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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

1st Qualifying Ride Complete - Paris-Brest-Paris 2019!!!


Last year, thanks to a fellow ESR rider and friend Tim O'Callahan I dipped my toe into the world of Randonneuring.  In 2018 I did a couple of 200 km Brevets, a 384 km Fleche Ride and the 400 km Cremore Classic.  While riding the Cremore - I learned a lot more about this Paris-Brest-Paris thing, it occurs every 4 years, it is coming up this August and it frankly sounded epic.  I tucked it away quietly and hoped that I could find my way there.

With my 400 km ride last year, it allows me to pre-register for Paris-Brest-Paris and that is what I just did.  I am so excited, my starting time is 8:30  pm on August 18.  We have 90 hrs to complete the 1200 km, we all need a little nervous energy....I am so excited.  There will be 5 of us total riding: Brenda, Tim, Chappy and Matt.  Pretty certain that Geoff will be making the trek to support us at the control points and driving our rental RV.

I have just completed the first qualifying ride, the Rondeau Rando (200 km - https://www.strava.com/activities/2253446834).  Definitely a tough day - always hard starting a big ride in the rain and near freezing temperatures.  Brenda, Tim, Brian, Lorelei and I rolled out around 7 am for what was cold and wet for the entire day.  Funny when you ride in conditions like that and explore your limits, you appreciate everything, yesterday I had the best chicken noodle soup, the best coffee, the best coffee and finally the best shower at 8 pm - Glorious!!!


Now I am down to 3 more qualifying rides: 300, 400 and 600 km brevets before June 20 in order to convert my pre-registration into a confirmed registration.  Hasn't always been this way, but due to many withdrawals they have added these qualifying rides.  At present, this is what I know about my schedule:
  • April 13th, 400 km - Corinth, Greece
  • May 18th, 300 km - Detroit, MI
  • June 8th, 600 km - Windsor
I always love having something big on the horizon, something that scares and excites me at the same time.  I have that with my Paris-Brest-Paris journey - I will share the highs and lows as they unfold.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Infinit Nutrition Canada Partners Up With The National Cycling Centre of Hamilton


The Canadian nutrition company will provide fuel for the NCCH athletes.

Windsor, Ontario, Canada: Infinit Nutrition Canada is a leader in ultra-premium custom-blended nutritional sports drinks and is announcing their newest partnership with The National Cycling Centre of Hamilton. Infinit Nutrition Canada will be fuelling the cyclists from The National Cycling Centre of Hamilton with their Race Fuel sports drink products throughout the year.

“Infinit Nutrition Canada is thrilled to support the great work NCCH is doing in the world of cycling.  NCCH and Infinit strive for the same things - helping cyclists of any level, from beginner to the most competitive athletes reach their full potential.  We are happy to be a part of growing the Canadian cycling community through this partnership. – Darcy Haggith, CEO of Infinit Nutrition Canada.

“NCCH & X-Speed United is extremely pleased to partner with INFINIT Nutrition, a Canadian company. Our Development team - NCCH pb Franklin Templeton Investments feeds into NCCH pb MGCC Trade Team, which then  feeds into X-Speed United Continental. All of our athletes will have access to INFINIT Nutrition products and advice. It is our aim to have all levels of our organization exposed to the same sponsor products, and services. It just adds value to NCCH and the sponsors reach.  " – Rick Lee, Manager of NCCH.

The National Cycling Centre Hamilton is a not-for-profit corporation and was created as a legacy organization following the very successful 2003 UCI World Road Cycling Championships in Hamilton Ontario. We hold together with full-time and part-time staff, as well as many wonderful, helpful volunteers.

Our Centre is one of five nationally recognized cycling centres in Canada and is responsible for identifying, recruiting, testing, coaching and training high performance and development athletes in the Province of Ontario. The Centre is formally partnered with the Canadian Cycling Association, the Ontario Cycling Association, the City of Hamilton and McMaster University. Since its creation in 2005, the Centre has assisted over 75 athletes win medals at National Championships and/or become members of the Canadian National Cycling Team. For more information visit http://ncch.ca.


Infinit Nutrition Canada is proud to fuel Canada's most elite athletes, recreational athletes and weekend warriors with the highest grade, ultra-premium nutritional sports drinks. Nearly all sourced materials are from Canada and manufactured proudly in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Infinit Nutrition is proud to fuel the most elite athletes, recreational athletes, and weekend warriors, through the understanding of individual needs and by providing the purest nutritional sports drinks to fuel them. For more information, visit www.infinitnutrition.ca or contact Infinit Nutrition Canada directly at 1-877-691-3835 or by email at cs@infinitnutrition.ca.


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Contact Details:
Darcy Haggith
President
877-691-3835
darcy@infinitnutrition.ca

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Julie Kelly: Canada’s Elite Ultra-Endurance Mountain Bike Racer



The Rider

Imagine riding your mountain bike through the woods, up and down steep hills as fast as you can pedal. All the while, time is against you and other riders are right behind you fighting to get ahead - keep in mind this race is for 24 hours. This is Julie Kelly’s world! She is a world-renown 24hr Canadian Mountain Bike racer and is one of the top five in the world.
She works and lives in Fernie, BC where she often walks and rides with her Jack Russel through the trail network. Julie also oversees the non-motorized trails for the Fernie Trails Alliance. She is also a fitness instructor and personal trainer and has taken up skate ski racing. In her off time, Julie is always training her body in some way through staying active.

Competitors Are Driven

If Julie could talk to the earlier racer version of herself she would tell herself,
“Be positive. Stay strong mentally and physically. Race your own race and stay focused on the moment. “
As an individual, Julie likes to test her limits. She likes the challenge along with the journey of what you can achieve both physically and mentally. She’s interested in seeing what she can accomplish and what she can learn from each experience to get better for the following race.

World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships

Last October, Julie raced in the World Solo 24hr Championships held in Scotland. She claims that it was by far the most challenging race she had ever competed in. This was because most of the race had high winds pushing against her, pouring rain and it was a super competitive field. Despite the vigorous challenges, she was able to prevail and finished 5th in the Women’s Elite field.


In The Beginning


When Julie first started racing, she was confident in her abilities to compete. She recalls, in her first race, she was very nervous but she trusted in the process and believed her training prepared her enough to compete. Once the first race was over, she was craving for more. Julie gradually moved into bigger events and eventually got into the 24hr team race and then onto the Solo category.

Julie’s Advice to Future Riders:

Have a proper nutrition plan like Infinit Canada. You need to make sure you have your nutrition dialed, both on and off the bike make sure you’re properly fueling. We’ve all made that mistake where we haven’t had enough calories whether its liquid or other nutrition. You need to make sure you keep on top of hydration and nutrition or you won’t be able to achieve your optimal performance. Then you have to make sure you’re doing the same thing off the bike - that’s key. You have to train hard and know there are  going to be times where it's going to be challenging!  Make sure you’re taking the time to recover properly, find that proper balance. Of course proper sleep plays a critical role as well. So if you want to have that top performance make sure all these things are dialed in.

What Has Been The Impact of Infinit Canada on your Career?

In Julie’s first 24hr race she took too much sodium on with the combination of liquid and supplements. When Julie spoke with Darcy from Infinit Canada, they were able to identify what works best for her with the type of activity she does. They also reviewed how much sweat she would be producing and what the temperature of the environment was and how much her weight would fluctuate during the race. “You need to adjust and supplement based on various factors which Infinit Canada did with me.” Infinit allows her to stay on the bike longer and keep moving.


Julie’s Upcoming Races


Be sure to check out Julie and show your support as she competes in these upcoming events:
April 2019: Two Wheel Ten Hour, Spokane, WA
May 2019: Salty Dog, Salmon Arm, BC
May 2019: 24 Hours Round the Clock, Spokane, WA
July 2019: Butte 100 Miler Race, Butte, MT

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Staying Hydrated Is So Simple. Why Do Many Endurance Athletes Train and Race In A Dehydrated State?


Ignorance.

My pain is your gain!  A bit of background, I raced Lake Placid Ironman 6 years in a row starting in 2002.  As is the case for many first timers, this initial one was a bit of a kick in the gut.  I really wasn't prepared for what was to come.  In 2003 & 2004, I learned a lot more lessons, while I continued to increase my fitness level and the results were better and better.  In 2005, I was coached by Richard Pady and now on Infinit - had the race of my dreams - went from 11:29 in 2004 to a 10:45, was elated.  But wanted more!!!  I now felt I was close enough to compete for my dream of going to Kona, figured I would have to go 10:10 - 10:15.  Qualified for Boston in the fall of 2005, my run was there, my swim, well improved enough to limit losses in the water and the bike was stronger than ever with all the Computrainer miles.  So how did it go?  Well, I fell flat on my face.

The race started off perfectly - I swam a 1:08:30 (1:49 - fast for me), I biked a 5:28 on a tough Placid course (good enough for 96 overall out of more than 2000 athletes). Now all I needed to do was run the way I was running off the bike all season long.  I was hoping to run 7:30 to start and fade a bit to near 8.  It was clear during my first mile that I was in trouble - I ran the first mile at 7:55 and really struggled to hold that, as the miles went by - the pace continued to balloon - ended up running the whole thing, but with a pace of 9:15, finished with a 4:02, more than 35 minutes slower then I was trained to go.  As soon as I finished, I knew I was in trouble, nauseous, dizzy, chilled - shortly after they woke me up in the med tent, I had passed out.  I still marvel at the mind's ability to push through - I ended the race at 162 pounds after starting at 172.  Clearly, I was dehydrated, severely!

So, of course, I was down with the result, was happy I got through it but did a lot of soul searching, trying to figure out how it was I got so dehydrated.  I took a bottle an hour, maybe a bit more - thought I was good.  This is where the learning came - I spent a lot of time reading and researching how to know how hydrated you are, my rate of fluid loss and most importantly how much do I have to ingest to stay reasonably hydrated.  After very carefully taking pre-workout and post-workout weights, while monitoring my total intake - I was able to determine my fluid loss rate was 1200 ml/hr.  This was an "ah-ha!" moment.  Think about it - over a 10 hr race, I am losing 1200 ml/hr and I was taking in just above 600 ml per hr - not a surprise I ended the race severely dehydrated.  FYI this was the case for all the previous races as well.

Now fast forward to when we get an opportunity to interact with an athlete during a custom consult.  Of course, we create a blend that has the right amount and mix of carbs, flavour preferences are aligned with customer expectations, electrolyte levels are good and the total calories result in a blend that is a good concentration (so it easily empties and absorbs).  But something that is just important is the work we do on hydration with each athlete.  Being well hydrated helps us perform now, but maybe more importantly, it allows us to recover fast - the faster we recover, the better we feel.  It may be normal for endurance athletes to be sore and fatigued after long workouts, but it doesn't have to be that way.  If you are fading at the end of long training sessions, cramping, feeling any symptoms like being dizzy, nauseous or chilled it could be you are dehydrated.  The best way to avoid this is to stop guessing.

Every athlete we get to work with, we spend 10 minutes on hydration and then send them a tool to capture their data and calculate their personal fluid loss rate.  Really an education tool, you can start to see how increasing intensity or riding in hotter temperatures drives the sweat response upwards.  Your body strives to keep the core body temperature constant, increasing power (intensity) and training/racing in heat increases the core body temperature and your body's response to control it, sweating.  This was a light bulb moment for me in 2006 and has been a key enabler for many athletes we have had the pleasure to work with.

The Sweat Test:

  1. Pick a run at least 90 mins or ride greater than 2 hrs. 
  2. Weigh yourself with a digital scale with no clothes on, after you have urinated (empty bladder). Record weight.
  3. Workout. Drink normally, but make sure you know how much you consumed during the training. 
  4. As soon after the training as possible, weigh yourself again with no clothes (dry off if sweaty), after you have urinated.  Record weight. 
  5. Then you simply enter the weights, pre and post, the duration of the exercise in minutes and finally the total fluids you ingested.  Say a 3 hr ride you had 3 bottles, this would be 1800 ml.
  6. The tool does the calculations for you, it will show your level of dehydration and your fluid loss rate/hr. Good to do multiple tests over a season to see how intensity and temperature affect your results. This increases your learnings and gives you a bigger library of data to draw on.
  7. How to use the fluid rate loss data.  Using my typical value of 1200 ml/hr, for the intensity I train at and the usual Windsor weather, you want to take in about 75% of your number.  For that 1200 ml that is 900 ml/hr or a bottle and a half.
If you want to be on top of the podium or at least your best, you have to hydrate!
So now you have the ability to measure your level of dehydration, calculate your fluid rate loss and how to stay reasonably hydrated.  Doing so will have you feeling better on your longer efforts as well you will recovery optimally.  If you are ever "off" after longer efforts, don't feel like eating/drinking, overly tired, nauseous there is a good chance you haven't hydrated effectively.  Don't let something this simple get in the way of your true potential, like it did for me back in 2006......aggghhh!!!


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Monday, February 25, 2019

Infinit Nutrition Canada Teams Up With Real Deal Racing



After a record-breaking event, Infinit Nutrition Canada will fuel Real Deal Racing.

WINDSOR, Ontario - Feb. 24, 2019 -- Infinit Nutrition Canada is a leader in ultra-premium custom-blended nutritional sports drinks and is announcing their newest partnership with Real Deal Racing. Infinit Nutrition Canada will be fuelling cyclists with their sports drink products at every Real Deal Racing event. This partnership was made apparent after Infinit Nutrition Canada successfully fuelled Ed Veal for 24 hrs during his cycling fundraiser at the Forest City's Velodrome, in London, Ontario. Ed was able to set a new national record by cycling a total distance of 735 kms within that timeframe.

"We were thrilled to be part of Ed Veal's 24 hr Track Attack - that raised nearly $60 000.  After Ed cycled 735 kms, fuelled on Infinit - it made sense for us to find a way of working together. We are excited to be fuelling one of the best cycling teams in Ontario and the exposure it will bring to our Infinit brand." – Darcy Haggith, CEO of Infinit Nutrition Canada.

"I love the mild flavor and how easy it is to drink. The 24hr distance record was the ultimate test as I drank 20 bottles of Infinit product over the 24 hour period. I got all the nutrition I needed and even after all those bottles, I still looked forward to drinking it and it never once did it upset my stomach" - Ed Veal, owner of Real Deal Racing

RealDeal Racing is more than your average cycling team. They are a coaching business, an event organizer and a cycling team owner/operator all rolled into one. Their passion is the sport of cycling and giving back to the sport that gives them so much in return. To find out more about Real Deal Racing visit https://www.realdealracing.ca.

Infinit Nutrition Canada is proud to fuel Canada's most elite athletes, recreational athletes and weekend warriors with the highest grade, ultra-premium nutritional sports drinks. Nearly all sourced materials are from Canada and manufactured proudly in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Infinit Nutrition is proud to fuel the most elite athletes, recreational athletes, and weekend warriors, through the understanding of individual needs and by providing the purest nutritional sports drinks to fuel them. For more information, contact Infinit Nutrition Canada directly at 1-877-691-3835 or by email at cs@infinitnutrition.ca. Find out more about Infinit Nutrition Canada by visiting https://www.infinitcanada.com.

Contact Details:
Darcy Haggith
President
877-691-3835
darcy@infinitnutrition.ca

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

There is No "I" In "Team" - 24 Hr Real Deal


If you didn't get a chance last week to read our Read Deal 24 Hr Track Attack Post, this is the prequel to this entry.

Some things are just so cool and grand that you want to be part of them. The Track 24 Hr. Attack was just that.  Simple: just ride 24 hrs and raise $25000 to improve the heating and lighting at the Forest City Velodrome.  After connecting with Ed Veal (the chief participant), and coming up with a fuelling strategy, my attention quickly turned to ‘how can I join in the fun and help them hit their goal of raising the $25K?’  Ed put me in touch with the club president, Craig, to arrange to set me up on a rental bike and share some details.

An old friend describes my life as Tetris - he says ‘you just seem to turn the blocks and they all fall into place’.  I played a little Tetris this weekend and it was amazing.  My plan was to complete my long trainer ride in the morning as normal (training for Paris-Brest-Paris - have to get my miles in), and then head up to the ride to arrive at 4 pm in London, Ontario. I ended up getting there at 5 pm, and headed into a transformed Forest City Velodrome. I have ridden here twice for introductory track sessions and the facility didn't look like this:



Once up at the top of the track, I was amazed and thrilled - the infield was filled and there were 15-20 riders on the track.  This is a big deal! What a community!  I asked one of the volunteers if they knew where Craig was, and went down and introduced myself.  There was lots going on yet Craig asked me, “Can I help you bring your tent in?” Awesome. We quickly got our stuff, and he proceeded to get my bike, which I was going to ride between midnight and 4 am.  
Great vibe here! Setting up the tent I met Amanda - Ed's wife and a major support during the 24 hrs.  Amanda was amazing. She told me how grateful she and Ed were that we at Infinit had taken care of the fuel. Her incredulous comment regarding (Cold Brew) this coffee protein stuff: "Where has this been all my life?!"  Everything felt great.  Next, it was off to my parents for dinner and a chance to watch the Leafs game together.  My long-time friend Corey came over to catch the game as well, so my boots were being filled! 

After the game, I got my bike kit on and headed back to the velodrome.  There was still lots of activity when I arrived at 11:30 pm.  I got my bike set, got the lap counter sensor on the bike and I was ready to go.  I don’t know if you have ever ridden a fixed gear track bike or not.  There is no coasting: if you are moving, the pedals are moving. The only brakes are your legs and when you stop, you best click out at the right time or you topple!  I was worried about the moment of truth.  When I got on the bike - I mentally rehearsed this the two nights prior so I wouldn't fall flat starting or stopping. I guess that helped because I was good.  Ok, now this will be easy. Just ride- that's what I do.  I ride lots, so this will be good.


My goal was to go at least 100 km or 725 laps.  I was riding fine and starting to get into a groove - not terribly fast. Every few laps the main group (which included at least one of the Real Deal Racing Team members) and Ed would pass me, I would always hear ‘Stick!’ - basically hold your line so you don't cause an issue.  The line I was holding was the Black. I tried to stay there, and honestly, I was so focused on the black line that I made myself nauseous.  After 20 km, I had to go off the track and into the infield as I thought I was going to hurl.  I sat there for a while, actually quite scared. I had folks through Infinit and family/friends donate an amount per lap. Based on the commitments that had been made,  if I rode 725 laps, we would raise about $1200.  I had to figure this out!  In talking with Mike from the Waterloo Cycling Club, he gave me a tip to look further ahead and look up to the corner and not directly down on the Black.  Once I made this adjustment - the laps went by quickly. I got in behind Ed and one of the Team for lots of it, and was happy to be keeping the pace.  Sometime after 4:00 a.m., I came off the track and confirmed I had hit the 100 km - actually I hit 104 and 756 laps. Great!  I was able to go back to my parents and sleep!

I slept until 8:30 a.m., had breakfast and a shower, then went back to see Ed finish this out. 
This morning was much like yesterday when I first arrived - lots of folks on the track and lots of supporters.  It was terrific to see Ed finish and get emotional - it is impossible to not get emotional when you go to these dark places and achieve something as epic as this. Ed broke the record at 735 km and had 20 minutes to spare. Ed speaks to the experience in the photo on the right. Click to see the CTV post coverage here. Actually, it was so great to see the images of the facility just a few days before as this was how I remembered it previously – it was absolutely amazing that the Team transformed it in a week.

I don't know all of the Team, but I know the Real Deal Team and Amanda took special care of Ed for the 24 hrs.  Ed was all business: 55 minutes of riding per hour, refuel a bit, stretch, mild massage and get ready for the next hour.  It wasn't until the very end where you could see him relax, if you will, that he was really able to take in how magical this was and comprehend that he had accomplished an incredible goal.

                           
Back to the reason for all of this, in the coming months with $55 K raised an update to the heating and lighting will occur. This will make for a more comfy environment, one that will keep our youth coming and lap by lap becoming some of the best the sport has to offer. Infinit supports raised over $1,500 while Darcy completed 756 laps.

This weekend was truly inspiring. Dare to dream, have the discipline to act and don't forget to ask for help - That's exactly what this community did and I can't imagine a better outcome.

A couple of days later, Ed sent me this email:

"I am so thankful for you and your wonderful product. I can't imagine going the distance without it. I was working so hard on putting the event together and getting the track ready that the ride and my fuel was really an afterthought if you can believe that. You came out of nowhere to save the day Darcy and I couldn't be more thankful. It is hard to know how these things happen. A random email turns into you and I sharing the track and doing an epic event together"

I am so grateful that I got to be part of such a great Team experience, this community and to witness someone truly stretching their limits for an amazing cause. There are the physical ways we will see immediately, improved lighting and heating and likely stronger attendance. Coupled with that you will have many young and old, exploring their limits because Ed showed us what is possible when you dream big.

Congratulations Forest City Velodrome, Ed Veal and the entire Team that made this result possible.



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada