostly road but occasionally some mountain. I also do a little hiking on the side. I ride 4 - 5 times a week and work part time anywhere from 24 - 34 hours a week. I'm usually out about 5:15 am to get started. On weekends I lead a group ride on Saturdays & ride with the Susan Komen Breast Cancer group on Sundays. I ride maybe 200 miles a week.  I've been using Vitalite for about a year now, before becoming Brand Ambassador.

  • Meet Brand Ambassador Marek Skoczen

    Marek skoczen_brand ambassador_vitalyteI was always a sporty guy. Since I was born I played soccer, the most popular sport in Europe. Then, in my late teenage years I started to train martial arts, mostly influenced by the Bruce Lee movies, and continued doing so for about 10 years. When I turned 24, I came to the US and fell in love with body building. Around that time, I started to pay attention to good nutrition and healthy eating habits.

    A few years ago, my wife ran her first full marathon. I was extremely happy for her but also full of envy. I really wanted to have a taste of what she accomplished and signed up for my first sprint triathlon. I signed up for my first Nautica Malibu Triathlon and started training. I was a total newbie but absolutely ready for the challenge. My first race was tough but I managed to finish in the first 20% of participants. I was ecstatic! I fell in love with competing and never looked back.

    Next year, I aimed at the longer Olympic distance at the Natutica Malibu Triathlon. It took me about a year to complete fairly good tri equipment, educate myself about the sport, and master my food intake for weight loss and the optimum energy. My efforts paid off. I did pretty good and placed in the first 20%, once more. From there, my path was clear. I decided to aim higher, again, and I signed up for Ironman 70.3 in Honu Hawaii. With help of tri couches, I continued to work on my speed and techniques. I was in the zone and so ready to conquer Hawaii! Unfortunately, my wings were cut short. One day, when training on the bike, I was hit by a car and broke my collar bone. My dream was shattered. I was devastated… I did go to Hawaii that year, but as a spectator. It was an emotional and extremely inspiring experience. I knew that I have to be back to join the athletes.

    After I fully recovered from the accident, I continued to challenge myself in triathlons. I also started to race in half marathons, each one running faster than the previous one. Over the years, beside the several Olympic distance triathlons, I competed in several 70.3 Ironman finishing best 13 place and 70.3 HITTS races, as well as 70.3 Wildflower that proved to be the toughest half triathlon, so far. Then, it was time for the ultimate challenge. This year, I completed my first full Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 12 hours. Next year, beside Ironman 70.3 Honu in Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Silverman and full Ironman Arizona that I already signed up for I’m also considering Ironman Boulder and running the Los Angeles marathon.

  • Meet Brand Ambassador Josh Taylor

    Josh Taylor_brand ambassador_vitalyteI have been competing in Marathon Canoe Racing since 2004. Michigan has one of the toughest canoe racing circuits in the World. I gravitated towards the sport because the toughest canoe race in North America is in my home town of Grayling, Mi. The AuSable River Canoe Marathon. It is a 120 mile non stop race through the night with a cut off time of 19 hours. I have competed in the race 8 times. And with the exception of my first year where I finished 19th out of 65. I have been top ten or top 5 every year. My best finish was 4th place. I have competed in New York (General Clinton canoe regatta) and have finished top ten there as well. I am a husband, a father and while training for the sport I love I work 50-70 hours a week for Canadian National Railroad as a conductor. I love to compete. Whether it's playing board games with my family or grinding down a river for 120 miles I thrive on competition.

  • "Before I knew it, I reached the finish line"-Christian Mora

    Christian MoraAfter running for months and biking with my brother regularly, I decided to learn swimming. I was never enrolled in any type of swimming classes during my childhood years so I had to start from scratch- learning how to generally move around in the water. I signed up for some classes and after 4 or 5 weeks of instruction, I decided to join a Masters class. I was in for a rude awakening. The Masters course included swimming more than 2000 yards a day, sometimes even 4000 yards. For me it was a test of both mental and physical resilience. I was in shape, but I was barely able to keep up. I basically took over the slow lane and chugged along as much as I could, most days completing about 90% of the workout. The coach helped me along the way and encouraged me to just do as much as I can and a little bit more, and to “stay hydrated to avoid cramps!” I always brought along a bottle of Vitalyte to make sure I was achieving optimal hydration. At some point in my training things clicked. It wasn't necessarily that I became faster or had more endurance, but I knew I could do it. I just knew that with enough training, I could eventually swim longer distances, do faster sprints, and learn how to stay calm and breathe efficiently.

    It felt really great each time I stepped into the pool and since then swimming has become my favorite activity. I realized I needed a goal to utilize my new-found mental strength to a maximum. I’m naturally competitive but there weren't too many swimming races for adults so after some searching, I found my true calling - A sprint triathlon. I started biking again and running. I worked out wherever I could and was doing three swims, two bike rides and one to two runs per week. Soon enough, the day came for the Tri. On July 27th 2014, I completed in the Sprint event of the Miami Huntington's Disease Triathlon. The swimming portion was in open water, which I hadn't practiced much. I started at a fast pace within my group, easily getting ahead, but at some point my goggles were fogged and I was having trouble seeing. I looked up and realized how far I was from the shore and started panicking. I turned on my back and reverted back to those days in the pool and my place of zen I had visited so many times during the swim. Then I calmed down and started moving ahead. In less than 10 minutes I made it to the shore with the biggest sense of accomplishment even though I still had the bike and the run left!

    The bike ride was out of this world, absolutely enjoyable. We had barely any wind so I was pushing hard averaging about 20 mph; this was surely the most fun part of the race. Both my water bottles were filled with Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement, this helped me stay hydrated. I finished both of them before getting back to the transition area. My transitions were great and having my family and friends around really encouraged me to be just a bit faster and giving it my all. Last was the run, I was running on fumes at this point but I kept telling myself, “just a little bit more!”

    Before I knew it, I reached the finish line and was overcome by a sense of joy and relief. I had done it! I had officially become a triathlete! I joined my friends and family and we cheered on the athletes coming in after me. What an experience! And the best part was yet to come - my name was called during the awards! As it turns out, I had come in fourth place out of my group! I can’t wait for the next race.

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