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Monday, September 28, 2015

SmartShake - Love It

Last week, I was in Cambridge to meet Shawn and Pat - we are looking to see if there was value in working together. Shawn is the President and Pat is the Vice President of Northern Amerex, a company that distributes sporting goods across Canada. While meeting and getting to know one another I learned of a product that they represent, SmartShake - an innovative shaker bottle that frankly fits many of our fuelling systems perfectly. There is lots to love about this product.  Currently I workout 6 times a week at CrossFit WHL here in Windsor - Bobby Tran challenges us daily and typically my workouts last 90 minutes with a warm-up, mobility work, strength & conditioning and then cool-down.  For these workouts I use two products: X-Cite and Rescue.  SmartShake is perfect for me. Before I leave for the box, I mix up my X-Cite in the top and I have a full serving of Rescue in the bottom for when I am done the workout.  I start drinking my X-Cite while driving to the gym and I finish the blend by the time I complete my workout.  I quickly rinse the top portion, add water and then the Rescue from the bottom compartment, shake it up and I am good to go.  It is so important to get your Recovery blend in within 30 minutes from the end of your workout - this results in maximizing the growth and repair of muscle, minimizing muscle soreness, and ensuring you are fully recovered for your next workout.

I have been trialling the bottle for the last week.  It hits the mark on many levels:
  • Design - easy to use.  Supports intra-workout blends and recovery.
  • Cleaning - easy to clean - dishwasher safe.
  • BPA & DEHP free.
  • Function - Leak free, rapid mixing.  Safe for microwave or freezer.
We will be offering these bottles within the next few weeks in our Infinit Hydration section: Infinit Hydration

We think the bottle is a perfect complement to what we do and we hope you agree.  



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Road to Kona: Training Day 1 in Kona

Lionel Sanders has made his way to Kona and is now spending the next two weeks leading up to the race training in the heat and humidity of Hawaii. If you missed our first Road to Kona post, you can catch up here.

Make sure to stay tuned to our blog for more updates on Lionel's journey leading up to the 2015 Ironman World Championships.

Ironman Day in Kona


Thursday, September 24, 2015

“Reduce your salt intake! No simple sugars!” – Heard this before? Well Not Necessarily If You Are An Athlete!

You may need to add these two unlikely nutrients to your training regime if you are exerting yourself with prolonged intense aerobic exercise of 1 hour or more.

Dehydration
We as humans rely on fluid intake to maintain total body water and blood volume.
Dehydration limits the ability of the body to increase skin blood flow for the purpose of transferring heat from the body core to the skin surface.  When the blood volume decreases, the heart needs to pump more often to get the same amount of blood to the working muscles.  Mild dehydration can impair performance, whereas significant dehydration can put a strain on cardiac output as well as jeopardizing the ability of the body to maintain core temperature within safe limits during exercise.
*2% dehydration may cause performance to be decreased by 3-5%, at 4% dehydration your capacity for muscular work declines significantly.

If you were to do the math, a 50kg female would only have to decrease her weight by 1kg to equal 2% of body weight and impair performance.
Perhaps she races 10km run in 60 minutes. A 2% dehydration can cause a performance decrease of up to 5%...
So 60min x 0.05 =  3min  … making her time 3min slower to 1:03 !!

The table below adapted from the ACSM Position Stand on Fluid Replacement in Exercise, shows how large the ranges are for sweat rate even within the same sport. 


Sport
Condition
Ranges of Sweat Rate (l/hr)
Ironman Triathlon
Bike Leg (Males and Females)
0.47 - 1.08

Run Leg (Males and Females)
0.4 - 1.8
Half Marathon Running
Winter Competition (Males and Females)
0.75 – 2.23
Rowing
Summer Training (Males and Females)
0.74 – 2.92
American Football
Summer Training (Males)
1.1 – 3.18
Soccer
Summer Training (Males)
0.99 – 1.93
Tennis
Summer Competition (Females)
0.56 – 1.34

Fluids Needs in Training
Athletes generally need between 500ml (less intensity or smaller person and cool) to over 1500ml (high intensity or larger person in the heat) of fluid replacement per hour, but this will vary greatly between individuals, exercise intensity, and environment (temperature and humidity).  Try weighing yourself before and after your exercise in various conditions to determine the amount of fluids you lose in your sweat while training.
*Drink enough to prevent dehydration of more than 2% of body weight but do not drink more than your sweat rate.

Hyponatremia
This is a rare but serious condition when an individual participating in prolonged (over 5 hours typically) endurance exercise has a very low concentration of sodium in their blood.  This can be the result of excessive water consumption without enough sodium replacement, but can also occur simply due to a high sweat rate and high concentration of sodium being excreted in the sweat without enough sodium being replaced by a sport drink or other source.  Athletes engaging in extremely long endurance events need to be aware of their needs for electrolyte replacement to avoid this scary or even deadly medical condition.

Sodium Needs in Training
Every individual has different sweat rates as discussed previously, as well as different concentrations of sodium in their sweat.  You might know you excrete more than the average person in your sweat if you are visibly covered in salt by the end of a race or training session.  The average person needs 300 to 600mg of sodium per hour to maintain blood sodium concentrations, however a very “salty sweater” may need even more than this.
*For exercise sessions lasting longer than an hour, a sport drink with appropriate electrolytes and carbohydrates is recommended.  A properly balanced sport drink will decrease urine output, enable fluids to empty quickly from the stomach, promote absorbs ion from the intestine and encourage fluid retention.

Carbohydrate needs in Training
While training for over an hour or an hour and a half, athletes will empty their stores of liver glycogen and muscle glucose, therefore they will need to replace this with easy to absorb carbohydrates.  Simple sugars such as glucose, fructose, dextrose, or maltodextrine will provide the immediate fuel for the athlete to use for optimal energy and training performance when exercising for prolonged periods of time.  Athletes training for sessions of 1-2 hours will need approximately 30 grams of carbohydrate replacement per hour, whereas those enduring longer sessions will be able to use 60 to 90 grams of carbohydrate per hour. 



Event
Carbohydrates Required for Optimal Performance
Carbohydrate type
Less than 1 hour
Very small amounts
Most forms of carbohydrates
1-2 hours
Up to 30 grams per hour
Most forms of carbohydrates
2-3 hours
Up to 60 grams per hour
Carbohydrates that are rapidly oxidized such as glucose and maltodextrine
Greater than 2.5 hours
Up to 90 grams per hour
Carbohydrates thatbare rapidly oxidized such as glucose or maltodextrine in combination – must be more than one type of carbohydrate

Sports Gels verses Fluid Electrolyte and Glycogen Supplements

A brand new research study has found that replacing carbohydrate and electrolytes through consumption of a gel or a sport drink type fluid shows no difference in the performance of endurance triathletes.  However, the study did show an increase in gastrointestinal distress in athletes who used the gel.  Therefore it might consider this a disadvantage to gels over a sport drink fluid.






- Sheryl Ross M.Kin, Sports Nutritionist, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Infinit Tips: Garrick Loewen

"My typical day starts off at 4:30 in the morning with a shaker bottle filled with almond milk and two scoops of Infinit mud. I usually take down the entire bottle with a muffin on the way to the pool. I like having the mud to mix in as it sits really well in my stomach and gives me just the right amount of energy to hammer out a nice 4-5k swim set early in the morning. Throughout my swim I'll usually take in about 3/4 of a bottle of my custom Infinit blend. 

Later in the day when I head out for my ride I'll be sure to take 1 bottle of my custom Infinit blend for every hour on the bike. If my ride is over 3 hours I'll be sure to bring some of my mix with me to refill my bottles along the way. This nutrition plan may change depending on intensity and temperature.

When I'm doing a long run over 1 hour I usually have a support crew (my lovely girlfriend on her bike) come with me to allow me to sip on a bottle of my custom blend. When I am doing intervals either on the road, on the track, or at Malden park here in Windsor I like to sip on my bottle between intervals and ultimately finishing what's left after the workout. 

At the end of the day I'll usually do about 30 minutes of core and motor control exercises where prior to doing it I'll mix up a smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, beet juice, pineapple or cranberry juice, and two scoops of Infinit repair. 

Although it seems like I take in a lot of Infinit every day there's no other choice. Infinit is my secret weapon in the fight to staying on top of my nutrition. Being a dedicated professional athlete who trains 6+ hours a day, works 4-8 hours/ day, and goes to school full time throughout the week makes for long days. However I have found that fuelling with Infinit gives my the nutritional edge I need over my competitors and give me the energy to make through every long training day. With all of the industry leading products Infinit has on the market now there's no way you can go wrong. My best advice is find which flavours and blends sit best in your stomach and go from there. "

Friday, September 18, 2015

Infinit Tips - Julie Kelly

24 hour racing requires a very specific, and dialled in nutrition plan in order to sustain full power throughout each hour of your race. Luckily, we have been able to help Julie Kelly reach her full racing potential by providing her with the perfect blends for her sport! We recently asked her what her tips and tricks for using her Infinit fuel are, and we have brought them to the blog today to share with you! 


"During my training I am on an Infinit custom blend on rides over 60 mins in length. For longer rides I may include a bottle of Jet Fuel.

On race day for a 24 hour, I will sip on a bottle of Infinit in the hours leading up to the start. During the race my fuel consists of only Infinit. I use my custom blend as well as Jet Fuel every 4-6 hours depending on how I am feeling.  These products have everything I need to get me through 24 hours of racing. I am confident in the product and can focus on racing."

Want to read more of Team Infinit's tips? Click here

For all things Julie Kelly, follow this link! Infinit Nutrition - Julie Kelly

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Road to Kona: First Ever for Lionel Sanders

Lionel Sanders is en route to competing in his first ever World Championships in Kona. Lionel is a local triathlete to Windsor, ON and one of Canada's greatest Ironmen. We are excited to follow his journey to Kona, and we will be documenting his training over the next few weeks right here on our blog. So follow along with us as we get ready to cheer on Team Infinit athlete Lionel Sanders at the 2015 Ironman World Championships on October 10th.

Training Day: September 14th


Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Travels with Canada Basketball

I have always had a desire to travel - whether it be in North America or around the world. I love experiencing new places and seeing new sights. A few years ago I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to represent Canada on the international stage. Through this, I was able to visit some
pretty extraordinary places.

For two summers (2012, 2013) I was a member of the Development Women's Basketball team - which is also known as the Senior B team. In the summer of 2012, we travelled to Montenegro and Belgium to compete in a 5-game exhibition series. We first faced off against the Montenegro Senior Women's team. That was quite the experience. Some of the players had been on the team for almost 20 years (now remember, I was only 20 at the time) so it was very humbling. While in Montenegro, which is bordered by Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia and Albania, we had an opportunity to take a day and go sightseeing. We drove through the rugged mountains down to a little tourist town, where there were shops, beaches, boat tours, and restaurants. It was really cool to experience the culture, and to get a taste of the authentic Montenegro experience. After we played our two games and had some time to explore, we hoped back on a plane and travelled to Belgium.
The team in Budva, Montenegro 
Outside the President's house
Before going on our boat tour in Budva
I have always wanted to go to Belgium - I mean, waffles are one of my favourite breakfast foods, so I was incredibly excited to have this opportunity. In Belgium, we played 3 games against a team that was very similar to us; all the athletes were around the same age and skill level. They were great games, and I am forever thankful to have been able to represent the Red and White. We also had a chance to explore the city and we saw so many fascinating buildings and cathedrals, and even got to see the famous Peeing Boy in Brussels (my camera died before I could take a picture :( )!
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
Brussels, Belgium
The following summer I was invited back to tryout for the Development Team again, and after a 2 week training camp in Toronto, we were boarding a flight to Kazan, Russia to compete in the FISU Universiade - a multi-week competition for University level athletes that resembles the Olympics. It was so cool - we stayed in the athletes village and had the opportunity to connect with athletes from
all over the world. We were able to take a day from practice and competing to take in all that Kazan had to offer, including the historic Kazan Kremlin. The coolest experiences from the trip, and the one that I will cherish forever was walking into the opening ceremonies, like they do at the Olympics, with the rest of the Canadian athletes representing our fantastic country. It was amazing.
The Athlete's Village at FISU
Opening Ceremonies 
The Kremlin
One thing that I have learnt from playing basketball on the International level is that everything comes down to preparation. You need to be prepared physically, mentally and emotionally. All success comes from hard work! 



Tessa Kreiger | Marketing Coordinator