Interview; Heleen Bij de Vaate before the big race!
1. How often have you been to Kona before?
I’ve been in Kona for 4 times. 2006 (13th) 2008 (29th) 2009 (did not start because of injury) 2010 (9th)
2. Could you give us some insight into your training until Kona?
This summer I did 2 Ironmans within 3 weeks time, IM Austria and IM Frankfurt. So after Frankfurt I took a little break to reload my body. At the moment I’m in some big weeks training to prepare for my 16 day training camp on altitude in the Sierra Nevada, Spain. This works very well for me. I will come back from altitude 2 and a half weeks for the race. It is exactly the same as I did last year.
3. Are you planning any races before the World Championships?
Yes, this weekend I will do a race in Cambrai, France (a half Ironman distance). This will be a training race, because I don’t taper for this race. The week after I will do triathlon Gerardmer also a half IM distance.
4.How is Xendurance helping you during your training, maybe especially during your peak weeks.
As a professional triathlete you are always balancing on the edge. It is important to stay at the right side of the edge and not fall down. I use everyday the Vital 40. This helps me to stay healthy and it really works.
I also use xendurance everyday. I take 2 times a day 3 tablets. And it helps me to push me through hard sessions. In peak weeks I do a lot of hard sessions and with xendurance I can dig deeper with less muscle pain. And xendurance helps me also with my recovery. So for me there is no excuse to NOT use Xendurance. If you want to get all out of your training then it is a helpful supplement.
Sunday and my friend Kenji took these great photos at the local short track race the next day. I am currently leading that series. You are free to use any of these photos just credit Kenji Sugahara. He can also provide higher resolution shots if need be.
The supplements are working great with my CPAP therapy. Seems like the higher does of Omegas and the Extreme Immune are a dynamite combo for relieving the chronic fatgue and inflammation that has set in over the last few years. Finally I feel some of my “old” form coming back–hopefully in time for some big results before the end of the year!
Thanks again for all the support. I couldn’t have made it without you guys this year!
After the Outlaw Iron Distance race, I needed just 24 hours to get back into training. However I feel that I need to report back on some EE usage.
I took a break for a week and then had a training holiday in France. I spent a few days mountain biking in the alps but also went for a good 2 hour alpine run. The next day my legs were in bits. Despite cold pools, compression gear etc, it took me 4 days to be able to walk again.
Back on the extreme endurance it was and after 5 days there, my training started properly. 663 miles on the bike in 8 days for some extreme training and with that some 3-4 hour alpine runs. I made a point of sprinting down some of the mountains, real fell running stuff that should have ruined me for the rest of the week. Despite feeling tired, Extreme Endurance delivered and I could not only walk the next day, but run and continue 100 mile bike rides.
My major race of the year is one week away. The European Long Distance champs in Finland. I’m aiming for nothing less than a win.
Extreme Endurance has been an outstanding addition to my overall training routine. As an age-grouper, I have to balance my training with graduate school, work, and so many other “general life” obligations. To those ends, it becomes critical to take a quality over quantity approach to workouts. Extreme Endurance allows me to recover faster from hard efforts, making it much easier to ensure critical quality without needing massive training volume. That said, make sure to still build in recovery!
In addition to the enhanced recovery between workouts, I have noticed a marked difference in the last 10% of workouts – the body just seems more willing to hold threshold pace and power levels. This makes sense, given the product’s effectiveness in combating the ill-effects of lactic acid by-products.
As I look forward to the second half of the season, my approach and goals around races have shifted from winning my age-group to finishing on the overall podium. This is a big-step toward my longer term goal of reaching elite-status, and I’m thankful to have Extreme Endurance to support the training required for this transition in both mindset and results.
Multisport Athlete, Member of Team USA Duathlon, Graduate Student at the University of Michigan