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Friday, April 19, 2019

400 km Epic Ride in Greece Complete!!!

As you may know, I am trying to complete all of my qualifying rides to turn my pre-registration for  Paris-Brest-Paris into a full registration: 1st Paris-Brest-Paris Qualifying Ride.  With my chilly March 30th - 200 km out of the way, it was onto my Big Greek Adventure.  Knowing I had some time in Greece and I would be missing the 300 km qualifying brevet back home, I felt like I had to find a qualifying ride in Greece.  After reaching out to several bike clubs in Greece, I found Ble Cycling Club and Hector - he couldn't help personally as they didn't have any 300 or 400 km rides scheduled while I would be in Greece, but he mentioned a friend that he knew who was heading up a 400 km ride from Corinth to Thermo and back.  This was my best option: 2.5 hrs away from our home base in Greece.  After much communication (and patience) using Google Translate, Spiros and I figured it all out.  I was all set for a 5:00 a.m.vstart for April 13. I got registered and I had my official Greek Randonneuring number, 4268 - all riders must have a registration number for a brevet to count.

Road this coast for 100 in the light and in the dark!
My wife, Brenda (a real team-player) traveled with me to Corinth, where we rented an AirBnB for 2 nights.  We had a great meal at Soul Kitchen - crazy vibe, great food, a good beer and all for 30 euros.  It was back to the apartment to do final preparation for the big ride.  After dinner, as I was packing up my gear, it was really starting to hit home: 'I am about to go ride 400 km with people I don't know, not sure if any speak english, not sure riding levels and - shit!  It is already 11 pm!'  I had to get up at 3:55 a.m., hop into my clothes and leave by 4:10 a.m. to get to the Agioi Theodoroi train station.  Honestly, I'm not sure I slept for even 2 hours before the alarm sounded.  I had to tell myself 'You'll be fine!'
I quickly brushed my teeth, hopped into my clothes, and grabbed my Mango Custom Infinit bottles and my Cold Brew.  I arrived and parked my car at the train station where I met Spiros. As I feared, he had no English and I - no Greek. However, we managed some basic communication through smiles and gestures, and he gave me my Brevet card. I gave him the 8 euros and, well...  I was set!  I was super prepared and ready to go.  A bunch of riders left right at 5 a.m. Spiros was still there, so I was looking at him. His English was quite limited, but I understood him when he looked up abruptly and told me 'Go, Go!'.  So I joined the other riders.  In this group was Derk (German - been in Greece for 20 years), Ioannis, Stylianos, Maria, Anastasios and now me.  Spiros caught us later with another rider.

We were not even 10 km in as we are making our way into Corinth - one of the riders hit a huge pothole that could have swallowed a Mini Cooper.  He went down hard and right in front of me. I anticipated his move incorrectly and rode right into him, going over my bars and down!  Well, that is a great way to start a 400 km ride!  I had some bruising on both legs and chin, but my bike was fine - I got off lucky so did he!

So onward....did I forget to tell you it was raining? Yes of course, but the weather would clear 3 hours in.  When the dawn broke. we were riding along the Gulf of Corinth-absolutely stunning. We were right beside the waters' edge and we could see clear across to the mountains by Arachova,  where we are currently staying for a month.  Luckily, once we got into our groove, I found that several of the folks could speak english - Maria and Derk in particular. It was great to get to know them.  The first 100 km was flat, and the next 50 km was some rolling hills - until we got to the Rion-Antririon Bridge - an amazing structure.  After crossing the bridge we started the climbing - 5 climbs in total. It was amazing (I love climbing) and the views were spectacular!  Our goal as 6 riders was to get the mountain climbing and descent done in the day light.  As it turned out, our riding abilities and level of fatigue was quite varied - I was having a great day, so they sent me ahead.  After each descent I would wait for the others.  On the last descent -
Double cappuccino please! 
only Spiros came (the others were way back) and he wanted to ride on without waiting for the rest.  I had to move on with him as Garmin can be problematic in other countries.  I felt I need to stay with someone, and that someone was Spiros.  At this point, we had about 150 km left to go.

Spiros and I rode together for another 50 km, and we got to Aigio.  With our limited communication, I found out that he was losing energy.  We stopped at a cafe where I had a double cappuccino and a half bag of Olive Oil Lays potato chips - really seemed to hit the mark!  Before I knew it, Spiros was gone - I wasn't packed up yet, but I took my time, figuring I would catch him.  When I did, we were riding at much different paces - I went
Greece is spectacular - everywhere you look a beautiful scene!
ahead.  It was after 11 pm and I knew we had close to 100 km left.  Knowing there was a group of 4 behind for him if he needed help, I went onward with his support and encouragement.
So how crazy is this?!  I am alone in Greece, riding 100 km back to the start. I had been riding since 5 am.  I figured, 'I am ok. I still have lots of power to charge my devices (Garmin and iPhone);  I have data if I have to use Google Maps; my Garmin seems to be working fine and, well - its on the same path we had covered a half a day ago. I can do this!'
It was actually a pretty magical experience, and I am still in awe that you can continue to average 28-29 km/hr on your pedals 20 hrs into a bike ride - I think I was fuelled on this idea and the odd shot of adrenaline when being chased in the dark by the local dogs.  I was fuelled perfectly on the day: my Custom Infinit blend, lots of Infinit Power, a few Infinit Cold Brews, a few cappuccinos and some baked goods.  I got back to the car alone and that is when it hit me: I was done. Like, I mean - exhausted.  I packed the bike up, got some warm clothes on, and drove the 20 minutes back to the apartment - likely one of the hardest efforts of the day.

I am so grateful to have the health to complete these epic journeys. My motto is: you have to keep moving, to keep moving.  Push yourself a bit beyond what you think is possible. You might surprise yourself and find you can take on something even bigger tomorrow.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

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