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Friday, December 18, 2015

Kate O'Brien's Road to Rio

If you haven't heard who Kate O'Brien is we recommend you read up on her and keep an eye out for her this coming Olympic year. A former bobsled athlete recently turned track-cyclist, O'Brien is making a push for an Olympic spot and it all started with an awesome performance at the World Cup 2 weeks ago. Kate's on the blog today to recap her most recent competition. 

"We went into this World Cup aiming for another top eight, with the hopes for higher, ideally a top six performance. We were still in a bit of a precarious position for Olympic qualification. Another solid race here would hopefully widen our lead over Mexico and close the gap on Colombia. After a few nerves, we rode our race and ended up 5th with a new personal best time and closer than we have been to the top countries in the world. Not only did we beat Mexico and Colombia, but we beat a number of other countries that have always been miles ahead of us, finishing about 3/ 100ths out of the finals. It was more than we had thought by far. Again, we're not quite out of the woods as far as qualification goes, but it's pretty incredible to think that one day soon we may have a real shot at being among the top in the world.

I think the ticket for us this time was to really keep our heads in what WE wanted to accomplish, rather than worrying about uncontrollable things like how the other teams would go. There is still more work to do (there always is!) but I think I speak for both of us when I say that we are really excited for what's to come. We still have a lot of improving that we can do, which is a great thing as it means that with more training (and a bit of luck ;)) we can be among those coveted top four by the end of this season. Tonight I felt such gratefulness, not at the result (though I was grateful for that!), but for the fact that we were put in the position to have to fight. After our disappointing continental championships, we really had to rally our bodies and our minds. We were put in a position of fight or flight and thanks to some great people supporting us we have been able to fight. In all honesty, I don't know that we would have finished where we did today were it not for the fire that was lit inside of us. We were able to aim higher than just "beat who we need to beat", and move into "let's try to be the best we can be".

On Saturday I competed in my second ever World Cup sprint tournament. As I mentioned following Colombia, I was a bit disappointed, finishing 25th in the qualification and not getting into the tournament (24 went through). This time around, that was my goal- top 24 in the qualifications and then getting into the rounds. I always feel a bit of trepidation when I'm in a sprint tournament- like I don't belong or am too new. I have really been trying to work on that and at this World Cup, I felt that my competitive head was in the best place it has been for a while. The field was immensely close in times, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had qualified 12th which was a few hundredths off of some of the top girls. I was stoked to move up 11 places from last World Cup and I finally felt like I had a real opportunity to show my stuff in the match sprints! I was matched with a girl who was pretty much the same speed as me, nearly down to the thousandth. Unfortunately I was knocked out in the first round. That said, since I started sprints, I have really felt like a fish out of water; there are so many tactics involved, kind of like playing chess at 60km/ h. Though I didn't come out on top on Saturday, and I still have a lot to learn, I felt like I took a pretty big step. I managed to wrap my head around things a bit better and come closer than I had before. I am looking forward to the next World Cup in Hong Kong where I'll hopefully get another shot to show my stuff, this time deeper into the sprint rounds!

At the moment, we have been given a few days off before getting back to training in Milton pre- Christmas. I am staying in New Zealand a bit longer and will return to Milton on Thursday. Then back to it on Friday with a double day- whew! I feel really hungry for the next chapter- stay tuned!"

Stay hungry Kate - we are so excited to keep you fuelled and hydrated on your Road to Rio! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lionel in the News - Chatting Nutrition and Ironman

Bob Bellacicco from CTV Windsor stopped by recently to chat with Lionel and ourselves about sport nutrition and ironman racing. The full interview can be found here: CTV Windsor: Preparing for Ironman.

The face of a champion - Lionel winning the 2015 Ironman Arizona.

Monday, December 7, 2015

CrossFit WHL - Where I Work & Play

Late in 2013 we decided that we wanted to see if we could effectively fuel CrossFit athletes.  After working with some regional level athletes and coaches we found out that we certainly had a place in CrossFit.  Little did I know I soon would become a fixture at one of our local boxes.  I believe it was in May of 2014 that I drove by CrossFit WHL - I didn't even know it existed until that day.  Later that afternoon I dropped by the box and met Bobby Tran, owner/coach of The WorkHorse Lifestyle.  Almost instantly we connected and we both thought it would be a good idea to trial the products with his members and our Infinit Strength blends took off.  With the business relationship strongly in place by late summer of 2014 I was now very intrigued with CrossFit and wanted to be involved.  I became a member in August 2014.

You will hear varied opinions on what CrossFit is.  For me, number one is CrossFit WHL is a community.  Daily you enter this gym where ego is left behind and you challenge yourself along side your friends.  You give it everything you have; you do not want to disappoint yourself or your community.  The box has been referred to as a lab, it is a place where we find our limitations and understand what limits us, and then work to overcome that limiter to truly improve.  I, as an example coming from 10 years of endurance racing had some crazy tight hips, hamstrings, back and ankles.  During foundations Bobby assessed me doing a body weight squat and identified that the first areas of focus would be ankle and hip flexibility.  Did this mean that I wouldn't perform a squat until I had adequate flexibility - no!  We would scale the exercise so that my strength could increase as my flexibility increased.  As an example, I started doing back squats down to a 24" box, then down to a bench, then down to a wall ball on a plate....  Today I am able to do a squat with my thighs going down below parallel.  As they say in yoga - that position may not be available today, implying that with consistent practice what is not available today, can be in the future.  Same goes in the box.  You are never without a limiter, there is always something that is preventing a better performance,
whether that is a heavier lift, a better time or more calories/reps performed within a given time.  Being able to identify these limiters and then working on them results in us becoming better; it is truly a human performance lab.

Convenience of having your gym across the street!
I was always intrigued with the CrossFit style of workouts.  I would have never dreamt that it would have become such an important part of my daily routine.  I have a new community; a community that I visit most days and leave everything I have; each and every time I come out stronger.  I am grateful after our move to our current location - I can look out my window and see my lab!

Thanks Bobby for creating such a great environment.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Day in the Life of Brent Fikowski

Monday, November 30th/ 2015

04:40 Wake up and have a small snack, drive to training at Kelowna CrossFit.
05:20 Begin warmup then hit the following training session. This is a larger than normal session for me, so I will be having two scoops of Infinit Xcite. 

       Accumulated 18 strict muscle-ups and 45 strict handstand pushups for skill and strength
       20 sets of 1 deadlift on the 30 seconds @ 70% of my 1 rep      max
       4 rounds of bench press and bent over row supersets with structured rest

       Conditioning TABATA style intervals with slam balls, kettlebell swings and airdyne sprints
       Squatting for technique staying below 60% of 1 rep max for sets of 5

As always I finish with Infinit Beta Alanine & Creatine and Infinit Recover. Of course a banana too.

Brent putting in work! 
07:50 Drive to chiropractor appointment for an adjustment, laser therapy and traction.
08:40 Arrive home and eat breakfast! My favourite meal of the day. It always consists of three eggs, one piece of bacon, grilled vegetables, oats, yogurt and berries.

09:40 Bike 10 minutes to work. This bike ride is starting to get pretty cold!
09:50 Arrive at work. I am an accountant at an advertising company. I have a stand-up adjustable desk and a very relaxed work environment with a lot of great people. We mostly make Facebook advertisements on your news feed. You're welcome.
10:30 Fibre Optic internet from Telus cuts out. This is not ideal because all of our company's business is done online. Wait on hold with Telus on and off for 90 minutes to resolve the issue. It was a clerical error and they are sorry. We are not impressed.
12:00 Eat first lunch while at my desk. It consists of sweet potato, beef, veggies, and nuts.
13:10 Discuss with my co-worker the upcoming Star Wars movie and the recent Jar Jar Sith theory we read about online. 
13:20 I continue my bean counting.
14:20 Eat second lunch, basically the same as the first just pork instead of beef
18:00 Finish work and bike to Shopper's Drugmart to buy white athletic tape and Rock Tape. They are sold out of both.

18:20 Arrive home hungry and cold. I have a cup of warm bone broth and re-heat some home-made pumpkin soup.

18:30 Fry a pork chop with some greens and serve with cold cooked beets.

18:45 Eat food then stretch while watching last night's "The Walking Dead". Rick Grimes needs to take action and start biting necks again if he wants his kids to survive. Just my two cents.
19:30 Hang up laundry, clean kitchen, answer some emails, book a hotel for my upcoming competition in Miami and prepare clothing for tomorrow. The plan is to bike to training instead of drive so I need my winter garb.
20:20 Chat with my girlfriend about our upcoming trip home to Alberta.
20:40 Say goodnight.
20:40:30 Fall asleep immediately.

Pretty exciting! Right...?!...

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Winning an Ultraman on Infinit Nutrition!

Long time customer Mike Coughlin recently just achieved a feat he has been aiming for since 2011, and it was done all while fuelling on Infinit! Back in '11, Mike, who is the head coach at Discomfort Zone Performance Coaching, had a near miss runner-up finish at the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii. Since then, he made it his goal to get back to the World Championships and this time come out on top.

Well, he did just that.

“This was a 10-year dream for me,” said Coughlin, “Ever since I crewed here in 2005 for Michael Hanrack, who finished second, and since I finished second myself in 2011, I dedicated myself to winning this great event.”

Mike with crew member Lauren getting his bike suit on after the swim!
Mike came out of the swim portion in 11th place.  
If you're unfamiliar with Ultraman, it is a 3-day, 515km race that is held annually in Hawaii. The race is divided into 3 stages; day 1 is a 10km swim followed by a 145km cross-country bike ride, day 2 is a 276km bike ride, and day 3 includes an 84km double-marathon to conclude the race. Each stage must be completed in 12 hours or less, with the swim being finished in 5.5 hours or less.

Last climb on the bike!
Mike getting his Infinit in.
Props to his team member running alongside in sandals!
At this year's World Championship, Mike just missed breaking the Ultraman World Championship men's race record by 2 minutes and 56 seconds. He defended his Day 2 lead with a 2nd-best double marathon time of 6:48:02. His overall finish time was 21:44:18, 27:27 ahead of the second place finisher and a whopping 1:44:30 ahead of third.

421km later and all smiles!
Mike had the fastest bike split, propelling him to first place after Day 2. 
Running to a first place finish! 
After chatting with Mike post race, he had so many great things to say about his custom Infinit formulation. His base calories were supplied through Mike's Bike Blend, fuel that was designed based off of his specific needs. He supplemented his custom blend with jetfuel for the swim and run. We are thrilled for Mike and look forward to continuing to fuel him throughout his future training and races.

Simply awesome!

(Images and quotes from Tim Carlson at Slow Twitch - Thanks Tim!)