10/24/13

Cycle Smiths Louisville KY

This year was the first year that I chose to partner with Rick Smith at Cycle Smiths in Louisville KY for all my cycling needs in triathlon.  Rick’s shop has been at the new location on Shelbyville Road for just over a year.  His location is ideal for almost any cyclist.  He is close to the park for quick access to some nice roads and several ways to exit the park and get out of town quickly.  The parks also offer trails for MTB.  But more important than that is the experience you will have upon entering his store.

Rick Smith is the owner and Mark Renn is the full time mechanic at the shop.  Rick started out as a mechanic and has the best wrench in all of Louisville.  There has been several times that he took my equipment when it was needing a tune up or a repair and fixed it to where it felt like new.  For example, I had some trouble with my Zipp 101 rear wheel this year.  After putting over 20,000 miles on the wheel set over the last 3 years, it started making a grinding noise.  Rick and Mark took it apart and pin pointed the problem, ordered the parts needed and replaced them in just a few days.  Once I got back on my bike, the grinding noise stopped and the bike felt smooth again.

Rick also has taken my commuter bike and fixed the rear derailleur in the past after I crashed it.  It wasn’t shifting good and was bent after crashing it.  In just 5 minutes of putting it on the stand, the problem was resolved.

Rick and Mark also do a very good job at making everyone feel welcome and appreciated.  As I have been in the store while other customers have been there, they both do a good job at answering questions and pointing them in the right direction without pushing them beyond their budget.

All that being said, I think the most important part about a bike store is not selling a product just to sell it to make some money.  A bike store is there to make sure that you are getting the best fit for your needs.  For example, Rick would never sell a bike or equipment that didn’t fit the athlete.  I have been in several bike shops before moving to Louisville and have experienced what it’s like to spend several thousand dollars on a bike and come to find out it doesn’t fit very well.  Rick will spend some time measuring various parts of your body geometry and flexibility before setting you up on a bike.  I can honestly say that this year, after being fit by Rick, I am the most comfortable on my bike than I ever have been in the past.  And, if someone isn’t comfortable on their bike, they can’t ride fast.

Be sure to check out Rick’s store, Cycle Smiths on Shelbyville road right next to Mellow Mushroom.  The shop address is:

3928 Shelbyville Road. Louisville, KY 40207

 

02/26/13

Increasing the Training Load

The last couple weeks have felt a bit different than the last couple years of training.  Which is good after a humbling experience in Panama.

Before going into the Panama, I knew I needed to shake things up after the race and get a new coach.  I didn’t know who to go with, but I had a few people in mind that I wanted to talk to when getting back from my trip.

Before leaving for Panama, I made a detour to Tucson, AZ for an FCA camp.  When a friend of mine asked me to go, I was a little hesitant from a financial perspective since if I don’t work I don’t get paid since going PRN at the hospital.  However, I decided that 2013 was going to be different for me and not be so conservative with money.  I figured that the opportunity that I have now won’t be here forever and I should take advantage of it.  With that thought process, I found myself boarding a plane to Tucson before going to Panama and spent a week out there.

While I was there, I met a coach named Brian Grasky who is a lot like me (a big numbers person, likes using power meters for training, but also laid back).  He also race professionally for a bit before getting injured and was forced into an early retirement from the sport.  I was able to talk to him before leaving for Panama and we worked out the logistics of coaching.

Fast forward to the week I got home from Panama and I found my training load increasing, which is exactly what I wanted and felt I needed.  I went PRN at the hospital to allow me more time to train properly and recover better.  Brian did a fantastic job picking up where I was at training-wise and got me on course for making 2013 a successful season.  My training hours have jumped from mid-teens to low 20’s right now, and I expect them to slowly increase to the mid-20’s eventually.

I have increased my time in the pool to 4 or 5 days per week and also running/cycling about one more day per week as well.  In just three weeks of this, I’ve noticed some improvement.  For example, in masters a couple days ago we had to do a few 200 meters all out and I completed them about 2 seconds faster than I could before leaving for Panama.

The feedback I get from Brian is fantastic as well.  It’s refreshing to have that communication.

Even though it wasn’t the smartest thing to not work for a pay period (no pay check for a month sucks!), I feel that God had a purpose for me to go to FCA Endurance camp for several reasons.  I was able to get to know some friends from Louisville better and spend some time with them outside of organizing local events and training.  I was also blessed by all the friends that I met out there during the week and also was able to meet my new coach and spend time with him before he knew I was looking for a new one.

I looking forward to working with Brian more in the future, and hopefully make one or two trips out to AZ this summer for some training and testing.

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02/11/13

Pure Fit Body Transformation Challenge

I started going to Pure Fit around the middle of November, and have seen some tremendous results in my strength, core stability, and over all fitness.  I really look forward to the workouts… and now there is even more incentive to work hard:  The Body Transformation Challenge.

It is an 8-week contest to see how much body fat percentage a person/team can loose.  There is about $1500 on the table, with additional incentives as well.  This contest is very simple:

1.  Make a team of four people – they can be members or non-members

2.  Initial body fat testing – this is the last week to get involved on the contest.  Depending on whether you’re a girl or guy, they use an ultrasound machine in 3 to 4 parts of your body to measure your body fat percentage.  They also check your weight, waist line and hip circumference.

3.  Come to classes for 8 weeks – people have access to Pure Fit’s boot camp classes and have access to some information about how diet plays a role in loosing body fat percentage

4.  Remeasure body fat at the end of the contest – each percent body fat lost isn’t equal.  For easy math sake, if someone goes from 10% to 9%, that is a 10% total drop, or 10 “points.”  If someone goes from 20% to 19% that is a 5% drop in total body fat loss, or 5 “points.”  The team with the most points at the end wins money to be divided evenly.  Also the person with the most points gets money as well.

This is is a great thing that Pure Fit is doing that really looks at the whole picture of health.  Too many people are too stuck on weight as their number.  Weight itself doesn’t say whether or not you’re healthy or not.  For example, when I started swimming my junior year of high school, I went from 145 lbs to 165 lbs in 3 or 4 months of swimming.  That’s a 20 pound weight gain in a short amount of time, but I believe I was much healthier after swimming.  I also put on another 10 lbs my senior year of swimming.  So if you put on weight, it isn’t always a bad thing… muscle weighs more than fat and burns a ton more calories per day.

Again, this is the last week to get started on the contest.  So if you think you’re interested, get yourself to Pure Fit and accept the challenge!

01/18/13

Occupational Kinetics run gait analysis

After a busy day of running trails and helping out at the Maverick Multisport kids practice on Wednesday, I was really looking forward to a massage and some more treatment at Occupational Kinetics.  This time, instead of focusing on my lower back (which is feeling much better after doing stretches and exercises Mike Rowles gave me to do), Erin, the massage therapist, worked on my sore legs.  My hamstrings were the worst after covering 32 miles running the day before.  Even though I felt as if I needed to jump off the table a couple times, I knew that my legs would feel a lot better after she got them to relax a little.

One thing I really like about Occupational Kinetics is how closely each person works with the rest of the team.  Erin told Dr. Bee what she found during the massage and let him continue correcting the problem.  It was another 15 minute session with Dr. Bee with some ART  and some readjusting of my thoracic and lumbar spine.  Then it was on to watching the run gait videos that Mike Rowles took last week and looking at snap shots of my stride.

 

We started off looking at the profile of my run gait and how my foot strikes the ground.

Looking at these two pictures, you can see where my foot makes contact with the ground initially and then where I the point in my stride is where I bear weight on the leg.  The right picture is the one with my body weight on the leg.  If you look at the forefoot, knee, and chest, there is a straight line right through the three points.  It should be this way just having the chest slightly in front of the knee.

In this snap shot, Mike Rowles added a grid to the picture to give us a sense of where my leg is just before swinging it forward.  My ankle is just slightly higher than the knee, which suggest I have a good ankle kick when pushing off the ground.  It also uses less energy (and takes less time) to pull the leg through for the next step having the leg higher than having the ankle below the knee.  Think of a pendulum.  The longer it is, the more distance it has to cover before it reaches the same degree on the other side of vertical.

This is another shot of my stride from a side profile.  This time Mike Rowles was looking at my forward lean and head tilt.  Elite runners tend to run with a 10-12 degree forward lean. I’m on the low end of “normal” with my forward lean.  But, that being said, when I had a run gait analysis done by my coach in September of 2011, my forward lean was about 6 or 7 degrees.  This is very important for increasing running efficiency because when running more upright, energy goes into over coming gravity and pushing the runner up into the air more instead of forward motion.  When leaning forward the running gains more ground per step.  For example, if you gain one extra inch per step, the end result is astronomical.  At 180 steps per minute that comes out to 15 feet further per minute.  At an hour, you’ve now covered about .20 miles more than previously.  Not to mention, the fatigue rate will be less because of less pounding on the legs and running mechanics being more efficient.  My coach told me a little over a year ago, by changing my forward lean, with all other things being equal, I should be able to run a marathon about 10-15 minutes faster.

Now we’ll move onto the posterior views.  But before we do that, watch the video again at the top and cover my lower body with your hand.  Now do it again, but this time cover the upper half of my body with your hand.  Did you notice anything?  If you were looking closely, you should notice my upper body stays very straight, with no swing from side to side.  But, my lower body zig zags.  This would explain, at least partially, why my lower back gets tired and sore.

Now for some measuring of angles:

Notice in this picture how each leg crosses the midline.  This is due to tight groin muscles.  Mike gave me some stretches to do to fix this.

 

Take note of the right picture.  Notice how when my left leg hits the ground, my right hip drops.  However, when the right foot hits the ground, the left hip stays level.  This is consistent with the hip weakness they found when having me do one legged squats a week or so ago.  Mike Rowles stressed the importance of doing the exercises he gave me last week, but wants me to do them and a new one once a day with three sets for each exercise. 

Hopefully after doing these exercises after a few weeks, the angles will be corrected or improved when we video tape them again.

01/17/13

Adventure trail and swiftwick sock review

Yesterday I took an adventure across the Ohio River with an ultramarathoner, and good friend, Troy Shellhamer to check out a new trail that neither of us had ran on.  With the weather the way it was the night before with rain turning to snow we decided to wait until mid morning to head out just in case the roads were bad.

As usual, Troy did his homework on researching the trail.  He said that it was approximately 24 miles long with only 1800 feet of elevation gain during it.  He did preface it with he wasn’t sure how accurate the GPS file was he was looking at was.  I figured we would be out there for about 3.5 hours and packed food and mixed up enough Infinit Go Far formula to accommodate such a run.  I also decided to take out my new pair of Swiftwick Socks that I just bought a few days ago.  It was a different style than I had run in before.  This time I was using the Aspire version of their sock line.

With all the rain and snow during the last few days, the trails were not only hillier than expected, but also very slippery.  We crossed several small creeks and streams.  Just during the first few miles.  We eventually arrived at the Junction where the loop of the Adventure Trail starts.  The trail was in need of some maintance at the beginning, but as we got deeper and deeper into the woods, the trail actually became better.  We ran beside Indian Creek, the Blue River and even the Ohio River.  Little did I know, until Troy enlightened me, that we were also running through the most cavernous place on earth per square mile.  Who would have thought that in the middle of no where in Southern Indiana that there would be more caves than any other place in the world?  The park also made improvements on the trail and added some camping shelters along the way.  I took a quick catnap while Troy explored the camp:

 

 

We went up and down several ridge lines… and because of that, I’m positive we went over the estimated 1800 feet of elevation gain during the first 10 miles!  We continued crossing more and more creek beds.  If there is one thing I hate while running, it’s wet feet.  But even with all that water, my feet managed to dry out quickly thanks to the moisture wicking quality of Swiftwick socks.

About 4 hours into the run, I took my last gel and was getting a little worried since my Infinit was about to run out.  We had no sign of the junction.  Thankfully, Troy’s wife, Kara, made him pack more food than normal for this trail run since we weren’t sure how well it was marked or how accurate the GPS files were.  I began to get a little worried as we reached the 5 hour mark and still hadn’t made it back to the junction… and crossed the 24 mile mark about a mile ago.  I started having visions of finding shelter in a shelter and camping out for the night.  I began to get a little light headed and dizzy.  I told Troy that I was zapped and needed some food, badly.  He helped me out and it was just enough to stomp through the mud a little further.  Long story short, we made it out of the woods after about 5.5 hours.  We stopped at a gas station and bought some snacks and drove back to Louisville, where I was about to meet the Maverick Multisport’s Kid team for practice at Mary T. Meagher for a run workout.

I arrived at Mary T. and switched shoes.  I went outside to wring out my socks, and was shocked that I couldn’t get any water out of them at all.  The Swiftwick socks were nearly dry enough after all that water we ran through and being in wet shoes during the car drive back to Louisville.  We did a warm up and then did something that my coach calls K-pump workout:  30 seconds at mile race pace, 30 seconds recovery in a series of 5.  We did that 4 times while watching the sun set.

By the end of the day, I covered about 32 miles running.  I’ve used a lot of different moisture wicking socks in the past with a 8 year history of racing triathlons, but swiftwick is far superior to any other that I’ve used.  They dry out faster, keep my feet from getting blisters.

01/11/13

occupational kinetics foot scan and video analysis

Yesterday I made my second visit to Occupational Kinetics for another adjustment by Dr. Bee along with some video analysis of me doing various exercises and running on a treadmill.  Before we started with that, I met with Erin, their massage therapists, for about 30 minutes.

Erin went to school in CT for massage therapy and moved back to her home state of KY afterwards.  She is a small woman, but she focuses every ounce of weight and strength right into her finger tips and does some amazing work.  She worked on my back, as that what tends to get tight on me after long training sessions.  There was a few times that I felt like jumping off the table because of the pain that she was causing by working out some of the knots in my back.  The muscles slowly relaxed and when that happened, the discomfort also lifted.  I’m looking forward to working more with Erin in the future to keep injuries at bay and keeping me in peak form.

Next was some more ART with Dr. Bee and another alignment.  He and I both agreed that my back muscles were better and there wasn’t as much stiffness in my back.  I knew my back was tight a few days ago before I met with him, but I just didn’t realize how tight it was.  I really noticed a difference when riding my bike to work Wednesday and again today for a long endurance ride of about 4 hours.  The lower back discomfort that I’ve had in the past was gone completely.

Next was onto the fun stuff.  Mike Rowles had me do a couple exercises to see if I had a problem with either muscle strength in my hips or if I had a problem with my feet causing me to pronate.  We did some single leg exercises:

As you can see my left leg/knee came in to compensate for either a muscular issue or a pronation issue.  My right leg did the same thing.  So how do you pinpoint the problem.  Simple!  All you need is a some state of the art foot scan machine that can show you weight distribution on each foot.  So we went to the room with the foot scanning machine.  I took my shoes off and Mike Rowles and Dr. Bee took a look at my achilles to see if there was an issue with them.  Nothing was found… apparently my achilles tendons are attached right where they should be and don’t need anything to help correct a potential problem.  So I stepped onto the foot scan machine.  These were my results:

The left images are my feet, and the right images are “text book” images.  As you can see, they are very similar.  From this Dr. Bee and Mike Rowles concluded that I don’t have a need for any shoe inserts to correct pronation.  So the problem with the knee/leg coming in on my single leg squats was due to a muscular weakness in the hips.  They gave me some exercises to help correct this problem.  So hopefully in time, the problem can be corrected.

We also did some squats while holding a bar above my head:

Ideally, my chest would be more upright and not be leaning so far forward.  This suggests that I have some thoracic weaknesses.  Again, Mike Rowles gave some exercises to help correct this.

I am completely amazed with the help that I’ve received in just two visits from Occupational Kinetics.  It’s been great to have some other people help me hone in some weaknesses that I have that should help me maintain good form (and speed) over the course of a long race and training session, helping me keep injury at bay, and get stronger.

01/7/13

Occupational Kinetics Initial Evaluation

Today I made my first of many visits to a company called Occupational Kinetics.  They specialize in several different things to help people keep injuries away, or heal more quickly.  Dr. Bee owns the business, and a fellow Louisville Landshark Mike Rowles is one of the therapists there.  They also have several other employees there that do everything from ART therapy, ASTYM, massages, nutrition, kinesio taping, and various other things.  The cool thing about Occupational Kinetics being able to offer all these different treatments is due to their diversity of the staff.  During my visit today, I spent about 20 minutes with Dr. Bee and about 30 minutes with Mike Rowles.

Dr. Bee went through a list of questions to gather some health history and find out if anything was bothering me.  Every now and then I get some low back pain and a knot in my lumbar area just right of the spine.  Usually after a day or two of a good nights rest, they disappear.  He worked on my back a little using ART therapy trying to get the muscles in my lower back to relax.  After that, he had me lay on my right side and then readjusted my back in one quick motion.  There was a fair amount of cracking sound that came from that. He reassured me before he did anything that there was no risk in messing up my spine from doing this.  I then went to my left side and he did the same thing.  After just a few minutes of treatment with him, my back felt much more relaxed.

Dr. Bee then met with me and Mike Rowles and discussed what he found.  Apparently there are some muscles in my lower back that are meant to stabilize the back.  However, when the larger muscles in my back start getting tired from training, the smaller muscles start firing to help me get through the training session.  Since these muscles aren’t supposed to be doing that, they get really tight after they get some time to relax.  Both Dr. Bee and Mike Rowles were great in explaining it to me so I could understand.

My session with Mike started with checking my leg length.  My right leg was just slightly shorter due to some pelvic tilt.  He readjusted my pelvis by pulling on my legs.  Next we did some exercises to strengthen my back muscles in my lower spine to prevent them getting tight in the future.  He told me to do that three times per week and do 3 sets of 10.  I did three sets of ten and could really notice how weak my lower back muscles were.  We wrapped things up with some additional stretches to do everyday to help keep my pelvis from tilting and help prevent the QI muscle (can’t remember what that stands for, but it runs from the back of the pelvis up to the middle of the back) from getting tight and causing back pain.

I’m going back later this week for some more treatment.  Including a run gait analysis.  They video tape the athlete while running and can look at various angles of the legs, back, arms, and foot strike with a frame-by-frame analysis.  By doing this, they can see what may be causing back pain after several miles on the road and also help improve efficiency by giving me some exercises and drills to do while running.  I’m really excited about this.  After that, I will meet with Erin, their massage therapist, for a 30 minute massage and then see Dr. Bee for another session.  I hope to put the run video and few pictures from the next visit.  I didn’t bring my camera this time since I wanted permission to do so first.

12/30/12

Infinit Napalm Review

A few days ago, I had a phone consultation with Infinit Nutrition and worked out a formula that was tailored to my specific race distances and the need my body has while racing.   From the basic Go Far formula, we increased the amount of sodium and protein in it since I’m a heavy sweater and tend to race long.  I also discovered that Infinit makes their version of an energy gel called NAPALM toward the end of the 2012 season.  I sampled some at a race expo and like that it was actually a liquid, easy to swallow, and not overly sweet.  I asked them to throw in a package of the highly caffeinated version of NAPALM.

The phone consultation was on Thursday… the stuff showed up at my door on Saturday!  I was happy to see that they even threw in a couple bottles.  One for the custom blend they made for me and a flask for the NAPALM. (NAPALM is much more economical than buying gels.  Each 100 calorie serving is about $0.85, and with all the electrolytes, it will more than likely reduce and/or remove the need for electrolyte tablets.)

With my first race only a little over a month away (70.3 Panama – Latin American 70.3 Championship), I wanted to give this new product a solid trial run.  I mixed up 3 bottles of Infinit and 4 ounces of NAPALM highly caffeniated formula.  I had never mixed up NAPALM before and was little shocked when it said to fill the flask up to the rim and add equal water and shake it.  I was thinking, there is no way that water can dissolve that much solute… but gave it a try anyway.  I only put 4 ounce of NAPALM in the flask (it holds 6 ounces) which is equivalent to 200 calories (see end of post for more nutritional content).  I added water until it covered the NAPALM, put the lid on and gave it a good shake.  In about 5 seconds it was completely dissolved.  I took a small sip to see what it tasted like:  a subtle sweet fruity taste and some saltiness mixed in there as well.  It was completely liquid… not a paste or gel consistency, so it went down super easy.  I gathered my nutrition and headed to my basement for a nice 3 hour spin session.  This the workout that I did:

Warm up:
15 minutes easy riding at 56-75% FTP

Main Set:
2 x 20 minutes at 90-95% FTP with 10 minutes recovery
30 minutes of tempo 80-85% FTP with a 10 second burst of sprinting on  every 1:30
3 x 5 minutes at 110% of FTP  with 5 minutes of easy riding between each
3 x 5 minutes hill climbing at 60-70 rpm (Z3 effort) with 5 minutes rest between

Cool down:
15 minutes easy spinning

The Carnage after the 3 hour training session in my training shrine in my basement. Thanks to Chris Shannon for doing the entire workout with me!

This was one of the hardest 3 hour spin sessions I’ve done before, but in order to see how my custom mix and NAPALM would do for me on race day, I wanted to push the limits.  I went through 2 bottles of Infinit and all 4 ounces of NAPALM and a couple bottles of water.  I took the NAPALM at the one hour mark, the 1:45 mark and the 2:20 mark.  Not once during the ride did I feel hungry, feel that my electrolytes were depleting, or a lack of energy.  I could feel the caffeine in the NAPALM hit my system only after about 5 minutes of taking a sip.  I imagine the high electrolyte content in the NAPALM helped keep my electrolytes in check the whole time.

Another thing I noticed during this three hour training ride was the need to readjust my training zones.  At the end of October, I tested my FTP at 338 watts (4.59 watts/kilogram).  I used that number for the training zones during the ride and felt that they were actually too easy, so I rode at the high end or just over of those zones.  This is a huge confidence booster for me.  I am once again reminded that my coach, Justin Trolle,  knows exactly what he’s doing, the boot camp sessions at Pure Fit are helping, and the lessened workload at U of L Hospital has been worth it.  And of course, thanks to Infinit for helping me with nutrition, which will make or break a good finish in 70.3 or 140.6 races.  I am starting to set my goals for Panama 70.3 and feel that I have a good shot of walking away with a paycheck from that race.

If you feel that this review was helpful and decide you want to try my custom formula, please contact me via email (mike.s.hermanson@gmail.com) or my facebook page… and be sure to “like” it.  You can help me out in my endeavors simply by purchasing my custom formula or any other Infinit products.  Every time you purchase something with the link I can send you, I receive some Infinit Bucks.  Also, help me get over 200 likes on my facebook page by the end of the year!

 (EDIT on 12/31/12 – Here is the link for my custom formula:  http://www.infinitnutrition.us/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=73&formula=&name=  )

Nutrition of NAPALM highly caffeinated:

Supplement Facts
Servings Per Container (35)
Amount Per Serving

Calories: 100
Calories from Fat: 0


Total Fat: 0g – 0% of daily value
Saturated Fat: 0g – 0%
Sodium: 242mg – 14%
Potassium: 70mg – 5%
Total Carbohydrate: 24 – 22%
Dietary Fiber: 0g – 0%
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 0g – 0%


Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene): 0 – 0%
Vitamin C: 0 – 0%
Vitamin E: 0 – 0%
Selenium: 0 – 0%
Calcium: 30 – 3%
Magnesium: 23 – 5%

NAPALM has about 75 mg of caffeine per 100 calorie serving.

Simply take a swig as you run with no need to make that ‘ucky’ face.  Plus, there is no need to figure out where to store that half eaten gooey wrapper. NAPALM is green and more eco-friendly. INFINIT Creator and President Michael Folan adds “It’s better, it’s cheaper and its greener. What’s not to like?”

So stop gagging and order a bag of NAPALM – Highly caffeinated today.

12/13/12

Brooks Airbrush Studio and Mike Hermanson’s Scott Plasma Premium

When I first moved to Louisville, I lived in an apartment complex that I strategically chose because of the proximity to the interstate, a few different easy ways to get out of city by bike, and across the street from the gym and grocery store.  Before I started my real job as a nurse at University of Louisville Hospital, I had about a month to kill after moving here.  I did a fair amount of exploring, and quickly noticed a triathlon bike locked to a bike rack at the other end of the parking lot of the apartment complex I lived in.  Long story short, the person that owned that bike was Kevin Brooks.  We got to know each other after taking a long road trip to Kansas 70.3 and have been friends since.  Fast forward about 2 years and Kevin started his own custom helmet and bike painting business called Brooks Airbrush Studio. 

Last year he accented my bike with green to match my kit and also painted my helmet for the team that I raced for.  Even though it was just an accent job, his detail that added to my bike turned a lot of head.  Everywhere I went, from Costa Rica to Portland and even my hometown of Louisville,  people noticed this bike was something different.

Well, I think this year should be no different.  Kevin painted my Scott Plasma Premium, this time fully-custom.  However, the really cool thing about it, is that you can still see the stock logos and shades of the original black, grey, and white .  He also marblized portions of it.  I can continue to say how awesome it is and try to explain it, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, I let them speak for themselves:

I will make another post when Cycle Smiths builds the bike and when Kevin get the wheels painted as well.

12/4/12

Infinit Nutrition Review

A little over a year ago, I became a little disgusted with the overly sugary “sports” drinks that were on the market.  My personal feeling is that most of the sports drinks on the market are just well marketed, glorified kool-aid (especially Gatorade and Powerbar Perform).  The amount of sugar in these sports drinks not only made my stomach cramp, but by the end of a race 70.3 or longer I felt like my teeth were rotting!

In 2011, I went to the first year for the Giant Eagle Race in Columbus, OH (before WTC bought it).  Infinit Nutrition was on site during packet pickup and also had their product on the run course (no aid stations were on the bike since it is an Olympic Distance race).  I sampled their run formula and instantly fell in love with the subtle sweet taste and a hint of saltiness to it as well.  No food coloring in it or anything else artificial in it either.

When I returned home from the race, I began doing some research on the product and was very impressed with the nutritional content of it, the price, and the amazing ability to customize it for my own personal needs.

 

I bought a bag of the custom bike mix and noticed that my need to supplement during training rides with salt tabs ceased to exist.  I felt no more stomach problems or cramping while cycling.  I also tried the bike formula for long endurance runs on trails.  It seemed to work extremely well for that too.  However, if doing high intensity running I would recommend trying the run formula.  The carbohydrates are a little easier to digest and there isn’t any protein in the it to slow down digestion and cause bloating.

After trying the custom formula a few times, I wanted to try to making my own mix.  If you desire to, you can even have a free nutrition consult with one of the experts at Infinit Nutrition to help you find something that will work for you.  You have options to control the following variables to make your sports drink special to you:

  • strength of the flavor
  • the carbohydrate blend for the specific race distance
  • calories per serving
  • Electrolyte blend
  • Protein per serving
  • Amino acid blend
  • Caffiene

Infinit allows you to control just about every aspect of your nutrition based on your specific body needs and race distance.  If you’re a smaller person, then you may want to tone back the calories because you don’t need to replace as many as someone of average size or larger.  If you’re doing an ultra marathon, you may want to increase the amount of protein and and electrolytes in your formula.  You may also consider different bags for races in different climates… one for cool to warm weather and one for hot weather so you meet your body’s needs on those specific days.  The options are limitless (or infinite).

Infinit, as mentioned before, does have stock versions of their product which include:

  • Go Far – dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, 4g whey protein isolate, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
  • Go Fast/Speed – a higher percentage of glucose, plus sucrose and maltodextrin, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
  • Jet Fuel – Speed plus 125mg caffeine
  • Isis Endurance – dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, 2g whey protein isolate, BCAAs, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
  • Isis Hydration – dextrose, sucrose, maltodextrin, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
  • Repair – whey, Soy and Casein proteins (25/25/50%), maltodextrin, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
  • Mud – whey protein isolate, flax seed, coffee, chocolate, maltodextrin, sucrose, glucose
  • Napalm – a higher percentage of glucose, plus sucrose, fructose and maltodextrin, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, with or without caffeine

I highly recommend every endurance athlete to try to Infinit Nutrition while training this off season and see what you think.  Take note of how you felt before and after switching.