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Friday, May 1, 2020

Darcy Haggith: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

As many of you know, we have featured a bunch of our Team Infinit athletes over the last couple weeks, seeing how they were managing mentally and physically through this time we find ourselves in.  I thought I would share how I have been managing and how I am preparing to be my best when competition comes back into the fold.

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My focus, prior to the COVID-19 actions, was getting back to a good state of bike fitness.  I lost a dear friend in November and frankly, it put me into a bit of a tailspin. I didn’t ride much at all for a couple of months and my diet… to put it into perspective, I cycled 13000 km in the first 10 months of 2019 and then a mere 500km in the last two.  During the Christmas break I looked at some family photos we we had taken - I hadn’t realized it until then, but I had really packed it on.  I guess going from 300 km/week on the bike down to next to nothing, along with eating carelessly, will have a dramatic impact.  In the New Year my wife and I headed off to Australia and New Zealand for some work and play. For the first time in ages, I travelled without my bike. With no bike but plenty of good craft beers and great food, even with regular, incredibly vigorous hikes, I made no progress to getting back to my fighting weight.

A month later, as soon as I was back in North America - literally, I started riding again.  Actually, it was before I even got home. I rented a bike in LA during a long layover.  From that time on, I was back on track, averaging close to 300 km per week again. For me, when I train well, my diet comes right back - I think of food as fuel for biking. 

My goal (other than getting below 180 lbs again) was to be ready for a 24 hr tag-team mountain bike race at Albion Hills with my friend Matt.  Right now, my legs are ready, but the race has been canceled.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

My training at the moment is all about improving my fitness level.  I have been immersed in the Zwift community.  I completed 6 weeks of FTP interval work and most recently our ESR (East Side Riders) bike group has been virtually coming together Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It's great to ride with my friends, and at least on some level, feel the connection. I will continue to push hard inside on Zwift and outside as the weather continues to improve.  My thought is, the stronger my bike fitness, the more opportunities I will have with respect to competitions or long randonneur type rides - even virtual ones.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

Typically I build fitness from December through to March on the trainer through various Zwift rides.  Honestly, for the last 2 years, I have been the fittest in April when coming off of my indoor riding, so this year with the indoor season extended, I am more fit than the previous 2 years.  I am 52, so I love that we can continue to get stronger and more fit as we age healthily!  I will hold on to my indoor rides (likely 2-3 a week) during the whole season, so I can continue to build and take on whatever presents itself.  Last night I decided I to ride Alpe Du Zwift to see where I was at fitness-wise.  I managed to crack the <1 hour mark for the climb, averaging 260 watts.  Comparing this to February 2019 - I shaved off more than 3 minutes and managed to generate 37 more watts on average.  I did wear a heart rate monitor last night, and my average heart rate was 147.  It will be good to see if I can lower that a couple beats and match the same power in a couple of months. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

I can say unequivocally that my daily bikes and pushing my fitness has been my saviour as we have social distanced.  Managing the business, pivoting so we can maintain a breakeven level until we get to the other side, being there for our employees - making sure they are meaningfully employed, all while being a good husband, dad and friend has pushed me to the limit.  It has been a challenge.  When I hop on the bike, it is all about the bike - nothing else matters for the 1, 2, 3 hours…whatever.  It has been a great respite and a key part of actually enjoying the challenges that have been thrown our way.

I look forward to the new normal, but I will be certain to take the lessons I have learned adapting to our current situation and add them to my ever-expanding toolbox.



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pierce Johnson: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My Focus prior to the COVID-19 actions was getting prepared for a successful offseason. While this past year had its highlights, it ended much sooner than I had planned and left a bitter feeling in my stomach. I do not want to leave anything on the table going into my final season at the University of Windsor.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Training is very different now without access to gyms and I can't say I wasn't concerned about my training at the start of this.  However, the trainer for my team has given me an amazing program that is allowing me to continue training without falling behind on my offseason plan.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

One positive I am taking away from this is that is forcing myself to rest and recover. While I do take recovery very seriously, I often push myself to get back into the gym or on the court sometimes too quickly which sometimes leads to some injuries. This time is allowing myself to improve on deficiencies I have which will allow me to train at a higher level when things get back to normal.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

This break has definitely benefited my mental state. It has almost felt like a reset button has been hit and I’m more focused and mentally prepared for training once things get back to normal.

Sounds like you are using time wisely and hitting it old school with your crafty bench.  Thanks for sharing Pierce.




- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Medal They Will Remember Most!

As we continue to play it safe and social distance, I am working remotely, only our production folks are working at our Infinit facility, here in Windsor.  Every morning I have a call with the staff and of course on Monday's we discuss how our weekends went.  So when I got to Craig, one of our productions employees, "hey Craig what did you run this weekend?"  His quick reply, I ran a marathon.  What?!

I knew Craig had been training for Glass City Marathon with some of his training group and friends from the Blue Herron Blazers, Ryan had a group a runners ready for spring marathon in Ohio.  A small group, Craig, Stephanie and Erik all decided that they were going to do what they can, nothing stopping them from doing a full marathon.  They had all the fitness, might as well put it to good use!  All 3 happen to use Infinit Run for their marathon training/racing.  All 3 had personal bests, here are their individual race reports.

Stephanie Trepanier - Social Distance Marathon recap
Official time of 3:29:02 - avg. pace of 4:57/km PB by 11 minutes.  The most comfortable and calm I’ve ever felt racing.  After my first marathon in September, I assessed what worked and what didn’t.
This time around was different. I was nervous and respected the distance. I trained based on advice from the experienced and showed up to put in the time.

From the start, I felt great. Calf pain was gone and I felt calm and relaxed.  My on course fuel and hydration was on point. Infinit RUN has been a game changer for me!

Fast forward to the good stuff... As I approached the elusive 32km, I was scared that all those good feelings I had were going to quickly fade.
-My ass started to hurt a bit, my feet were swelling, but the pains were manageable and my fuel and hydration was on point. My body was relaxed and I continued on with my game plan and the kilometres were flying by.
-As I made the last turn and had only 5km to go, I knew I was going to hit my goal and decided to cautiously pick it up a bit. It felt comfortable.
-With 3kms to go, I was wiping the tears from my eyes and couldn’t contain my joy. I freaking did it! Just a little more. I’m sure those washing their cars and watching my back and forth running for 3+hours were questioning my sanity and well being at this point.
-500 m to go and I saw some of my BHB fam at the finish line. It was an ugly cry mixed with laughter.

The result is just the tip of the iceberg. Countless hours, training, commitment and support are only some of the essentials that brought me to this point. I couldn’t do this without the help and support from @ec.running , Craig (who joined in on the fun at the last minute and paced me) and the rest of my running family who were there today and/or who are there to push me, motivate me and support me through and through. I love what I do and I can’t wait to set a new goal.

Erik Chovan - Social Distance Marathon recap

This weekend I ran my 5th marathon. It was very special in the sense that it wasn't an official race.

We've been following a training plan and putting in the work to only find out that the race got cancelled. We were disappointed but figured might as well go ahead and run it anyways. We were excited to have Craig Gillissie join in last minute!

We headed out to tackle 4x 10k(ish) loops. Very thankful for our friends Mike King and Kelly Jean for the aid stations every 5k. Greatly appreciated.

My initial goal was trying to get a BQ time however since it wasn't an actual race I'd be happy to just PB. I was on target for a solid time but hit a wall with 8k left. Dug deep and picked it up to finish at 3:18:57.

I'm excited to continue my training and have another crack and improving even more....Also huge congrats to Steph Trepanier for crushing her goal and keeping a solid pace with clean splits.

Craig Gillissie - Social Distance Marathon recap

What an amazing race! So glad that Erik and Steph invited me out to run with them. Extremely happy with my PB of 3:30:53, but even happier that they reached their goals and ran PBs too. I'm really feeling a sense of pride that they were both willing to try Infinit Run to help them perform their best on race day.  I look forward to them setting new goals and achieving them in the future! 

Congrats again in Steph and Erik!
After Repair, maybe the best recovery beverage of all: Beer!

We love seeing people reach their full potential.  If you feel we can play a part in you achieving your best performance - contact me directly.  darcy@infinitnutrition.ca.  I would love to help!


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Pamela Ware: Staying Healthy, Stay Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

Before the COVID-19 started I was focusing on Diving World Series, we had just finished the first leg in Montreal and was heading to Russia and London for the other 2. These competitions were a chance to possibly be pre-qualified for Tokyo2020.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Just like everyone else, I do not know when I will be back to the pool training normally, but I have an extra bedroom in my apartment and I transformed it into a small gym. I’m able to do weight training almost the same as I usually do and I have a treadmill and bike so I’m able to do cardio. It is obviously not the same. Some days I have ZERO motivation to get out of bed and workout inside my house but I still push myself to get what needs to be done to stay in shape and ready for when I get to start diving again!

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a
Pamela stopped by Infinit last year when competing in Windsor
return to competition?

It is obviously not the same training inside a small room. Some days I have ZERO motivation to get out of bed and workout inside my house but I still push myself to get what needs to be done to stay in shape and ready for when I get to start diving again! I want my comeback to be smooth and easy so I am doing everything possible to make that happen.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

I am having a hard time. This situation has for sure pushed me to be mentally stronger. I have felt pretty much every emotion possible, from angry to sad to stressed, happy, excited and so on… But I am trying to stay positive as much as possible, some days are easier than others but I still try!

I love your honestly Pamela - thanks for sharing the ups and downs that you are experiencing.  This has been a battle for all of us.



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Monday, April 27, 2020

Lissa Bissonnette; Staying Healthy, Staying Home


What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My main focus before COVID-19 was making sure I qualified for the games. Step 1: than after April 20th, once I qualified, it was to reach the top 5 at the games. 

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Right now, I consider myself lucky if we get a national race this year.  I am not expecting to race, only to train. That being said, with all the restrictions about social distancing my personal goal is to improve my mental weaknesses (taking advantage of the time to strengthen this with mindfulness and visualization) and some mobility. Which are shoulder mobility, hips mobility plus strengthening my rotators cuffs, all those small muscles that we often forget during the season and help to keep me healthy during long season.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?


I’m trying to be optimistic with the situation and take advantage to improve some aspect that I don’t always work on. 

Our olympic qualification were suppose to happen a few weekends ago. It is sad that this will happen in a year but being an Olympian is to be resilient and being able to adapt. Right now, I set myself some small daily goal at the beginning of the day. It can be something as simple as trying a new recipe, getting two workout done today or no screen time between 1 pm to 5 pm. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing? 

Right now, like many Canadians my mental state is up and down. This situation helps me realize why I like sports and that I’m truly doing it for me and nobody else. I LOVE when I get the chance to get a workout outside. When it rains or it’s too cold to train outside, those are hard days for me. I’m forced to train a lot in my dusty garage where i have a TRX, some sands bags, elastic band and two dumbbells. You don’t need much to have a good workout. I like to open the garage door, train and try to say hi to the people that walk by, give them a smile. Every time, I get to smile to someone new and they smile back, it’s just gives me a little more motivation and it means so much to me, it gives me a little tap in my back and we got this. 

Thanks for sharing Lissa - glad to see you are staying focused.  Have never seen a kayak erg before, been on a concept 2 rower but that looks cool.

Take care!



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Friday, April 24, 2020

Ed Veal: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

After the track was prepared, Ed rode 736 km in 24 hrs!
I was full gas getting ready for the USA CRIT series. I was actually in Birmingham Alabama for the season opener when all of this broke out and course they event was cancelled. I would say the main focus would be racing the tandem with Lowell Taylor at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Well with everything completely off the table indefinitely I have decided to really crank up the volume and off the bike strength work. Improve my endurance and work on lifting a little bit of weight, increasing my squat.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

So lucky to have the indoor cycling platform Zwift to train on. Also really great full to have a small space here at the house to do my gym work.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing? 

Very very much! I routinely call my training bike therapy. It has helped me get through many hard situations throughout the years and continues to help me get through this challenge. Exercises is magical. I can’t imagine my mental state without it.

Any other comments?

I love Infinit products! I can’t imagine my physical or mental state without them ;)

This weekend, actually starting at 6 pm, tonight Friday, April 24th, Ed will be attempting to break the 1000 km barrier on Zwift during the Crush Covid event.  Follow along on our Instagram feed to see how he does.  

Good luck Ed!



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada