In the dark I paw at my nightstand. For some reason I can never seem to find my phone which serves as my alarm clock, and this morning is no different. After silencing the alarm, I reach for a pulse oximeter that I slip on my finger, and then I allow my self to doze. Moments later the phone goes off again. Before silencing it I glance at the device on my finger and note my resting pulse and O2 saturation. Then it’s off to the bathroom to take care of business and get a morning weight.
Today, like most days, I am up much earlier than I have to be. I don’t need to be to work for at least two-and-a-half hours, and it is only a few minutes drive to get there. I am up because I need and depend on a little adventure before I get to the office. My most common form of adventure is running, and I run just about everyday. Most days, I run twice. Several times a week, on top of all the running, I do some strength training. The hours of training add up. I am often told I am crazy, too driven, even obsessed. To that I smile and nod, maybe I am all of those things, but it is how I maintain balance, sanity.
The demands I place on my body are high. I ask; no, I require, that it gets up early, runs, works all day, runs again, lifts, and plays with my girls before I allow it to sleep prior to starting again the next day. My body is required to run far, fast, and on difficult terrain. Every once in a while I toe the line of an ultra, or a tough mountain race, or some other super challenging adventure that requires an even higher demand of my body. Because of the workload, I have to make sure that I take care of my body. Food is though of as fuel, and I strive for only the best fuels. I am very fortunate to work with First Endurance. They produce some of the very finest sources of fuel, electrolyte mixes, and recover drinks available to athletes today. I have written in the past about how I use many of their products, including the infamous slurry that fueled my entire Wasatch 100 a few years ago. Daily, I take MultiV, a multivitamin that was developed to meet the needs of athletes that push themselves on a daily basis. Almost all my workouts involve EFS or EFS LS, and regularly I use Ultragen to recover after the hard workouts.
Daily adventure, whether big or small, is critical to my existence. Without the products from First Endurance what I do would probably still be possible, but it would be much more difficult. With regular use of their products I can fuel well during workouts, which allows for less “going to the well” and tapping into deep reserves. I recover quicker by replenishing what is used during hard workouts with Ultragen. Optygen and MultiV give my body the building blocks for continuous improvement. I am very grateful to be able to work with a company that, in my mind, leads all other sports nutrition companies and allows me to punish my body on a daily basis for the sake of my need for adventure.