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The Chronicles of Moab, Part Deux: Clint and Ben Crush the Duo

October 27, 2010

Clint and Ben, new national champions.

Welcome back for Part “Deux” of our series on fueling for success at this year’s 24 Hours of Moab, the U.S. 24 Hour National Championships. This time around, we’ll take a look at how Montana riders Clint Muhlfeld and Ben Parsons worked together and fueled right to win their first national championship.

Watching from the sidelines of my much less demanding four-man races, I’ve always thought that 2-man racing looks ridiculously hard, almost worse than solo in some ways. The catch with 2-man, 24-hour racing is that you are expected to race like a 4-man team, just without any recovery. Hammer’s ever-present fueling guru, Steve Born, took this into account and created a desert-proof fueling program for these two athletes. He set them up with HEED, Hammer Gel, and Endurolytes for the course and had a supplement cocktail ready after each lap. The interesting thing about their short time between laps was that there wasn’t enough time to take Recoverite. While the whey protein in Recoverite is great for rebuilding muscle, it wouldn’t be ideal for athletes going back on course within three hours. For this reason, Sustained Energy or Perpetuem was recommended on occasion to fulfill the protein requirement for longer events. Basically, as soon as Ben or Clint finished a lap, they wanted to do as much as they could to recover from their lap, while simultaneously preparing for the next . . . quite a tall order. Continue Reading »

Hammer Nutrition’s Endurolytes Fizz – A refreshing way to replenish electrolytes

October 22, 2010
Endurolytes FIZZ

Tim Vangilder finishes 3rd in the two-person relay at the Fat Tire 50 West Coast Marathon finals. - M. Vangilder

Of all of the products that we’ve introduced in the past few years, I don’t think any have gotten us as excited as Endurolytes Fizz and Perpetuem Solids. We know, without a doubt, that you will absolutely love Endurolytes Fizz for a number of reasons, including that: Continue Reading »

The Chronicles of Moab, Part One: Fueling and Race Strategies of Four-man Racing

October 20, 2010
Hammer Nutrition Blog - The Chronicles of Moab, Part One: Fueling and Race Strategies of Four-Man Racing

Phil, Matt and Dustin Pre-ride the Moab Course.

The 2010 edition of 24 Hours of Moab was held precisely one year after my first 24-hour race, the 2009 edition of the same event. In one year’s time, I’ve competed in four 24-hour events with Hammer Nutrition® and learned more about this format of racing than I ever thought possible. I’ve also enjoyed some amazing experiences with great friends and co-workers. It’s made me think about how far we’ve come. Continue Reading »

Local Event/Staffer Spotlight: Woodland ‘Cross and Matt Butterfield.

October 19, 2010

Leaders battle for the win at Woodland.

Here at Hammer Nutrition®, we are very proud of the annual nationwide events that we sponsor (more than 2,600 events this year!). However, we get extra excited about the ones that take place right here in our own backyard. One of those races is the always entertaining Woodland Park Cyclocross Race, put on by none other than Hammer staffer and racer extraordinaire Matt Butterfield. Matt has been making quite a splash all summer, most recently last weekend with a 3rd place finish in the 4-man championship class at 24 Hours of Moab. Continue Reading »

Betsy Solis Wins $2,500 in Hammer Nutrition Products

October 14, 2010

Picking the winner for $2,500 in Hammer Nutrition products

Everyone at Hammer Nutrition would like to congratulate Betsy Solis—winner of $2,500 in Hammer Nutrition products. We hope you enjoy the products and clothing gear!

The drawing was held at the Kona Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2010. Many Ironman participants were present. The restaurant and bar were full, with many people waiting to get in for the drawing and dinner. During the live entertainment break, Mike Freeman, our on-the-scene Hammer Nutrition Ambassador, held the drawing. Chloe, a pretty young lady from the audience, picked the lucky winner from approximately 300 entrants.

HEED Wins the Best of MTBR Again!

October 12, 2010

HEED - Best of MTBR

The reviews are in—Hammer Nutrition’s HEED wins a 2010 Best of MTBR Award. HEED has won the Best of MTBR Award for the last five years! With more than 70 sports nutrition products reviewed, HEED was the only product to receive a 5 out of 5 rating.

Hammer Nutrition HEEDHow does MTBR choose the best products?
The following is reprinted from MTBR.com: MTBR.com was created to get feedback from real cyclists on the products and equipment that they use. Good, bad, bottom line, is it worth it? Those are the top questions that MTBR poses to each of their users. Every year, they find the best products from the site that consistently win the praises of the consumer. Hence, the Best Of Awards!

Winners were selected by the highest rated products that met a minimum number of reviews for each category.

It doesn’t matter if the manufacturer is well known or a new kid on the block, that’s what makes this award unique. If the product works and performs well, then the consumers will reward it.

» Read the MTBR Reviews

Rider sets sight on world cycling record

October 11, 2010
Ryan Correy

Ryan Correy, 27, of Bentley, is currently trying to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest time continuously cycling on spinning machine. Correy will have to cycle longer than eight days and eight hours to beat the record.

By Erin Fawcett
Published in the Red Deer Express

A Central Alberta athlete currently has his sights on breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest time continuously cycling on a spinning machine.

Adventure cyclist Ryan Correy, 27, of Bentley, began his attempt on Wednesday at Best Body Fitness in Sylvan Lake. Continue Reading »

Less Is Best – The Right Way To Fuel

October 7, 2010

Less Is Best - The Right Way To Fuel

Author: Steve Born

When it comes to calories, fluids, and electrolytes, the human body is not designed to accept from your fuel donation an amount that comes anywhere near to what it’s losing. The good news is that your body knows this, which is why it has numerous built-in hormonal (survival) mechanisms, which very easily “bridge the gap” between what your body is losing and what it can accept from you. Don’t try to replace what you’re losing; you’ll only make matters worse. Instead, replenish your body with appropriate, “body cooperative” amounts of calories, fluids, and electrolytes. When you do, your body can’t help but respond positively, and it will be able to do what you want it to do more consistently hour after hour. Learn why a “Less is Best” approach is undeniably the right way to fuel and start reaping the benefits today!

» Read the full Less is Best – The Right Way To Fuel article.

Electrolyte replenishment: It’s crucially important, and not just for helping prevent cramping

October 6, 2010

Hammer Highline staying hydrated while riding the highline

Author: Steve Born

There are many theories as to why athletes suffer muscle cramps, though the usual culprits are improper hydration and/or improper electrolyte replenishment. If don’t consume enough fluid, one of the unpleasant outcomes you can expect is cramping. Ditto if you consume too much fluid (See the article Hydration – What You Need to Know for more information on this important topic). Additionally, if you don’t replenish electrolytes consistently during exercise, especially during hot-weather workouts and races, cramping is almost guaranteed to happen – and if you’ve ever suffered from mild-to-debilitating cramping, that’s a bridge you want to hopefully cross one time only.

Needless to say, as important as the calories you consume and the fluid you drink during exercise is a consistent replenishment of electrolytes, and not just to help prevent cramping. A number of important bodily functions, including muscular performance, are severely compromised if adequate levels of electrolytes are not present. Even if you’ve got your fuel and hydration plan dialed in, without adequate, balanced levels of electrolytes, you’re missing a crucial component of the athletic performance “puzzle.”

So even if you’ve never had a cramping issue in your life, but most certainly if you have, we encourage you to thoroughly read Electrolyte Replenishment – Why It’s So Important and How to Do It Right. In the article we’ll look closely at this vital, but often neglected and misunderstood, aspect of fueling.