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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If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.