Extreme Endurance has been an outstanding addition to my overall training routine. As an age-grouper, I have to balance my training with graduate school, work, and so many other “general life” obligations. To those ends, it becomes critical to take a quality over quantity approach to workouts. Extreme Endurance allows me to recover faster from hard efforts, making it much easier to ensure critical quality without needing massive training volume. That said, make sure to still build in recovery!
In addition to the enhanced recovery between workouts, I have noticed a marked difference in the last 10% of workouts – the body just seems more willing to hold threshold pace and power levels. This makes sense, given the product’s effectiveness in combating the ill-effects of lactic acid by-products.
As I look forward to the second half of the season, my approach and goals around races have shifted from winning my age-group to finishing on the overall podium. This is a big-step toward my longer term goal of reaching elite-status, and I’m thankful to have Extreme Endurance to support the training required for this transition in both mindset and results.
Multisport Athlete, Member of Team USA Duathlon, Graduate Student at the University of Michigan
Olivier Marceau (SUI) is the winner of the inaugural TriStar Mallorca, Marcel Zamora (ESP) and Normann Stadler (GER) placed second and third, respectively. Eilean Mullan (IRL) won her first race as a professional athlete before Tamsin Lewis (GBR) and Heidi Jesberger (GER). The triathlon race over unique distances in the authentic village of Portocolom, Mallorca, was an opportunity for many of the sport’s greatest athletes to test their shape at the beginning of the season.
Mallorca TriStar111 combines 1km SWIM, 100km BIKE and 10km RUN for a total distance of 111km.
Heidi Jesberger racing at TriStar Mallorca
We are doing pretty good over here on Fuji-CyclingTime.com! I got 5th in the UCI 2.2 Tour of Thailand prologue, Tjarco got 8th, then I was third on Stage 5. Tjarco had another 5th and a 7th, stages (I think) 4 & 6.
Not bad for first race of the season.
Tjarso is also 2nd currently in the list of ALL dutch pros – including ProTour – for wins. The list reads Rabobank, Fuji, Rabobank, Rabobank, Rabobank etc and so on! Pretty cool.
So yeah we are going well. big Tour of East Taiwan this weekend, then some smaller races, we intend to win all! haha
Anyway just a note to say thanks for the ‘secret formula’, seems to be working
Race 1: A duathlon, which was a world championship qualifier.
I have had a few weeks off using extreme endurance due to intermittent training through work pressure.
I started the first of a 2 lap 10 k run pretty strongly and kept with the lead group. We were running at around 5.15-5.20 per mile pace and feeling pretty good. After 5k, I lost touch with the lead group of 5. I finished the run about a minute down on the lead group and was feeling pretty shot.
Onto the bike and I found very little rhythm in the riding. On a 9 lap course, I expected to ride through the field but it was heavy going and it took 7 laps to get into 2nd place. The leader, a former british champion, was well ahead and I managed a good but hard 2nd run to finish second overall. Generally pleased with the event but expected to be closer to the leader, who finished 3 mins ahead. Training for the next few days was hard with sore legs.
2nd Race: 36 mile Hilly time Trial.
On the Tuesday of that week, I started back on the Extreme endurance, taking 4 a day and was able to get some good cycle rides in. The course is a 2 lap 36 mile course with a very long first climb and rolling roads. The course record was 1.30.34 which was set in 2009 when I had a good winter of cycle training and won the event. Last year’s winner was present and the weather was pretty good so I was hoping for another fast time.
The first lap was taken pretty steady, or as steady as you can ride a hilly course. Being careful not to push the heart rate too high on the climbs and trying to maintain speed on the flats. At the first checkpoint, I was at exactly the same split time as the previous winner. Knowing that I needed to up the pace, I attacked the climbs and pushed to the absolute limit, hoping that Extreme Endurance would kick in and help the final stages. It did a great job. The second lap was a minute faster and I won the event by 44 seconds, setting a new course record of 1.28.14, over 2 mins improvement on the old record.
First sprint triathlon of the year next weekend.
I thought this was a load of cobblers but the listener review (was it Howell Towel?) late last year and your Marathon experience made me think I really should try it – it’s probably age but I have had a huge problem with sore legs in training for all 3 previous Ironman campaigns. They’re obviously supporting you well so I sceptically bought 3 tins of Extreme Endurance for Ironman NZ and have been popping the regimented 6 pills a day since early December.
I didn’t really notice much difference for the first month and thought – snake oil.
Then my volumes picked up and I am flabbergasted – like you say, it really does seem that it accelerates your recovery from muscle soreness incredibly. It reminds me of being 21 again (a lifetime a go for me .. literally) when you could do the most stupid long runs, have a bath, go to bed and feel fine the following morning. I’ve had a far bigger year this year than previously and have had nearly no leg soreness at all even in my biggest weeks. So there you go another unsolicited compliment for the product. Some of it will be new compression tights which are also better but, hey.
One moment I was in the thick of a triathlon battle royale, the next I was on the side of the road helping a fellow athlete who had hit the deck hard and was now lying prostrate on a hot and unyielding chip-sealed road in a state of raw unconsciousness. The Vasse Highway had claimed yet another victim. It was here, maybe 12k into the bike leg that my race in Karri Valley effectively ended. The race which had given me cause to hope for some measure of success had in one moment turned me from competitive athlete to an idle lollipop man directing oncoming traffic around, rather than through, the accident scene.
The irony of the situation struck me. I had spent the better part of the day before the race searching desperately for the optimal combination of wheels to use on the challenging course. I had flatted my new tubular earlier in the day and had been unable to find a quick repair at late notice. If successful, my search could give me an advantage measured in seconds at best. But it was a search I was willing to undertake despite my desire to rest before the race. And now I was standing on the road losing the type of time that is best measured in minutes, not seconds. Fancy carbon fibre wheels are not much good when your bike is lying on the gravel shoulder next to the road.
I have replayed events through my head many times since Saturday. First I questioned whether what I did was right. The devil inside me told me that such actions are not appropriate for a professional athlete. It reasoned that triathlon is now my life and it is not an easy life at that. It is not going to do me any good if I start living like some kind of modern day Florence Nightingale. I started to wonder if I lacked the ruthless competitiveness of a top-rate athlete.
But each time I thought like this the more human part of me fought back. There are bike crashes and then there are BIKE CRASHES. From what I could see this was a BIKE CRASH. The person I attended to looked to be in very serious trouble. And as I think back I realise that I did not even give a moment of thought to my decision to stop and help. It was purely instinctive thing done in the moment. This fact is probably as good an argument as any that I made a fair decision.
After directing traffic for some time (I have no idea how long) an age grouper approached me and told me that he would relieve my traffic control post. He said that I should get going as I was racing in the open division. Being caught up in everything going I did not take the time to find out who this person was – but I thank you very much for your consideration.
By this stage I knew that it was pretty much all over for me. I contemplated rolling back to town and pulling out but I had come this far. My objective became simply to pick off as many people off as I could.
By the end of the day I had managed to claw my way back to fourth place – a satisfying result given events of the day. I am really pleased with my swim and run form. I still think my biking needs a bit of work but this is ok. Perth’s hot summer has passed now so I can get on and log some good bike kilometres in the next few weeks. I can also use the time to nail down my position on the new and devastatingly fast Scott Plasma.
So when all is said and done, would I make the same decision again? Yes I would.
The fact that some people are too caught up in their own race-fuelled egos to appreciate the help and sacrifices of others does not change my opinion of this. We are all humans first and athletes second. Perhaps there are some triathletes who may need reminding of this from time to time. But these people never stick around for too long. Triathlon is a beast that tends to rip one’s soul to pieces, leaving it bare and exposed for all to see. Those without the inner strength to live with the continued humbling that this sport delivers will eventually find some reason to give it away. And if you ask me this is not a bad thing.
Thanks to my wonderful sponsors (Break Your Limits, Hornet Juice, K-Swiss, Extreme Endurance and Scott and Avanti Bicycles). I wanted to deliver you with a better result but hope that you are happy with the trade-off I made – I guess I have a sporting good result instead of a potential great result.
There will be other races to come.
Europe, Asia, Australia
Last 6 years always I escaped from the bad winter weather in the Netherlands to warm places with a lot of sun. So it has been a while that I saw the winter in the months of January and February. But this year I decided to stay in the northern part of Europe. In January we moved to Compiegne, a small city 70 km above Paris. It’s a lovely place with a big forest. So a perfect training location for a triathlete!
My last race was IM Arizona the end of November. I took a break in December and after we settled our selves in France I picked up the training again. So I started with my preparation for coming season in the “cold”. Luckily we didn’t have snow, so I could do most of my training sessions outside. Of course a lot of bike sessions have to be done inside, but it makes you mentally very strong. And thanks to Vital 40 I didn’t get sick.
An example. A week ago it was raining and it was really cold. I had to bike for 3 and a half hours and as a brick training 1 hour of a tempo run afterwards. I decided to do the bike on my tacx. I knew it is very boring, but I took in mind my goals where I’m doing it for. So I started my training with in every hour 15 minutes on 210 Watt. After 2 and a half hours I was completely soaked and decided to do first my 1 hour run and then another 1 hour on the tacx. And so I did. The next day I had a long ride of 5 hours on my schedule. The sun was shining, but there was a lot of wind and the temperature was about 7 degrees. During my ride I was thinking that I was riding on Lanzarote. The conditions were the same, only the temperature. But it made me smile.
In this period I’m doing some preparation races for upcoming season. So two weeks ago I did a 10 km run, next two weekends I will do some short distance run bike runs. And of course I’m taking every day my Xendurance. My first big race will be European Championship Powerman Horst. And in May I go to Mallorca for the new 70.3.
Hope this will be again a year with a lot of good races and a lot of fun!
All the best to everyone and take in mind: “enjoy every day of life!”
Heleen Bij De Vaate