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Friday, October 31, 2014

Need a Protein Boost? Healthy Mid-Morning Snack!

Thought I would post my go to mid-morning snack.  I am always looking to make sure I ingest enough protein in my diet - I recently started adding Raw Protein to my Overnight Oats.  I love it.

Here is the recipe:
1/4 Cup  Quick Oats
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1/2 Medium Banana - Sliced
1/2 tsp Chia Seed (ground)
Pinch of Cinnamon
15 g of Raw Protein
1 tsp of Maple Syrup (or to palate)

Make night before - Add Almond Milk, Quick Oats and Raw - shake well.  Add rest of the ingredients and mix.  Put in fridge overnight - ready next day, when you are.

229 calories, less than 5 g of fat, 28 g of carbs and 20 g of protein.  Killer snack.  Taste great.

Mix in small mason jar.

Hope you enjoy - if you have a recipe that you have incorporated Raw Protein, send us the details and we will share.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Two More CrossFit Clubs on Board!!!

We are thrilled with the response we are getting from the CrossFit community.  We met with our first CrossFit athletes less than a year ago.  We learned from them what is important in their fuelling strategies, we shared the experience we have in fuelling the best athletes in Canada and then together we came up with our system.

7 min - Burpees for Boobies
We always say that sports nutrition is not rocket science, but it is science.  Having a basic understanding of the science and the tools to use can make all the difference in your performance, how you feel during and how you feel the next day.  I had the opportunity to talk to CrossFit All Levels last Saturday at their 1 Year Anniversary (Congrats!), what a great group.  Happy to report that CrossFit All Levels is on board and we are already seeing some good sales - will be dropping more product off today.  Thanks John for taking the opportunity to learn about our approach to nutrition.

RJCF at Spartan Race
Another club that is on board is Rock Jungle CrossFit from Edmonton.  Dan and I talked a bit ago and he was happy to hear the approach we were taking, carbs timed right makes sense, no sweeteners, only stuff in there that has nutritional value.  Next step with Dan was to try the product, has to taste good for athletes to take it, that is a reality you have to deal with,. We have worked really hard to offer products that only have ingredients that have nutritional purpose and taste good as well.  Dan is taking his first shipment next week.

Can't wait to get the feedback from the two new clubs on board.  We are cool with any feedback - we heard from Dave Kitchen for CFNV that for the Rescue blend he needed 15 more grams of carbs per serving for the larger male population.  No problem that is what he gets.

If anyone out there wants to learn more about our approach feel free to contact us.  If we can help great, if not, that's cool too.  There is no one solution to sports nutrition, but we can cover the bases with our Custom approach.

Welcome CrossFit All Levels and Rock Jungle CrossFit!



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fuel For Those Who Know Better....Like Emily Abbott, CrossFit Games Participant


Last spring I traveled to the Canada West Regionals with the Badass WOD Wear Team to capture an understanding for the enormity of CrossFit. I witnessed for the first time the top competitors from the Canada West territories compete against one another to see who would earn the right to participate on the world stage, The CrossFit Games.  While there I met incredible athletes and one surprisingly had local ties to Windsor. Emily Abbott, a Windsor Lancer alumni who played basketball and trained with Bobby Tran, now the owner of CrossFit WHL and developed her love for CrossFit at Windsor CrossFit, were she worked out with Manda from Badass - universe attractions .... I speak of them often !

We all ran into each other at dinner on Saturday, the night before the last day of competitions.

Emily was noticeably humble, yet very excited and calm even though she was well positioned going into the last day of competition sitting 3rd over all on the leaderboard.  Not getting ahead of herself she was very focused on what she needed to do.  Emily had an amazing Sunday and not only got on the podium, she finished first and was on her way to Carson California for The Reebok CrossFit Games.  The energy in the Olympic Oval was off the hook and being there to see a local athlete capture it all was icing on the cake !

We spoke with Emily after the event weekend, she had her eye on the prize and started her training program day two after arriving back home. After much discussion we asked Emily what she needed to compete well on the world stage. Emily needed work on her " limiter ", strength.  So we put together a nutrition strategy that would not only handle the load as she prep for the games, but keeping her healthy and fresh during the gruelling competition weekend at the main event.

At her first games, Emily did great! A smaller fish in this big pond, she stayed middle of the pack most of the weekend and even WON an event, The Sled Push, showing off her strength, her engine and incredible will.

So with a bit of time behind her and the experience of fuelling on Infinit for 6 months, what is Em saying:

"The CrossFit world is inundated with pre and post WOD supplements all claiming to increase PR's and crush Fran times.  As a CrossFitter, I find it extremely challenging to find what works with my body- a product that is simple and efficient.  Through Badass WOD Wear I was lucky enough to be introduced to Darcy Haggith of Infinit Nutrition.  His customized blends for pre and post workouts got me through long hours of training before the CrossFit Games and took the guess work out of what my body needed for optimal performance.  I especially love the Raw protein which I add to my smoothies, my yogurt and pancakes.  It's awesome!  I love straight forward products with out the excess fluff that many supplements contain. Infinit Nutrition is my go to!"

We are proud to be fuelling Emily Abbott as she continues to improve.  If you are looking to reach your true potential give us a shout.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Matt Gervais - Mini Race Report Kona


Matt has yet to complete his race report - but thought this with some awesome pictures would give you a taste of what the day was like.

Matt's perspective:

Insane day!  I'll do up a report, but definitely not the day I had planned.  I have zero complaints though.  Not sure how conditions compare to other years, but definitely the most brutal wind and heat I've ever raced in!  Swim kicked my ass, bike was just brutally hard, plus a power meter that slowly died by showing low numbers, then going dead at 100km, a 4 minute drafting penalty (I would never argue, but I certainly was NOT drafting.  They did a great job out there), and a great run...for a while.  Major cramps hit me hard at about 17 miles and only got worse to about 21miles.  I was somehow able to get it together for the final 5 without having to stop and stretch them out.  Crazy thing about this race though, there were probably 100 times in the final 3 miles that I wanted to stop (but didn't), but then the last 1/2 mile down Alii Drive it was impossible to slow down.  The energy there is just something that you just can't put into words.
Thanks to everyone for following along, for the well wishes and the kind words. If you really want to talk inspiring though, the midnight finishers and the crowds there were just something else. Thanks again!

Matt finished in 10:09:47, not his best time, but probably considered his best overall effort though.  The winds were the worst in 15 years, stack on the heat and swim currents (wrong way), it was brutal and awesome all at the same time.

Congratulations Matt - we are really proud of you!

Enjoy your off-season, you have earned it!


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Rich Pady - Kona Race Report

Hawaii 2014 Recap.

As many of you know this trip to Kona has been in the works since my crash in 2010.  I laid out a 4 years plan to rebuild my fitness.  I arrived in Kona a week before the race in the best shape of my life.  I knew I had prepared well with coach Blake and that fitness would not be an issue come race day.  Adapting to the heat was a whole other story.  My body likes to sweat....a lot.  We tried really hard to get my body to adapt in training and I think it made a difference but in the end it was my biggest limiter on the day.

Race Day
In the swim I thought I was going well after a good start.  I was in a good group of 10 swimmers and I felt the pace was ok.  I was shocked when I exited the swim in an 1hr flat (thought it would be faster).  Now, exiting the water in an 1hr is kind of like driving on the 401 in rush hour.  I tried to pick my way through the bikers - it was the longest pace line I'd ever seen.  I got out to the left and just had to keep passing guys so I wouldn't get called for drafting.  Once up on the Queen K highway things settled a little and I found my rhythm.

There was no real wind until about 40k into the bike and then it was full on for the next 60k and I loved it!  After racing at Barrelman three weeks ago I was well trained in racing in the wind and it was the same yesterday.  The climb to Hawi was 7 miles full on into 30 mile/hr headwinds.  I was holding to my game plan and my legs felt great.  I caught Tony Frost at the turn in Hawi as he rocked the swim (credit to Rich's extra #‎nineteenspeedsuit).  The way back from Hawi was so much fun we now rocked down the hill and into the cross winds and I was flying.  I love this section of the course.  It was now pushing noon and it was really getting hot.  Heather said it hit 97 degrees out where you hop back on the Queen K Hwy to come home (this doesn't include the humidity).  I was taking in 2 water bottles at every aid station trying to cool myself down.  My HR was 25 bpm higher for the same effort all day.  I was started to get worried I was pushing the internal system too much but I kept saying to myself I felt good.  At 140k to 150k I had the most fun of the day.  20-30mi/hr tail wind on a flat section of road and I was going 65-68km/h pushing 230w.  Then at 150k the wind just did a full and I mean 180 degree turn and we had head wind for the final 30k.  I was still feeling good and had fun passing lots of guys who had over done it trying to hold onto the packs.  I finished the bike strong and pulled into T2 at just over 6 hour into the race.

Nutrition on the bike
5 bottles of Infinit Nutrition
6 bottles of water (that I drank)
1 bottle of coke at the 160k mark (nice treat)
4 salt pills
4 gels
(did not pee all day)

To the run. I started off well but HR was pushing WAY too high.  I was running 7min/mi and my HR was 155-160.  At home I do my interval training at this HR and can run 5:50-6:00/mi pace.  It was all about cooling the core down at every aid station I did the same thing.  I was stuffing 2 sponges down my top, then two cups of ice down the top, ice water on my shirt and arm coolers.  I would take in water and some form of sugar whether it be gel, perform, coke, or even Red bull.  I changed it up each mile.  I would come out of the aid station feeling awesome and within 1000m be looking for the yellow shirts of the aid station volunteers.  By the time I reached the aid station I was overheating again and so I would repeat.  The cloud cover on the back half of the marathon was a nice treat.  My legs felt ok and my energy was ok.  I was just stuck in a slow and steady pace.  The final miles of the marathon were great.  The stress of "can I make it" is gone and I had energy to push the last few hills.  The finish line in Kona is always special and I crossed it with a new best time for here in Kona.

I have to thank Heather and the kids for their massive support and to the Ayranto family for coming all the way to Hawaii to cheer me on.  As well to all my clients, friends and family back home to sent such awesome messages thank you.  And to my sponsors Nineteen WetsuitsDarcy Haggith at Infinit Nutrition, and to Heath/ La Bicicletta.

The future is wide open.  I have said this is the end of my Ironman racing.  I'm going to take on some new challenges of Xterra racing and look forward to hitting to trails soon.

Aloha!!!!

Rich Pady

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Press Release: Infinit Nutrition Named Official Fuel Provider

(Windsor, ON) - The Windsor Spitfires are very pleased to announce the club has entered into a two-year agreement with Windsor-based, custom-blended nutrition provider, Infinit Nutrition Canada, through which three Infinit products have become the club's "Official Fuel". Infinit Nutrition Canada has been creating custom nutrition for individuals and specific sports since 2006.

The company was founded by Darcy Haggith, an Ironman triathlete, who started using Infinit as fuel in 2005. Haggith liked Infinit products so much, he secured exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and sell the product in Canada.

INFINIT NOW NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED 

Infinit Nutrition Canada has been a partner of the Canadian Sport Institute since 2007 and also created a Custom Fuel Program for BC-based national level athletes that ensured products free of banned substances while tailoring each to the unique needs of athletes in a variety of sports, including: snowboarding, track & field, swimming, rowing and rugby.  Infinit's strong reputation for quality products, safely formulated to meet the exact needs of Spitfire players, was key to the partnership coming to life.

The Spitfires will enjoy Infinit’s Hockey Fuelling System, which consists of ICE, REPAIR and RAW; three products that will take care of our players during pregame and workouts, on-ice and immediately following games and practices.  "We're very happy to partner with Infinit Nutrition," Spitfires Athletic Therapist Joey Garland said.  "The quality of their products and reputation speak for themselves.  But what we really like is the attention Darcy and his staff pay to customizing their products to the specific and changing needs of our players."  "This is a whole new level that will undoubtedly benefit our on-ice performance.  Infinit's program gives me a platform to get exactly what I need for the players to excel."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Following My Passion-Part 2

This is Part 2 of My Story, Following My Passion. If you missed Part 1, please check it out here. 

2013 was a real breaking point for me - I remember talking with Brenda on a 50th Birthday Trip to Vegas for my dear friend Tom: 'We should really consider taking the jump'.  The jump was to walk away from what was comfortable financially and immerse myself into the Infinit Nutrition Canada business - trying to drive the company to it's true potential.  The April 2013 trip was perfect timing - 4 days to talk about
what if and how.  We needed to plan for no real income for 6 months from yours truly and determine how we would attack the business.  By the end of the vacation, our minds were set. I love my wife Brenda for many reasons - one of them is her belief in me. She continues to be fully supportive.  So we decided we were going to burn the boats.  I approached my boss,  the President and said: 'we need to create and exit strategy'.  I explained why, and together we decided that July 5th, 2013 would be my last day in the old career.  It wasn't tough to leave my job, but it was tough to leave the people I loved and worked with daily.  I continue to miss them and obviously stay in close contact with many of them.  When I got come on July 5th, there were slippers, a beer and a great note waiting for me - thanks again to Brenda.

My Triangle and Burning Boats
I've never been happier and never regret the decision to take this plunge.  The easy path is not always the best path. It typically takes you where everyone else is or has been. Business is strong, and most
importantly I have re-established my life balance.  I have always carried this equilateral triangle in my mind.  At the top apex is my family. The lower left is my career, and lower right - me.  I must keep these in balance, like the triangle.  The goal is not to spend equal time on each, but spend the right amount of time on each to be in balance and to be great in all 3.  There had been many times over those last 5 years that I have not been in balance, but since I burned my boats, I have been.  Family life is great, Infinit is great and guess what? I am competing again - not where I was, but I'm getting there.  I just completed a huge mountain bike event and my fall marathon is around the corner.

Really grateful to be in here in this place.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Following My Passion-Part 1



This is Part 1 of My Story, Following My Passion. Stay tuned for Part 2! 

Just over a year ago, I left my comfy financial position to pursue my passion - being surrounded by
sport and helping people discover or thrive in a healthier lifestyle.  Back then, I was pretty comfortable - we really had more money than we needed but there was something missing - it was my life balance.  I was a director running the operations of a large pharmaceutical plant. I loved the people I worked with, but the job demands encroached seriously on my family life and my personal well-being.

I started with Accucaps back in 1999, and I was really out of shape.  Over a beer at a Christmas party in late 2000, I agreed to do a marathon with Colin Murray, a colleague at both Accucaps and Pfizer.  We followed a Hal Higdon plan and I ran my first at 3:45.  I was kinda hooked with this endurance thing.  Later in the summer I did my first tri in Windsor and then a half in Ottawa.  Along the way I signed up for my first Ironman in Lake Placid. After my 2002 race there, I was hooked on Ironman. Fast forward a few years to when I was training for my fifth Lake Placid race and I discovered Infinit.  At that time, I started buying from the States. I loved it so much that it lead to me buying the rights to the product in Canada in 2006.  Now I was seriously busy. So it just wasn't Accucaps that put me out of balance. It was tri, Infinit, and Accucaps. From 2006 until last year,  I had never been prepared for Ironman - all results were sub-optimal: I didn't put the miles in, and it's pretty hard to fake Ironman.

Infinit was a wonderful story, though. We continued to grow the business swiftly, despite my divided attention.  During the years of 2007 to 2013, I drifted away from competition - something that pained me, but between Accucaps, Infinit and being a good guy at home,  I had no more room.

Thanks for reading. Keep an eye out for Following My Passion-Part 2 in the upcoming weeks. 
- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Fuelling Great Performances - Kona

Wanted to take a few minutes to wish a few Infinit Customers all the best this week in Kona.  By now they should all be there, soaking in the experience.  We will report back in a couple weeks on how their races went, hopefully have some good pictures and even a few race reports to share.

Richard Pady - Coach/Owner of Healthy Results

Rich was my coach a few years back and got me to my Ironman PB, I am grateful for that.  Rich has
been to Kona before - he wanted to take another shot after a brutal crash in 2010 with an approaching van, during a half Ironman in Ontario - happened to be at the race, I was glad it wasn't worse.  Rich had a long way back and really focused the next 4 years to qualify at Arizona, which he did with a speedy 9:08.  I know from talking with him, he had to really fight for that result.

Rich does not have any specific goals with respect to placing or time, but rather it is about his effort.  He is aware of how hard he can push and is looking for a consistently hard effort from start to end.  Along the way he is really going to take it all in and enjoy the fruits of his labour!

Have been working with Rich for years now, started as a coach / athlete relationship, then I got involved with Infinit, he has customer/partner ever since.  Great to see Rich going to Kona again.

Dawn Van Vlack - AG Triathlete

Dawn a local athlete, had heard of us through the Tri community here in Windsor, we first sat down in June to create her Custom Infinit Blend.

Dawn qualified at Eagleman 70.3 with a 4:57.52.  She was not expecting to qualify, was looking for a solid race.  She had some work to do out of the water and that is exactly what she did, she powered to the best bike split in her AG.  She knew that she would have to hang on during the run.  Two sisters that are natural runners chased her down and she finished 3rd.  They both passed on the spot, which gave Dawn the spot: "I guess it was meant to be!  I feel so fortunate for this opportunity".

When asked how she would approach Kona, her overall statement:  "Although I have been told to go and just enjoy the experience.....I plan on enjoying my experience the way I enjoy a race.....by racing my ass off!  LOL".

Here are her specific goals:
I have a few goals in mind....an acceptable time, a good time, and a great time!
In reality my day is all going to hang on how I manage my bike....it's all about patience!
I started using power after my Eagleman race so I will be watching my numbers.
The swim is what it is for me.....I would love to come out of the water around 1:15 but in the past I've been a 
1:20 swimmer.
The bike....if I don't get blown off my bike....should be between 5:40-5:50.....only reason I would be slower is if the wind is a major factor and the same goes for if my bike is faster....the WIND!!

My run is the key goal for me this race!  I have trained for a 3:30 marathon off the bike...I have had really great runs off the bike and have been hitting my paces all the while feeling very strong and injury free.  Again, this all hangs on how well I manage my bike!  In reality, depending on the day's event, I would be pretty content with a sub 4 hour marathon and over the moon with 3:30!  Wait and see what happens!!!

Matt Gervais - Coach: Output Coaching and Owner of Cycle Culture Bicycle Store

Matt has been a long term user and advocate of Infinit.  We are thrilled to see him qualify - he is killer triathlete, this was only a matter of time.

Matt qualified at Ironman Couer d'Alene with a time of 9:52:36 for 6th in the M30-34 and 32nd overall.  Tidy performance: swim: 58:48  bike: 5:27:43  run: 3:20:55.

When asked what it meant to him to qualify and what are your goals this weekend:
Qualifying for Kona meant a very great deal to me.  I've been very close a couple of times in the past, but this was my first shot since my last Ironman in 2009, having a son in 2010, and breaking both collar bones in 2011 in a bike crash.  After sitting on the sidelines last year to give my wife her opportunity to train and race well which ultimately resulted in her bronze medal at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Vegas, I hedged my bets this year by registering for 2 Ironman races and started seriously training in November with the one goal of reaching Kona.  Getting my spot in my first event in June was absolutely amazing feeling and completely unexpected after not feeling 100% prepared after having to train for much longer indoors this season because of the brutal winter we had.  Luckily, it meant I didn't have to race the second Ironman in Mont Tremblant, so it was just a training day.  Really looking forward to racing at the Superbowl of triathlon.  Next weekend I will race on sacred ground.
I wrote a full race report on Couer d'Alene that can be found here: http://www.inputoutputcoaching.com/p/matt-gervais-ironman-couer-dalene-2014.html
It's REALLY long.

I have no dreams of becoming World Champion or anything, so I'm not really feeling the pressure of Kona.  I'm very careful to not put any time pressure on myself.  I've been to the island on race day twice in the passed (once to watch Blaire, and once to volunteer), and I've watched every race since the Iron War in 1989 so I know how volatile the conditions are, and how much of the race is completely dictated by the conditions on the day.  The only guarantee is that it WILL be hot.  So, I have no time goals, I'm just hoping to have the best race I can and really soak up the atmosphere.

Melonie MacDonald - Dentist / AG Triathlete

Melonie and I first talked during my first week as a full time resource to Infinit Nutrition Canada.  Was an absolute thrill to finally be able to dig into doing full nutritional consults during the day, not squeezing them in around my pharmaceutical career.  This is why I do what I do, in a couple of short calls we were able to determine what custom blend would match Melonie's needs exactly.  I was ecstatic when I got her email of thanks and the announcement that she had qualified for both the 70.3 and the IM World Championships. We Fuelled Mel's Dream!  


Infinit:  Where did you qualify?
Melonie:qualified at the 2014 Hawaii 70.3 (Honu).  There were 28 spots up for grabs there, and my coach, Kevin Masters, and I knew it would be a long shot as the race field there is very competitive. It's a tough race so times are slower.  My time was 5:25:11. It was good enough for a 3rd place podium finish and a ticket to both Kona and 70.3 Worlds in Mont Tremblant.

Infinit: What did it mean to you?
Melonie: Getting a Kona spot was a dream come true and a dream about 3 Ironman's in the making.  I had done IMC in 2005, 2007, and 2013 and each time I was one or two places away from getting a Kona spot.  So it was a lovely surprise to nail my race in Honu and get a spot so early in the season (May) and not have to race a full Ironman in the same year as Kona.  Racing Honu and doing well there has also given me a lot of confidence going into Kona.  I know and have ridden the hardest part of the Kona bike course.  I know how to handle the winds and the heat.  I also know my nutrition (Infinit custom blend) works spot on!!!!!!!!!!

Infinit: What are your Kona goals?
Melonie: I think every athlete has a time goal in mind when they get ready to toe the line at any race.  Especially the Ironman World Championships.  However, this being my first go at Kona I am focusing more on making this race my 140.6 mile victory lap to celebrate my dream season.  I have never worked harder, I have never been more fit, and I have never enjoyed a journey more than this one.  In one season I have qualified and raced 3 World Championship Triathlons - ITU Grand Final Olympic, Ironman 70.3 World Championships, and now the Ironman World Championships.  I want to race MY race well and enjoy and savor every moment.  My season has already been a Victory.

We are thrilled to be connected and fuelling these great athletes.  The Infinit Team wishes you all the best in Kona this weekend.  We will be following along, bib numbers are:

Rich - 1294
Dawn - 1079
Matt - 1806
Melonie - 1047

Have great races and a great time.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada