Energy Bits – Product Review

The time has come! Its finally time to review Energybits! Made from 100% organicallly grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients, ENERGYbits® algae tabs have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64%) all for just one calorie per tab.” I have been talking with the very good and patient people at energybits.com since July and so much has happened since then. Originally I was l was looking for a nutritional supplement for the Ironman Lake Tahoe. It seemed like a few days after we spoke, I signed up for two months of rehabilitation for my spine. Not the most opportune time to test out a new product right? Needless to say, after a few weeks of tweaking my spine, I postponed my hopes of completing the Ironman Distance for at least another year. The rehabilitation went well and eventually all of the little pains dissipated and allowed me to be physically active again without making me feel like I was going to pull a muscle or leave me with an excruciating headache.

Towards the end of September I figured I had been holding on to this Energybits product long enough, so I went out for a baseline, caloric deficit ride.  About 10 days later I went out for the same ride in a caloric deficit (the only difference was I ate 30 of the 100% Spirulina Algae energybit tabs) and was able to ride the 20.9 miles 1 minute and 23 seconds faster. http://www.strava.com/segments/1411240/compare/NDgyOTAyMzY4MSw0NzIxMTI3NTcw The weather conditions were similar. Towards the last 30% of the second ride I noticed that my energy level was running higher than the previous ride but I started to get some algae burps. It wasn’t really bad, but definitely a noticeable issue. (I am assuming that with continued use of this product I can learn to adjust the dosage so as to minimize the this issue.) So I thought that this was good information to know. Eating these 30 tablets of Spirulina Algae at a whopping 1 Calorie a pop gave me added energy for just less than 1 hour’s worth of cycling. Now this information could have been slightly skewed because I had just started up another round of P90X2 and just finished the first week of Core Strengthening. (Oct 8. Blog http://wp.me/p2pRzM-EH ) So I was reluctant to show this information as I didn’t really feel it was doing any justice to the testing of the actual product. So again I sat on the remainder of the product, looking for the right time to try it out and scientifically show whether or not this product really gives you a boost in energy and performance as is claimed.

Then came Thanksgiving Break. I had a window of a few days where the weather was perfect and I could control my eating. I said to myself, “Its finally time to review Energybits for real!”

Recently I have been doing really well for 5 to 6 miles of sustained riding. There is a 5.8 mile segment on Strava from Beach Park to Derrells Mini Storage on Alfred Harrel Hwy. This is a technical ride but it has some good straight aways too. I though it might be a good segment to focus on while testing the product. You can see the comparison link at the bottom of this blog. In the interest of keeping the conditions of the testing similar, I tracked my food from the night before, only had my regular supplements prior to riding (except on Day 2 and 3 with the addition of Energybits) and ate nothing else until dinner before starting all over again the next day.

And here it is:

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Dinner: Tri Tip, Pasta, and Vegetables with Marinara Sauce, Dessert

Wednesday Nov. 26
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Ride #1, Ride #2
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Tri Tip, Manicotti, Broccolli, Bread, and Dessert

This is the base line ride for testing without the energy bits. I rode the 5.8 mile segment in 14:50. This was my 3rd fastest time ever recorded on this segment and the fastest I had ridden this segment in over a year (Oct. 7, 2013). This is good because it shows that I am operating at a peak performance without limitation 🙂

Thursday Nov. 27
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs EnergybitsWorkout: Ride #1Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits
Dinner: Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Yams, Bread, and Dessert

Today’s ride I added the energy bits. I pushed along this ride and put in a nice little sprint at the end to put myself 2 seconds ahead of yesterday’s time. I don’t monitor my time as I ride so I had no way of knowing how close I was to the time of the prior day. But, I usually just ride as hard as I can all of the time anyways, so I’ll take 2 seconds faster. I did notice towards the end of the first ride that I had a bit of the algae burps. Only real negative issue I have noticed with this product so far. Energy-wise, I think it helped me power out that little sprint at the end of the segment.

Friday Nov. 28
Breakfast: ShakeologyBeachbody WheyBeachbody Fuel ShotSlimming FormulaCordastra
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and 30 Tabs Energybits Workout: Ride #1Ride #2 Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula and 30 Tabs Recoverybits

Today was just a little bonus ride. I had an extra bag of 30 tabs so I decided to finish them off and head out for another ride. The conditions were identical with weather and nutrition so what the heck! And Boom! A Personal Best by 30 seconds from the year before and I retook the KOM for that segment! 30 seconds over 5.8 miles is huge. I didn’t expect such a huge margin of change. I felt strong the whole way and knew that I was moving but to improve that much is not something I expected at all. I can only attribute the benefit to added energy after taking energybits and recoverybits. I can only imagine the added benefit of taking this product everyday and additionally when exercising.

Strava Segments for Comparison:
Beach Park to Derrells 5.8 Miles
http://www.strava.com/segments/1749733/compare/NTI5NzIxNTg4OSw1MjkwMjU3OTAwLDUyODQ4NzEyNTQ= BC Rush .5 Miles http://www.strava.com/segments/6346316/compare/NTI5NzIxNTk3MCw1MjkwMjU3OTcxLDUyODQ4NzEyOTA=

If you would like to try out EnergyBits, you can go to the www.energybits.com website and enter the PROMOcode: BLOG and you will get 10% off of your order! Also on Cyber Monday they are having shipping deals!

Project New Year – Day 18 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Today was a getting it done day! Spent a little time on the Falco V. Worked on relaxing the upper body, relaxing the face, and breathing efficiently. I found myself settling into a rhythm and working against the wind. Getting the head down and finding the relaxation in the movement was fun! Looking forward to getting back on the bike tomorrow!

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Lunch: 2 Peanut Butter Sandwiches
Pre-Workout:
 
Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: 
Cycling 26.3 Miles had a GU Energy Gel Halfway.
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner:
 Steak and Chicken Burrito, Chips and Salsa
Workout: P90X2 Yoga
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Snack: Pretzels and 2 Bowls of Cherrios with Almond Milk

Project New Year – Day 16 and 17 – P90X2 Triathlon Training

The past couple of days have been really good. Not saying the days before weren’t as good, just saying, the past couple of days have been pretty good. The kiddos are awesome! They’re having good days at school, working hard on homework, and honestly trying to tolerate each other at this point. Sibling relationships are interesting to say the least. 🙂 …. Workout-wise I was able to get in a good bike ride and X2 Yoga yesterday and a swim and Mobility workout today. Feeling great right now. Lungs have been a little tight from yesterday’s dust storm but the inhaler helps that. One thing about having asthma in this valley is you learn to have your inhaler handy around this time of year. The weather is getting cooler. Hoping that we get some rain here in California. The Valley after a good rain is an amazing place to be. It really is beautiful. But right now we need a bunch of rain, and I mean a bunch! Looking to get a bike ride in tomorrow at some point 🙂 Can’t hook up with the regular 11:20 ride guys tomorrow though, nope, I get to be the secret reader in Davis’ class! I am going to read “Where the Wild Things Are” and then maybe another book. We’ll see how fast it reads 🙂 Pretty excited to get to do this!

Accountability Info

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: 171
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula and Energy Bits
Workout: 
Cycling 25.1 Miles
Post-Workout: 
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich
Dinner:
 Half BBQ Chicken, Chili Beans, Coleslaw, Root Beer
Workout: P90X2 Yoga
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Morning Weigh-in: 169
Breakfast: Chocolate Shakeology with Beachbody Vanilla Whey2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and 2 – Super Suma and Coffee
Lunch: 2 Burritos and 1 Taco
Workout: Swimming 1100 yds
Post-Workout: 
Dinner:
 2 Burritos and 2 Street Tacos
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility
Snack: Greek Yogurt, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Handful of Raw Almonds

#MotivationalMonday

So it finally happened. Something I never really think about, but I know it is a possibility every time I go out for a ride. Last Monday I laid my Falco V  down going around a sharp corner on the bike path here in Bakersfield. Luckily no one saw me do it ;-), but if they had, they would have said, “SAFE!” Seriously though, it felt like slow motion. I knew I was coming into the turn a little fast so I tapped the brakes a bit, but 25 mph wasn’t slow enough. I don’t know if there was sand on the path, or a slight crosswind that helped or not, but when I began to round the corner and both my wheels lifted off the ground, I laid it down. Notice the nice dip in my speed in the middle of this ride report from www.strava.com:
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The asphalt was hot. I slid right across it and off into the 3/4″ gravel. I hate to say it, but the gravel was a welcome feeling compared to the hot and hard path. At least there was some give there. I have to say I am truly lucky that the road rash wasn’t worse. And from what I can tell, nothing is broken :-). All I wanted to do after the crash was to get home and make the stinging stop. Uncomfortable for sure!Road Rash Day 1This past week has been rough though. Keeping the road rash pliable by stretching the skin has been my major focus. I don’t know if it slows down the skin healing process, but full movement upon healing is my main goal as gross as it may look to others 🙁Road Rash Day 5I just think of burn victims and what they must have to go through when they lose skin from their 2nd and 3rd degree burns and the pain they must have to go through. If I am only experiencing a glimpse of what they have to go through, my heart goes out to each and every one of them. Recovery sucks! But it is necessary if you want to be functional when everything heals right? And speaking of being functional, taking this past week off of exercise has been killing me! All I want to do is workout, ride my bike, swim, and yes even run, but I have been really good at coming up with excuses to not push it yet. Today I am going to have to go ahead and get moving on something. I am going to attempt my P90X2 Workout this afternoon. I am sure I will have to modify some of the movements, but as long as I am doing something, its better than doing nothing!

So today my #MotivationalMonday quote is from Napoleon Hill:
MotivationalMonday
I won’t quit!

School’s Out Taper

Geez! It’s been almost a week since my last post. Well to be honest, its been about a week since I have put in a real workout too. I have wanted to work out and even made plans to work out, yet the plans simply have not come to fruition. I have the best intentions. I want to ride my Falco V. I want to run on the open trails. I want to swim endlessly on my Bowswim. But none of that has happened. I’ll tell you what has happened though. The kids have gotten out of school. I have spent everyday since Friday spending time with them one way or another. Birthday Party Slide Fun, Pool Fun, Playing Video Games, Snuggling, Seeing Maleficent, and Pizza. Really, it has been awesome! And all things being considered, I probably needed to take this little break anyways. Call it a School’s Out Taper!

Pool - Schools Out

 

Seriously though, I have been favoring my left side for a few months now. I figure that I don’t stretch enough. I took too much time off after last the 2013 Tri Season and gained about 16 lbs of ice cream, candy, and pastries. I must have pushed too hard too soon to drop that weight before the 2014 Season. Now I am in the season and I keep having to start and stop to avoid getting injured. Not the way I was expecting this season to go but I am hoping that these past few days off will allow for some healing. Now I am looking forward to some P90X3 Yoga and a good night’s sleep tonight. Gotta work on that flexibility!

Triathlon Training Log – May 29, 2014

Today was all over the place. Worked on cleaning the pool. Went to my son’s Kindergarten Performance, and it was awesome! He really is an energetic performer. My 13 year old cat passed away. Sad doesn’t begin to accurately describe the hurt of this loss. I went into the office. Had a yummy lunch. Spent some more time in the office. Went on a 29 mile ride where I worked on keeping an even maintainable speed. Felt good to get out and ride after such a rough go of it yesterday. A very productive couple of training days!

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Salad
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 29 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Post- Workout Weigh-in: 168
Dinner: Chicken Breast, Wing, and Thigh and a Root Beer
Dessert: A Piece of Cake
Snack: A bag of Popcorn, Chocolate Shakeology, and a Clif Bar

Yes I’ll have a #69 with Selfies, a Side of Beef, and Lactic Acidosis Please

Wow! What an afternoon! I decided to embark on a long bike ride after work. I figured I had just enough daylight to get in about 70 miles. Little did I know that it would be one of the most memorable rides ever.

I started out riding East on Stockdale Highway and onto Brundage Lane which is pitted by the most stoplights the Bakersfield municipality could possibly place in such a short section of road. I figured I wouldn’t be breaking any records with the number of times I had to reduce speed or stop at these lights, but being safe is important so I got through it and continued on to Edison Hwy which allows for some uninterrupted cycling for a few miles. I reached the corner of Edison Hwy. and Comanche and had to take a selfie!
Edison and Comanche
Comanche becomes Alfred Harrell Hwy so I took another selfie!
Alfred Harrel at Ming Lake
I followed Alfred Harrell around the Kern River through Hart Park and across Gordon’s Ferry to Round Mountain Rd. and made the decision to go the long way around and headed along the river Northeast, hit the summit, and you guessed it, took another selfie!
Round Mountain Road Selfie
On the back side of Round Mountain Rd down into Poso Creek I eased off and coasted most of the way. I had almost reached the bottom of the descent and I was greeted by a small heard of cows. I had slowed down quite a bit but apparently not enough. One of the cows got spooked and started skating on the asphalt right in front of me. I veered left and missed that one right into the path of two more. I got into the soft stuff on the left side of the road put the front wheel on the asphalt and got sideways with the back tire (power slide style) and slowed just enough for the two cows in front of me to part, straightened it out and went tweeners. Talk about a rush! I thought for sure I was going to meet one of those not-so-happy cows side to side. That would not have been good. All I could do was think about the stories my friend told me about his rides on Round Mountain Rd. where he got chased by a Bull. Believe me, I was looking for that Bull this time. Thankfully the Bulls were nowhere to be seen! And good thing too because the headwind coming from the West was tough and trying to get any momentum after that adrenaline dump was tough. I was about 50 miles in now and had blown through about 75 ounces of water and was dipping into my reserve bottle. What is awesome about this ride, is that there is a community drinking fountain outside of one of the Ranches on Granite Rd coming back into Oildale. Good thing too. My legs were beginning to burn. So I filled up my water bottles and took another selfie!
Granite Rd Drinking Fountain
And that was about the extent of the smiling for this bike ride. The last 13 miles were utterly painful. The lactic acidosis had fully evolved into near cramping now but I had to make it home. I hate quitting and I felt like this ride was something I had to complete.  I started to think of all of the things that I could have done to prevent this from happening and how thankful I was that I didn’t have to run after this ride. That would have been murder. It all came back to my nutrition. I knew that I had under-eaten during the day but I was thinking that I could burn off some extra fat if I came into this ride with a caloric deficit. Bad idea. It was a very long 13 miles home.

When I got home it was not pretty. My legs hurt so bad that I couldn’t sit still. I was high stepping all around the house in an effort to get the burning to stop. I wanted to dunk my legs in cold water to stop the burning so I went to the tub and started the water. I stepped into the tub and when the cold water hit my toes I started to go into hypothermic shock. I got out of the tub and walked hurriedly to the den, grabbed a blanket and laid down in the fetal position just in case I passed out. After the initial feeling passed I grabbed some P90X Results & Recovery Formula and drank that as fast as possible so I could get my blood sugar up. I just sat there until my core warmed up. This was a bit scary but definitely a lesson learned. I took a shower and then headed to Chipotle for a burrito with guacamole!

What a day!

Triathlon Training Log – May 28, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 175
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chicken Breast with Yellow Mustard on Wheat Bread
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 69 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water, 2 GU Energy Gels and 1 Packet of Cliff Shot Blocks
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula 
Post- Workout Weigh-in: 170
Dinner: Chicken Fajita Burrito with Guacamole
Snack: Vanilla Shakeology with Almond Milk and P90X Results & Recovery Formula 
Snack: Lime Popsicle and Organic Peanut Butter Sandwich

Walking Wednesday followed by a Therapeutic Thursday Morning

Yesterday I was sore from Tuesday night’s race. I had a weird knee twinge which usually means something was tight and I didn’t stretch enough! Happy that it was Walking Wednesday and we were able to go have a Yummy Fajitas Adventure! The walking helped warm up the leg for sure, but it was the hour on the Rumbleroller and finding the hot spot at my left adductor that got rid of the twinge right away. I have been struggling with hip flexor, quadriceps, hamstring, gluteus, soleus, and calve flexibility lately. (Missing my weekly P90X Yoga) All of those muscles, and some others I have not mentioned, can attribute to knee pain. But just because something hurts doesn’t mean that I am injured right? Its if I continue to push those muscles without working on flexibility that ultimately leads to an injury. It was so awesome to feel the pain go away last night as I rolled my inner thigh on the Rumbleroller, it hurt like a son of a gun, but the result was so worth it! I am sure I’ll be revisiting the Rumbleroller and stretching more this evening as well.

After staying up as long as I could last night to watch Fallon (my Tonight Show Vice) I finally had to turn off the TV and go to sleep. I confirmed that I would be joining some guys for a 6 AM ride. Yeah, 5 am came early. Hit the snooze button 2 times. Rolled out of bed. Filled the water bottle. Aired the tires. Oh yeah, got dressed. Headed out the door at a deliberately slow pace while drinking my E&E. Arrived 5 minutes late :-\ Sorry! Luckily Brock and Aaron are cool and waited for me. Mike got an early morning flat and couldn’t make it. So the three of us went off on our ride up around the Panorama Bluffs. On our way back we were moving but it didn’t seem like we were going that hard. I could tell my legs were searching for fuel. Aaron and Brock were putting in some strong pulls. We all rotated to the front, taking turns, to keep the momentum going. And it paid off! Each of us got a piece of the KOM when we were through.
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Great ride this morning and what a great way to get the blood flowing for the rest of the day!

Now I am starving! Bring on Lunch!

Triathlon Training Log

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 171
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Primo Salad and Water
Workout: Walking Wednesday
Dinner: Fajitas, Beans, Rice, Corn Tortillas, Ceviche, Chips, Salsa, Guacamole
Recovery: 1 Hour Rumbleroller 
Midnight Snack: Chocolate Shakeology with Almond Milk and an Organic Peanut Butter Sandwich (Calories for 6AM Ride)

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 174
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 31.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Weigh-in: 171
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology

Stay tuned for Saturday the 24th’s Post Time Trial Blog Entry!

Insanity: The Asylum (Rnd. 2) – Day 18 of 30

Insanity: The Asylum (Rnd. 2) – Day 18 of 30

B – AcidCheck Caplets, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology and Cinnamon, Activit, and Cordastra
S – Hummus, Pita Bread, Tangerines, Raw Almonds
W – 28.8 Miles Cycling added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
D – New York Steak, Fettuccine Alfredo, Salad, Bread, Cake
S – Sour Patch Kids

Today was an Asylum – Relief day so I went out for a crazy cycling day. Swirling winds and warm. Went out shirtless today and set another PR on a 25+ Mile segment. I even stopped to pick up a water bottle I dropped. Very happy with the direction my cycling is going!

Insanity: The Asylum (Rnd. 2) – Day 08 of 30

Insanity: The Asylum (Rnd. 2) – Day 08 of 30

B – AcidCheck Caplets, Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey and Cinnamon, Activit, and Cordastra
L – Salad with Chicken and a Vinaigrette Dressing
S – Piece of Butterscotch Pie (Mom’s – Yum!)
W – Cycling 19.1 Miles and Insanity: The Asylum – Back to Core added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
S – P90X Results & Recovery Formula
D – Tri Tip Sliders, Baked Potato and Baked Carrots
S – 4 Oreo’s (They are all gone now! Yes!)

Good workout session this afternoon! Put down some good times on some Strava segments and then got in a great core workout before Dinner. Its great to see that I am still getting faster almost every ride. Today I refused to let my stuffy head and intermittent earache stop me from getting better!