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  • Vitalyte Wins Again! by Soren Thompson

    By Soren Thompsonscreen-shot-2012-06-25-at-838

    Once again Vitalyte has helped me succeed in a tough competition environment.  The Pan Am Zonal Championships held this past week in Cancun is possibly the most important competition for seeding going into the London Olympics.  My goal was to do great at the event, but when I arrived I immediately knew it would be a challenge.

    Outside the weather was extremely hot and humid while inside the gym was frigid and dry from excessive air conditioning.  Vitalyte kept me perfectly hydrated allowing me to maintain my physical and mental stamina the whole competition long.  I was at my best during the final matches when it mattered most.

    Thanks once again, Vitalyte!

  • My Pre-Race Winning Recipe - by Jamie Brown

    By Jamie Brown

    My favorite thing to eat is "Pizza" however pizza not being the healthiest food choice before a race. So I have spent many hours looking fortpw_7842 a healthy alternative before many of my races. The one I settled on for my National Championships run over memorial day is the great:

    Summer Grilled Vegetable Pizza

    Ingredients

    1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough

    1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered

    1 (4-ounce) zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices

    1 (4-ounce) yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch-thick diagonal slices

    1 small red onion (about 7 ounces), cut into 12 wedges

    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

    Cooking spray

    1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal

    1/2 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon's)

    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

    6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced and torn into pieces

    Preparation

    1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

    2. Remove dough from refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes.

    3. Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500° (keep pizza stone or baking sheet in oven as it preheats).

    4. Flatten bell pepper pieces with hand. Arrange all the vegetables in a single layer on a large cutting board or baking sheet; brush both

    sides with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Arrange onion wedges on skewers, if desired. Arrange vegetables on grill rack coated with cooking spray,

    and grill for 3 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender and grill marks appear. Remove from grill. Coarsely chop bell pepper.

    5. Roll dough into a 14-inch circle on a lightly floured surface, and pierce entire surface liberally with a fork. Carefully remove pizza

    stone from oven. Sprinkle cornmeal over pizza stone; place dough on pizza stone. Bake at 500° for 5 minutes. Remove the partially baked

    crust from oven. Spread sauce over crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border.

    Arrange the vegetables over dough, and sprinkle evenly with salt and crushed red pepper. Top evenly with cheese. Carefully return pizza to

    pizza stone. Bake at 500° for an additional 12 minutes or until the crust and cheese are browned. Brush edge of dough with remaining 1

    1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Cut into 6 large slices.

  • 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! :)
  • Green Machine Recipe

    By Erica Davis
    For this blog I wanted to share a recipe with you all.  My mom and I were at Costco and she came up to me and handed me thisgreen-smoothie11little sample cup with this green smoothie looking stuff.  I asked her what was in it and she told me I had to drink it first and then she would tell me.  Hesitantly, I drank it and to my surprise, I actually liked it!
    So here's to all you athletes who wish you were drinking a margarita but want it to actually be healthly.  So give this a try and hopefully you will then want make some extra for a pool party this summer or even as a cool, post workout treat.  It's also a great way to get some extra greens for the day.  Enjoy!
  • 1/2 a can of white grape juice
  • 1/4 of a lime
  • 1, 2 or 3 handfuls of Spinach
  • Blend on high for about 30 seconds
  • Add 2 cups of ice and blend again
  • 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... evenchia-swimwhen 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.

  • Strength Training for Able Bodies and Amputees Alike

    Being an endurance athlete encompasses a lot of things. One that usually doesn't get touched is building a base with strength training. As an amputee, I have many muscle imbalances that restrict my performance. As a result, I spend a lot of time doing unilateral training to make sure no body part doesn't gets left behind. Here is a look at one of my basic training workouts.

    15 Box jumps

    15 Forward lunges

    15 reverse lunges

    15 lateral lunges

    15 transverse lunge

    12 1 leg deadlift

    15 1 leg squat

    15 opp prone cobra "Backlift (no hyper extension)"

    20 Oblique twist band

    25 Wall ball

    15 tuck jumps

    (1xs)

    20 Stability ball single leg ham curls

    20 Stability ball locust lifts

    20 Stability ball kick lifts

    20 Stability ball reverse leg extensions

    20 Stability ball superman

    20 Stability ball oblique twist

    20 trx ball leg curl

    20 trx single leg pike

    (1xs)

    swim 1 mile.
    It is very important to continue strength training during your season to help decrease your chance of injury. During the season I lighten up on the weights I lift and use more body weight exercises...in case you were wondering. Hope you enjoy it!
    Until next time,
    Jamie
  • My name is Jamie Brown. I am a Triathlete, AMPUTEE, and DIABETIC.

    Learning to be an endurance athlete with diabetes has always been tough.

    Constantly checking blood sugar has always made me think of an appropriate sports cliché: "NEVER GETTING TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW" will help you be successful. Well, I really have to live that lifestyle.

    Over the past year since I started my journey in this sport, I have been constantly looking for easy hydration and in race products to keep my training strong and races stronger. Since I started using Vitalyte products, I really have seen an increase in my ability to push my own limits... and I'm not just saying that.

    I'm currently training for 2 major races in May. The ITU triathlon in San Diego May 12 and The Paratriathlon National Championships in Austin Texas MAY 29. I have been using Tri-phase endurance, which has totally amped up my energy levels over all. I've been training in Escondido, CA in an attempt to replicate the heat I may encounter in some of my races. On my longer runs, I've been loving Chia-Surge to keep my calories up without feeling full at all. Beyond that,  the electrolyte replacement sticks have kept me hydrated and cool on some of the hotter (90+) days, allowing me to go for over an hour on hilly terrain! I'm more than excited to be a Vitalyte Brand Ambassador so keep an eye out for my blog posts in the months to come! Thank you to Vitalyte for your amazing products!!

  • I Am A Trail Blazer...

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    By Erica Davis

    This year, my college is starting the first ever "Young Alumnist of the Year" award and I am very honored to be very first recipient. They are honoring me because I never gave up and kept both competing and doing my best to inspire people after my injury. I'm also proud to report that I am the 1st female in a wheelchair to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as many regular first place finishes in a multitude of different sports including triathlons, handcycling or in running events with my racing chair.

    I graduated with my B.S. in Exercise Science in 2004 and got my teaching credentials in 2005. Then my injury took place at the end of that year, which was caused what is called Cavernous Hemangioma. This paralyzed me from the chest down. Even though I am not teaching right now, I am mentoring other girls through the Challenged Athlete Foundation who are in wheelchairs and also do volunteer work at a food kitchen weekly.

    This weekend I am heading up to the Pacific Union College campus in Angwin, CA. A few days before the awards, I will be teaching the WSI (water-safety instructor) class to PE majors to show them how to teach someone with challenges like mine or others how important it is for them to learn the different ways we have to adapt. After all, haha, we all have to learn how to swim in a straight line!

    I am so excited to both be going back up to my alma mater and teaching these PE majors so that maybe one day if they have a student or see someone with another physical challenge, they could say, "hey, I can teach you how to swim if you'd like" instead of looking the other way. I'm also, of course, so honored to receive this award and am proud to be the trail blazer I strive to be.

  • The Advantages of Group Training

    By Jenna Novotny, Brand Ambassador

    It seems like common knowledge that training, typically for any athletic endeavor, is easier and more effective in groups. I mean, that’s why so many triathlon clubs, running clubs, cycling clubs, masters swimming groups and the like now exist and continue to pop up, right? But I recently realized that I wasn’t the only person who claimed and believed, “I train better solo.” Up until about three months ago I was a “solo trainer” and I had a whole list of reasons of why I thought ditching the pack was more effective for me.

    - I’m limited on time so I fit workouts in when I can, which means they are usually spur of the moment. - I don’t want to have to plan my day that far out in advance. Do I want to do a 50 mile bike ride at 7am a week from Wednesday? I don’t know!!?? - I hate wasting the time commuting to the group meeting point. - I don’t like talking while I work out. - What if people are slower than me and bring down my pace rather than up.

    And I’m sure on some level (OK I’ll admit it on a definite level) I was intimidated. I was especially nervous joining in on group rides due to my lack of experience on the road. Until recently, most of my bike training was on a trainer and the HUGE herds of seemingly professional bikers on HWY 101 scared the $@#% out of me! I just knew I was going to fall or crash, cut someone off, or make a fool of myself. Fortunately, a friend wouldn’t give up on me and bugged me until I joined him on group track session.

    After some speed work that left me feeling like a snail, I realized my limited solo training was lacking in more areas than one. Before I delve into my solo training shortcomings, let me say that I officially joined that training team, Breakaway Training, and now train with them about four days a week. I have become such good friends with many of the athletes in this group that we often end up hanging out outside of training. In addition to meeting some great new friends with common interests, I highly recommend getting over the group fear and joining a training team because:

    - No matter how many Bostons, Tours, or Konas you’ve run or won you will never know EVERYTHING about your sport. Hearing the mistakes or successes other athletes have made will help you make fewer mistakes and discover great training secrets earlier. - You can discover new products and tools and learn which ones on the market are best. Which GPS watch should you buy? Best running shoes? Ask around in your group. - Training with a group of fellow athletes can be close to having a doctor, therapist, and coach video-tapping you all in one. They get to know your pace and progress and can provide positive reinforcement—or on some days can tell that you’re dragging and check in with you, asking “Hey you’re looking a little drained, what’s going on?” - You can discover new routes. I have found so many great new running and biking routes from joining others in my training group. - SAVE MONEY! Now that I am in the running group, when I pick an out of town race I usually have someone else doing the same race. Can you say “travel buddy?” Carpool to the event + share a hotel room = spending less money! - No one likes being alone on race day! I hate those early morning races when you don’t have a race buddy to help ease any pre-race nerves. And what’s even better than having someone with you before the race…having someone there at the finish line with you!

    Oh and in case you were wondering, I have had a few close calls on my first bike rides on the road that I’m sure drew some attention, but I haven’t eaten pavement yet!

    Jenna

  • My cycling build-up…………..By Bill Lightner

    By Bill Lightner, Brand Ambassador

    So now I decided to get into and stay in shape.It was hard work and wasn’t easy.I started out cycling easy or at least what is consider easy by today’s standards.In the beginning, I mapped out a path and every Saturday and Sunday morning I’d slip on some shorts, t-shirt and sneakers, jump on my trusty Schwinn and head out for a grueling 10 mile ride.The “real” cyclist around here would say that I picked a fairly flat route but to me, it was tough!There were some rolling hills, some wind and of course getting used to riding on the road ...with traffic.I set goals for myself, the first being just to keep peddling and never stop.I’d pushed myself to go as hard as I could to burn the calories and increase my cardio workout.I had to adjust to numbing hands, a little saddle sore and knee pains, not to mention muscle cramping. I found out that the way the bike was “fit” to me (the height and position of the saddle, the height of the handlebars, the length of the stem, etc) were all very important in how I rode the bike and how comfortable I would be over the distance.As I adjusted to my aches and pains, having my bike adjusted to properly fit me, finding out what real bike shorts and shoes were all about and what it was to hydrate/drink while I rode (thank god I found Vitalyte about this time!!), I increased my mileage about 5 miles every month until I was riding about 40-45 miles consistently.I had a basic bike computer (I have since up-graded my bike computer to include a heart rate monitor that helps let me know how hard I’m working) to help track my time on the bike, mileage rode, speed and average speed over the course of the ride.I also kept a log of my rides so I could tell how I improved over time.

    After nine months of riding by myself and building up the mileage on the bike, I purchased my new bike, a light weight carbon fiber bike.I started riding with the local Bicycle Club and now knew I had been bitten by the “cycling bug”!Now, almost 5 years later, I continue to ride 4 times a week, logging 150 to 175 miles a week.I have lost the weight I wanted to lose, altered my diet to eat healthier and now living a better and healthier life.I have continued with new cycling challenges all the time.It’s helped to keep things interesting and increase my fitness even more.I celebrated my 50th birthday this month and since January of this year, I have completed the California Triple Crown and the King of the Mountain challenges!Neither challenge was an easy feat! More to come on these events……..

    Should you have any questions about my blogs, please don’t hesitate to ask (I can be found on Facebook)!

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