MojoMax Health – Recovery Supplement

Thanks very much to Tim Brady who made a very informative presentation to the club at our Brick workout on July 17 about his product called MojoMax.

MojoMax is an all-natural and fully health Canada approved product designed for athletes, by athletes. MojoMax helps athletes recover post-workout through a proprietary capsulated blend consisting of L-Glutamine, Flax Seed Powder and American Ginseng. The recovery MojoMax can help with encompasses any stress placed on the body (stress from workouts, mental stress or fatigue and sickness). 

To learn more about how this supplement can help you in your recovery and training click here to view details of the presentation:   MoJo Max pres.

To see Tim’s Favorite Healthy Recipes (The MojoMax Shake and Almond Crusted Salmon)  and find out how you can purchase MojoMax at a discounted price, click here:  TRI GIVE 1

Good Luck IM Lake Placid Athletes. Get up and Win the Race…

Get up and win the race

‘Quit, Give up, you’re beaten!’ they shout at me and plead.
‘There’s just too much against you now, this time you can’t succeed.’
And as I start to hang my head in front of failures face,
My downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.

And hope refills my weakened will, as I recall that scene,
And just the thought of that short race rejuvenates my being.
A children’s race, young boys, young men, I remember well.
Excitement, sure, but also fear; it wasn’t hard to tell.

They all lined up so full of hope, the thought to win that race.
Or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.
And fathers watched from off the side, each cheering for his son.
And each boy hoped to show his Dad, that he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they went, young hearts and hopes afire
To win, to be the hero there, was each boy’s young desire.
And one boy in particular, his Dad was in the crowd,
Was running near the lead and thought. ‘My Dad will be so proud.’

But as he sped up down the field, across a shallow dip,
the little boy who thought to win, lost his step and slipped.
Trying hard to catch himself, his hands flew out to brace,
Amid the laughter of the crowd, he fell flat on his face.

So, down he fell and with him hope, he couldn’t win it now.
Embarrassed, sad, he only wished to disappear somehow.
But, as he fell, his Dad stood up and showed his anxious face.
Which to the boy so clearly said, ‘Get up and win the race!’

He quickly rose, no damage done, behind a bit that’s all,
And ran with all his mind and might to make up for his fall.
So anxious to restore himself, to catch up and to win,
His mind went faster than his legs, and he slipped and fell again.

He wished that he had quit before with only one disgrace.
‘I’m hopeless as a runner now, I shouldn’t try to race.’
But in the laughing crowd he searched and found his father’s face,
That steady look that said again, ‘Get up and win the race!’

So up he jumped to try again, ten yards behind the last,
‘If I’m to gain those yards,’ he thought, ‘I’ve got to run real fast.’
Exerting everything he had, he regained eight or ten
But trying hard to catch the lead, he slipped and fell again.

‘Defeat!’ He lay there silently, a tear dropped from his eye.
‘There’s no sense running any more, three strikes, I’m out, why try?’
The will to rise had disappeared, all hope had fled away,
So far behind, so error prone, a loser all the way.

‘I’ve lost so what’s the use?’ he thought, ‘I’ll live with my disgrace.’
But then he thought about his dad, who soon he’d have to face.
‘With borrowed will get up’ he said. ‘You haven’t lost at all.
For winning is no more than this: to rise each time you fall.’

So he rose to run once more, and with a new commit,
He resolved that win or lose, at least he wouldn’t quit,
So far behind the others now, the most he’d ever been,
Still he gave it all he had and ran as though to win.
Three times he’d fallen stumbling, three times he rose again.
Too far behind to hope to win, he still ran to the end.

They cheered the winning runner as he crossed the line, first place,
Head high and proud and happy; no falling, no disgrace.
But when the fallen youngster crossed the line, last place,
The crowd gave him the greater cheer for finishing the race,

And even though he came in last, with head bowed low, unproud,
You would have thought he won the race, to listen to the crowd.
And to his dad he sadly said, ‘I didn’t do so well.’
‘To me you won.’ His father said. ‘You rose each time you fell.’

So when your life seems dark and hard and difficult to face,
May the memory of that little boy help you in your race
For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all.
And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.

‘Quit! Give up you’re beaten!’ they still shout in my face,
But another voice within me says, ‘Get up and win the race!’

-Author Unknown –

Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. Race Report by Carol Buchanan

Last fall, TCoB member Carol Buchanan received an email asking her to enter a lottery for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, an Olympic distance event held in the middle of New York City that raises money and awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. After purchasing the $11.00 lottery ticket, Carol was later informed that she had won a slot.  The entry fee of $306, was expensive, but much less than the $1500 that each athlete is expected to raise for a normal slot, and it was all for a good cause.  Here is Carol’s race report:
The race is held in mid-town Manhattan.  Manhattan  means land of hills.  Who knew.  I never made it past Armani at 5th and 57th where it is flat.

 

The transition area is at the foot of 72nd Street along the banks of the Hudson River.  Due to the number of participants (around 3000) the transition is split into Yellow and Red.   Mandatory pre-race briefing and bike racking is held the day before the race.  My Yellow transition closed at 5:15 am with the pros going at 5:50 am.  You need to walk approximately 2.2 km to get to the swim start.  After the pros and elites, the age groupers go on a 15 person / 20 second time trial start by jumping off a barge into the Hudson River.

 

It is a straight shot swim.  The river bank to your left and a flotilla of rescue craft on the right creates a nice swim corridor.  Unfortunately it had rained the night before so it stirred up some interesting floating bits.  At the swim finish you need to swim right up to the exit ramp where you will be lifted out of the water.  Trying to stand just stirs up muck that you could sink up to your waist in.  Once you exit then you have a 700 yard run down to the bike transition.  Its recommended to use the showers along the way. I had river “silt” all over my face until a volunteer told me to dump some water on my face at the aid station going into transition.   This is the place to set a PR in the swim.  The river current is crazy fast.

 

The bike starts out with a nasty hard right up a narrow hill to the main course.  (See the pic I posted on Facebook.)  I made it up without problem although Ian said there were some people walking up the hill and some domino effect crashes later.  The bike follows the Henry Hudson Parkway to the Bronx, turns around and comes back to 56th Street where there is another turn-around.  Its then back to transition.  The course becomes more hilly the closer you get to the Bronx.  It is described as rolling hills.   The hills are similar to those around east or south of Guelph.  The course is closed which is really nice.  There is medical support on the course (yeah I a wee unfortunate incident and needed a few band-aids) but no other aid  other than a roaming tire repair motorcycle.

 

After racking the bike, your run up the evil twin sister of the previously mentioned nasty climb to 72nd Street.  This is what it must be like to run the NYC Marathon.  The whole street is blocked off and hundreds of people are cheering you on.  You run about one mile up 72nd to the entrance to Central Park.  You follow (clockwise) the park road way.  Did I mention Manhattan means land of hills? Aid is approximately every mile.  The finish is in the center of the Park.   You run down a long serpentine finish chute.  The crowd is awesome.   The run, which I understand is part of the NYC Marathon is similar to running on Northshore Blvd.  near Lasalle Park or parts of Britannia between Cedar Springs and Appleby.

The final evil is that you must walk back approximately 1.25 miles to the transition to get your bike and gear.

I was in New York for a week before the race – work plus some vacation.  It was a wicked hot week so the race day temp of 85F was almost cool.    Ian had never been to NYC so we did some sightseeing.   I think NYC would be considered a destination race but perhaps not appropriate for children.  We stayed at a decent hotel on 7th that included breakfast for about $220.00 a  night.  I rented a tri-bike from TriBike Rentals rather than shipping one of my bikes.  For me personally, this was a mistake as the shifters on the aero bars were difficult for me to use due to the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands.  (See the need for band-aids above.) The service and the bike itself were excellent so if you decide to rent rather than ship, check them out.

 

Carol Buchanan

 

More information about this Olympic Distance race (1.5 km swim, 40 Km bike and 10 km run) can be found at the Aquaphor New York City Website

 

Matcha Green Tea: The Super Antioxidant, by Claudia Hutchinson

Matcha tea is basically ground green tea leaves so 1 cup of matcha tea will give you all the antioxidants & benefits of 10 cups of regular
brewed green tea.
Matcha tea has tons of antioxidants (great for us in fighting all those free radicals that we breathe in as we bike and run), it will keep your
immune system strong and ward off infection, and it’s a great energy booster….but it won’t give you any caffeine jitters.
it’s considered a “superfood”. Here’s a snapshot list of its benefits:
  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Does not raise insulin levels
You can purchase mat cha tea at health food stores, I’m sure Goodness Me carries it. In Oakville you can buy it at Organic Garage and Whole
Foods.
I actually buy the Genmai Green Tea powder (genmai is a type of green tea that has a nutty flavour and is less bitter in my opinion). The
manufacturer is Rishi and you can buy a box that containers a dozen single serving pouches. It’s quite convenient, I carry it in my purse so
when I’m out (like at Coffee Culture) I order a green tea latte then add the powder to it for extra umph!!
At home I put a green  tea bag in a mug, empty a pouch of genmai green tea powder, fill the cup half way with boiling water, give it a really good
stir with a whisk then fill the rest of the way with hot almond milk. It’s really a nice treat in the afternoon.