EnduroPacks is excited to welcome professional triathlete, Nick Brodnicki to our elite team! After a number of years in the age group ranks Nick began his pro triathlon career in 2013. Coming from a swimming background it was just a matter of learning to ride and run, and lots of hard work! With a few top-15 finishes in his first two seasons as a pro, Nick is looking for a break-through year in 2015.
Along with his training and racing he works hard to share his passion for the sport of triathlon with others through his coaching. Working as a USAT and USAC certified coach Nick coaches many levels of athletes and masters swim. Nick is a coach with Endorphin Fitness and a member of the US Pro Tri Team.
Food provides a range of different nutrients. Some nutrients provide energy, while others are essential for growth and maintenance of the body. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are macronutrients that we need to eat in relatively large amounts in the diet as they provide our bodies with energy and also the building blocks for growth and maintenance of a healthy body. Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients which are only needed in small amounts, but are essential to keep us healthy.Read More
Multi-electrolyte replacement is critical for sports enthusiasts. High volume oxygen intake during athletic exertion oxidizes blood cells faster than normal and increases the change of anemia. Electrolytes are the ultimate oxygenator of all living cells through a process known as bio-oxygenation. The building of muscle and the production of energy draws on chromium, acting as a cofactor to insulin. It also promotes the entrance of glucose and amino acids into the cells to make muscle. A loss of potassium can cause dizzy spells or lightheadedness, especially during exertion in hot weather.Read More
The following is an excerpt from a peer reviewed article in Medscape, titled: Nutrition and Athletic Performance by: Nancy R. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM, Nancy M. DiMarco, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM, Susie Langley, MS, RD, CSSD
Vitamins and minerals are the two types of micronutrients. While only needed in small amounts, they play important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heart beat, cellular pH and bone density. Lack of micronutrients can lead to stunted growth in children and increased risk for various diseases in adulthood. Without proper consumption of micronutrients, humans can suffer from diseases such as rickets (lack of vitamin D), scurvy (lack of vitamin C) and osteoporosis (lack of calcium).
Micronutrients play an important role in energy production, hemoglobin synthesis, maintenance of bone health, adequate immune function, and protection of body against oxidative damage. They assist with synthesis and repair of muscle tissue during recovery from exercise and injury. Exercise stresses many of the metabolic pathways where micronutrients are required, and exercise training may result in muscle biochemical adaptations that increase micronutrient needs. Routine exercise may also increase the turnover and loss of these micronutrients from the body. As a result, greater intakes of micronutrients may be required to cover increased needs for building, repair, and maintenance of lean body mass in athletes.
The most common vitamins and minerals found to be of concern in athletes' diets are calcium and vitamin D, the B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, as well as some antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, β-carotene, and selenium.[46-50] Athletes at greatest risk for poor micronutrient status are those who restrict energy intake or have severe weight-loss practices, who eliminate one or more of the food groups from their diet, or who consume unbalanced and low micronutrient-dense diets. These athletes may benefit from a daily multivitamin-and-mineral supplement. Use of vitamin and mineral supplements does not improve performance in individuals consuming nutritionally adequate diets.[46-48,50]
Adequate intake of B vitamins is important to ensure optimum energy production and the building and repair of muscle tissue.[48,51] The B-complex vitamins have two major functions directly related to exercise. Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine (B6), pantothenic acid, and biotin are involved in energy production during exercise,[46,51] whereas folate and vitamin B12 are required for the production of red blood cells, for protein synthesis, and in tissue repair and maintenance including the CNS. Of the B vitamins, riboflavin, pyridoxine, folate, and vitamin B12 are frequently low in female athletes' diets, especially those who are vegetarian or have disordered eating patterns.[47,48]
Limited research has been conducted to examine whether exercise increases the need for the B-complex vitamins.[46,48] Some data suggest that exercise may slightly increase the need for these vitamins as much as twice the current recommended amount; however, these increased needs can generally be met with higher energy intakes. Although short-term marginal deficiencies of B vitamins have not been observed to impact performance, severe deficiency of vitamin B12, folate, or both may result in anemia and reduced endurance performance.[46,47,52] Therefore, it is important that athletes consume adequate amounts of these micronutrients to support their efforts for optimal performance and health.
Vitamin D is required for adequate calcium absorption, regulation of serum calcium and phosphorus levels, and promotion of bone health. Vitamin D also regulates the development and homeostasis of the nervous system and skeletal muscle.[53-55] Athletes who live at northern latitudes or who train primarily indoors throughout the year, such as gymnasts and figure skaters, are at risk for poor vitamin D status, especially if they do not consume foods fortified with vitamin D.[50,56,57] These athletes would benefit from supplementation with vitamin D at the DRI level (5 μg·d−1 or 200 IU for ages 19-49 yr).[54,56,58-61] A growing number of experts advocate that the RDA for vitamin D is not adequate.[53,62,63]
The antioxidant nutrients, vitamins C and E, β-carotene, and selenium, play important roles in protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage. Because exercise can increase oxygen consumption by 10- to 15-fold, it has been hypothesized that long-term exercise produces a constant "oxidative stress" on the muscles and other cells leading to lipid peroxidation of membranes. Although short-term exercise may increase levels of lipid peroxide by-products, habitual exercise has been shown to result in an augmented antioxidant system and reduced lipid peroxidation.[50,65] Thus, a well-trained athlete may have a more developed endogenous antioxidant system than a sedentary person. Whether exercise increases the need for antioxidant nutrients remains controversial. There is little evidence that antioxidant supplements enhance physical performance.[49,50,64,66] Athletes at greatest risk for poor antioxidant intakes are those following a low-fat diet, restricting energy intakes, or limiting dietary intakes of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.[29,66]
The evidence that a combination of antioxidants or single antioxidants such as vitamin E may be helpful in reducing inflammation and muscle soreness during recovery from intense exercise remains unclear.[42,67] Although the ergogenic potential of vitamin E concerning physical performance has not been clearly documented, endurance athletes may have a higher need for this vitamin. Indeed, vitamin E supplementation has been shown to reduce lipidperoxidation during aerobic/endurance exercise and have a limited effect with strength training. There is some evidence that vitamin E may attenuate exercise-induced DNA damage and enhance recovery in certain active individuals; however, more research is needed. Athletes should be advised not to exceed the tolerable upper intake levels (UL) for antioxidants because higher doses could be pro-oxidative with potential negative effects.[46,64,68]
Vitamin C supplements do not seem to have an ergogenic effect if the diet provides adequate amounts of this nutrient. Because strenuous and prolonged exercise has been shown to increase the need for vitamin C, physical performance can be compromised with marginal vitamin C status or deficiency. Athletes who participate in habitual prolonged, strenuous exercise should consume 100-1000 mg of vitamin C daily.[47,69,70]
The primary minerals low in the diets of athletes, especially female athletes, are calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Low intakes of these minerals are often due to energy restriction or avoidance of animal products.
Calcium. Calcium is especially important for growth, maintenance and repair of bone tissue, maintenance of blood calcium levels, regulation of muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and normal blood clotting. Inadequate dietary calcium and vitamin D increase the risk of low bone mineral density and stress fractures. Female athletes are at greatest risk for low bone mineral density if energy intakes are low, dairy products and other calcium-rich foods are inadequate or eliminated from the diet, and menstrual dysfunction is present.[47,52,55,71-73]
Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D should be determined after nutrition assessment. Current recommendations for athletes with disordered eating, amenorrhea, and risk for early osteoporosis are 1500 mg of elemental calcium and 400-800 IU of vitamin D per day.[50,72,73]
Iron. Iron is required for the formation of oxygen-carrying proteins, hemoglobin and myoglobin, and for enzymes involved in energy production.[50,74] Oxygen-carrying capacity is essential for endurance exercise as well as normal function of the nervous, behavioral, and immune systems.[64,74] Iron depletion (low iron stores) is one of the most prevalent nutrient deficiencies observed among athletes, especially females. Iron deficiency, with or without anemia, can impair muscle function and limit work capacity.[47,58,75,76] Iron requirements for endurance athletes, especially distance runners, are increased by approximately 70%.[58,74] Athletes who are vegetarian or regular blood donors should aim for an iron intake greater than their respective RDA (i.e., >18 mg and >8 mg, for men and women respectively).
The high incidence of iron depletion among athletes is usually attributed to inadequate energy intake. Other factors that can impact iron status include vegetarian diets that have poor iron availability, periods of rapid growth, training at high altitudes, increased iron losses in sweat, feces, urine, menstrual blood, intravascular hemolysis, foot-strike hemolysis, regular blood donation, or injury.[50,75,77] Athletes, especially women, long-distance runners, adolescents, and vegetarians should be screened periodically to assess and monitor iron status.[75,77,78]
Because reversing iron deficiency anemia can require 3-6 months, it is advantageous to begin nutrition intervention before iron deficiency anemia develops.[47,75] Although depleted iron stores (low serum ferritin) are more prevalent in female athletes, the incidence of iron deficiency anemia in athletes is similar to that of the nonathlete female population.[50,75,77] Chronic iron deficiency, with or without anemia, that results from consistently poor iron intake can negatively impact health, physical, and mental performance and warrants prompt medical intervention and monitoring.[76,78]
Some athletes may experience a transient decrease in serum ferritin and hemoglobin at the initiation of training due to hemodilution after an increase in plasma volume known as "dilutional" or "sports anemia" and may not respond to nutrition intervention. These changes seem to be a beneficial adaptation to aerobic training, which do not negatively impact performance.
In athletes who are iron-deficient, iron supplementation not only improves blood biochemical measures and iron status but also increases work capacity as evidenced by increasing oxygen uptake, reducing heart rate, and decreasing lactate concentration during exercise. There is some evidence that athletes who are iron-deficient but do not have anemia may benefit from iron supplementation.[50,75] Recent findings provide additional support for improved performance (i.e., less skeletal muscle fatigue) when iron supplementation was prescribed as 100-mg ferrous sulfate for 4-6 wk. Improving work capacity and endurance, increasing oxygen uptake, reducing lactate concentrations, and reducing muscle fatigue are benefits of improved iron status.
Zinc. Zinc plays a role in growth, building and repair of muscle tissue, energy production, and immune status. Diets low in animal protein, high in fiber and vegetarian diets, in particular, are associated with decreased zinc intake.[50,52] Zinc status has been shown to directly affect thyroid hormone levels, BMR, and protein use, which in turn can negatively affect health and physical performance.
Survey data indicate that a large number of North Americans have zinc intakes below recommended levels.[74,75,79] Athletes, particularly females, are also at risk for zinc deficiency. The impact of low zinc intakes on zinc status is difficult to measure because clear assessment criteria have not been established and plasma zinc concentrations may not reflect changes in whole-body zinc status.[47,79]Decreases in cardiorespiratory function, muscle strength, and endurance have been noted with poor zinc status. The UL for zinc is 40 mg. Athletes should be cautioned against single-dose zinc supplements because they often exceed this amount, and unnecessary zinc supplementation may lead to low HDL cholesterol and nutrient imbalances by interfering with absorption of other nutrients such as iron and copper. Further, the benefits of zinc supplementation to physical performance have not been established.
Magnesium. Magnesium plays a variety of roles in cellular metabolism (glycolysis, fat, and protein metabolism) and regulates membrane stability and neuromuscular, cardiovascular, immune, and hormonal functions.[47,55] Magnesium deficiency impairs endurance performance by increasing oxygen requirements to complete submaximal exercise. Athletes in weight-class and body-conscious sports, such as wrestling, ballet, gymnastics, and tennis, have been reported to consume inadequate dietary magnesium. Athletes should be educated about good food sources of magnesium. In athletes with low magnesium status, supplementation might be beneficial.
Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium Sodium is a critical electrolyte, particularly for athletes with high sweat losses.[80-83] Many endurance athletes will require much more than the UL for sodium (2.3 g·d−1) and chloride (3.6 g·d−1). Sports drinks containing sodium (0.5-0.7 g·L−1) and potassium (0.8-2.0 g·L−1), as well as carbohydrate, are recommended for athletes especially in endurance events (>2 h).[50,80,82,83]
Potassium is important for fluid and electrolyte balance, nerve transmission, and active transport mechanisms. During intense exercise, plasma potassium concentrations tend to decline to a lesser degree than sodium. A diet rich in a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds, dairy foods, lean meats, and whole grains is usually considered adequate for maintaining normal potassium status among athletes.[32,83]
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The Pleasant Prairie Triathlon starts and finishes in the picturesque setting of Prairie Springs Park. Lake Andrea, a sparkling 100-acre spring fed lake, will serve as the venue for the swim portion of the race. The bike course uses picturesque roads within the Village of Pleasant Prairie as well as a new frontage road, with long straight-aways. The run course will take you through Prairie Springs Park, on paved and gravel paths.
This course is FAST! So if you're looking for a race to set a new PR, this is it! Pleasant Prairie Triathlon attracts athletes of all levels, including a number of well known professionals. Professional triathlete Paul Eicher has won the International distance the past two years, beating out other elite athletes like Lukas Verzbicas (2013), and Andrew Nielsen (2014).
Athletes who register for the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon event will have the option of adding EnduroPacks daily nutrition system to their training in preparation for their upcoming race. Athletes of all levels have experienced benefits to their endurance training and recovery when consistently adding essential, all-natural, pre-, during-, and post-workout nutrients into their training diets.
Our system contains a 30-day supply of 4 essential products:
Going on it's 11th year the Harryman Triathlon takes place at New York's Harriman State Park offering participants Half and Olympic distance options. Lake Welch serves as the backdrop for this early season race. Only 30 miles from New York City, Harriman State Park's scenic beauty and hilly terrain will make you feel like you're in the Adirondacks. Another draw for athletes to compete in this event is the start time, 9am for Half-ironman and 10:30am for Olympic distance participants.
Register today to race one of New York's most scenic and challenging races of the season. Race participants that sign up for the Harryman Triathlon event will have the option of adding EnduroPacks daily nutrition system to their training in preparation for their upcoming race. Athletes of all levels have experienced benefits to their endurance training and recovery when consistently adding essential, all-natural, pre-, during-, and post-workout nutrients into their training diets.
Genesis Adventures' Harryman Triathlon takes place on May 16th. Be sure to register for this amazing race with spectacular scenery, and a day filled with fun, for athletes of all ages and abilities.
The Huntington Triathlon is one of Long Island’s finest races! This race includes a 750 meter swim at the beautiful Crab Meadow Beach, a scenic 9.8 mile bike ride through the hills of the Town of Huntington, and finishes with a 3.3 mile run through the charming streets of Northport which includes an uphill on the first half and a downhill on the second. The finish line will be at the spectator friendly Crab Meadow Beach where your friends and families will be able to cheer you on!
Registrants that sign up for the Huntington Triathlon event will have the option of adding EnduroPacks daily nutrition system to their training in preparation for their upcoming race. Athletes of all levels have experienced benefits to their endurance training and recovery when consistently adding essential, all-natural, pre-, during-, and post-workout nutrients into their training diets. Now Huntington Triathlon participants can experience these training benefits as well.
To find out more about the Town of Huntington Triathlon event, visit their website at http://www.madetotri.com
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
As a runner it's important to eat foods that will properly fuel your training. Here's a list of some delicious foods that will offer you the greatest health benefits in the long run!