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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jan's Epic Journey - Wolves, Frostbite, -50°C.....

Three weeks ago we posted about Jan and Petra - the honeymoon couple that were doing the Epic Jan & Petra....  Well since then, the race has come and gone.  After learning a bit of what Jan and Petra were tackling - I researched the race a bit.  Prior to watching this, I have to be honest, I was complaining about the Ontario cold, I am not anymore.  If you can spare a few moments, watch this: Epic Race!  Obviously this race is not for everyone, it does however show what is possible when we don't puts limits on what we believe we can achieve.
Yukon Arctic Ultra:

Below is what Jan gave us after the race, we are so grateful for the insights.

"Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015, it was extremely tough and incredibly beautiful at the same time.  Yukon was nice to us and showed us everything on its menu.  From very cold temperatures dropping to -50°C to mild -10°C, from snow and wind to sunny days.  Scary and huge wolf tracks, northern lights, frozen lakes and rivers, challenging overflows, moments of pure happiness and moments of pure exhaustion and fear.  

The goal was 700km for me and 160km for my wife.  D-day came and we almost missed the start, but being late by couple minutes on race that takes days is not big deal.  First 160km was part of our honeymoon so we walked together with my lovely wife Petra.  And it was crazy cold, -43°C in the morning so we better kept moving.  First day passed away pretty easy.  Well, I mean "easy" in Yukon way.  Petra was having big troubles with her hips so we decided to bivvy down and take some rest.  We were afraid of cold but we zipped two sleeping bags together and biological heat worked well so we were cold only little bit and slept.  Unfortunately Petra´s hip got worse so we pushed another whole day and once we reached check point at 100km she decided to scratch.  Very hard, but wise decision.  And I am very proud for her!!  Her hips hurt already from the start, but she didn´t tell me and pushed through.  

From 100km check point I kept going solo.  Another night on the snow in -46°C.  I got frostbite on my fingers, but fortunately I fought back and saved my fingers.  It was long haul through the night and morning before I reach Braeburn, 160km mark.  There I met my wife again. I  ate and rest little bit and it was so hard to say good bye and kept going.  There was another 75km before next check point and I knew it will take me whole night.  I felt exhausted and sleepy, it is funny how body reacts to extreme conditions.  I felt great for couple hours, pushing hard and everything was ok and than I felt
like crap and at the bottom.  Later that night when I was on frozen lakes I saw track of wolf for the first time.  With wolves in my mind I bivvy down for a while.  It warmed up to -26°C and it was windy and snowing.  I reached Ken lake, 240km mark around midday.  Bit of sleep and food and ready for another push, 60km to Carmacks.  In the last three nights I slept only 6 hour altogether so my mind was playing games.  Pushing through the night is very mentally difficult and I saw scary creatures, weird shapes and objects in snow covered trees.  I got used to it, worse was when I started to have hearing hallucinations.  This night was the worst, walking in the dark forest with fresh wolves tracks all over the trail.  Many wolves were around me and they were following.  I was so scared and exhausted, because I was afraid to stop and rest.  Long scary night, but 5am I made it to Carmacks.  I needed better sleep and rest.  And I also needed to start traveling more during the day.  

Next 55km was on softer snow and my achilles were giving me troubles, it was never ending and I had to cross few over flows, but it went quite ok and I made it to McCabe.  From there long and straight stretch to Pelly crossing.  I traveled mostly over the day and I made it to Pelly crossing later evening.  Over 400km behind me and I was happy I made it to here.  My achilles were still in pain, but I hoped good rest will help.  Finally we got some sun and warm -10°C.  53km to Pelly Farm went very well and pretty fast, so early in the evening I made it to Pelly Farm.  My tendons were on strike so I made decision I will wait the night and see what will happen in the morning.  Next morning my
achilles was swollen and I tried to walk, but with big pain so I made very hard decision to turn around and walk back to finish shorter distance.  It is always very hard to make important decision, and now I am very happy I made this decision.  So last 53km back to the finish line of shorter distance.  I took it easy and around 9pm I made it back to Pelly Crossing, 512km behind me.  Health is most important for me and I am very happy with the result, and my decision. 

I would like to say big THANKS to Infinit Nutrition Canada for providing me with the best custom made nutrition (hydration) ever.  I used my custom formula for endurance and I have to say it worked amazing.  And I am not saying that because I was supported by Infinit, I used Infinit even before I had any kind of support.  I am saying that because I could see the results in my performance. I didn´t bonk, I didn´t feel dehydrated and it kept me going.  For recovery I used Repair and that was main key in my fitness, of course I was tired, but each morning my muscles felt almost fine, something I didn´t expect. Thank you guys and Thank you Yukon for being nice to me!!!!"

A total of 31 racers started the 430 mile race.  12 finished (1 unranked).  Jan got the furthest of all the racers that were not able to complete the full distance this year.

Absolutely unbelievable - Congrats Jan - rest well.
Thanks for sharing.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Thursday, February 19, 2015

JS Fitness Opens - Fuelled by Infinit!!!

My passion: Helping/leading people to perform at their true athletic potential.  Jonathan's passion is very well aligned with that.  So excited that the day has come, in which Jonathan has moved into his new space - his very own, very well equipped strength and conditioning facility.  I have known for a while that this was in the works, sometimes with contracts, renovations and such, things take a little longer than expected.  Was really happy to drop off the first Infinit shipment to his new digs.

Jonathan is very particular - which suits us just fine.  In addition to Raw, our straight New Zealand whey isolate, he wanted to provide a chocolate version of the product, sweetened naturally with Stevia and a brand new offering we basically created together: a Beta Alanine/BCAA/Creatine blend.  This blend is a pre-work out blend with very low calories the stimulates the work output and then set-ups a great recovery.

We are pumped to be associated with Jonathan - the people lucky enough to be clients know what he offers, I am sure things are about to explode.

JS Fitness develops programs specific to a clients needs and goals.  The custom/individual nature of the programming matches what we do at Infinit perfectly.

Thrilled to be partnered - Congratulations Jonathan!

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quick Update from 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

Last weekend a few athletes trained by Forward Momentum (Shaun Taylor), made the jaunt from Alberta to Arizona, to race the 24 hr Mtn Bike race put on by Epic Rides.  There is no question that we are talking about incredibly talented athletes with huge will, it also has to be recognized that they are trained by one of the sports best here in Canada.  These guys/gals rock!

I will be looking to post some race reports as they come in, but here is the down and dirty results:

Andrew Bovard - Finished 4th overall out of 115 Solo Male riders.  Covering 273.7 miles and climbing 20400 ft.  Should be noted that is last lap was his 3rd fastest at 1:18:01 - crazy.

Ryan Gardiner - Finished 7th overall in the same Solo Male division.  Conquering the same distance and elevation gain.  Ryan also had an impressive last lap - only 8 seconds of his first lap (fastest) at just over 1:16.

Julie Kelly - Finished 2nd overall in the 17 person Solo Female division.  In 15 laps Julie covered 241.5 miles and 18000 ft of climbing.  If Julie was in male division she would have placed 12th overall - wow!!!

Final note on the 3 performances - typically 24 hr Solo performances are supported by a crew - making certain that lights are charged, clothing is right, nutrition is bang on - these guys all did the race unsupported - making their accomplishments even more impressive.

Obviously we are proud to be fuelling such strong performances.

If you want to perform like these guys - check Shaun out at: Forward Momentum Coaching

If you want to finish as strong as you start - check us out, maybe its time you go Custom!

Congrats on a great start to 2015!

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Infinit Featured in Canadian Cycling Magazine!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jan and Petra - Tackle The Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015

We know that Jan was about to tackle the Yukon Arctic Ultra, the 430 mile race and we were quite frankly in awe.  We asked him to give his perspective on the race in general and this year's challenge.  His overview is below - Unbelievable!

Jan writes:
"Quite simply the world's coldest and toughest ultra.  430 miles of snow, ice, temperatures as low as -40°C ( in 2007 temperatures dropped to -61°C and race was canceled) and relentless wilderness, the YAU  is an incredible undertaking.  It sounds less like an ultramarathon, than the premise for a Jack London novel.  Yukon Arctic Ultra follows the Yukon Quest trail, the trail of the world's toughest Sled Dog Race.  Where dog teams once slid and scrambled now human power chases up the trail.  You can choose to race the 430 mile (odd numbered years), 300 mile, 100 mile or marathon distance.  The race begins in Whitehorse, Yukon, finishing (for those that make it) 13 nights later on the in Dawson city, Yukon.  The marathon finishes just off the Takhini River.  The 100 mile competitors race from Whitehorse to Braeburn.  The 300 mile racers continue relentlessly onwards going all the way to Pelly Farm.  The 430 mile athletes continue on up the Quest trail to Dawson City.  Racers must pull their own gear in a sled.  There are no stages.  The amount of hours a racer chooses to sleep as opposed to marking off mileage is up to them.

Many people are asking why we are doing this.  Well, it is good question, but we have no answer for that yet.  Maybe we will find it during our adventure in Yukon.  Last year at Yukon Arctic Ultra my wife Petra went for marathon distance and I did 100miles, just to give it a go and try.  I am an elite triathlete and I went through many painful events, but nothing compared to race in Yukon.  I pushed hard and I reached my limits, very interesting feeling and something new to me.  It was my first 100 miler.  I was ready.  My biggest concerns were clothing and nutrition during the race.  Hydration and nutrition in these harsh conditions are extremely important.  Thanks to Infinit Canada I had my custom made hydration fitted for my needs.  After 3 years with Infinit I knew that I cannot go wrong. And I didn't!  My nutrition during the race was excellent, but such a tough race won't take mercy to anyone, so after almost 24 hours of running, walking, sled pulling I finished and promised that I will never do something similar again.  Well, well, well and here we go again.  I am on the start line for 430 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson city altogether with my wife Petra and her 100 miler.  It is not long ago when we got married and because we love intense experience Yukon Arctic Ultra is going to be our honeymoon.  We will go for first 100 miles together, enough time to share the love.  Than I will push on north, direction to Dawson city.  Fingers crossed."

Jan and Petra start the race this weekend, I have caught myself here and there, saying it is too cold to run outside, I am just going to hit the treadmill.  I need to rethink this.  Truly inspiring.

Good luck Jan and Petra, oh ya - Have a great Honeymoon!

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Erica Livett - Planning for the 2015 CrossFit Season

I’m going to admit it… I hate the open, I’ve never done well in it and I’m really happy when it is done!  I don’t look at the leader-board through the whole 5 weeks because honestly there is no point.  I try my hardest every time I do the workout and my best is just that…my best.  Traditionally the open has favoured the lighter athlete, and has not been a good representation of how things will play out during Regionals… at least in Canada West… and up until now.

Enter the 2015 season… We all knew something had to change.  Too many athletes were getting to regionals that struggled with more complex gymnastics movements and weights that are regional standard.  There’s no movement or weight you can throw at me that I wouldn’t say ‘lets get this!’  Except maybe for strict handstand pushups… but still, I like them, just not a whole workout designed around them…

So what’s changed?  Only the top 20 (not 48) athletes will advance from our open to the regionals AND we will now compete for our place at the Games against athletes from the North West of the United States.  My initial reaction to this huge change was ‘shit!’  Never have I finished the open in the top 20 but I’ve placed top 10 every year at regionals with two 3rd place finishes…  IF the open stays geared to the lightweight athlete then I’m screwed, but so are many others.

So how does an athlete tackle this new unknown?  I’ve spoken to many of my competitive friends and we seem to share the same feelings towards this new format.  We’re excited and agree it is a good change BUT… our nerves creep in about only 20 spots… what workouts will show up to determine who is worthy of taking a spot at regionals? 

For me, the 2015 season is the beginning of a new chapter in the life of
Livett.  Those close to me know how hard 2014 was, and not really as an athlete but as a human.  2014 goes down as the most emotionally challenging year I’ve had to date and one full of change.  This season I will be competing as ‘unaffilliated’ and I am encouraged to take part in this season through the support of the athletes I coach and call my family.  I’m nervous about the open but so is everyone else.  I know that the open will represent more of a regional level than ever before, and this excites me!!! I may actually do well in the open this year…!

So where do I train now?  In the most awesome of Garage Gyms you have ever seen!  It has become my business as well as my training studio.  We all have to start somewhere and right here, right now is a great place to be!

Happy Open Season.  May the WODs be ever in your favour!

Erica Livett