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  • 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)!

  • Welcome Brand Ambasadors!

    By Captain Vitalyte

    I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our first batch of Brand Ambassadors: Bill Lightner and Jenna Novotny! The applications were numerous, the competition was fierce but these two rockstars shone bright and brilliant and we're proud to have them as part of a the Vitalyte team. Their bios are in progress so I won't spoil all of their surprises but here's a bit about them.

    Jenna is a San Diego native who is currently loving the Grape Vitalyte Flavor. She's into marathon running, triathlons, swimming, biking, tennis, yoga, standup paddleboarding, volleyball, soccer, rock climbing..long story short, this lady is active. She longs to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, is lactose intolerant and says, "If running shoes and workout clothes were appropriate attire for every occasion I would be a happy girl." Finally, she loves to chat, in person and online, so you should definitely follow her on twitter @runjrun screen-shot-2011-06-30-at-100153-am

    Bill is a cycling junkie from Palm Desert who just got his Triple Crown, which is a huge deal. He, like Jenna, is loving Grape Vitalyte and said pasta is his go-to meal the night before a race. He says he doesn't feel his age and he certainly doesn't look it at 50 years young. He rediscovered cycling 4 years ago and hasn't looked back. He says, "the bike and the road, really help to clear my mind" and he's also very involved in his local biking club, The Desert Bicycle Club. screen-shot-2011-06-30-at-100311-am

    Stay tuned for their profile pages, blog posts and more - and congratulations to our Vitalyte Brand Ambassadors again!

  • RAISING A GLASS...I MEAN VITALYTE WATER BOTTLE, TO THE PRE-RACE ROUTINE

    By Jenna Novotny, Brand Ambassador

    So here I am, Friday morning, two days out from race day. I will be racing in the San Diego International Triathlon -and it's on Sunday. The miles have been logged, the ice baths endured, the neapolitan tan fashionably sported (neapolitan tan is what happens when you wear 2-3 different length bike shorts on separate rides and wind up with a progressive tan up your thigh- hot) and now it’s time to think about my pre-race routine. Every athlete takes a different approach to the pre-race routine; and some can take years refining what works best for them. And just as I tell every friend venturing into their first competitive race, I will once again emphasize that what “works best” is different for everyone. I have a good friend who literally eats a pint of Hagen Daz the night before her longer distance races. Now me personally, even if I wasn’t lactose intolerant, that much dairy pre-race would probably have me spending more time in the porta potty than on the road. But I digress...

    My pre-race routine typically starts two days before a race. I start to taper my workout routine and spend some extra time using my foam roller and stick to working out my tight muscles. I personally do not like to work out the day before a race aside from some active stretching; and I will do a short, easy run and bike two days out.

    For nutrition I start making sure I’m drinking more fluids than usual two days out. When I first started racing, I wasn’t very good at monitoring how much I was drinking.  I would count out how many 12oz water bottles I wanted to drink throughout the day and take them to work with me to make sure I drank them all. Now that I’ve gotten better, I can be greener and continually fill up my water bottle at work and add my only electrolyte replacement drink, Vitalyte, which is conveniently stored in my drawer. After competing in a good amount of half marathons and triathlons I noticed two post-race symptoms that I consistently experience. I either get a splitting headache (alluding to dehydration) or my stomach would get the gurgles and I would be running to the bathroom the rest of the day (meaning I didn’t have enough sodium to retain the water I was drinking, and instead the water was flushing out of me). I have practiced Bikram yoga for 4 years, so I sweat A LOT while exercising. So I need to remember that because I sweat more, I need to replenish more. You don’t just lose water when you sweat, so why would you only replenish with water? Drinking Vitalyte before a race has really helped me in two ways – 1) It tastes great so it’s easier to drink my goal amount of fluids, and 2) it provides the perfect amount of minerals and sodium so I’m not suffering after a race.

    And with that (raising my Fruit Punch Vitalyte filled water bottle) here is to race day; I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Jenna

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