Rowing is a very traditional sport. Which other sport has funky colored blazers for clubs? This being said, for Olympic racing, there is only one distance, 2000m. The High Stakes Boston race looked to change things up a bit by making a unique, spectator friendly race.I was approached with the concept of the High Stakes Boston race by a former teammate, author and U.S. National Team Coxswain, Jack Carlson. The format was a multi-boat, mixed gender 500m relay race. The catch is that you go 250m and make a turn around a gigantic buoy and race as fast as you can back to the starting line so the next boat on your team can go. There has never been anything like it!I looked through my Rolodex of rowers and put together a team with two Olympians(one gold medalist), five national team member, and other Olympic hopefuls. It was one of the few opportunities to race with my girlfriend, so we decided to row the double scull together (one friend referred to this combination as "The Divorcer"). I am happy to report that she did not break up with me afterwards.My team won our heat in the fastest time of the day. The racing itself was so exciting because it is such a short distance, making the margins smaller than usual. The key is to keep calm,despite wanting to go full out, especially on the stake turns. I think my Tri-Phase Endurance helped me get psyched up, but still in control.Our semi was against a bunch of U-23 National Team all stars. Half of the team had world championship medals from this summer, so we didn't know what to expect. From moment one, we were able to eek out larger and larger margins as the boats went on. With the semi tucked away we had to recover before the final, which would take place in thirty minutes time. I took my Complete Recovery and watched the other semi go down.The final was against a very similar "Rent-a-Mob" crew from SoCal Scullers. It was the closest race of the day, but untimely we were on the wrong side of a half a boat-length margin.It was an amazing weekend full of fast racing and old friends. Next on my plate is logging a whole bunch of Kilometers to get ready for Fall distance racing!(photo credit- Jenifer Forbes Photography)
This recent segment on Rock Center with Brian Williams explored the possibility that DMAA, a so called natural stimulant derived from geraniums and used in the pre-workout product Jackd3d, was to blame for the young soldier’s death. The FDA warns that DMAA is not safe and has sent repeated letters to food manufacturers requesting that they reformulate their products or pull them from the shelves. The FDA says this about DMAA:
The ingredient, DMAA, is most commonly used in supplements promising weight loss, muscle building and performance enhancement; it can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine.
In addition, the FDA has received reports of 86 deaths or illnesses associated with the consumption of products containing DMAA. Due largely in part to the reports surrounding DMAA, none of this comes as breaking news for most people who purchase supplements. What is most disturbing to me in the beginning was the general lack of concern that consumers and retailers had about products containing DMAA. Shortly after watching the segment I was interrupted by a phone call from one of Vitalyte’s professional tennis players asking me to rush ship him a box of Vitalyte products for an upcoming tournament.
“I can’t make it through a tournament without your stuff,” the player said. Then it hit me. Athletes are creatures of habit and they love results. In spite of all the warnings, an athlete will continue to take something if they feel it gives them a leg up in competition. Why else would someone take steroids?
Day in and day out the Vitalyte team works relentlessly to bring safe and effective products to the marketplace. By bringing together some of the best scientific minds in the business, by tirelessly researching all aspects of new product development, by being diligent in seeking out the best functional raw ingredients, we have successfully launched some of the greatest sports and lifestyle nutrition products in the market.
So in an effort to encourage athletes of all levels to stay away from DMAA and tri a product that with similar results without the risk, I am offering 25% off all Tri-Phase Stick Packs. USE CODE TRI25 for 25% off all Tri Phase products through May 16, 2013.
Good Evening Ladies and Gents.
The Surft City Marathon Expo just came to a close here in Huntington Beach, CA where thousands of runners will gather tomorrow morning to run either a half or full marathon. We will be the official on course beverage, as we have for the last few years now but this year, we were proud to introduce 2 new products into the Vitalyte family.
You may have heard us mention Chia Essentials, the original Chia bar and our break into the bar market. This awesome, all natural bar weighs in at 180 calories and comes in chocolate peanut butter and blueberry vanilla (more flavors to come). The bars were a huge hit today as we sampled and educated runners and friends alike about the amazing health benefits of chia... and a few chia pet jokes.
Next up on the announcement lineup is... wait for it.... a brand new flavor of Tri Phase Endurance: Mandarin Orange. This revolutionary pre work out product fuels your body in ways you've never experienced and we're thrilled to add this refreshing new flavor to our lifestyle nutrition line.
We'd like to wish all competitors the best of luck tomorrow, including our Brand Ambassador Laura Conley. We'll let you know how she does as soon as the results are in. Thanks to everyone who stopped by today and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow during the race!