Tuesday, 24 June 2014

ARGI+ review

Over the past month I have had the chance to test out a new sport and health supplement produced by FOREVER.  

Here is my review of the benefits that the product has offered me and my training.

The Science:
L-Arginine is an amino acid that’s so potent; scientists refer to it as the “Miracle Molecule.” And for good reason, because our bodies convert L-Arginine into nitric oxide, a molecule that helps blood vessels relax and open wide for greater blood flow. Greater blood flow supports many important functions in our body:
  • Healthy blood pressure levels
  • Overall cardiovascular health
  • Immune function • Muscle growth
  • Bone & tissue growth & repair
  • Male sexual function
  • Fat and glucose metabolism
  • Anti-aging hormone production and more

In simpler terms to understand, it will allow your body to transport more blood through the blood vessels and then increase the oxygen to your muscles resulting in better blood flow and more efficient sports performance. It also then allow your body to transport more blood to tired muscles and help you to recover faster (which we all crave…legally)   

Since starting to use ARGI+ I have found that the major benefits is that I can now recover much quicker, I feel sharper after races much sooner than before and feel much more race ready again with a faster turn around. I am unaware of the exact impact it has had on my body in this short period of time using ARGI+, but all I know is I feel much fresher for sessions and I am ready to go again much sooner. On a whole this has been a fantastic product and you feel the impact after a short period of time, I will now be using it on a daily basis and recommend it to all as a perfect sport nutritional supplement. 

To order your Argi+ or for free advice regarding how this product will work for you:
Bridget and James Moore

Recent Press Release...World Champs

Dan's Delight at Seventh-Place World Championship Finish

A University of Worcester student has recently returned to the UK after registering an impressive seventh-place finish at the World Duathlon Championships.

Having recovered from a bout of pneumonia earlier in the year, Dan Geisler overcame an achilles injury to finish seventh in his age group at the championships, which were held in Pontevedra, north west Spain, at the beginning of June.
“I finished seventh overall and was the third British athlete back, so I was very happy with the result,” Dan says. “I had an absolutely amazing time – the crowd on the day was amazing and I made some great friends and received excellent advice, which was the topping on a fantastic experience.
“The result also means I pre-qualify for the 2015 World Championships, which will be held in Adelaide, Australia.”
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Dan in Spain though, who went through the pain barrier after injuring himself in training just days before the race, the latest in a long line of highs and lows which have blighted his season.
“I contracted pneumonia in February, but managed to overcome it and successfully qualify for the Worlds in March, which, considering the Worlds took place on June 2nd, was always going to be quite a short turnaround time.
“Nevertheless, I got to work and trained hard, although I still didn’t feel like I had the balance of my training sessions quite right. Then, after arriving in Spain four days before the race to familiarise myself with the course and the surroundings, I rolled my ankle during a training run.
“I felt it go as soon as I did it and knew that it was going to be a little serious, although I wasn’t too sure what damage I had done. It wasn’t until the day after that my Achilles started to feel very painful whenever I took a step. I didn’t let it stop me though and I went out and trained as normal, making sure I rested it sufficiently as well.”
Despite his fitness worries, Dan went on to clock 35:45 in the first of the running sections, before making up time on his fellow competitors in the cycling and second running phases of the race.
He adds: “The sun was beating down and the race went off at an electric pace, but it’s not my style to start fast, so I was able to pace my race and managed to pass quite a lot of athletes who had plenty taken out of their legs by the heat and the challenging course.”
Thirty-eight men were registered in the 25-29 age category, with age group winner Duncan Bullock and the third-placed James Coleman the only two of the seven other Brits to finish in a quicker time than Dan, who is quick to acknowledge the support he has received from the University of Worcester Elite Athlete Mentor Scheme, which offers support and advice to those balancing their studies with high-level sporting competition.
“The Elite Athlete programme has really helped me,” he says. “It’s been good to have someone to turn to and talk to throughout the year, and they supported me well through my pneumonia.”

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Championship Duathlon 2014

Well its been a long journey to be at this point and I fell that the journey began back in October when I put together my training program to qualify for the World championships in March at Dambuster. Along the way I picked up pneumonia, had ups and downs in training, highs and lows racing and enjoyed some great times with training partners and friends.

After successfully qualifying in March at Dambuster I always felt that the June 2nd race for the Worlds was actually quite a short turn around for such a huge race, but I got to work never the less and trained hard. I invested a lot of time in looking into the benefits of polarised training and could feel the benefits instantly! It was hard work and I still feel that I haven’t quite got the balance right with the intensities of sessions. Never the less the training was done and on 28th May I flew out to Spain to race.

I was able to get to arrive at the race venue on the Wednesday, 5 days before the race on Sunday. This gave me ample time to ride the courses and become familiar with my surroundings, I also gave me enough time to roll my ankle on a training run that Wednesday evening!!!! I felt it go as soon as I did it and sorta knew it was going to be a little serious although wasn’t sure on the damage and continued to finish my run. It wasn’t until the day after that my achillies started to hurt and felt very painful whenever I took a step, I didn’t let it stop me and went out and trained as normal and rested the best I could. I was able to ride the course a lot and this was a huge advantage, it was literally 10k up and hill and 10k down…….and man it was tough doing up and FAST coming down, but still a very fun and enjoyable route. The run was tough with a nice bank 500m into the lap which we had to do 4 x for the 10k and 2 for the 5k, the hill sapped the legs every time and was not easy.

The build up was great and I had a fantastic time getting to know some great people, taking on board some fantastic knowledge and just talking training and racing for 6 days was a fantastic experience. As we approached race day I was getting a little worried about my ankle, but could do nothing about it but rest, I had a massage and that didn’t help so was now starting to get very anxious about what might happen during the race…

On race day I was able to rack my bike and felt calm (no I didn’t, I was crazy nervous as it was my biggest race of the year). My achillies was still sore and I just hopped it would hold out, thankfully I was able to rack my bike and then head to my hotel and relax for a little bit. The day was getting hotter and hotter and we didn’t start till 12.00 noon when the temp was really warming up, after the pre race check-in, coffee and warm up I was put into a pen with all my other competitors and waited to start…

The sun was beating down and we all knew it was going to be warm on the runs especially; we were called for the start and then waited for the horn! As usual the race was electric from the start fast off the front was a young lad from GB closely followed by a lot of strong Spanish. I knew that racing off at the start was not my style and just paced it through the 10k (when I say paced I mean was blowing out my ass), the last lap and final hill was especially tough, grabbing water to pour over me at every water stop, so I was happy to clock in and finish the first 10k in 35.45 (not great but didn’t feel like it was a course that suited me at all). We were then on the bike, good T1 and I was away, but I dropped my water bottle at the first roundabout and I was thinking his is going to be a long 40k on the bike with no fluid, especially after almost dying trying to swallow a gel. But I quickly assessed the situation and realised that it was two laps and I could grab it on the second lap, I was majorly lucky and it was waiting for me as I passed the roundabout on the second lap (thanks to the marshal who picked it up). I was able to feel quite good on the bike, but again it was a tough 10k x2 but I feel I was able to make time up on the decent as I passed quite a lot of other athletes and was happy with the speed I was trying to push…now for the final 5k. I always fell good (sort of) on the last 5k as im always in so much pain a little more wont hurt, I clocked in a 18.23 which wasn’t that fast at all, but in comparison it was actually one of the quicker times in my race (5th), so the climb must have taken a lot out of our legs, and the heat and the hills! I was able to take 3 athletes on the final run and finished in 7th and the 3rd GB athlete back! VERY HAPPY with this result, and it actually means I pre qualify for OZ next year and if you are willing to fund this trip, please do not hesitate to send me lots of money!

On a whole I had an absolutely amazing time, the crowd on race day was amazing, the friends ive made and the advice was just a topping on what was a fantastic and successful experience!

Till next time…