Part 1: Ironman Arizona Pre Race Thoughts

Part 1: Ironman Arizona Pre Race Thoughts

Guest Blog by 2014 Klean Team Ambassador Beth Ulibarri – Sponsored Athlete

It is hard for me to believe that just a few days from now I will be at the starting line of my first IRONMAN®. My journey began a year ago when Klean Athlete selected me as their Klean Oath Contest winner. I was honored to be chosen to represent this company that has a philosophy in line with how I choose to live my life: live healthy, train smart, and compete at my best. With the support of Klean Athlete I had the extra push I needed to take the leap and sign up for both my first Half IRONMAN® and my first IRONMAN® in 2014. I began training and have devoted the past 12 months to getting ready to tackle one of my biggest bucket list items. Continue reading …

Part 2: Top 10 Reasons HSP Uses Klean Athlete

Part 2: Top 10 Reasons HSP Uses Klean Athlete

Guest Blog by Klean Affiliate Partners Todd Harriott & David Richter – Sponsored Athletes

There’s nothing more fun than compiling a top 10 list.  Todd & I sat down and came up with our top 10 reasons we love Klean Athlete at HSP. I promise Stairway to Heaven will not make the list.

10) Designed for athletes.  I remember looking for the right multivitamin & trying everything from kids chews to old man to pregnant lady multis.  None of those were designed with the athlete in mind.

9) Industry credibility & experience.  Or like I Iike to say, street cred.  There is always someone in the cycling race peloton who is the unspoken, unofficial leader of the group.  We refer to this person as the patron, or boss.  This person is not only a decorated rider, but experienced.  He’s the shot caller, so when there is a group decision to be made, they look to the patron.  Klean Athlete is made by Douglas Labs, which has over 50 years of industry leading experience…the patron. Continue reading …

I Tri for My Wife, I Tri for Those Who Can’t

I Tri for My Wife, I Tri for Those Who Can’t

Guest Blog by Corey McKenna – Sponsored Athlete

My wife, Jennifer, has lived with cystic fibrosis (CF) since birth. CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide. But this story is not about her battle, it’s about me, who has committed my life to reminding her—and anyone else who will listen—that anything is possible.

I have been a familiar face in the Ironman community. I was awarded the Ford Ironman Everyday Hero at the inaugural 2010 Ironman St. George race as a result of the fundraising I did for my four-year-old niece, who passed away from cerebral palsy. Later that same year, I was the runner-up in the Janus Charity Challenge (at Ironman Arizona) after raising over $41,000 for a scholarship fund I created to benefit the horseback riding therapy program that had brought my niece so much joy.

Being a committed Ironman, I have dropped my name into the lottery for 13 consecutive years. Each year I was met with disappointment, until April 2013 when I learned that 13 was my lucky number.

What made it even better is that I met celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsey.  We ended up running the last 8 miles, crossed the finish line together and made it on national TV.  It was amazing.

In 2012, my wife and I decided to move to Coeur d’Alene a few years ago because I had promised my wife I would take her away to a place with cleaner air than she’d grown up with in California’s central valley. After our second trip to CdA in 2011, to race, we knew Idaho was where we wanted to be. By that October, I had landed a job as a university professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.  The next thing we knew, we had purchased a home and moved. The result?  “My health has improved drastically as a result, and most likely has extended my life,” said Jennifer.

In June 2013 I took part in Ironman Coeur d’Alene for the first time as a local. Receiving all the extra attention from the folks in our new hometown made the day even more special as I navigated the course that would ultimately validate my lottery spot to Kona.

This year, I was rewarded for my endeavors by being selected to the inaugural 2014 Klean Athlete Team.  It is how I live my life and I have been honored to represent Klean Athlete this year.  In the sport of triathlon, I usually jump at the chance to race for any cause, but I also toe the line to make my wife proud. Each swim stroke, spin of the pedal and footstep of the run is dedicated to those who will never cross a finish line, for whatever reason.

Category 1 Cyclist’s Klean Plan

Category 1 Cyclist’s Klean Plan

Klean Team USA Athlete Michael Manning – sponsored athlete, is a licensed bike racer but he is also a USA Cycling Coach. Mike has experienced some injury issues this past year and was only minimally active in the racing scene, but he has another success story to share. One of his athletes, Martin Acosta is a Category 1 racer who moved to Portland from the Bay Area in the early season and began training under Coach Mike’s tutelage. Martin is on the Klean Athlete plan and his race results have been very impressive as shown below. Here is a discussion between coach and athlete:
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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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