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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Protein for Athletes

Protein for Athletes

Skeletal muscle holds nearly 60% of the total body protein in humans. Increased protein breakdown and decreased protein synthesis is commonly seen during strenuous activity and exercise, while protein building occurs during the recovery period.   However, the rate of protein turnover is dependent upon the type of exercise performed.  For example, endurance exercise, defined by training 10 hours or more per week, induces different levels of protein degradation as opposed to resistance/strength training exercise.   Athletes want to be in positive protein (nitrogen) balance and this state has been reached at a protein intake of at least 1.2 g/kg per day bases on clinical experiments in various types of athletes. 1

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Balázs Csőke on 2013 IM Kona

Balázs Csőke on 2013 IM Kona

Featuring Balazs Csoke, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

Q: How early did you arrive to Kona to get adjusted? What are the weeks prior like? Does your training or nutrition change much?
A: I arrived in Kona two weeks before the race. This gave me enough time to get settled in, get my body adjusted to the time difference and a chance to familiarize myself with the course. I pretty much did the same training I’ve been doing the whole year and using the Klean Athlete products as a part of my daily routine worked so well for me there was no need to change anything for Kona. Using these products played a major role in toe to the line at the World Championship.

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Balázs Csőke on IM Texas

Featuring Balazs Csoke, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

Coming back from the holiday weekend, we had the opportunity to catch up with one of our sponsored athletes, Balázs Csőke. Rested and relaxed, he shared some great insight on 2013 Ironman Texas, what’s ahead this season and how he ended up as professional multisport athlete!

Q: What are you beliefs regarding nutrition? Do you keep a low fat percentage-body weight ratio? How do you stay lean? There are a lot to talks about this lately:  https://triathlon.competitor.com/2013/05/nutrition/how-the-pros-stay-lean_76179
A: I personally believe it is important to have a wide variety when it comes to nutrition. I try to avoid junk food and eat as organic as possible. Yes, I do keep a low fat percentage-body weight ratio. With my training, it is hard to keep weight on.

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Klean Athlete Ironman Part 2

Featuring Balazs Csoke, Klean Team USA Ambassador – Sponsored Athlete

PART 2:  Balazs Csoke, Klean Athlete Sponsored Athlete and friend, gives us a few pointers on how he’s preparing for the upcoming Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii.  Leave your questions in the comments and Balazs will respond in another blog post soon!

Q: Looking ahead, what are you next steps to prepare for the championships?

A: I am going to try and focus on what is going to determine if I will have a good race or a bad race. Meaning, the first 15 min of the swim, the first hour on the bike and mile 15-23 on the run. The big part of my training sessions are going to focus on building up strength for these parts of the race. I believe I have a good general fitness and endurance but to be successful at Kona you need to be in outstanding shape and know how to handle critical race situations very well. And that’s not even mentioning being mentally tough and staying very focused every single second throughout the race.

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