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Bree Wee, Winner of Ironman Canada

Professional Triathlete, Bree Wee, Winner of Ironman Canada Looks to Continue Her Success in 2015 as a Member of EnduroPacks Elite Team

Bree had a breakout season in 2014 with a number of top 10 and podium finishes including an overall win at Ironman Canade-Whistler, Ironman New Zealand (4th place), Ironman Texas (4th Place), Ironman Hawaii 70.3 (2nd place), Ironman World Championship (16th place), and Ironman Western Australia (6th place) to cap off her season.  To stay healthy and race at a high level, Bree implemented a strict program which includes a healthy diet, proper rest, and EnduroPacks daily system of vitamins and minerals, to keep her healthy and performing at peak levels.

Life Before Triathlon

She’s the very girl that finished college with a job offer to teach in Hawaii and another to teach in Costa Rica.  With a coin in her hand, heads Hawaii and tails Costa Rica, she gave it a flip.  Two weeks later she landed in Hawaii and never looked back.  She writes down goals & dreams, then chases them heart first until she lands amongst them, often falling on her face, somewhere between waiting patiently and determination.  Bree's dad once told her (before she won Ironman Louisville), “Country girls are made the strongest, remember that”.  

In Hawaii she was encouraged to take up running, which soon led her to join Kona Aquatics, buy a bike, and triathlon.  Watching the 2003 Hawaii Ironman run through her back yard, another dream was written, “I have to do Ironman."  And so she did.  In her first Ironman (2007) she not only won her 25-29 age-group, she set the amateur record!  That very day changed her entire life.  The mother of 2 year old Kainoa and 3rd grade teacher, would be trading in all her chalk and stickers for the opportunity to live out a dream.  2008 began Bree’s journey as Hawaii’s female professional triathlete.

Bree Looks to Continue Her Pursuit of Being The First Woman, From The State of Hawaii, to Finish Top 10 at The Ironman World Championships

Currently Bree is taking a one-month break, prescribed by her coach, James Cotter, to help her recover before ramping back up for the 2015 season.  Bree plans to incorporate EnduroPacks daily system of sports nutrition into her offseason training regimen to help her recover properly from her training and keep her healthy.  

We're very pleased and honored to have Bree joining our team in 2015!  You can read more about Bree on her personal blog at http://www.hibreewee.com

 

   

Pro triathlete Thomas Gerlach, EnduroPacks athlete

Thomas Gerlach, Professional Triathlete With A Number Of Podium Finishes In 2014, Joins EnduroPacks Athletes During Upcoming 2015 Season

In 2014 Thomas raced in over 20 events, ranging from duathlons to full-ironman distance races.  Thomas stays healthy by implementing a strict program which includes a healthy diet, proper rest, and EnduroPacks daily system of vitamins and minerals, to keep him healthy and performing at peak levels.  

Thomas Gerlach grew up in Madison, Wisconsin playing team sports and running circles around the other kids when it came to aerobic activity.  He found the sport of triathlon after suffering an overuse injury due to his heavy focus on running marathons during college.  His first triathlon race was in 2006 and every year since then he has been one of the most active racers and always try to have some fun and smile while I am out there competing. Since turning pro in 2011, he has a total of 7 professional podium finishes, including fifth overall in the Challenge Atlantic City Ironman, second overall in the 2014 Ironman Louisville, and third overall in the 2014 Ironman Silverman 70.3, among others.

Thomas Gerlach, Pro Triathlete

Thomas Returns For The 2015 Season In Top Condition Following an Injury That Side-Lined Him At Ironman Arizona

Thomas plans to incorporate EnduroPacks daily system of sports nutrition into his offseason training regimen to help him recover properly from his training and stay healthy. 

We're very pleased and honored to have Thomas joining our team in 2015!  You can read more about Thomas on his personal blog at www.thomasgerlach.com

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We are sharing an article written by Tina Muir, Elite Distance Runner for Saucony Hurricanes Racing Team, and former Olympic Trialist in the 10k meters.  Tina writes numerous training and nutrition articles on her blog "Fuel Your Future With Tina".  

With my MBA out of the way, I finally have time to dedicate some of my brain power to informative posts; I thought it would be good to do a series featuring what I consider the not so “secrets” of my success. Many of you may already do some, or all of these, but if not, they are the "little things" that make a BIG difference and hopefully help you become your best. If you missed the first post, you can read about the Importance of Keeping a Training Log.

Today I would like to focus on one of the nemeses (yep, I really did just use Merriam- Webster to make sure that was the plural of the word) of marathon training; strides.

In college, I loved doing strides. Okay, love may be a little strong, but I used to feel powerful and fast striding up and down the turf, mostly thanks to the other speed work that complemented my 5k/10k training. Strides gave me a pop in my step, which always led to a fast last lap to surprise even myself as I crossed the finish line.

Tina Muir EnduroPacks AmbassadorHowever, now I am slow...well, slow compared to 4:45 mile speed in college, lacking the kick I had in the "good old days". Now, strides hurt. They feel awkward, and all my muscles scream out in discomfort as they wonder why they could suddenly be expected to move so fast after over an hour of going a comfortable pace?

Whatever distance you are training for, be it 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon training, strides should become an essential part of your routine before every workout, and another 2-3 times after recovery runs. In case I am not enough motivation for you, American Record Holder Molly Huddle runs 6 strides after every recovery run, "I'll try to focus on knee lift and getting a quicker and lighter turnover than during the easy run". Running Times also backs her up stating that strides allow you to improve coordination between the nervous system and the muscles.

So what are good strides?

Within 5-10 minutes of finishing your easy/recovery runs, you should find a flat stretch 60-100m long. A track is ideal, as you can measure out the distance.

Running significantly faster than you have been for the rest of your run, but not all out, you should open up your running stride, pumping your arms, and focusing on your form. You should get up to 80-85% of your maximum speed by the middle of the stride, before slowing down again. It may feel a little uncomfortable at first, and I usually notice my hamstrings do not enjoy the first few. It will get better!

Give yourself 30-90 seconds recovery before running back.

Complete 4-6 strides, and then follow your usual post run routine.




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Running strides after recovery runs will help your body to get used to a different speed, so you can not only finish a race faster, but your body is better prepared to handle pace changes during a race.

Strides should also be completed before a workout to fire up your fast twitch muscles to simulate a race as you run race/workout pace for a few seconds. If 6x100m is too many, try doing just 2 or 4-6 shorter strides. I usually do 4; then give myself 2-3 minutes for my heart rate to come down a little, before starting the workout.

The start of a race is always fast, and you always want to finish a race fast, so why not train your body ahead of time so you can run your best on the day it matters.

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You can follow Tina on Twitter-@tinamuir, Instagram -tinamuir88, Pinterest-tinamuir88 or her blog www.tinamuir.com, and cheer her on during her upcoming races, including the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 17th.

 

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