Ironman T3 Recovery Mattress; Sweet Dreaming

Hortense and I acquired a new Ironman T3 Recovery Mattress and have been enjoying the benefits of enhanced sleep ever since.  We had a high-quality mattress and we both considered ourselves great sleepers.  However, since sleeping on the T3 Recovery Mattress we have noticed undeniable changes in our sleep.  We sleep sounder and deeper awaking with a more refreshed body and mind.

Hortense is pregnant with our first child and I am a professional triathlete so sleep is important for us as it is for anyone.  Being pregnant Hortense assumed the restless nights and sore hips were part of the process.  Not so, sleeping on the T3 Recovery Mattress has eliminated those symptoms.  Her hips are no longer sore, she only awakes once a night (to go to the bathroom) and is sleeping sounder while awaking to the day feeling recharged.  As a professional triathlete I swim, bike, and run almost every day, so getting the most out of my sleep helps me recover and absorb my daily training; making me a stronger athlete.

Apart from the beds supreme comfort, what sets this mattress apart from any other product is the Celliant fiber woven into it. Celliant is clinically proven to increase our body’s oxygen levels.  This will speed up the body’s natural healing process!  We’ve noticed.  We are more comfortable; less fatigued and have more endurance.  Our bedroom is now a healing chamber!

I used to take naps where ever I lay; on the couch, in a chair.  Now, I make a point to take those naps in the supreme comfort and healing that the T3 Recovery Mattress provides.  There is one problem though; being interrupted during your nap from a perfect slumber makes it hard to get up! J

As much time as we spend in our lifetime sleeping, we feel fortunate to now have this exceptional opportunity to make the most out of every minute of our sleep.

Thank you T3 Recovery for enriching our lives!

 

Here are a few more benefits to gain from an exceptional sleep:

 

1. Sleep Keeps Your Heart Healthy

Heart attacks and strokes are more common during the early morning hours. This fact may be explained by the way sleep interacts with the blood vessels. Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of blood pressure and cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Your heart will be healthier if you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.

2. Sleep May Prevent Cancer

People working the late shift have a higher risk for breast and colon cancer. Researchers believe this link is caused by differing levels of melatonin in people who are exposed to light at night. Light exposure reduces the level of melatonin, a hormone that both makes us sleepy and is thought to protect against cancer. Melatonin appears to suppress the growth of tumors. Be sure that your bedroom is dark to help your body produce the melatonin it needs.

3. Sleep Reduces Stress

When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress. The body’s functions are put on high alert which causes an increase in blood pressure and a production of stress hormones. Higher blood pressure increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes. The stress hormones also, unfortunately, make it harder for you to sleep. Learn relaxation techniques to counter the effects of stress. There are also stress reduction techniques for sleep.

4. Sleep Reduces Inflammation

The increase in stress hormones raises the level of inflammation in your body, also creating more risk for heart-related conditions, as well as cancer and diabetes. Inflammation is thought to one of the causes of the deterioration of your body as you age.

5. Sleep Makes You More Alert

Of course, a good night’s sleep makes you feel energized and alert the next day. Being engaged and active not only feels great, it increases your chances for another good night’s sleep. When you wake up feeling refreshed, use that energy to get out into the daylight, do active things, and be engaged in your world. You’ll sleep better the next night and increase your daily energy level.

6. Sleep Bolsters Your Memory

Researchers do not fully understand why we sleep and dream, but a process called memory consolidation occurs during sleep. While your body may be resting, your brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings and memories. Your dreams and deep sleep are an important time for your brain to make memories and links. Getting more quality sleep will help you remember and process things better.

7. Sleep May Help You Lose Weight

Researchers have also found that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese. It is thought that the lack of sleep impacts the balance of hormones in the body that affect appetite. The hormones ghrelin and leptin, important for the regulation of appetite, have been found to be disrupted by lack of sleep. So if you are interested in controlling or losing weight, don’t forget to pay attention to getting a good night’s sleep.

8. Naps Make You Smarter

Napping during the day is not only an effective and refreshing alternative to caffeine, it can also protect your health and make you more productive. A study of 24,000 Greek adults showed that people who napped several times a week had a lower risk for dying from heart disease. People who nap at work have much lower levels of stress. Napping also improves memory, cognitive function and mood.

9. Sleep May Reduce Your Risk for Depression

Sleep impacts many of the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to suffer from depression. You can help to prevent depression by making sure you are getting the right amount of sleep, between 7 and 9 hours each night.

10. Sleep Helps the Body Make Repairs

Sleep is a time for your body to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules form the building blocks for cells, allowing them to repair damage.

Wildflower Daydreams

Wildflower Daydreams 

 

 

A long time ago, somewhere on this wondrous planet lived a man full of joy.  A portal opened up to let me observe this tested soul thriving in his element. 

He moved over land and sea with powerful grace and in this time of little leisure, he expended copious amounts of precious energy.  He was not hunting or fleeing just walking, running, and swimming to feel the earth move around him.  There was no pondering, no escaping, just being.  He flowed from moment to moment moving.  His long hair wild in the wind, his naked body sweating on this chilly day; he traversed a glorious amount of land.  Crossing lakes and rivers, climbing hills and mountains, running through fields of wildflowers; the perfumes intoxicating his olfactory nerves, the wildflowers blurring colors of purple and yellow and red fluttered his vision. 

He moved all day without a thought, thriving on the nature surrounding him.  The day alive with weather sometimes cold sometimes hot, sometimes wet sometimes dry he reveled in each instant and flourished.  His body was strong and capable and this was its reward.  His soul brimming with the stuff of life, he returned home rejuvenated.

 

Wildflower Triathlon May Day 2010 

Before the race the joy can be overwhelming in its bliss, its calm, its powerful feeling of being alive, and its being right with your place in the universe.  No thoughts, just pureness.

An excerpt from Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’:

“The smoke of my own breath,
Echoes, ripples, buzz’d whispers, love-root, silk-thread, crotch and
vine,
My respiration and inspiration, the beating of my heart, the passing
of blood and air through my lungs,
The sniff of green leaves and dry leaves, and of the shore and
dark-color’d sea-rocks, and of hay in the barn,

The sound of the belch’d words of my voice loos’d to the eddies of
the wind,
A few light kisses, a few embraces, a reaching around of arms,
The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag,
The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields
and hill-sides,
The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising
from bed and meeting the sun.”

Getting into this zone is what life’s all about, doing it in my training and racing is a source of limitless energy.  Knowing that the meditation in movement is about to go extreme forces one to look inward.  It’s time to forget the world and get real with who you are.

 Excerpt from Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’:

“Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the world.”

In this day and age it can be nearly impossible but letting the ‘world’ melt away is critical for inner peace.  For me a quiet mind equates to a powerful performance when racing.  It’s about reaching your potential and testing the human spirit.

In the F2R suit (grey top) on far right

In the F2R suit (grey top) on far right

Looking over Lake San Antonio, wading ankle deep in the brisk water wearing my F2R wetsuit made me feel impenetrable to the cold.  I could feel my heart beating forcefully in quiet, waiting for the test it was going to endure.  Several of the world’s greatest athletes stood by, their hearts beating to a rhythm now, seconds away from the ultimate test in the meditation of movement, Wildflower’s Long Course Triathlon.

I have no recollection of what initiated the start, a gun, a cannon, a horn?  My test began, charging through the water I swam without a thought.  After a while my mind intruded on the ultimate bliss.  “Hey, you’re leading the race!”  Nearing the first buoy I was surprisingly leading the race; stunning because my sprinting ability is subpar, especially this early in the season.  However, being on the far left was not the best position for the 90 degree turn fast approaching.  A couple guys made the turn just before me and my effort eased while drafting.  Here, a little bit of reason creeps into my brain…something about pacing…it’s going to be a long day.  This decision was made much easier when looking back I noticed we had already broken away from the main pack.  My goal was now to see how easy could I go while staying right where I was at the front of the race.

Much of the rest of the swim was not easy but let’s say effortless.  Then, my mind blurted in on the scene screaming something about going for the swim prime.  Yeah, it was true the leaders were just in front of me.  I went after it for about 100 meters out of the last 300 before deciding someone else’s brain was screaming at them much louder to win that prime than mine.  Staying comfortable finishing the swim allowed me to rip my T1.  I passed everyone except for Michael Raelert.

How much more contrast can Everett & Henning have?

How much more contrast can Everett & Henning have?

 

I felt strong in the cockpit of the SCOTT Plasma and rode near the front of the race.  Raelert would linger in front of me for the next 10 miles, slowly pulling away from not just me, but the entire field.  When Joe Gambles took over 2nd place Raelert was just visible on the rolling terrain of Wildflower’s bike course.  That was as close as anyone got all day.  Leading to some talk around the water cooler that Raelert may be one of the best triathletes to come along in a while.  It’s true; the guy seemingly has no weakness and is firing on all cylinders at the moment.

The next guys to join me on this lovely bike course were Phillip Graves and Bjorn Anderssen.  What surprised me was that I was strong enough to repass them going up some of the hills.  Keeping them nearby for several miles amounted to an eagle feather in my Indian head dress.  Next to join the party was Martin Jensen, Rasmus Henning and Eneko Llanos.  We rode just off the pace of the leaders who were tantalizing close up the road.  It wasn’t long before these guys made a move to bridge up to them.  I passed Rasmus, trying to go with them.  Immediately after this I heard Rasmus being yelled at by a motorcycle referee.  Sure enough, moments later he was nowhere to be seen…stuck serving his penalty for failing to stagger after I passed him.  It shouldn’t have affected me in the slightest but it seemed to take some wind out of my sail.  For the next 20 miles I rode solo in no-mans-land.  Two more riders went by during this time Maik Twelsiek from Germany and Conrad Stoltz from South Africa.  Stoltz flew by like he had just stolen something.  He would go on to catch the leaders and post the 2nd fastest bike split of the day to….you guessed it…Raelert.

At mile 40 begins the ‘Nasty Grade’ climb.  I had strategically planned finishing my nutrition at this point only to find that it was no longer on my bike.  Oops.  Big oops.  This could have psyched me out for the rest of the race but I let it float away on the next breeze and charged up nasty grade.  Rasmus caught back up at this point and it was nice to share some suffering.  I picked up my pace keeping Rasmus at bay and even putting a little time into him by the end of the bike.  It seemed I got a second wind on the bike even without my nutrition.

Getting a second wind climbing 'Nasty Grade'

Getting a second wind climbing Nasty Grade

Just as we crested the final big climbs shortly past Nasty Grade, Maik, finished serving a penalty of his own.  It helped for two reasons…knowing that he must have bridged up to the leaders to obtain his penalty and for having another strong rider to pace off of.  With renewed energy I was able to pass Maik in the final miles of the bike and finish stronger than I would have had he not been there to challenge me.

T2 went fast; gracefully slipping on my SCOTT T2’s helped the situation.  In fact, it was fast enough to keep Rasmus from catching me on the run for almost 2 miles!  I ran with him for the next few miles and kept him on the horizon until mile 9 where he sped up and I slowed down a bit.  For 80% of the run I ran stride for stride with Maik.  Running on rough hilly trails with big stones slowed the progress.  A patch of vibrant yellow wildflowers radiated an image in my brain and their energy gave me strength. 

Coming down the long descent of the ‘pit’ to mile 10, knowing you have to climb right back up it can be mentally draining.  A lot of action took place at the U-turn at the bottom of this hill.  Joe Umphenour ran us down just as we closed in and passed the ‘caveman’ Conrad.  A few minutes later I started to feel the day’s effort and was thankful the race finish was near.  I let any thoughts of running down Joe and Maik go and focused on staying strong to the finish.  The last mile forced one to endure a steep descent down Lynch Hill.  An effort that had my hips and shins shrieking for mercy.  I ‘heard’ footsteps coming all the way down the hill…but when I got to the bottom nobody was there. 

Elation takes over as one nears the finish to a successful test of the heart.  Years of experience moved my body over land and sea today with some of the better athletes on the planet and again the joy set in.  I am thrilled with a ninth place finish while being the 2nd American, qualifying me for the the 2010 ITU Long Course World Championship U.S.A Team.

Inside Triathlon Magazine Article:

2010 Wildflower Triathlon Festival:
 
 

 

Check out our coverage from the 2010 Wildflower Triathlon Festival
Slowtwitch Article: Raelert, Dibens dominate Wildflower

RESULTS

Read more: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2010/05/news/michael-raelert-julie-dibens-win-2010-avia-wildflower-triathlon_9230#ixzz0oFGdyoec

 

 

Finishing the Lyle Pearson Spring Road Series

April 24, 2010 started a series of races that would be the culmination of what I had been preparing for all winter long…some killer triathlon races.  That Saturday was the Jason Broome (also known as the ‘Windy TT’) 10 mile time trial.  With some extremely talented local bike racers this promised to be a great test.  A simple out and back course with the first 5 miles being slightly downhill and this year had a hefty tail wind.  Feeling like my SCOTT Plasma had a built in engine I reached the turnaround in under 9 minutes!  Then, the true grit your teeth, burn your thighs, hold your form, quiet your mind, and turn over that crank time trial began.  Up the false flat into a strong wind made one feel like they were biking underwater.  When I finished in 22:30 my quads were screaming at me.  Perfect; that we’ll get them ready for the big race 7 days later at Wildflower.

April 25th was the much anticipated Emmett Roubaix 60 mile road race.  This race consisted of two loops with about a mile of gnarly gravel road that caused you to fish tail, eat dust, and strain muscles.  This was the 5th race in the series and I had a descent lead in the overall general classification.  My plan was to play it safe and get a ‘good’ ride in with Wildflower only 6 days away I didn’t want to over-do-it.

A little over an hour into the race we reach the first gravel section and things heat up instantly.  It’s all about finding a good line.  Riding through several inches of stones would slow your speed to the point of losing your balance.  It felt like what I imagined taking one of those run away truck ramps with deep gravel to slow down a Semi with no brakes would be.  At first I seemed to get hammered losing ground to the peloton.  But then I found a nice line on the far left of the road with more dirt than gravel and decided to attack the guys.  I flew by them while they looked on in dismay on the far right side of the road.  Here we go I thought…let’s splinter the group.  Then, fish tailing all over the place.  Man, I hit some deep gravel…nooo, I had a rear flat.  Luckily, nobody was behind me and I pulled off to the side of the road.  I watched the riders go by licking their chops.  I took off my wheel and held it high waiting for the wheel car to catch up.

I grabbed my wheel and quickly put it on.  Then, I realized it wasn’t my wheel and tried to take it off but I stumbled and the chain came off the crank.  Forget it.  It would take another minute to change wheels again.  I fixed the chain and hoped the gearing would work well enough.

The peloton was gone.  I rode a couple hundred meters and was out of the gravel but my chain was skipping.  Guess I lost the ability for smooth shifting too.  Steadying myself, it was time to calm the mind and limit my losses, the race had just gotten much harder than I anticipated.

Being only 6 days out from the Long Course Wildflower Triathlon my main objective was to stay healthy for that, ie no bonking or crazy hard efforts that would leave my legs aching all week.  Well, I accomplished one of my goals.  Riding the second loop it took about 10 miles to finally catch up to a couple riders that had lost contact with the group.  Taking a short pause on their wheel helped recharge, but I still had a lot of time to make up and charged ahead.  My legs were definitely suffering and they were going to be very upset when this was over.

It went like this for the remainder of the race, catching some riders here and there but never seeing the lead group again.  It was a hard solo effort but I only lost a few minutes and was able to maintain my overall win for the GC of the Lyle Pearson Spring Series.  Did I mention I love bike racing…even the hard days like that are character builders.  Next up, Wildflower in 132 hours….yikes need some big time leg recovery.

Jason Broome TT Results

Emmett Roubaix Results