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Showing posts from August 6, 2023

Our Epic and Xtreme events

  We are approaching our last key events in our 2023 season. I will be participating in XTRI ICON on September 1st and Karel will be participating in Breck Epic on August 13th - 18th. These events will test us mentally and physically and we are excited (and nervous) for the unknown. If you'd like to learn a bit more about these events, I'll share some info about the events. You can also follow me on social media (Instagram and Facebook) as I will be sharing updates from Karel's race (and then Karel will share updates from my race).  KAREL: Breck Epic - Breckendridge, CO ~220-240 miles ~40,000 feet of vertical gain All stages start at ~9,600 feet Stage 1: Pennsylvania Creek, August 13th 35.7 miles, 5700 feet Stage 2: The Colorado Trail, August 14th: 42.5 miles, 6565 feet Stage 3: The Guyot Loop, August 15th: 40.5 miles, 7100 feet (crossing the Continental Divide twice) Stage 4: The Keystone Loop, August 16th: 42.3 miles, 6473 feet Stage 5: The Wheeler Loop, August 17th: 24.

Proactive blood testing - why I recently got my blood tested

  Blood analysis provides an opportunity to look inside your body, giving insights into your diet and training and their effects on performance and health.  When athletes consider blood testing, it's usually during a time of illness, a drop in performance or injury. In other words, it's done as a reaction to a physical setback. However, don't wait until it's too late.  Anytime you are about to experience a new type of stressor (ex. new training block, return to training after injury, overcoming an illness, approaching a significant increase in training volume, altitude training), a blood test can give you valuable information about your current state of health. The only way to know what's going on in your body is to test what's going on inside your body. Many times, early diagnosis of a condition is easier to treat before complications develop. Sadly, athletes will only consider blood testing when symptoms are significant - but at this point, health may be sever