Part 1: The Road Race

Part 1: The Road Race

Guest Blog by Klean Affiliate Partner David Richter – Sponsored Athlete

Beginning this month, we will be featuring a three part blog series with David Richter and Todd Herriott of HSP Seattle and the Klean Athlete sponsored Hagens Berman U 23 Development Cycling Program.

“What do I need to take (supplement) for a cycling event?” That is the question I get from many athletes.  The question that seems to follow is, “when?”  The answer is not always the same.

It seems that many of us have been programed to think that everything is equal and happens the same, all the time.  The efforts in cycling differ from track cycling to mountain biking to road cycling to cyclocross. Even within a specific group, the demands are very different.  A cross country mountain biker has very different efforts than a downhill or enduro mountain biker.  As director of the Hagens Berman Cycling Program, I have first-hand experience seeing the unique demands of a professional road cyclist.

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Good Klean Fun

Good Klean Fun

By Susan Kelley, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

For me, The Pittsburgh Triathlon was Saturday, August 2, because I did the Sprint Distance race. For some of my colleagues and fellow racers, the big day was Sunday, August 3 and the International Distance. That’s what made writing this race report a bit more difficult than I would have liked it to be. Allow me to digress a bit and explain:

Pittsburgh’s beautiful Allegheny River is a mighty beast that cascades through Pennsylvania from the North, reaching a confluence in Pittsburgh where it meets with the Monongahela River, and forms the Ohio. In this region, Pittsburgh has a combined sewerage system which means that when it rains hard enough to overwhelm the storm drains, the combined systems overflow into the rivers, thus contaminating the Allegheny with raw sewage. As you might suspect, this can create quite a problem for those of us who are keen on swimming in the rivers.

The Allegheny is normally a beautiful place to swim. I’d get in it nearly every day. Just look at that happy duck.

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California Triathlon

California Triathlon

By Dina Neils, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

Being a triathlete with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and two total hip replacements, I face challenges during training/racing that sometimes differ from other triathletes. (After battling RA for over a decade, I am blessed to finally have achieved remission in 2013. Unfortunately, damage has already been done to many joints).

Because of my RA and hip replacements, I crossed over from running to triathlon late last year. Since Sept 2013 I’ve completed a 10k, half marathon, and 4 triathlons. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about how my body responds to triathlon training/racing and how to adjust in order to accommodate challenges I have with RA.

In this race recap for the California Triathlon (sprint), I share some specific challenges I face in training and racing as well as the importance of post-race recovery.

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Errr… Cut it in half.

Errr… Cut it in half.

As an avid recreational athlete and obstacle course mud runner I accepted the challenge of running the Pittsburgh Marathon with a few of my fellow Pittsburgh Sports League teammates. But as you all know, life has a way of distracting us. Coupled with the brutal winter, family planning (we’re expecting our first child), and my training hit a snag when I stressed my patellae tendon.  With less than 7 weeks until show time, I had to make a decision to risk injury (something I couldn’t afford, being a new Daddy) or make a smart move and drop down to the Half Marathon.  Luckily, my teammates, who challenged me to the Full, actually registered for the Half – our group would still be able to start together!

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#IMTX Race Day Nutrition

#IMTX Race Day Nutrition

By Tim Monk

Memorial Hermann IRONMAN® Texas presented a unique opportunity for me personally both as a test of my training AND a test of Klean Athlete products over a long course race distance.

Being a part of the Klean Athlete family is an incredible opportunity and privilege, however, being a part of the management of a fast growing brand also requires a lot of time and work. I knew about the travel and other commitments when we launched but I was convinced it was an excellent way to mix passion for endurance sports with work! The result… was a 10:03, only 10 minutes off my best time ever from 2008. I found myself older, with less volume in the legs from less training time but still able to perform at a high level. I feel that the Klean products I took during my training played a big part in this. I stayed very consistent with what we consider The Foundation: Klean Multivitamin, Klean Probiotic, Klean Omega and Klean Isolate daily. In the weeks and days approaching IM Texas, the stress of travel and work was definitely there but I felt healthy and strong throughout my training cycle and rested and ready to go on Saturday.

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Bouncing Back

Bouncing Back

By Balazs Csoke, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

After a great 2013 season, including an eventful trip to the IRONMAN® World Championships, and a restful off-season it was great to reconnect with Klean Team USA pro, Balazs Csoke. The Hungarian native, dished with us on his off-season, ramp up training and first events of this season. Anyone who may follow, probably knows 2014 hasn’t kicked off quite as planned for Balazs. But as the saying goes, he continues to ‘Keep (mostly) Calm and Carry On’.

After Kona, and what felt like a really long season Balazs said he really felt like he needed a break. After his return from the Big Island, he took 3 weeks completely off and was soon able to enjoy the holidays with his family in his hometown in Hungary. Like all of us, family and friend were a priority during that and he really spent his time relaxing with occasional light training.

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Go! St. Louis Half Marathon

Go! St. Louis Half Marathon

By Andrew Reheisse, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

The Go! St. Louis Half Marathon was originally on my race schedule but as we all know, plans can and do change.  Along with being a runner, aspiring triathlete and a father of 2, I am also a full-time student.  Through my education and endurance training, I have been fortunate to develop relationships which have allowed me the opportunity to complete my residency in an endurance specific sport medicine office.  Daily, we see runners, cyclist and triathletes alike, all with the goal of competing at the highest level of their capabilities.

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The Austin Rattler

The Austin Rattler

We are very excited to be heading down to the Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville,TX as the nutrition sponsor of Austin Rattler, for our first big event of the 2014 season .  What is even more exciting,  is two of our team members (present company included),  plan on pushing our limits with some enduro mountain bking!

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Valley of the Sun Stage Race

Valley of the Sun Stage Race

By Bea Dormoy, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

The Valley of the Sun 2014 Stage Race (Feb 21-23) was on my training plan since last Fall as my first A race of the season. It’s a 3 day race with a Time Trial in Buckeye, a Road Race in Mesa Grande and a Criterium in downtown Phoenix, AZ. It’s always a very exciting and challenging event because it attracts elite athletes from all over the country.

Participating a Team Captain and Mentor

This year, the event was especially meaningful to me.  One of my goals, as a team captain and mentor of the San Diego Bicycle Club women’s team, was to use this race as a racing boot camp for my new development team.  This is a great opportunity to learn a lot about racing for women who are new to the sport of cycling since this event offers a separate Category 4 race in addition to the Women Pro 1/2/3 race. Four of my new team mates decided take on the VOS stage race challenge. Including Debi Foli who introduced me to the Klean Athlete line of nutritional supplements and encouraged me to become a Klean Team Brand Ambassador.

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