When it comes to triathlon or in fact any endurance event, the task requires months of preparation. I think it goes without mention that as life happens; we often change plans that have already been adapted due to injury or illness. In short, we can never truly plan for every aspect of a race lasting over 4 hours. For me, it’s a normal occasion. I routinely put my body and mind through over 30 hours of weekly training volume chasing greatness in the sport of triathlon.
I raced IRONMAN Austria on July 2 and within 3 weeks will be competing in another Challenge Family triathlon, located in Iceland. Being separated from home, I can’t really plan for the staple comforts and recovery protocols that I usually love. For that reason, I need to bring a few items that really pack a punch when taking part in international competition. For me, BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino and Healthy Sleep Ultra are always near my bed.
Moving 6 hours ahead in a time zone can really negatively impact restful sleep, especially on long flights. I’ve found that with the help of Healthy Sleep Ultra, I’ve been able to adapt to a new time zone within a few days, never feeling like a zombie. Why? It’s because unlike other sleep aids, I never wake up feeling lousy. I awake feeling charged up and ready to go.
Healthy Sleep Ultra helps me stay asleep once I finally nod off. Meaning I don’t wake up in the middle of the night through sleep cycles. Any athlete can tell you how sound sleep can greatly improve performance and recovery, so getting on a schedule quickly is extremely important.
I take 2 pills about 60 min before I’m ready to sleep. I start a book and before I know it, it’s time for breakfast and coffee. I really only need to take this great supplement a few times a month during heavy bouts of training when the body is a bit restless. Thus far, it’s the most reliable sleep-aid I’ve found that actually works well and doesn’t create a dependency.
I took a little spill during my IRONMAN and suffered some bruising with a few minor cuts. I started taking PerfectAmino, 10 pills every 9-12 hours after the race and by the second day, when walking was painful, I climbed a mountain - 6,000ft elevation on the road bike. Needless to say, my legs were able to perform very well but most importantly; my energy was back very quickly.
I think racing two big events in short succession means you must really give the body a boost. It’s actually mandatory for me. Last year I raced IRONMAN Austria and IRONMAN Zurich within 3 weeks of each other, with the same protocols with great success.
I guess you could say that without having some reliable, quality and fully legal supplements on my side, my training and racing would suffer and most likely hit all time lows.
I recommend you give these products a try. I hope they work for you as well as they work for me!
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So, we’re going to dig into a big one: macros – aka macronutrients.
Now you’ve probably heard about macronutrients, especially in relation to a paleo or ketogenic diet.
So, what’s the big deal? What’s actually important? What’s fluff? And what’s worth paying attention to?