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Monday, January 8, 2018

STAC Zero Bike Trainer - Quiet and Effective

I have always considered my Computrainer unequivocally; the best investment for improving my Ironman performance - the ability to train with power, ride against previous performances allowed me to always ratchet my performance upwards, I could never lose to myself.  I rode that thing religiously for 10 years - it made me a better cyclist.  However, it was a bit of a chore to make it work with the new online platforms.

I have been a bystander with the new online training environments - Trainer Road and Zwift.  When considering a new trainer, I wanted to find a unit that had power and easily interfaced with Zwift (based on my personal community - the most popular).  After researching a bit, I came across an innovative product with a new technology, STAC Zero. Frankly, it appeared to be too good to be true.  Price point was great, had power and their technology is silent.  How do you say?  Magnets.  I encourage you to take a look at their site to read about their system.  Besides being silent, it works with my mountain bike as well, as the magnets create resistance by being placed adjacent to your rim.  No need for training tires - easy to go from trainer to the road or trails.

After reading reviews from some really respected folks in the community, including DC Rainmaker, I was convinced. (DC Rainmaker Annual Trainer Recommendations).

I received the unit a couple days after ordering.  Set-up, Zwift account set-up and my first ride were all on Dec 2nd.  I didn't ride it again as we had a winter warm spell and then I went to Cape Town for 3 weeks. I got used to riding in South Africa with the 30°C weather. It was a shock upon my return - now it is -16C here in Canada; time to ride the trainer again!  After a couple of rides, I feel it's time to provide my initial thoughts.  As there is no huge drive unit - the design allows it to be folded flat, takes up little space and would be extremely easy to travel with.  I am aways a fan when you open a product and it is well packed - the STAC Zero was all that, very little to set-up and an easy to follow quick set-up guide.

I set the unit up in a couple of minutes - super simple.  I did struggle installing the Wheel Weight that acts as a flywheel to provide that smooth pedalling feel.  You will see the wheel I tried to install it on (top image), has a strange spoke pattern, so rather than struggle - I swapped the wheel with another I had on hand (Note-after discussing with the STAC Zero Team, they let me know there is a new design for the wheel weight that easily accommodates varying spoke patterns).  Start to finish - 15 minutes and I was pedalling.  I did try pedalling without the wheel weight, more for interest than anything.  I did find the pedalling to be jerky without the wheel weight.  Once installed,in smooth and I had plenty of resistance.  Now I need to get a Zwift account and figure that out.

Getting set-up on Zwift was a breeze; I had to create my account and download the app.  Once I had
my account set - I put my bike gear on and was ready to go.  As soon as you sign into Zwift - this screen appears (right).  I spun my wheel to wake up the power meter and instantly STAC Zero showed up in the Power area when I searched for devices, after clicking I was set.  Started a ride and my power was there, speed and cadence - that easy.  I rode for 45 minutes and was super impressed - great start (First STAC Zero / Zwift Ride).  As mentioned, I wasn't back to the trainer until coming home from vacation - rode for 90 minutes and again was really impressed.  I have a bit to learn riding in the Zwift environment, but as far as the trainer goes - so far so good.

I am really happy to have power again and to be able to interact with the online platforms.  The STAC Zero gives me plenty of resistance - riding at 244-250 watts feels smooth, I did stand and pushed some harder gears at lower cadence - seeing values in the 350's, has plenty for me!

So cool that these little magnets (above) that don't touch your bike at all create smooth resistance, while the only noise being generated is from your bike drive-train.

If you have any questions for me, ask in the comments - if I don't have the answer, I will get Andrew to chime in.  I am going ride for a month and I will report back on how things are going.

Hope your New Year has started well - have a fantastic 2018.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Am Infinit: Vincent Fortin

Vincent Fortin is INFINIT. 

Occupation: IT Architect
Sport: Triathlon
Years in the sport: 5
Race Category: Age Group

Your Infinit Story: I started using Custom infinit nutrition in January 2015, I was training for Ironman Mont-Tremblant and I wanted my nutrition to be simple and stress free. I wanted to be able to concentrate on my racing rather than remembering to take this type of gel every 30min, that nutrition bar every other time and doing the calculation of how much of each I would need to bring and how to carry them on the bike and run.

Infinit nutrition was the answer, an all-in-one drink that covers all my nutritional need. After a consultation with Darcy, we quickly came up with my personal formula for endurance events. I immediately started using Infinit in my training and I loved the simplicity, two scoop per bottle, one bottle every hour. That was easy to remember and it worked.

The first real test came in during IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant 70.3 2016.That year we raced in very hot weather, a sunny 30 celcius day with a real feel of about 38 Celsius. During the bike and run I didn’t really think about, I just kept my strategy to drink about 1 bottle every hour and I was feeling good. But after the race, I saw how many people were dehydrated, some were forced to abandon, others spent hours in the medical centre! At that moment I realized how well I was hydrated and fuelled; that is how good Infinit Nutrition is. From that moment onward I was hooked and used  my personal long distance formula for every race, event and training session including Ironman Mont-Tremblant, several 70.3 and Olympic distance triathlon, Grand Fondo, road races and long trail runs.

What do you hope to achieve in the coming years? Qualifying for the 70.3 world championship is the main goal, I also want to race the full distance again and race more ultra-trail

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I Am Infinit: Noelle Montcalm

#TeamInfinit athlete Noelle Montcalm knows the top of the podium well. Throughout her years as a Lancer athlete and Olympian, she has made countless trips to the podium, has a number of National Championships under her belt, and qualified for her first Olympic Games in 2016. When she isn't training, she spends her time helping others as a Registered Nurse. Noelle is Infinit. Learn more about the track star below: 

Occupation: Registered nurse
Sport: Athletics 400mH, 4x400m relay 
Years in the Sport: Competed for U of Windsor varsity team, national team member since 2009

Infinit Story: After graduating from the U of Windsor in 2011/12, I decided to continue training full time in order to compete for Canada and make my first Olympic Games team, a long time goal of mine in the sport.  I met with Darcy at Infinit early in this quadrennial, on the recommendation of friend and fellow teammate Melissa Bishop, who had already been using the Infinit products.  I was excited to learn about the Infinit story itself and to bring them along on my own journey. Having a fuel source that is customizable to my individual needs was very intriguing to me! I love my blend in that I can change it for my needs throughout the season, However, I've only needed to change my custom blend once since starting with Infinit.  In addition, I love the Raw protein and repair blends for my intense training needs and they mix great in my post training smoothies. 

Noelle, right, and Melissa Bishop at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016.

Future Goals: What do you hope to achieve in the coming years?:  Currently training to again represent Canada in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the North American Central American and Caribbean championships in Toronto, with the long term goal of representing Canada at every opportunity, including the next Summer Olympic Games!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I Am Infinit: Erica Livett

Erica Livett has been apart of Team Infinit since the beginning stages of our Strength line. She, along with a few other Regional CrossFit athletes, helped us develop 3 products for CrossFit and Strength based athletes - X-Cite for intra-workout, Rescue for recovery, and Raw for protein supplementation. This was 3 and a half years ago. Since then, Erica has been thriving on Infinit in and out of the gym - she often shares different ways to use her favourite Infinit products on her Instagram! Learn more about Erica below:

Occupation: CrossFit Coach
Sport: CrossFit
Years in the sport: 7

Infinit Story: I was approached by Infinit while I was living and training at CrossFit Invictus in San Diego 2013/14.  I was geeky and fortunate enough to provide input into the amazing range of Strength based products Infinit has on offer.  Integrity means everything to me in my personal and professional life which is why working with a company like Infinit was a no brainer.  Infinite truly cares about the products they produce and the athletes they serve.  I love being a part of Team Infinit and encouraging other athletes to try out their clean fuel products.  I also love that they are Canadian! Always a bonus to support home grown business’.

Future Goals. What do you hope to achieve in the coming years?: Compete as a masters athlete at the CrossFit Games in the next two years.  Continue to influence other athletes as they strive towards their goals.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I Am Infinit: Leslie-Anne McKenzie

Leslie-Anne McKenzie is our next featured athlete in the I Am Infinit series! Leslie has been fuelling on Infinit since 2009! Learn more about Leslie and her life as a Career Practioner and triathlete below. 

Leslie-Anne, with Coach Angie Anderson at IMCDA 2016. Leslie-Anne placed 5th in her age group here. Angie was the one who introduced Leslie-Anne to Infinit!

Occupation: Career Practitioner in a high school
Sport: Triathlon
Years in the sport: 10

My Infinit Story: I took up “triathloning” as a means to get into some sort of shape. When asked what I was training for I would always say, “life”. After my 1st race I was hooked and I began to call myself a triathlete.. As I began to train for longer distance races I needed something that would get me through. My coach introduced me to Infinit and I have not looked back. I have tried other products, epic fail! 3 Ironman's, many half’s, standard and sprint distances (and all the training) later I am still using my custom blend. One tweak to my mix in all the years. I will freeze it and have what I call “Infinit freezies” while I bike; during a hot triathlon it is the best-treat ever. The Recovery product is very good and that too is freezable and after a long hot training ride followed by a brick run it is SO refreshing!

Your future goal in sport: What do you hope to achieve in the coming years? I hope to be still doing triathlons and do one more Ironman when I turn 60. My 1st was when I turned 50. I see it as a great way to celebrate a new decade. If I’m truly blessed, I’ll do one when I’m 70! If my knees give out then Aquabike here I come! I will continue with Infinit because it works, plain and simple. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

I Am Infinit: Simon Aldridge

Meet Simon Aldridge, an Infinit user for only 9 months but already hooked. Here is his Infinit story. 

Occupation:  Scenic Carpenter, Stratford Festival.
Sport:  Duathlon Sprint and International.
Years in the sport:  3 years in Duathlon.

My Infinit Story: I am relatively new to Duathlon, this being my third year. My first two years of competing put me on the podium in most races in my age group but I felt that things could be better. I was training properly as per my coach but I was lacking energy on the second run and was taking a long time to recover even after training runs and rides. I started this year wanting to qualify in my age group for the Denmark Multi-sport World Championship 2018. I had to get my nutrition sorted out to compete at the longer distance. I looked into what Lionel Sanders used, he burns way more calories in his races than I do. This led me to a consult with Infinit in early spring. This was a revelation for me. Now I have all my race needs in a custom liquid form, formulated to my bodies needs. I can come off the bike and have energy to finish the last run and then its straight into a bottle of Infinit Repair.

Future goals:  This winter will be spent on training for the Worlds next July. There are other races along the way but the focus is to represent Canada in Denmark.