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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pierce Johnson: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My Focus prior to the COVID-19 actions was getting prepared for a successful offseason. While this past year had its highlights, it ended much sooner than I had planned and left a bitter feeling in my stomach. I do not want to leave anything on the table going into my final season at the University of Windsor.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Training is very different now without access to gyms and I can't say I wasn't concerned about my training at the start of this.  However, the trainer for my team has given me an amazing program that is allowing me to continue training without falling behind on my offseason plan.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

One positive I am taking away from this is that is forcing myself to rest and recover. While I do take recovery very seriously, I often push myself to get back into the gym or on the court sometimes too quickly which sometimes leads to some injuries. This time is allowing myself to improve on deficiencies I have which will allow me to train at a higher level when things get back to normal.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

This break has definitely benefited my mental state. It has almost felt like a reset button has been hit and I’m more focused and mentally prepared for training once things get back to normal.

Sounds like you are using time wisely and hitting it old school with your crafty bench.  Thanks for sharing Pierce.




- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Medal They Will Remember Most!

As we continue to play it safe and social distance, I am working remotely, only our production folks are working at our Infinit facility, here in Windsor.  Every morning I have a call with the staff and of course on Monday's we discuss how our weekends went.  So when I got to Craig, one of our productions employees, "hey Craig what did you run this weekend?"  His quick reply, I ran a marathon.  What?!

I knew Craig had been training for Glass City Marathon with some of his training group and friends from the Blue Herron Blazers, Ryan had a group a runners ready for spring marathon in Ohio.  A small group, Craig, Stephanie and Erik all decided that they were going to do what they can, nothing stopping them from doing a full marathon.  They had all the fitness, might as well put it to good use!  All 3 happen to use Infinit Run for their marathon training/racing.  All 3 had personal bests, here are their individual race reports.

Stephanie Trepanier - Social Distance Marathon recap
Official time of 3:29:02 - avg. pace of 4:57/km PB by 11 minutes.  The most comfortable and calm I’ve ever felt racing.  After my first marathon in September, I assessed what worked and what didn’t.
This time around was different. I was nervous and respected the distance. I trained based on advice from the experienced and showed up to put in the time.

From the start, I felt great. Calf pain was gone and I felt calm and relaxed.  My on course fuel and hydration was on point. Infinit RUN has been a game changer for me!

Fast forward to the good stuff... As I approached the elusive 32km, I was scared that all those good feelings I had were going to quickly fade.
-My ass started to hurt a bit, my feet were swelling, but the pains were manageable and my fuel and hydration was on point. My body was relaxed and I continued on with my game plan and the kilometres were flying by.
-As I made the last turn and had only 5km to go, I knew I was going to hit my goal and decided to cautiously pick it up a bit. It felt comfortable.
-With 3kms to go, I was wiping the tears from my eyes and couldn’t contain my joy. I freaking did it! Just a little more. I’m sure those washing their cars and watching my back and forth running for 3+hours were questioning my sanity and well being at this point.
-500 m to go and I saw some of my BHB fam at the finish line. It was an ugly cry mixed with laughter.

The result is just the tip of the iceberg. Countless hours, training, commitment and support are only some of the essentials that brought me to this point. I couldn’t do this without the help and support from @ec.running , Craig (who joined in on the fun at the last minute and paced me) and the rest of my running family who were there today and/or who are there to push me, motivate me and support me through and through. I love what I do and I can’t wait to set a new goal.

Erik Chovan - Social Distance Marathon recap

This weekend I ran my 5th marathon. It was very special in the sense that it wasn't an official race.

We've been following a training plan and putting in the work to only find out that the race got cancelled. We were disappointed but figured might as well go ahead and run it anyways. We were excited to have Craig Gillissie join in last minute!

We headed out to tackle 4x 10k(ish) loops. Very thankful for our friends Mike King and Kelly Jean for the aid stations every 5k. Greatly appreciated.

My initial goal was trying to get a BQ time however since it wasn't an actual race I'd be happy to just PB. I was on target for a solid time but hit a wall with 8k left. Dug deep and picked it up to finish at 3:18:57.

I'm excited to continue my training and have another crack and improving even more....Also huge congrats to Steph Trepanier for crushing her goal and keeping a solid pace with clean splits.

Craig Gillissie - Social Distance Marathon recap

What an amazing race! So glad that Erik and Steph invited me out to run with them. Extremely happy with my PB of 3:30:53, but even happier that they reached their goals and ran PBs too. I'm really feeling a sense of pride that they were both willing to try Infinit Run to help them perform their best on race day.  I look forward to them setting new goals and achieving them in the future! 

Congrats again in Steph and Erik!
After Repair, maybe the best recovery beverage of all: Beer!

We love seeing people reach their full potential.  If you feel we can play a part in you achieving your best performance - contact me directly.  darcy@infinitnutrition.ca.  I would love to help!


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Pamela Ware: Staying Healthy, Stay Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

Before the COVID-19 started I was focusing on Diving World Series, we had just finished the first leg in Montreal and was heading to Russia and London for the other 2. These competitions were a chance to possibly be pre-qualified for Tokyo2020.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Just like everyone else, I do not know when I will be back to the pool training normally, but I have an extra bedroom in my apartment and I transformed it into a small gym. I’m able to do weight training almost the same as I usually do and I have a treadmill and bike so I’m able to do cardio. It is obviously not the same. Some days I have ZERO motivation to get out of bed and workout inside my house but I still push myself to get what needs to be done to stay in shape and ready for when I get to start diving again!

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a
Pamela stopped by Infinit last year when competing in Windsor
return to competition?

It is obviously not the same training inside a small room. Some days I have ZERO motivation to get out of bed and workout inside my house but I still push myself to get what needs to be done to stay in shape and ready for when I get to start diving again! I want my comeback to be smooth and easy so I am doing everything possible to make that happen.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

I am having a hard time. This situation has for sure pushed me to be mentally stronger. I have felt pretty much every emotion possible, from angry to sad to stressed, happy, excited and so on… But I am trying to stay positive as much as possible, some days are easier than others but I still try!

I love your honestly Pamela - thanks for sharing the ups and downs that you are experiencing.  This has been a battle for all of us.



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Monday, April 27, 2020

Lissa Bissonnette; Staying Healthy, Staying Home


What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My main focus before COVID-19 was making sure I qualified for the games. Step 1: than after April 20th, once I qualified, it was to reach the top 5 at the games. 

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Right now, I consider myself lucky if we get a national race this year.  I am not expecting to race, only to train. That being said, with all the restrictions about social distancing my personal goal is to improve my mental weaknesses (taking advantage of the time to strengthen this with mindfulness and visualization) and some mobility. Which are shoulder mobility, hips mobility plus strengthening my rotators cuffs, all those small muscles that we often forget during the season and help to keep me healthy during long season.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?


I’m trying to be optimistic with the situation and take advantage to improve some aspect that I don’t always work on. 

Our olympic qualification were suppose to happen a few weekends ago. It is sad that this will happen in a year but being an Olympian is to be resilient and being able to adapt. Right now, I set myself some small daily goal at the beginning of the day. It can be something as simple as trying a new recipe, getting two workout done today or no screen time between 1 pm to 5 pm. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing? 

Right now, like many Canadians my mental state is up and down. This situation helps me realize why I like sports and that I’m truly doing it for me and nobody else. I LOVE when I get the chance to get a workout outside. When it rains or it’s too cold to train outside, those are hard days for me. I’m forced to train a lot in my dusty garage where i have a TRX, some sands bags, elastic band and two dumbbells. You don’t need much to have a good workout. I like to open the garage door, train and try to say hi to the people that walk by, give them a smile. Every time, I get to smile to someone new and they smile back, it’s just gives me a little more motivation and it means so much to me, it gives me a little tap in my back and we got this. 

Thanks for sharing Lissa - glad to see you are staying focused.  Have never seen a kayak erg before, been on a concept 2 rower but that looks cool.

Take care!



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Friday, April 24, 2020

Ed Veal: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

After the track was prepared, Ed rode 736 km in 24 hrs!
I was full gas getting ready for the USA CRIT series. I was actually in Birmingham Alabama for the season opener when all of this broke out and course they event was cancelled. I would say the main focus would be racing the tandem with Lowell Taylor at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

Well with everything completely off the table indefinitely I have decided to really crank up the volume and off the bike strength work. Improve my endurance and work on lifting a little bit of weight, increasing my squat.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

So lucky to have the indoor cycling platform Zwift to train on. Also really great full to have a small space here at the house to do my gym work.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing? 

Very very much! I routinely call my training bike therapy. It has helped me get through many hard situations throughout the years and continues to help me get through this challenge. Exercises is magical. I can’t imagine my mental state without it.

Any other comments?

I love Infinit products! I can’t imagine my physical or mental state without them ;)

This weekend, actually starting at 6 pm, tonight Friday, April 24th, Ed will be attempting to break the 1000 km barrier on Zwift during the Crush Covid event.  Follow along on our Instagram feed to see how he does.  

Good luck Ed!



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cindy Ouellet: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

Prior to covid-19 my main focus was Paralympic in Tokyo 2020 and we were going to centralized in Toronto. From May until we leave for Tokyo... obviously this has changed :)

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now?

For sure there are a lot of uncertainties but we now know that Paralympics has been push back a year and that we are training toward the same goals. Just will have a little bit longer prep which is okay. We need to adapt and stay healthy and take care of our families.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

For me I'm trying to build a little home gym to stay as fit as possible. If I can keep training at home and of nice weather can come around I'll be able to install a basketball hoop outside and still do few chair skills and shooting sessions :)

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

Adversity will make you stronger, you have to stay positive and with social distancing I think people are talking to each other "via web" more than ever. It is different that's for sure but I feel like I have time to talk to my friends and family more than I ever did before.

Any other comments?

Stay positive, we will beat this together as a united country. Carpe diem ! :)

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Nathan Drouillard: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My main focus for 2020 was the ITU Age-Group World Championships in Edmonton. The ITU has not made a decision yet with regards to this event (as of April 14th), but it will likely be postponed to 2021.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your
training now?

This situation provides a good opportunity for me to focus on becoming a better athlete as a whole. This means more strength training, yoga, and dry-land swim activation. I'm also just patiently banking running and cycling mileage. Not having any races on the calendar gives me a flexibility in my training that I otherwise wouldn't have.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

Luckily, I really do enjoy the process of training itself. So, I'm approaching training with the same amount of intensity as I normally would. This situation allows me to focus on improving in certain areas that sometimes get neglected, and to hopefully become a more well-rounded athlete going in to next season.

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

Exercise has always been the main thing that I lean on when it comes to my mental health, and this has been especially true during the last month. Even just walking the dog or doing 15 minutes of yoga some days is enough to keep me going.

Any other comments?

I hope that everyone is staying safe and sane. We'll get through this together!

We will get through this together and apart Nathan.  Thanks for sharing.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Julie Kelly: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My main focus was endurance mountain biking, primarily 24 hour solo events. 

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now? 

I am still training both indoors and outdoors so I am ready when things start rolling again. I have added some more yoga and mediation into my weekly schedule. I am finding this very beneficial. In addition, I have been filming spin videos for people to do at home.

If you follow along with Julie, make sure to cool down (soft pedal for 10 min) and stretch.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

It has made me feel very lucky to be healthy and grateful for being able to still enjoy the outdoors. I am exploring various things to try to get stronger both mentally and physically. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

It allows me to stay positive and keep my mind clear. I always feel better after a ride. 

Thanks for sharing Julie - yes if you can get out solo for rides, it is a great way to clear the mind, and feel a sense of normalcy.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Monday, April 20, 2020

Melissa Bishops: Staying Healthy, Staying Control

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

Tokyo 2020. It would be my 3rd Olympic Games and my first International team since coming back from having our daughter, Corinne.

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now? 

We are in a holding pattern as to what our competition schedule might look like later this summer; for now, we are going back to base training and focusing more on strength work. Long, hard runs and weight room exercises to increase our strength.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

This will give me one more year to gain back some strength, speed, and overall fitness that I lost from pregnancy. I was really coming into form as of this winter, so with this set back I think we can really be stronger and fitter come Tokyo 2021. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

Being able to get a run in or even a 45min, pilates class has really helped to keep spirits high. Sweating once a day really helps my mental state.

Looking forward to see an even stronger Melissa Bishop in 2021.  Thanks for sharing.



- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Garrick Loewen: Staying Healthy, Staying Home

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

Long course triathlon (Ironman 70.3)

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now? 

I'm using this time to focus on improving my weaknesses and build myself up to being a more complete athlete. I'm also taking a laid back approach to training and not stressing about hitting performance standards in every workout but rather just getting the work done.

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

I do believe that this is a good time for people to realize that this sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and we can have fun with it without stressing about completing a specific race distance or hitting time standards. 

How has your training benefited your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

Being able to wake up every morning with a purpose and knowing that even though I may be restricted in what I can do every day and my overall freedoms I can still strive for self improvement in a multitude of facets. 

Love the comments on sport being a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Thanks for sharing Garrick.

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Stephanie Gowanlock: Staying Home, Staying Healthy

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

Prior to COVID-19 I was in prep for The Canadian National Weightlifting Championships which was coming up and would have taken place mid May!  My main goal here was to get back at it (post babies) and continue to improve my total from previous competitions in hopes to grow even stronger for next season! 

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training now? 

Now that everything has been postponed or canceled I’m currently trying to maintain my strength in the Classic lifts but take a bit of a load off to let some nagging injuries settle while I push some fun conditioning and Focus on brushing up my skills with lighter technique drills. I’m staying consistent regardless! 

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

I always say as hard and frustrating set backs can be it’s always a blessing in disguise! If we can’t do one thing we work on another but the main thing is that we must keep moving! Its an opportunity to work on the little things that have been put on the back burner during competitive season like technical fixes and just building strength in general. It can be easy for someone to just give up when times get tough but the goals and dreams still stand no matter what the timeline and that alone is motivation to keep on going! 

I am lucky enough to have a full home garage gym so my training will continue to stay as consistent as possible as time goes on through this situation so that I’ll be primed and ready to start pushing when the time comes to get back to competition!! 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

Still being able to train at home has been an extremely important factor in my mental state! 

It’s definitely different trying to train with my children around at all times but 100 times better then no training.  I think we will be stronger coming out of this when we are able to go back to proper training facilities since having to self motivate at home and focus extra hard while in a garage has been a challenge. But we are doing it and we need to keep at it no matter what restrictions we have, there is always something we can be working on to make better! 

I agree completely, a stressor like our current, forces you to take stock and a find a new path.  I think many of us will be stronger in our new normal.


- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada