Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dirtbag Energy Drink

Companies make money by the dump truck load selling us athletes drinks that are supposed to help us ride better . Especially during the hotter times of year or for those long 4 plus hour sessions.

 Sounds good in theory till you think of a couple of things. First that really most of what these are made from is not natural or we have no clue where it actually came from. The second thing is stuff like HEED and PowerAde costs lots of money and it racks up quickly.  And I lost my taste for things like Gatorade when I found what the actual formula for it was compared to what they sell us now.

 Few years ago I found out that  Coconut Water has a lot of good things for you in it. I won't bore you with endless facts, numbers, and stuff like I was trying to sell you a 650B mountain bike tire. Just sharing what I have found works for me via the scientific method of trial and error to discover what works for me.

And let us face reality. These days we all talk about aiming to take in stuff that is much more natural. And as you see in the photo above you can pretty much ID where all my ingredients come from.

The recipe is pretty simple. 1 Can of frozen Lemonade and instead of water I use Coconut Water. And add as much as the juice instructions say. Then add in a large dose of salt which if you are interested is Kosher Salt which is a more natural version. Stir well. Then fill water bottles I will use and then stick in the fridge to use during rides and races.

Keep in mind though this recipe is a rough guideline as you will have to adjust to your personnel tastes. And what my stomach will tolerate may not work for others. However it has been working as I have been trying rides with and without over the last year and a half. It seems to work well and even helps drinking it say 4 days out in the lead up to a race or epic ride.

It worked well at a 135K training road ride this year and during other long rides on a hot day this year.

Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Racing For My Wife

 In 5 weeks I will be riding 60k for my wife  at Paul's Dirty Enduro . The insidious thing called depression tried to take her away.

 A year later and things are better. I see more the woman I love. But one can't forget that it will always be a work in progress. That while I am fortunate to have the wonderful in laws that I have many don't have that family support. Many have nothing at all and no where to go.

Unfortunately this is not like Cancer where it goes into remission. It is always there, there is no remission from Depression. It is always going to be there under the surface. Some days are good and some days are not. And even the smallest thing can cause a relapse when it comes to Depression. It is a constant battle. And I admit it can be hard some days as you don't know if things are going well or not. So some times a relapse goes well and the next not so. Unfortunately the world only discovers how bad the relapse is when as in the case of Robin Williams it can't be recovered from.

While Clara Hughes has done a great service to bring Mental Health out of the shadows with Clara's Big Ride. There is still a long ways to go as 

I don't want the relapse will occur. To have to worry if today will be a good day or will it be a bad day. To end the walking on egg shell when talking about depression and to be able to talk with others as freely as we would if it was Breast Cancer. Not just for those who suffer from this illness but for the loved one's who try our best to support them. Because those who are in that role need help as well.

That is why I will be racing the 60k at 2014 Paul's Dirty Enduro to raise funds for CMHA. You can make a donation to support the CMHA and Mental health here... 2014 Ride For My Wife

Thank you for your support.