Thursday, February 28, 2008

Welcome Mix1

I am super stoked about my new partner Mix1! It is a young company with grass roots development here in Boulder who make a whey protein antioxidant smoothie. The Mix1 team has put a huge amount of work in offering a very healthy, nutritious and tasty drink which comes in five great flavors. I'm still not decided on my favorite flav, but leaning towards Blueberry or Tangerine :) Mix1 is sold nationwide at Wholefoods and Kroger as well as many of your local gyms and bakeries/cafes. Check their website for a store locator to find a retailer near you. As my training ramps up in preparation for IMAZ you can be sure Mix1 will be a staple part of my nutrition and recovery plan in addition to the portable power of Sport Beans.
Keep it smooth...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fueling for Performance, Fueling for Life

I love to eat. Heck, one of my favorite things about training is enjoying the mass amounts of food I get to pack away. Many people have asked me about my nutrition and if I have a "special" diet. My simple response of "No" seems to catch some by surprise. Now before you think, "Yeah, right dude. Get real." it is true I don't down packages of Twinkies and Ding-Dongs. My whole approach is to eat a balanced dose of lean meats, veggies, fruits and healthy carbs & fats while limiting my consumption of processed foods. I definitely enjoy my treats and as my grandmother always said, "Everything in moderation."

Having coached girls high school soccer and swimming I have seen the presence of disordered eating and training in athletes. For endurance athletes, there seems to be a very fine line between maintaining optimal race weight and being unhealthy. I don't count calories and for most athletes I think that is excessive. Obviously it is important to dial in the necessary caloric intake while training and racing, but if someone were to ask me how many calories I consume on a daily basis I would respond with, "Enough to keep me fueled and recovered." This is not to sound arrogant, but I have seen too many athletes risk injury through overtraining and depletion of muscle mass, calcium, iron and other vital nutrients in an effort to attain what they perceive to be "a lean, mean, racing machine."

Too many athletes equate being super lean & fit with being fast. While there is definitely a correlation between them, it should be kept in relation to each individual athlete. I am a firm believer in being proud of one's body type and the importance of loving oneself. This would include maintaining a balanced, healthy nutrition and exercise program. I recall a few instances where I have been out having dinner with other athletes and ordered cheese with my burger. From the look on some of their faces you'd thik I was a heathen for wanting cheese. It has often been said triathlon is a lifestyle. I agree, it promotes very healthy habbits and over time these habbits become a lifestyle. Just be certain these habbits are truly giving you a boost in body, mind and spirit!

Keep it smooth...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chocolate Covered Anything, Please

Things have been a bit hectic this week upon returning from our team camp Sunday night, but that's a good thing, right?!? The camp was fantastic and props to Mark, Stephanie, Mike, Rob, Jim and the great peeps at Jelly Belly for making it happen. They really know how to spoil us and I almost feel guilty about it. This weekend I travel to Pagosa Springs, CO for a speaking engagement Sunday afternoon. They have been hammered with snow the past few weeks and I'm hoping for a drive over there that is clean & green. I'm looking forward to it as I have never been to this part of Colorado.

Training is rolling along with some doses of threshold and tempo work in the bike and run. This morning I enjoyed some hill repeats up NCAR in the snow. My focus over the next couple of weeks as I begin my prep for IMAZ is to get re-acclimated to altitude within the training. The lungs have felt the burn with some of the upper-end work.

My current read is Following the Flame by Greg Lautenslager which tells the story of a kid chasing an Olympic dream in running. It is freaking hillarious :)

Well, I wish I had more intersting news to share...I mean it is Valentine's Day...hope you were the recipient of some V-Day love.

Keep it smooth...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Team Camp

I depart early Thursday morning for our team camp at the Jelly Belly World Headquarters in Fairfield, CA. It promises to be a busy and entertaining weekend packed with team orientation, photo shoots, team meals, tour of Jelly Belly plant - yes I get to make either Sport Beans or Jelly Belly candies! and of course a bit of training. It will be great to see our team director, Mark, the peeps at Jelly Belly and meet the new team members Erin Ford and Kim Dunker. This year's Team Sport Beans/NTTC is comprised of 5 female athletes and 3 male athletes - Alexis Waddel, Erin Ford, Kathryn Bertine, Kim Dunker, Lauren Jensen, Jeff Piland, Kirk Nelson and moi.
Keep it smooth...

Friday, February 01, 2008

Our Greatest Natural Resource

Yeah, so the subject line sounds a bit corny, but I really believe today's youth are invaluable to the growth and preservation of our society. Last night I was invited to speak at a Boys & Girls Club in Denver. The kids were great and very enthusiastic. No surprise though as what high school kid isn't thinking about sex?!? My approach is to encourage kids to choose abstinence as the healthiest option and recognize while not all of their actions will have immediate outcomes, they will have outcomes. I will be speaking at five more branches throughout Denver and several schools in Boulder this month. Sandwiched between these talks is my team camp at the Jelly Belly World Headquarters next week in Fairfield, California.

For a glimpse into the daily life of a professional cyclist, check out my buddy Matt Seagrave's blog. Matt is a super talented rider and currently training in California where he recently signed with a new team. I keep telling him if he would start using supplements he could own the Tour d'France.

Keep it smooth...