Monday, March 17, 2008

New Sponsor- Alkalife Water

I am very pleased to announce a new sponsor relationship with Alkalife, Alkaline Natural Spring Water. This water is from the limestone caverns in the Blue Mountains region of Australia. This is an exciting new addition to our team of performance enhancing sponsors.

The properties of this water fall in line with our beliefs on optimal eating, especially for athletes. It’s jam packed full of minerals and tastes great, but what we are particularly interested in is its alkalinity.

An athlete is more prone to blood acidosis due to the by-products of exercise. One way the body neutralizes acid is by breaking down muscle tissue. Briefly explained…the body attempts to reduce acidity by releasing minerals such as nitrogen and calcium in the blood. This may diminish performance and health as muscle and bone are compromised.

By drinking Alkalife during training and recovery we will be neutralizing the possible damaging effects of acid build up and saving bone and muscle break down- as we go! This could have significant performance benefits!

Another benefit of Alkalife water, which I didn’t anticipate is it's very soft. This makes it incredibly smooth and easy to drink. I didn’t realize the hardness of Sydney tap water was making it feel hard to swallow sometimes. So now I feel it's much easier to keep hydrated as I can drink more.

I am very grateful to Alkalife for their support and for joining my team.

Get the edge!
Visit the Alkalife website.

If you are interested in finding out more about blood acidity, I recommend you read “The Paleo Diet for athletes” by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel.


Monday, March 10, 2008

A change of plans...

I've just got back from a long weekend training in Port Macquarie- home of Ironman Australia. The weather was sensational and I got some great training in with the Challenge Corp. The bike course is a lot of fun to ride and the scenery is just fantastic. It was definitely a "feel good" weekend. For those coming to Port for the first time- you'll love it!

However, I have decided not to race Ironman here next month. I'm really happy with this decision as it allows me to focus on my goal races for the year; Roth, Hawaii and WA. There was a long time of indecision, but now that I have finally decided I am very happy and know it's the right thing to do.

I'll still be up in Port for the whole week. I'll be working with Kristian on the Trigger Point stand at the expo- come and say hello! And supporting the TriSpecific athletes as they make their final preparations. On race day I'll be helping the media team as a spotter for the women's pro race. I'm really excited about seeing all the action from a bird's eye view. Apparently Welchy was a spotter in Hawaii in 1993, saw the race from an entirely different perspective- the rest is history!

See you up there.