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Two weekends ago I ran the “Run for Your Dad in Support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation” 15km race in Edmonton. I didn’t know how I would perform, considering how limited my training has been in the past month or so. It turns out my fitness is still there, and I won the race by 10 minutes!
The course was one of the best I have competed on; it was a mix of gravel trails, paved bike path, flat sections, and hilly sections. I had no idea how far ahead I was until after I had finished. The biggest surprise of the day was winning a 90-minute acupuncture/massage and a free hair cut!
I have been using my Vega products more and more in both while exercising and on a daily basis to supplement meals. Two and a half hours before the start of this race I ate a Vega Sport Endurance bar and washed it down with a small bottle of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer (I used a full scoop in a small bottle of water, and then tried to only take small sips of water the rest of the morning). I don’t mind starting races with a fairly empty stomach if I know that I have a gel with me for when I need it. I left my house 35 minutes before the start, jogged 5km (25 minutes) to the start, which gave me a perfect 10 minutes to relax before the gun went off. During the race I carried with me an Orange Zest Vega Sport Endurance Gel, but only needed a small mouthful at the halfway point to get me through the second half. After the race I fueled up with a scoop of Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator (apple-berry) and a scoop of Vega Sport Performance Protein (chocolate).
Tomorrow I will be guiding a blind paratriathlete in her race during the Edmonton World Cup weekend. I met with her yesterday and learned how the race works, what I can and can't do etc. We practiced riding her tandem bike which took a few minutes to get the hang of! It's a strange feeling have a weight on the back of the bike, especially when starting and stopping at slow speeds. I be posting another race report from this race and will hopefully get some good pictures! Patricia Walsh holds the ironman world record for blind athletes! Pretty amazing!!