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Monday, February 27, 2017

Month at a Glance: March 2017

The weather here in Southwestern Ontario has been beautiful lately and it is getting us excited for the coming season! We are itching to be outside training in the sun. Things ate amping up here, with many Team Infinit athletes starting their seasons. We wanted to share with you a Month at a Glance for March! Be sure to follow along on social media to stay up to date with everything Infinit!

Corey Bellemore - USports Championships, March 9-11/2017

Drew Mechielsen - USA Cycling Elite National Championships, Rockhill, SC, March 31-April1/2017

Lionel Sanders - Buenos Aires 70.3, March 12/2017

Noelle Montcalm - Opening her outdoor season in Florida (400mH)

Joanna Brown - Sarasota Pan-Am Champs and Relay, March 11-12/2017

Jolaine Undershute, Cindy Ouellet - CrossFit Open, February 23-March 27/2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Part 1 - What's in your fuel?

Have you ever taken a closer look at what is actually in the sports drink or supplements you are taking on a regular basis? If not - I bet you will be surprised. The majority of popular sport fuel and supplement companies in the industry today have a number of fillers, artificial sweeteners and flavours, and gums and thickeners in their blends to give them that "good mouth feel". We don't even begin to dabble in this space. We truly believe in simplicity with our blends.

What will you find in your favourite Infinit blends? Carbohydrates from 3 sources - Maltodextrin, Dextrose and Sucrose. It's a common misconception that you should stay away from carbohydrates while training and during recovery, and that protein should be all you take. Carbohydrates are essential to complete recovery. They provide your body the energy it needs during a training session and post workout to recover completely. Don't fear carbs!

You will also find our electrolyte blend, which is a mixture of Magnesium Gluconate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride and Calcium Gluconate. This blend will help replenish your electrolyte levels, as these are depleted through sweat, and it will help to sustain your energy and keep you hydrated during your workouts.

In a few of our blends you will also find a mixture of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's). Our BCAA blend contains leucine, glutamine, iso-leucine, and valine. Why BCAA's? Supplementing with BCAA's can help promote muscle protein synthesis and increase muscle growth over time.

Most of the recent research points towards Leucine as being the most important BCAA, it is what is driving muscle protein synthesis.  Our Whey Isolate contains 14.3% Leucine naturally, which is higher than any other protein source.  Adding additional supplemental leucine helps drive muscle protein synthesis - getting this right will allow us to increase performance and avoid unnecessary muscle soreness following hard sessions.

Our whey isolate is sourced from New Zealand. With the highest standards for dairy production, our whey comes from grass-fed cattle and is free of GMO's and growth hormones. It is the purest protein on the market, coming it at 93-94% pure protein, which results in 20g of protein per 21.5g serving. 

When flavouring our blends, we stray from anything artificial. Whether it be chocolate, vanilla, orange, grape, or any of our flavours, you can always trust that it is 100% natural. You also won't find any artificial colours in any of our blends. 

It's time to start fuelling your body right while training. Ditch the gels, bars and salt tabs - We provide everything you need in one bottle! Find your sport-specific blend or go custom here. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

3 Tips to Success in Mountain Biking

We are pleased to welcome 24 hour Mountain bike phenom Julie Kelly to the blog to share her top tips to get started in the sport of Mountain biking.

Julie is a highly successful Canadian mountain biker. Specializing in the 24 hour discipline, Julie has earned 13 1st place finished throughout her career. Her keys to success? Putting in the work when she doesn't want to, recovering well, and racing her race. Read more below!

Prior to racing make sure you have a bike that fits and is set up properly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 26er, 27.5 or 29er. Get what works for you and what you are comfortable on.

Do the work - If you train properly you will be successful. Put in the hours required, train at a similar intensity to the race and try to simulate the terrain of the course. It’s not easy but that’s why it’s called “work”. Be prepared to suffer!

Recover - Training is important but recovery is just as important. I often hear “the under trained athlete will perform better than the over trained”. Make sure you are taking enough time off the bike. Get enough sleep, hydrate and fuel properly on and off the bike.

Race your race - It’s easy to get caught up in the “game” of racing. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Focus on your goals and expected outcome. This may change based on race conditions, how you feel that day and who shows up. Be prepared to adapt but remain focused and think about the long game rather than the short.

Monday, February 13, 2017

3 Tips to Success in Ironman ft. The Fastest Ironman Ever

A triathlon may seem daunting to most people.  3 sports in 1?  Crazy!  And an Ironman, which can be double, triple or even quadruple the distance of some triathlons,  can seem nearly impossible!  But just like anything in life, if you want it bad enough and put in the work, anything is possible.  Here are some tips from the World's fastest Ironman athlete ever, Lionel Sanders, that you should find helpful if you are just getting into triathlon or have been doing triathlons for a long time.

Play to your weakness Most people have to juggle a 40 hour work week, getting dinner on the table and the kids to school and practices, so fitting in quality training can be difficult at times.  The key word is quality!  Your sessions do not have to be hours and hours long.  In fact, you may be doing more harm than good in that case.  Most triathletes have a weakness (for me it’s the swim) and that should be the discipline that has most priority, depending on what your goals are.  For example: my swim is my weakness, so I make sure that my first session every day is a swim.  That way, I do not have the fatigue of a run or a bike in my legs, allowing me to fully adopt a better technique in the water.  I did not do this in that past and my swim suffered more than it should have.  That being said, if your main goal is to improve your bike time, then of course focus on the bike portion.  For someone just starting out in the sport,  I think a realistic goal would be to aim for 2 swims, 2 bikes and 2 runs per week.  You will soon learn what your strengths and weaknesses are and can adjust your training accordingly.

The importance of a race plan Choose what race(s) you will do for the year and if you’re doing more than one, pick one to be your main focus.  Once you have done that, come up with a plan that will allow you to reach your goal or at least come close to it.  Remember, you can only do on race day what you’ve done in training.  The body won’t be able to magically do something it’s never done before.

Another very important aspect of your race plan, is your race nutrition plan.  Working with Infinit Nutrition Canada allows me to stick to my nutrition plan at every race and not have to worry that I am not getting what I need with on-course nutrition.

It’s all about balance Sometimes we can get wrapped up in the competitiveness of the sport, which is totally fine and pushes us to become even stronger, but it is important to have a little fun along the way.  I urge you to join a triathlon club and meet some people in your community who also have similar goals to yourself.  The triathlon community is a very supportive one and the journey is that much more special when you can share it with people you care about.  Goals are meant to be achieved and I encourage you to give it your all, but remember why you started doing this in the first place.  It was probably to live a healthy and active lifestyle, right?  But remember, life is all about balance and also maintaining other relationships as well.  Triathlon is only one aspect of your life and only one piece of who you are.

Ready to train? Set your goals, get out there and get at it! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

So you Want to get Into BMX ft. Drew Mechielsen

So you want to get into BMX but don't know where to start? Luckily, we've got you covered. We are pleased to welcome Canadian BMX rider Drew Mechielsen to the blog to share her top 3 secrets to success in the sport. 

Drew got involved in BMX at 3 years old. Since then, she has gone on to win the 2014 Junior Women's National title, and was selected to be a member of the Canadian team competing at the 2015 UCI Supercross World Cups in Manchester, England and Papendal, Netherlands. Last season, Drew won the National title for Elite Women, and place 4th at the USABMX National event in California, all while battling a torn PCL for the majority of her season.

Find out Drew's top 3 tips to success in BMX below.

Learn to always be ready for a new challenge - BMX will always have you facing a new obstacle to over come that will never fail to get your heart beating fast. There’s constantly things to try that will push you out of your comfort zone, no matter what level you are. Whether you are brand new and just starting, or a pro who's been doing it forever, there’s always something different to try that’s sure to get your heart racing.

Be Confident - you can’t show up to the track worrying what other people are going to think of your level or how you ride. When you go to a local track for open practice there are going to be people of all skill levels there, and you have to focus on yourself only. It’s intimidating at first, but just wear a smile and have fun working on your own progress!

Don’t give up after one fall - you will fall, but you will get back up again. We all do. You can’t get discouraged after one fall. My body is covered in scars from falling onto that dirt a few times too many. But its part of the sport and all those scars tell a different story from my 16 years of riding my bike. And I know there will be more, but that’s not what I focus on, I focus on having fun and improving myself. It’s just one of the challenges of BMX but it sure helps you become a tough person.

So.... grab your bike, hit up your local track and have fun!