Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You get what you give...and sometimes more...

I felt the need to acknowledge one of my sponsors PowerBar for their amazing support over the past year and half.



As I have written in a previous post, it is so important to support businesses who have corporate philosophies that align with your beliefs. People can rant and rave on Facebook, Slowtwitch, etc. for good or for bad, but I don't think you have much efficacy. Where you have efficacy is with the mighty ole' dollar. Support companies you agree with and don't support those who you don't agree with. It's that simple. If enough people agree with you the companies you support, they will know what they are doing is well received by the public. On the other hand, those companies who lose support will either go out of business or change their ways to retain/gain customers.

In short, our money speaks louder then our words.

That said, PowerBar has done so much for me and my charitable causes without any recognition. It's time that they get recognized for the amazing support they have given me and my charities.

While I try to help work events when I can, PowerBar has supported every charity request I have asked of them. From a small weekend training group of forty runners with Achilles International (they provide disabled runners the opportunity to participate in mainstream athletics), to the complete hydration and nutrition needs for a 2000+ participant charity ride and run I am helping promote, The Tour de Broward, they gave everything I asked for without hesitation.




I don't think my support at a couple of events during the year is equivalent to the incredible support they have given me and my charitable causes. That said, I do believe that you have to give to get. I do what I can to support them, and they have ten-fold shown their support of me.

They truly show how much they care about the athletes  the greater communities they serve, and more. In today's world full of corporate greed and corruption, this is TRULY a company I am proud to represent and support.

That said, besides being a great company, they truly have the best sports nutrition products on the market. Next time you need a bar, gel, gel blast, fruit blend, hydration beverage, supplement, etc., choose a company you TRULY want to support. I know I will always choose PowerBar.

Friday, February 1, 2013

THE AMAZING POWER BAR HIGH INTENSITY


I am completely in love with PB High Intensity sustained release Beta Alanine. While High Intensity isn't the only variable that has changed in my routine, I ramped up training as I was supposed to be racing the NYC Marathon last  November, I enlisted the help of a coach again, etc, I can say that I definitely see a huge difference from the PB High Intensity. I was definitely leery at first if High Intensity could live up to the marketing that went along with it. 
 
I was introduced to the product during IM CDA expo by the PB Tech Rep Becky. I was helping her work the booth and asked her a couple questions about it. She gave me a bottle to try for helping her out. I just finished my load phase, which is one bottle worth of pills taken twice daily over a four week period. After the load period, each bottle will last you almost two months as you only take it once daily. 

Now to my results...
I did a 10k as a relay in the Rev3 Portland Olympic Distance Triathlon with some of my teammates. I averaged 8:50 min/miles for the 10k. This was in July. A week or so later I started to take the PB High Intensity. I did a 16 mile run on my lunch break  Thursday, September 6th, at an 8:15 min/mile pace. This morning three days later I ran a 10k race at a 7:30 min/mile pace. That's a 1:20 min/mile faster in less than two months.
Last week I ran a 5k at a 6:43 min/mile pace 

Even post Ironman and during my fittest days, I never touched speeds like this. I will say that the only side effect of the PB High Intensity is that right when I take it I get a light tingly sensation. It's completely normal and is a healthy supplement. I like the sensation because I feel like its working.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I hope Anne Frank was right...


I was inspired to become a triathlete/Ironman/etc.

I was inspired because I loved the camaraderie of the sport. I loved that support that fellow triathletes had for one another.

When I decided to become a part of the sport, I decided to combine my new passion for triathlons, with my passion for fundraising for pediatric cancer research.

Now that I look at some of the responses that people have had to Lance Armstrong racing in the Rev3 Half Full disgusts me. I might be overstepping some boundaries here, but I am no longer being PC...

We as a sport get stereotyped as being egomaniacs. We are validating the stereotype by making triathlon just about rankings, sanctioning, and more.

The very reason that inspired me to become a part of the sport, is seemingly getting lost amidst some petty issues.

LETS CLEAR THE FIRST MISNOMER FIRST: 

Rev3 doesn't profit from Lance Armstrong racing Rev3 Half Full. They don't own the race and they don't profit from the registration fees.

Rev3 decided to lend their support to a cause they felt passionate about.

Charlie Patten, the owner of the Rev3 Triathlon series said the following in a personal email to our team, 

"It's important for EVERYBODY to know that this race is not ours. It belongs to Ulman. Ulman decided that it would help their mission to have him participate as a survivor. We have an oponion, which we shared with them and the decision was made to allow him to race. 

Take sport out of this. This is about young adults fighting cancer. The PR generated today has brough Ulman a level of exposure that is significant. If this is able to help just one more person fighting cancer, the I'm for it. Sometimes my busines, Rev3 is about people and not about triathlon."

I hope now that people should understand his reasoning, commend him for making the choice to support children fighting cancer, rather that ignorantly criticize his choice to support the Ulman Cancer Fund's choice to allow Lance to race.

SEPARATE THE LANCE FROM CYCLING FROM THE LANCE OF LIVESTRONG:

Lance revolutionized fundraising and branding for cancer. Whether you like him or not, he has changed/affected many lives for those who have been affected by this horrible disease. Did he dope, I DONT CARE. What I do care, is that people are willing to compromise the Ulman Cancer Fund and Livestrong to make a stupid point.

Nicole Kelleher in her blog discusses the importance of separating the "two Lances". I could write about this, but she hit it spot on. www.nicolekelleher.com

SECONDLY, I HOPE THAT TRIATHLON FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS ONE OF MANY PASSIONS

I love triathlons, but I am more than a triathlete. I am a friend, a son, a grandson, a passionate fundraiser, and more.

IF MY EPITAPH SAID: TALENTED TRIATHLETE, I HAVE FAILED IN LIFE. 
I want to be remembered for the true accomplishments that I have made that will transcend my time on Earth. I want to know that when I leave this place, that I have positively impacted the lives of those around me.

Ultimately, I think it is so easy to get caught up in petty things. Trust me, I am guilty of this.
The following is an infamous quote by Anne Frank, "It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."

I hope that Anne Frank was right. I hope that each and everyone of you can look beyond yourselves and beyond the sport of triathlon. Put this stupid Lance talk aside. I am talking about the real race, the race called life. Find real purpose and meaning in your lives. Winning a triathlon, PRing, or qualifying for a world championship bring you instant gratification. Changing the life of another for the better...there is no comparison.


Monday, October 31, 2011

We are the change we wish to see in the world


People make complaints of how Ironman races have been cutting back. Every year it seems that Ironman takes away from the competitor's experience, both from the amateur and pro perspective.
Ultimately, we as the consumers choose what survives and what doesn't survive in the market. If we do not support (i.e. do not purchase) a product it won't survive. If we support a product (i.e. purchase a product) than we help it survive in the market place. Some how Ironman has so effectively branded itself that even though people aren't happy with the races, they still support the series. For awhile, there really wasn't much competition in the longer race distances.
Now there are races like the Rev3 Series.
Support races that support the athletes. I just did the Olympic distance race at Rev3 South Carolina. During the pre-race swim and at the swim start there were people wiping goggles with Foggle and spraying athletes down with TriSlide to prevent chafing and ease with wetsuit removal. I not only got two free t-shirts, a visor, and a hot air balloon ride, but we had Muscle Milk, Panera Bread Sandwich lunch bags, Recovery Pump, and more at the finish line. When you cross the finish line your picture comes up on the megatron. All the awards were hand made by a mother of one of the Team Trakkers team members. There are people from the race who analyze your race with you in front of flat screen tv's.
Regardless of what industry, you can affect change in companies you don't like or support the companies you do with the good ole' dollar. Support companies whose corporate philosophies that align with your beliefs. I buy my produce from a local market or farmer's market because I support organic farming practices. I try to support companies that support their communities. Ultimately we as consumer direct the business of the world (with our wallets). Now it's your time to start directing change toward a world you want to see.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Triathlete's Christmas

So even though my family is Jewish, my Japanese grandmother who lived with us practically until her passing in '09 was Episcopalian. For her, we celebrated Christmas every year for her. It turned into such a great holiday for family gathering, that my Jewish grandparents looked forward to Christmas every year. So this is how the Christmas tradition went in my family. When we woke up Christmas morning, we could only open one present from an out of town relative. We had to wait until after Christmas dinner was finished and the table was cleared before we could open presents. My dad makes a gastronomic feast, he flies in a 3 month aged prime prime rib from NY, stone crabs, a turkey from a Mennonite farm in Pennsylvania, and more. As a child, I would rush through this amazing dinner, just to be able to open my presents.

Now, I feel like it's a triathlete's Christmas waiting for all this amazing stuff from all the Team Trakkers sponsors, except the day and dinner seem to last forever. I just want to open my presents (my packages of TRISLIDE, AVIA, CANARI, TYR, FIRST ENDURANCE...ETC)

MERRY TRICHRISTMAS to all my Team Trakkers Teammates!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This Season

...So this season started of amazingly...being accepted on to TEAM TRAKKERS 2011!!!!

Then things took a slight change of direction. Because of a variety of reasons (primarily family...and a little bit of lack of motivation). My goal for the month of January is to really just get back into a regimen. I am currently enroute (probably over Wyoming right now) for a very very quick trip to NYC, and then next Tuesday I head to FL for a couple days to tend to some family stuff. Regardless of what I have going on, work, travel, issues, etc., I need to stick to a schedule (especially in relation to physical fitness). First off, the schedule helps organize my life. Irregardless how much I have going on, sticking to a routine simplifies my life and makes it so much more manageable. Secondly, the effect of endorphins, does wonders with minimizing the effects of stress and my ADHD, thus making a huge difference on my day-to-day operations.

Being accepted to Team Trakkers has brought on an additional responsibility to represent them well. This source of motivation combined with the previous sources, has compelled me to get back on track. I am so excited for this race season (exclusively racing REV3 Races!!!-triathlon wise), and to meet all my fellow Team Trakkers Teammates.

I am cheesy when it comes to quotes and adages...

Here's one to end this post...

"Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character."
-unknown

Friday, October 16, 2009

Remember when finishing an Ironman was a big deal..?




I had an interesting conversation with Vicki Scates, a triathlete here in CDA, this afternoon at a coffee shop. Amidst a conversation she said, "What happened to finishing an Ironman being a big deal." I thought to myself, how true. Regardless of their finish time, people put in months of training to complete an Ironman. We were discussing various people's finish times at Kona including that of my coach Michael. She said that she had so much respect for him because he finished even if his race didn't go according to plan, as so many pros drop out of races because they know they aren't going to win or podium. He went from placing 9th in Kona last year to 538th place this year. He forced himself to shift his mentality as he hit "the wall", so that he could enjoy the rest of the race to his 10th finish in Kona.




So what happened to finishing an Ironman being a big deal...and what happened to having FUN?




We are human beings and cannot control every variable in the equation of race day. We all can get caught up in our race times and our place in a race. Especially at the amateur level, this is (should be) a hobby, and I know so many people who lose the fun and enjoyment in racing triathlons, as they get caught in the moment... Everyone, remember to have fun, as we spend a lot of money to do triathlons (as very few actually make money to do them).




I know that I diminished the sense of accomplishment that came with my first Ironman finish. I remember that two days after Ironman CDA that the whole Ironman village was gone. I wasn't ready to go back to regualr life. I still wanted to live in the incredible sense of accomplishment that made the many months of training worthwile. But once the village was gone, I think I let the sense of accomplishment go away. I remember thinking about the next harder goal to pursue. Doing another Ironman almost began to seem paltry, as I "had been there done that." For the guy that hadn't run a 5k as of last year, that was pretty crazy! I definitely needed some grounding!




Finishing an Ironman is a big deal, as it is the culmination as months of hard work and determination. An extremely small percentage of the population can proclaim themselves an ironman. We need to live in the successes of our hard work and that of our friends. Who cares if your bike split was fifteen minutes off of your goal, or if you had to walk a couple miles in the marathon. Making it to Kona or making it to the podium shouldn't be your sole focus. Have fun and enjoy what you do!




Congratulationsto Greg, Molly, & Michael on great races. You endured the tough elements of Kona to finish yet another Ironman.