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  • Santa To The Sea

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    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!

    Laura Conley

    Brand Ambassador

  • Good Luck to Our 3 Day Walkers!

    Best of luck to Amanda Daley and her teammates for the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk, taking place this weekend! These amazing ladies will walk 60 miles over the course of three days to find a cure for breast cancer. We're so proud to support them in their amazing journey. vitalyte

  • Chia bars navigate Nymphenberg Palace!

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    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.
  • Brand Ambassador Eric Cito Silberman: Farmer's Classic Recap

    By Eric Silberman, Brand Ambassador

    It's a sunny morning in Southern California for a change, we're kind of weather-spoiled here. I can’t believe I am about to step into the center court of the Farmers Classic 2012. This is the same court that the professionals are playing the semifinals and will play the finals of this tournament.

    I was invited to participate at the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) Super Excellence Clinic held at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The six top ranked players 10 and under were invited. Therefore, we had 6 boys and 6 girls at the clinic. It was a lot of fun and great competition.

    I am the one with the black shirt ready to hit the forehand. Yes, The Tennis Channel and others were around to get some live shots. Later in the day some of my friends called me to let me know they saw me on TV!

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    After the clinic and our exhibition drills, we got to stay and see the semifinals matches. It was awesome.

    As I bonus I was able to meet and talk to the “to be champion” of the tournament Sam Querrey. I am sure that Frank Giampaolo, our Mental Training Coach, will like to see this picture with two generations of his students together. Frank, enjoy this picture buddy!

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  • Vitalyte Powers My Training At Work and At Play….

    By Jeff Foy - Brand Ambassadorimg_2689

    Part 1

    I was introduced to Vitalyte a couple months ago when my fire department decided to make a switch from our old electrolyte replacement to a healthier option and Vitalyte fit that need. I was using the single serve sticks and definitely seeing results, without all the side effects and crashes other products offer. I hadn’t done any research as to how it all worked - I just knew I felt better.

    I finally decided I wanted to learn more and it was just in time. The following weekend headed out to the Desert to attend a rescue class on the river in 110+ degree weather. Lucky me. I went to a local Vitalyte retailer and stocked up on Chia Surge, Tri-Phase and Complete Recovery. The class went from first thing in the morning until after midnight the first day and all day the second. I’m convinced that my ability to keep from keeling over directly correlates with my use of Vitalyte.

    You can guess that, as a firefighter, we participate in pretty intense physical training on a regular basis. We spend between 4-8 hours a day of training. Just doing our job alone is draining, but add all the protective gear in addition to the heat, and you can infer the importance of staying on top of our electrolyte balance. My crew and I go through 1-3 stick packs per day, per person, depending on the intensity of the climate. From climbing a 107-foot ladder to training for wildfires, stick packs and chia surge have become the staples to keep us going.

    As for our fitness at work, it can last up to 2 hours; lifting weights, followed by either a few mile run or putting our bikes on stationary trainers and riding for 30-60 min. We follow all that up with circuit training using body weight exercises, kettle bells, tractor tires and sledge hammers. I think I need a chia surge just thinking about doing all that. I like to take Tri-Phase about 30 min before we start, I have a water bottle or 2 filled with a stick packs (lately grape or lemonade) that I drink throughout the workout, and lastly I usually have a chia surge in the middle of the cardio portion of our training. Of course post training I include complete recovery.

    I have noticed a significant difference in my training at work and at play and I thank Vitalyte for the positive change.

    Stay tuned for part 2

  • Introducing Eric Silberman, Our Newest Brand Ambassador

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    By Eric Cito Silberman

    It's 105F (40.5C) in Sacramento CA at the Gold River Racquet Club. I am playing the quarterfinals of the Little Mo West Regionals Tennis Tournament.  This tournament includes players that qualified from Southern and Northern California, Southwest, Pacific-North, and Hawaii.

    The top 4 players from this tournament qualify for the Little Mo Nationals on October 2012 to be held in Texas. Therefore, if I lose this match I am out. The travel from San Diego, CA to Sacramento includes air tickets, hotel, rental car, food, tournament registration, etc. My parents always tell me to focus on performance vs. winning, but I know this can’t be cheap. So the pressure is on if I think about it or not.

    The first set alone was 2 hours long. This is the longest match I have played so far on my 3 years of tennis experience. As a 10 years old player, I don’t get to play matches that long. Most of the matches I have played at this point were 2 hours long max, and not under 105F and high humidity. At the end, I held my ground and won the match. I am qualified for the Little Mo Nationals!!

    For this match alone, I drank 4 litters (135 Oz) of water with my favorite sport drink Vitalyte Orange. I like the Orange vs. other flavors. Once and a while we switch to Lemon so I can really feel and appreciate the Orange taste better when we go back to it. I know that the electrolytes I got from Vitalyte helped me on this battle, and the good taste just makes it easier to drink.

    screen-shot-2012-09-10-at-105134-pmI am sure this is the first of many more long tennis matches to come as I move to play 12s in Southern California, Nationally, and in junior international tournaments to come.

    Thanks so much and I'm proud to be a Vitalyte Brand Ambassador!

    Eric Silberman

  • Welcome Our Newest Brand Ambassador: Jeff Foy

    brand-ambassador-jeff-foyHello Vitalyte fans,

    I’m proud to say I’m a new Brand Ambassador for Vitalyte. My name is Jeff Foy I’m a firefighter in San Diego, triathlete and the founder of the non profit endurance team: TEAM CAL FIRE and co-founder of SDC-FEST (San Diego County Firefighters Endurance Sports Team) -yes we know that is a long name FEST works great for us.

    Growing up in Tennessee playing golf since age 3, soccer and tennis since age 5 and all kinds of outdoor activities, I have been an athlete all my life. I played these sports competitively through college. I later went on to become a golf pro but left the golf industry to become a firefighter. A couple years after becoming a firefighter I began boxing for charity.  On top of all these activities I’ve always participated in any sport at any time. But I never spent much time on nutritional supplements.

    After an injury from boxing I was told if I kept at it, I could kiss my career goodbye. That was a no brainer so I needed to find a new outlet for all my energy. A cousin of mine participates in triathlons in Texas and had been trying to get me to do one for years. I decided to give it a “tri” and I was hooked. I began doing triathlons in 2009 (Newport Beach was my first). I try and race 4 to 7 times each year.

    Last year my fire department decided to switch to a better electrolyte replacement product. Vitalyte was the solution. I was using it casually at work and knew it worked but didn’t know all the science behind it. I was later introduced to Milena from Vitalyte and I learned much more about their products including Chia surge.

    I began using all the products and I was hooked. I haven’t had the chance to race this year. My wife and I are expecting our 2nd daughter any day now but I’m hoping to support my team at Mission Bay (Mission Bay and Wildflower are my favorite races). I can’t wait to see how Vitalyte will improve my performance at during a race.

    I know that at Vitalyte has improved my ability to train for work and sport, and I can’t wait to see how it helps me advance and make some new PR’s.

    Looking forward to sharing my life and Vitalyte tales with you all,

    Jeff

  • Blog 3 in a Series of 3 of How I do a Triathlon.

    screen-shot-2012-07-25-at-104119-pmBy Erica Daivs

    We have already covered swimming and biking and now,  to close off this 3 part blog series (see part 1 and part 2), I'll enlighten you all with the wonder that is finishing a tri with my racing chair. It might be hard to imagine by just reading this or even by just seeing the picture, so I'll try my best to explain it to you.

    You saw how I ride and how my body position is in the handcycle. Well, the racing chair is a different ball game entirely. Essentially, my legs are tucked up and under a strap of sorts. This helps my legs up and above my ankles and is a cushion for my butt to sit on.

    When getting into the racing chair, it's a pretty tight squeeze to say the least, so you have to wear pants/shorts that are, you guessed it, tight as well. You have to get one hip in first and then work to shimmy the other side down into the opposite side of the bucket.

    Once you're in there, there's a strap that you put around your waist. Your feet are secured already. In fact, you should be able to look beneath your racing chair and see your toes barely poking out. You can stretch your arms and your back pretty well in this position as well.

    Next, you want to put your glasses on because the last step is your gloves, which are like mittens with a lot of padding. Once you're suited up, you ball your hands up as much as possible and because of the position you're in, you have no choice but to lean forward with your chest on your knees and arms back. Basically, you're making a punching motion on the rims of the chair. Lather, rinse, repeat  and keep on trucking until you cross that finish line.

  • How I do Triathlons and The Equipment Involved: Part 2

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    Hand-cycling for me is the equivalent to most people riding a bike.  People either see someone riding a racing chair or a handcycle.  The racing chair is what we use for the run portion in a triathlon.  There are different body positions for both of these types of equipment.

    On the handcycle, most riders are low to the ground and extend their legs straight out front of them while their backs are leaned back.  Sometimes people make comments at us about taking a nap, which is definitely possible. :)  We also get a lot of stares and comments from kids who say how cool our bikes look or tell their parents that they want one.  If they only knew…

    So unlike when you're riding a bike and your legs turning in two motions, our arms go together.  You won't be able to see that in the picture, but you will be able to see the position I am in.  Because the muscle you have to put into powering a handcycle requires your arm muscles, which are much smaller than leg muscles, we typically do not go as fast. The only time we really kick it into high gear- speed wise- is, you guessed it, on a downhill.

    Speaking of hills, uphill is definitely not our strong suit.  And please people, if you see us out riding, the smart ones of us will use a flag but there's not a whole lot more we can do.  I know that I always look out for all cars in case they are not looking out for us but you never can be too careful.

    My mission is to get to get out there and ride and have fun.  If this is how it is of how we get to be out and ride, then we take the risk just like any other cyclist.  But we do what we can just like we all do in order to have fun, train, and race.

    Enjoy the ride people, Enjoy the ride.

  • How I Do Triathlons. By Erica Davis

    By Erica DavisErica Davis, Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

    This is the first blog of a three-part series to explain to you, my dear readers, and to give you a mental image of how I, as a challenged athlete, do triathlons.  So, since the first leg of a triathlon is swimming, here goes…

    If you don't do this already, try swimming with a pool buoy in between your legs so you are only swimming with your arms while the pool buoy holds your legs up. Then, try to avoid using your abs on top of not using your legs!  Swim with your arms and your arms only.

    I have a two piece wetsuit that, while  in the pool, I wear just the wetsuit bottom. In the ocean I will wear a full wetsuit.  Then, I put on braces that go from the back of my thighs down to my calves, keeping my legs straight.  Next, I put on a strap that goes around both legs - binding them together.

    As mentioned, try to swim without using your abs. I have very limited control of my abs- so if I roll over too far, I could throw off my swim stroke. Despite my limited abdominal control, swimming is a great workout for both my arms and my abs, for they help in any way they can.

    All in all, we can get our swim technique looking pretty good just like anyone else even though we don't have as much power without our ability to kick.  So, knowing that, it definitely feels good when I pass someone in a race!  Its just all about adaptions and figuring out what works for you, no matter your situation.

    My next blog will be on handcycling which is the bike portion of my triathlon.  Thanks for reading!

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