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

There Was Just One Major Change To Her Training

When Christine Yu decided to run the Philadelphia Half Marathon, she pulled out the training plan that her friend created for her to prepare for the San Francisco Half Marathon and started running.  She didn’t change the plan at all – 3 runs per week, strength training, yoga and rest. 

The one major change to her training regime during the last month leading up to race days was she started adding a daily routine of vitamin and mineral supplements to her training routine.

Hear Christine Tell It...

Christine set the record straight in her blog www.lovelifesurf.com.  We shared her comments here:

Let me be upfront. I don’t take supplements. I don’t even take a multivitamin (I know, I know. I should.) I occasionally use protein powder in my smoothies. That’s it.

The main reason I don’t take supplements is because I’ve never felt that it was necessary. I should be able to get the nutrients I need from a well-rounded diet. Plus, it wasn’t like I was a serious athlete and that my dietary intake wouldn’t be able to keep up with my body’s needs. And I would always forget to take whatever vitamin/supplement I was supposed to when I was supposed to.

So it took some convincing to decide to try Enduropacks. Knowing that I was training for Philly, I thought it was a good opportunity to test it out.

Vitamin and mineral replacement is key for endurance athletes to stay healthy and recover faster. But how do you ensure that you're giving your body what it needs? EnduroPacks has created a convenient system designed to do just that. From someone who is skeptical of supplements and vitamins, I was surprised at my results.

Stay Healthy Recover FasterWhat is it?  EnduroPacks is a daily pre-, during- and post-workout system of vitamins and minerals. Since depleted vitamin and mineral levels mean sub-par performance, an increased potential for injury, and reduced recovery rate, EnduroPacks is designed to replaces essential vitamins and minerals so that your body can maintain immune system health and proper nutrition as well as improve muscle recovery while reducing soreness.

I used the system as recommended, minus a few days where I forgot to take one part of the system or didn’t apply the amino patch right after working out. Since I don’t carry water with me on most of my runs, I used the spray in my post-run water immediately upon returning home.
I was concerned about using the patch since I have sensitive skin. While it didn’t irritate me a lot, I did have to rotate the location where I applied the patch so that my skin wouldn’t become itchy. The patch can also leave behind a little residue (like a price sticker that you can’t quite peel off cleanly).

After taking a 30-day course, here are the benefits I noticed:

  1. Good runs: I run three days a week because as I’ve gotten older, I’ve recognized that my body needs a little extra rest. Even with the extra downtime, many of my runs often feel labored, and it takes a while for my legs to come to life. Like 5 out of 6 miles. While taking EnduroPacks, I can honestly say that I had many more good runs than bad. My legs never really had that dead feeling.
  2. Faster recovery: Because my legs didn’t feel dead during my runs, I also recovered faster. I’m a champion napper and often need a quick nap in the afternoon. During the month, I noticed that I wasn’t as tired during the day and I didn’t need my daily nap.
  3. Less aches and pains: I’m the queen of feeling sore and achy as my past injury history reveals. Leading up to the SF Half and Reach the Beach Relay, I was dealing with some pain in my plantar fascia and my left ankle / shin area. While the aches didn’t disappear completely, they were significantly less bothersome and didn’t inhibit my training. In fact, there were long stretches of days when I didn’t feel sore or achey.
  4. 7-minute PR at the Philadelphia Half Marathon: OK, I can’t attribute my PR entirely to EnduroPacks. Yes, I ran strong and consistently over the past year and honestly, I expected to start falling apart by the fall. That’s part of the reason why I didn’t register for the half until 3 weeks before race day. I do think that EnduroPacks played a role in allowing me to continue to run and to have one of the best races in Philly.

Vitamin and mineral replacement is key for endurance athletes to stay healthy and recover faster. But how do you ensure that you're giving your body what it needs? EnduroPacks has created a convenient system designed to do just that. From someone who is skeptical of supplements and vitamins, I was surprised at my results. 

For more details on Christine's training and to visit her blog http://www.lovelifesurf.com/enduropacks-review/

As endurance athletes, we push ourselves to the edge of our abilities to make small improvements each time we workout in hopes of becoming stronger and faster.  During our training sessions we strain ourselves to go longer or faster than is comfortable.  In the process, we cause microscopic tears in our muscle tissue.  Stimulated by the damage, our bodies react by adapting to the stress.  Our fuel stores open for maximum refueling, and our veins deliver white blood cells to repair the micro tears.

So the question is, are we becoming better athletes during our workouts, or is it the time in between them?  Neglecting to take sufficient rest or replenish our depleted bodies' needs not only limits our improvements, but can start a negative downward spiral. "It happens at least once a year," says Lauren Fleshman, who finished 7th in the World Championships 5k in 2011 (highest American finish in history). "I get busy or impatient and I justify it, saying, 'I'm getting in the workouts, I'm checking the boxes, that's what's important.' I let the recovery aspects go, and I wind up sick or injured. I realize then that it's time to get focused and do the little things right.  Sometimes I just need a kick in the butt."

Recovery Window

Justin Whittaker, D.C., a Portland, Ore.-based chiropractor who works on some of the world's top track athletes, stresses the importance of refueling as a key component to recovery. "You have a predictable timeline," he says. "For two hours post-workout your body is trying to restock what it's just bfurnt. For those two hours it's metabolizing, breaking down, synthesizing to the liver everything that's available. If you wait 'til you've driven home and showered you won't be absorbing the nutrients as well as you could." For that reason it's his advice to keep a recovery product (food, drink or supplement) on hand, either in your car or gym bag.

Recovery Techniques

Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan floats. "For me, hydrotherapy is an absolute must," she says. "During my heavy training I don't go more than once a week, but that weightless time just helps flush everything out." If you can't make it to the pool, take a cool bath. Ice is nice, but not necessary–just run cool water from the tap deep enough to cover your legs for a recovery boost.

Schedule a massage two or more hours post-race.  Massages too soon to finishing the race can create more soreness. Massage can have a dramatic effect on recovery times, and they are a wonderful reward.  You can also perform your own massage with some of the products on the market like "the Stick" and foam rollers.  They are great for deep tissue massage for hamstrings, calves, thighs and hips.

Ian Dobson, 2008 Olympian at 5,000m, views each of his runs as part stress, part recovery.  Dobson moves. "Even if I'm feeling tired, I make sure to take a walk and move all my joints," he says.  Recovery is heavily dependent on blood flow.  Make a point of getting up from your desk or out of your car for a few minutes every hour.

Dobson also does dynamic stretches.  Get more bang for your buck with high-energy, fullbody movements that stretch muscles and increase joint mobility.  High knee marches, standing leg swings or full squats all do the trick.

Making The Most of Your Training

Although muscle breakdown is needed in order to improve overall muscle fitness, it is important to remember that too much muscle trauma can have a negative effect, especially early in your training program.  

Mix Carbs and Protein: Studies show that the addition of protein to a carbohydrate-rich recovery supplement enhances insulin release in the blood, leading to an increased carbohydrate uptake by your muscle cells and a subsequent increase in glycogen manufacturing.

Taking a daily regimen of high-quality vitamin and mineral supplements will ensure your body stays healthy during training and speeds up the recovery process.  

 

You know the feeling you get, when you’re flying down the highway at 80mph and you pass a cop?  A momentary flash that began when you saw the car, and ended when the car didn’t pursue.  For me, that same sensation carved out a temporary residence in my core and didn’t check out for months when I was diagnosed with Non-Hogkins Lymphoma in 2005.  And yet, that fear would come to pass.

Cancer has always been my body’s way of pushing me around.  Triathlon has become my way of pushing back

Six years later- after a few health scares, multiple Ironman finishes, 2 Ironman World Championship qualifications, I started PAINCAVE. And here we are-two years later.  Our subscription numbers continue to grow, our library of episodes is expanding, Race Directors are partnering with us, and we’ve created a brand that we are all proud of.  We are becoming Life’s Change Agent.  The challenges I face now are easily drowned out by my belief in what I am doing.  The difficulty when starting a business is that often times you are so insulated, each decision occurring in a vacuum, it’s easy to lose sight of this belief.

“Promote Health and proper nutrition for athletes… reduce soreness and aid recovery… provide the Nutrients Athletes Need to Train more effectively.”

EnduroPacks aren’t just a product you buy, they are an essential tool built on a foundation of principles, principles that have inspired many of our lives.

After my diagnosis, my oncologist basically said “if you want to stay ahead of this, be as healthy as you can be… people get tired walking up a flight of stairs because they’re out of shape, you don’t have that luxury. Stay as fit as possible so that symptoms that would be ignored by others raise huge red flags for you.”

And that’s what I’ve done. EnduroPacks daily system is exactly what is required for me to maintain as sharp an edge as possible in pursuit of Good Health. A pursuit we all endeavor to make. The better I feel, the greater the delta between “normal” and “sick.” For many of you, improvement may be the sole motivation. We can all live with that.

Visit PAINCAVE at www.paincave.com and try a full free episode.  Take PAINCAVE for a test ride and experience "Life's Change Agent".  Use promo code: "ENDUROPACKS" to receive 20% off of an annual membership. 

EnduroPacks is very pleased to announce our new partnership with the Breakaway Training team out of San Diego, California.

Breakaway Training Team

Breakaway Training is a Premier Multisport Team that works with all types of athletes ranging from the elite level triathlete, front to back-of-the-pack age groupers, or anyone who simply wants to finish a triathlon, marathon, or first 5k. The coaches and team members at Breakaway have had some impressive results as well

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