8 Mantras to help balance life. Balance is an art, not a science. It is not black and white; what works for one person may not work for another. I do not believe that there is a singular key to creating balance, but rather that harmony arises when you do your best to embrace the present in each and every moment. There will be times when life is tough and feels completely out of balance. Sometimes it is just the nature of things that need to get done and commitments beyond sport.
Sweat rate is a critical piece of information for athletes, and it is actually fairly easy to figure out. But this relatively simple data point can have a major impact on your performance. Studies have shown as little as a 0.5% loss of body water can cause increased strain on the heart, and as little as 2-3% of total body weight can cause declines in performance — That is just 3 - 4.5 pounds for a 150 pound individual, which can easily happen during an endurance training session or race, especially during hot or humid conditions!
Sugar. This sweet and energy-rich substance (C12H22O11) has been used and treasured by humans for thousands of years. It is one of the world’s oldest documented commodities. It's also one of the most utilized ingredients in the world, and is responsible for bringing sweetness to our lives in the form of baked goods, chocolate, ice cream, and so much more. So why have these once highly valued granular bits of sweetness suddenly found their way into our health-conscious crosshairs?
Spartan. Tough Mudder. Warrior Dash. As different as the names may be, they’re all representative of a sport that has been presenting fitness enthusiasts with new challenges for the better part of the last decade. An Obstacle Course Race (OCR) isn’t just a 5K. Nor is it a triathlon, or a strength-training competition. It’s the best elements of all those events rolled into what has lovingly been described by devotees as a sufferfest, and it’s going to push your body and mind to the limit.
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege to travel the world and watch you share the joy of racing and an active healthy lifestyle with your families. Regularly, I am asked about how I balance training, racing, my coaching business, and family. I gotta say, it’s not easy but it pales in comparison to the juggling act most of you have to do.
Whether it’s hitting the highest weights, running/riding/swimming the fastest splits, or burning the most calories, getting the right nutrients pre-workout is essential to perform and feel ready to work hard. With a variety of carbohydrates, protein, and caffeine, MUD is an easy and great product to fuel up before a workout.
Caffeine is one of the most commonly used drugs in the world with millions (probably billions) of people around the world drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, and taking various caffeine containing supplements on a daily basis. Why do we love caffeine so much? Whether its the morning cup of Joe or the afternoon energy drink to get over the 3:00 slump, we are obsessed (or should I say addicted) to caffeine! It gets us going, keeps us awake, makes us feel good, and helps us swim/bike/run/paddle/lift/climb faster, further, and heavier than without it!
When it comes to protein, most people think about weight training, big muscles and "bulking-up". Do endurance athletes need protein DURING training and racing? The answer is maybe... Let's take a closer look at the ins and outs of protein for endurance athletes during training and racing.
For the past 101 years brave drivers have attacked the four turns of indianapolis Motor Speedway in late May. In that time many things have become familiar pieces of the strong annual tradition of the race.
We know that no two athletes are the same - both when it comes to their nutritional needs and how they create their perfect nutrition solution.No matter the method, our goal is for you to have your own custom blend that tastes the way YOU want and fuels you all day long without a single gel, bar, or salt pill.