by Cherie Gruenfeld
Last weekend I competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
It was a successful day for me, winning the W70-74 age group. I also broke the course record which I set last year, and, although it counts for nothing except bragging rights, I beat the age group below me as well.
This race was a real nail-biter for family and friends watching. I was second out of the water. I jockeyed with two other ladies during the bike and eventually came off the bike in third place. By mile one of the run, I dropped second place and proceeded to chase down first place who was ahead by several minutes – a gap she held through most of the run.
With 1.3 miles to the finish line, still running in second place, I sighted my competitor just seconds ahead. I kicked it into another gear, made the pass and sprinted to the finish line to take the win. It was a tough loss for my very worthy competitor and a very special win for me.
This was my 27th Ironman, which includes twenty-one Ironman World Championship races. I have 18 wins, thirteen of which are Ironman World titles. At 71 years of age, this year I had the dubious distinction of being the oldest female finisher in the race.
At this age, most folks have moved to physical endeavors that are not quite so strenuous. Why have I been able to continue participating in Ironman racing into my 70s? I think there are several important factors at play, including good genes and a competitive spirit. But these things alone aren’t enough. For many years I’ve relied on a healthy diet and supplements to aid me in recovery. For twenty-three years, I’ve been putting my body through great stress, but have thrived, and a great deal of the thanks for that goes to PerfectAmino, which allows me to work hard and recover fast.
I planned to retire from Ironman racing following this 2015 Ironman race – if I had a race that I was completely happy with. This race met that require ment, so I have announced my Ironman retirement.
I do this, not because I feel that my body can no longer handle it. In fact, I believe I still have some game.
I am walking away from Ironman racing because I no longer enjoy the long training in the harsh desert summer climate where I live and train.
I’ll still be doing plenty of racing. My next phase includes focusing on Ironman 70.3 (Half Ironman) racing and my goals will be the same – World Championships. I currently have two 70.3 World titles and I hope to rack up a few more. And, as always, PerfectAmino will be my weapon of choice!
Thanks for all the support I get from the PA Team.
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (or BCAAs for short) are a chain of three of the EAAs: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.
BCAA supplements have been said to help build muscle mass, increase strength, boost your stamina, and help your muscles recover after a workout. Sounds ideal, right?
Unfortunately, not really. BCAA supplements come with a downside: because they only have three of the eight EAAs, and high doses of these supplements can lead to an imbalance in your amino acids – with pretty severe adverse effects.
It takes the right combination of all eight essential amino acids to make a protein – the three BCAAs can’t do the job on their own.
The importance of having a well-functioning and healthy immune system has become increasingly obvious in recent times.
Sadly, everyone seems to have a different answer as to how you should go about strengthening your immune system. When you go to your local health and wellness shop, you might see twenty or thirty products that tout their “immune boosting” powers. An Amazon search reveals thousands of results.
Well, we’re here to tell you about an effective and ancient remedy that has been in use for over two thousand years: the red reishi mushroom.
We’ve all heard about all the negative effects of stress and the modern lifestyle.
We’re all rushing around, overworked, in a constant state of fight-or-flight and it has disastrous effects on our health.
But what if “stress” wasn’t the real problem?
What if our bodies knew exactly how to cope with the intensity of modern life… if we just gave the body what it needed to thrive?
And the key may be one little mineral.