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Louis Therien

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Louis lives in Ottawa and works for the government of Canada as a Senior Human Resource advisor.  He’s an avid athlete who has traveled extensively to enjoy and compete in triathlons and is a member of our DO MORE Team.

He sent us this note after coming back from training:

“As you know I’m a huge believer in the product and haven’t stopped using it since day 1!  Always talk about it. Just came back from Maui with my coach Phil Bertrand at the beginning of Jan.  What a crazy place!!”

Last year, Louis placed third overall in the amateur field at the Rev3 Half Iron.  He also finished in 04:36:56 at Mt. Tremblant 70.3, placing him 4th in the highly competitive M25-29 category. The season has started early this year having already raced the San Juan 70.3.

You can read more about Chasing the Dream at: loutherien.blogspot.ca

We’ve also posted his favourite snack: Peanut butter coconut oatmeal cookies

Louis manages to DO MORE with the help of 7SYSTEMS.


Crawling, Joe Rizzi still finishes Ironman Hawaii in 10:21

Despite a race that didn’t go so well from the start, Joe still finished in 10:21.  A long time users of 7SYSTEMS, he showed a true DO MORE attitude.  You need to read his full story to understand how this incredible story unfolded, and finished.
“I knew on the start line it was going to be a long day. I started to throw up towards the end of the bike, I think I rode the last 20-30 km out of the aero position, I didn’t think it was a good idea to start the run because I was getting dizzy spells and my ears were ringing w/ less than 10k to go on the bike. But I did anyways, the first couple miles were tough but at the third aid station I took in some coke (something I never do during a race) that made all the difference and I was off and running 7:20 – 7:40 miles for the next 13–14 miles. Then it all fell part again, crawled in to a disappointing 10:21. Oh well next year.”
“Going into the race I was in better shape than I was in Tremblant, my taper was bang on, so I was expecting around the same result or a bit faster, depending on weather conditions of course, the wind can be brutal. The race is so long you never know what to expect.”


Ron Slack- Escape from Alcatraz race report from WIN MORE STUFF Winner

THANK YOU to 7SYSTEMS for the opportunity to run in San Francisco.

It was definitely a check mark on the bucket list which I would do it again. On race day the water temps that I was worried about were gone once in the water. It was a different way to start a swim most definitely (jumping off a boat). As most, I found the bike course very challenging due to the hills and sharp turns on the bottom of some. Which limited the speed one could obtain on the back side. The run was the most fun for me with the beach run and sand stairs. I will take all the ups and downs of this race and use them for  the next, which is next weekend here in Edmonton and then on to Ironman Canada.


Richard Weber- Kite Skiing to the South Pole

On Nov 16, 2011 a team of six adventurers flew to the continent of Antarctica. The team led by Richard Weber (Canada), and included Chris De Lapuente (Britain); Kathy Braegger and Ruth Storm (USA); Michael Archer (New Zealand). On November 22, the team started skiing from the Ronne Ice Shelf at a location called the “Messner Start”, 900 km from the South Pole. The team pulled all their supplies in sleds. Kathy Braegger had really bad luck when she developed an internal infection on the second day and had to be evacuated.  The team took the most direct route that crossed two crevasse areas. Both these regions were crossed without any incident. On day 23, Chris fell and injured his leg. He struggled on, limping badly for five more days. It became clear that not only the injury was getting worse but it was becoming extremely serious. He was evacuated after skiing about 600 km. One month later, he is still walking with crutches. After 38 days, Richard, Michael and Ruth reached the Pole. Ruth returned from the Pole by aircraft.

At the Pole, there was a re-supply of equipment. Richard and Michael spent two days re-arranging their equipment. After a frustrating period waiting four days for wind, Michael and Richard started their kite-skiing journey 1130 km back to the edge of the continent. The South Pole is at an altitude of almost 10,000 feet. Cold air flows from the Pole down toward sea level. But in the area of the Pole with are unpredictable. Richard and Michael spent ten days kiting and another three days waiting for wind. Most kiting days they covered about one degree of latitude. Their best day was 240km. They reached Hercules Inlet on the 57th day, January 17, 2012.

Travelling across Antarctica is in many ways boring; endless white, no wildlife, the Messner Route has almost no mountain scenery. Yet, Antarctica is so vast, huge, pristine (except for the US base at the South Pole), and snow surfaces are always changing. From the start to the South Pole the climb is almost 10,000 feet but it is mind boggling to think that all that climb is on top of ice. The South Pole is located on 10,000 feet of ice. It is an amazing journey. It is a long way, yet we touched just a small section of the continent.

The kite-skiiing was often frustrating because of a lack of wind and the fact we did not have all the correct equipment. At the same time, when the wind was good, flying across the surface of Antarctica was an amazing exhilarating experience. We are a couple of men aged 50 plus, with limited kite-skiing experience yet we covered over 1100 km in ten days of kiting. This year other kiting expeditions completed amazing treks, thousand of kilometres in short periods to time. No questions kite-skiing will become more and more popular in Antarctic and other parts of the world were conditions are right. I feel that I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to traverse this unique landscape at the bottom of the world

Richard Weber is a world leader in polar expeditions. He has trekked to the North Pole more times than anyone in history. In 1995, he completed the only expedition to reach the North Pole and return with no outside assistance. He holds the records for the fastest North and South Pole expeditions in the Guinness Book of Records.

Read more about Richard’s adventure and the 7 items that were most critical to his Polar Expedition including 7SYSTEMS>>>

 


Linnea Humphrey Makes the Podium in Kona

The Ironman World Championship held annually in Kona has been a pilgrimage of mine for the past 10 years – mostly to race, but to also to support, watch and cheer others.  Any number of ironman triathletes will tell you that racing on the Big Island is a personal goal – a goal that takes time, dedication, talent, money and most importantly, good health.

My road to Kona this year actually started in the summer of 2010.  After a difficult race in Kona in 2009 I decided to not “chase a spot” for 2010, but instead to focus my training on having an “A” race at Ironman Florida in November.  While racing at the end of the season gives the benefit of having a full summer of training, it also means some time inside cycling and running once the poor weather hits. Being in close contact with others during inside training sessions can often lead to ill health, but I made it to IMFlorida healthy and ready to have a great race, which I did in finishing in 9:58 – 2nd amateur woman and 10th woman overall.

Fast forward to the summer of 2011, and the European Ironman Championship was the next marker in my trajectory towards Kona.  Unfortunately, Germany was not having the best weather and race week, as well as race day, was cold, wet and windy.  Again, my health stood up to the test, and I finished that race with a time of 10:17 which was fast enough to win my new age-group, place 10th amateur woman, and 20th woman overall.

And so came Kona 2011.  Despite a longer than normal (for me) recovery time from Ironman German, I arrived in Kona ready to chase my long-standing goal – to have a podium finish.  Race day was a mixed bag of conditions with swim currents and waves that resulted in a slower times for a lot of racers, but with advantages to be found on the bike with less wind than normal.  The run was hot and with little wind made it difficult for many competitors.  While I suffered the symptoms of heat exhaustion in the last 9 miles of the run, I was able to keep my position having moved up progressively during the day to finish in 2nd in my AG!!!

7 SYSTEMS has been a constant in my preparation, recovery and overall maintenance of health over the past 12 months and an important part of my successes.  Thanks 7 SYSTEMS!


Linnea Humphrey’s Double Win

I FINALLY, won my Age Group at an Ironman. 

Glenn and I raced the European Ironman Championship in Frankfurt on July 24th.  Not only did I win my AG, but I was first Master’s, and 9th amateur woman over all.  Oh, and Glenn proposed at the finish line!

(Congrats to both Linnea Humphrey and Glenn Rossitter)


Mark Naphin

You want to know how 7systems helped me do more? How about getting me through the Canadian Death Race with a stress fracture in my ankle! Just this past weekend I partook in the Canadian Death Race and was able to haul my self to the finish line in a time of 23 hours and 16 minutes. I am proud to say I finished 116 out of 360 racers and I did it all with a stress fracture in my navicular bone of which I suffered two weeks prior to the race.

If you are not familiar with the Death Race it is a 125km ultra running event in Grande Cache Alberta. It has 17000 feet of vertical over 3 mountains. Only one third of the 360 racers actually finished the race and the conditions this year were terrible. I got poured on for around 12 hours. All through the night and into the next morning. Through rain slick rocks and muddy so slippery you had to crawl at points I still made it through and my energy levels were up and I felt pretty damn solid the whole way through.

I was able to keep a positive frame of mind and my body held up with flying colours. One of the most impressive things about 7SYSTEMS for me was not so much the race but the recovery, 3 days out my legs feel great and all soreness has dissipated. Thanks allot for a great product.


Dina Altayeb

Dina is an inspirational triathlete. She resides in Saudi Arabia and the combination of environmental and cultural barriers poses a challenge. She overcomes this by spending most of her time training indoors on a treadmill or computrainer. Dina travels frequently to train and compete outdoors in other locations.  

Dina started competing in triathlons ten years ago and has her sights set on making it to the Hawaii Ironman World Championships.  She has finished many triathalons including Ironman Canada, Ironman Lake Placid and most recently the Long Course triathlon in Abu Dhabi.  In this most recent triathlon she finished 5th in her age group.  Her commitment and motivation reminds us not to take the moderate climate we live and train in for granted. Dina has been a 7SYSTEMS user since the very beginning and we wish her luck on her journey to Hawaii.


Annamay Pierse- World Record Holder

Annamay is a member of Canada’s national swim team and the current world record holder for the women’s 200m breaststroke (short course).  She was a member of the Canadian Olympic team in Beijing in 2008 and is currently preparing for London in 2012.  

Annamay was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. Currently she resides in Vancouver,BC and attends The University of British Columbia. Annamay has 5 sisters, of which she is the oldest, and 2 brothers. All the sisters are competitive swimmers!  

Placing first at the Canadian Olympic trails in 100m breaststroke qualified her for the Summer Olympic games in Beijing in 2008. Annamay placed 6th in the 200m breaststroke and placed 7th in 4X100m medley relay as a member of the canadian team in Beijing.  Annamay is one of the new members of the 7SYSTEMS 2011 Pro Team.


Shaun Taylor

Shaun Taylor is a bit crazy.  He likes to get on his mountain bike and keep riding it until he can ride no longer.  Sometimes that means 24 hours straight…sometimes 48 hours.  Shaun also runs his own coaching business (check out Forward Momentum Coaching in Alberta) and is the father of two boys and was a long-time member of the military.  In October, Shaun represented Team Canada at the World Solo 24hr MTB Championships in Australia. He finished 3rd in the 45-49 age group with 19 laps, placing him amongst the top amateur riders!   This was his third podium finish in the past four years at Worlds.  Shaun put in this amazing performance despite breaking his seat post after 300kms of racing and having to ride an entire lap (45 mins) with his seat post and saddle in his back pockets. As he says… “45mins of no seat post racing after already completing 20hrs of racing is HARD”.  Shaun relied on 7SYSTEMS to help him stay healthy in his preparations.

 “7SYSTEMS has managed to keep me going at approx 20hrs of in saddle training per week. I regularly test the limits of my immune system and 7SYSTEMS helps me hold off those colds that I can feel are otherwise around the corner. I really like how easy it makes managing my cupboard full of supplements now and packing them for Canberra was a breeze.”

Read more about Shaun’s 24 Hour Solo adventure at his BLOG. 


Linnea Humphrey Scores at Florida Ironman

Here is the latest news from “Linnea Racing”…

“I competed in Ironman Florida on Nov 6th and had a spectacular race for me.  I finished in 9:58:09, swim of :59, bike of 5:19 (ok, that wasn’t so great), and a run of….. get this… 3:29!!!
 
I was second amateur woman, 10th woman overall, and 2nd in my Age Group (who would have guessed that the two fastest amateur women would both be 40-44 argh!  We were also the only amateur women to go under 10hrs).  My run time was also the 3rd fastest female amateur split.
 
I have to tell you that Glenn was sick for two weeks before the race, and I was with him when he was most contagious…and while I didn’t feel totally awesome the few days leading up to the race, I never got sick and by Thursday I felt fine (so I think was like a factor of taper fatigue).
 
Anyway, in part 7SYSTEMS is to thank for getting me to the line healthy, uninjured and ready to go.”


Kevin White

Age…37
Occupation…Firefighter Captain
Sport…Triathlon (completed 2 Ironman distance races in 2009 but currently focusing on the half Ironman distance)
 
“A couple of months ago when I was sitting around after a training session with some of my triathlon friends talking about what’s new or hot in supplements, one of my friends mentioned the amazing results they were getting from 7 Systems and suggested I try it.  I was complaining about feeling lethargic and having trouble waking up in the morning and therefore not pushing through my workouts with the appropriate effort.  I went to the website and checked it out including reading some of the testimonials.  It sounded like the right product for me…so I went ahead and ordered a supply.  After a couple of months taking 7SYSTEMS I wake up earlier, with more energy and definitely don’t feel lethargic anymore.  I am getting WAY more out of my training sessions and continue to have increased stamina and speed.
 
I work as a career Firefighter Captain and parent a very supportive daughter (Jessica 13 years old).  Over the past several years I have competed in dozens of triathlons from sprints to Ironmans but find the Ironman 70.3 distance best suits my lifestyle.   
 
I raced the second half of my season while taking 7SYSTEMS and had personal bests in all disciplines of the half ironman distance…including taking a full 13 mins off my half marathon run split.  I reached my season goal and qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater which is coming up November 13th.  Thanks to 7SYSTEMS I can definitely DO MORE!!”

Post Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

After a tough swim in the ocean, Kevin hammered on the bike at nearly a 37 kmph average pace for his fastest bike leg ever.  That set him up a run that kept him on pace.  He ended up beating his goal with a finishing time of 4:58!


Mike Bosch

Five years ago, 37 year-old Mike Bosch was nearing 240lbs and decided it was time to turn his health around.  Fast forward five years and Mike is now 148lbs and entering his 5th year of running.  Each year since 2005 Mike has logged more miles and gotten faster, setting new PBs over every distance he chooses to compete at.  In 2009 Mike ran 3:08:46 at the Buffalo marathon in the spring and then 2:56:09 in the fall at Good Life Toronto.  This spring he lowered his marathon PB to 2:48:30 at Mississauga, finishing 12th overall and 3rd master.   

Mike has worked hard during those 5 years, putting in an increasing number miles and some tough speed work sessions as he gained fitness in a well planned progressive program under the watchful eye of a coach.  Mike’s goal is to crack 2:40 in the marathon and is focused on doing everything he can to reach that goal.  Mike knows it is hard to push his body to its limits if you don’t treat it well, so he tries to sleep as much as possible and maximize downtime to ensure his body gets enough recovery.  Mike also pays close attention to his nutrition with the help of 7SYSTEMS.  Prior to using 7SYSTEMS, Mike would always come down with a cold right when his training program would hit the heaviest point but since starting on the product in the spring of 2009 he has not been sick once even though his training program keeps getting harder and longer.


Linnea Humphrey

Linnea began doing triathlon in 1992 and did her first Ironman in 1999.  Now at the age of 44 and after almost 20 years in the sport this Toronto area resident has completed 17 Ironman races and countless others at various distances.  Despite the many years in the sport, Linnea keeps getting faster and is matching or bettering times she did over a decade ago. 

 
Her fabulous result at Ironman Brazil this year and her positive outlook and ability to always find a way to DO MORE certainly says something about her ability her ability to stay healthy.  Linnea started training for Brazil in mid January on her bike trainer and the treadmill, usually in cramped quarters at the spin studio or the gym combined with a couple of warm weather cycling camps down south.  With the help of 7SYSTEMS she managed to stay injury and sickness free the entire winter and spring and hit the starting line ready to go.  This solid block of un-interupted training paid off with a 10:16 finish at IM Brazil, which put her 12th female overall and 5th female amateur.
 
 
“I believe that 7SYSTEMS helps keep my immune system strong so I can maintain my health and maximize recovery thereby staying injury free.”
 


Richard Weber- Setting another North Pole Record

On March 3rd, Richard Weber and his son, Tessum Weber along with international adventurers, David Pierce Jones and Howard Fairbanks embark on a trek to the Geographic North Pole. The 750 km trek from northern Canada is the toughest trek on the planet.  This is Richard’s seventh full-length expedition to the North Pole and Tessum’s first expedition to the North Pole.   On April 14, 2010 they reached the North Pole in 41 days 18 hours 52 minutes.   They used 7SYSTEMS daily. 

“It’s an amazing experience that is hard to describe in a few words. I think Howard best described it when he said : Some of the best moments are taken from the worst times.  Mother Nature throws everything possible at you; storms, negative drift, whiteout, thin ice, high winds, extreme cold. You name it, we survived it.  Our team was strong, we worked together well…during the last 5 days, we only slept 11 hours in order to best the southern drift and reach the Pole as expediently as possible.

With the support 7SYSTEMS provided our bodies during the expedition, I now want to start offering it to all the polar expeditions I train.  I really believe it makes a difference.”

7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your athletic career?

RW: In 1995 my Russian friend and I skied from Canada to the North Pole and back to Canada with no outside assistance. It took 122 days. It is the only (verified) expedition ever to go to the Pole and return without outside assistance.

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

RW: Great things are done by a series of small steps brought together.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

RW: At my age I do not have to kick my ass – it comes naturally.

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

RW: Roald Amundsen. “Adventure is bad planning”

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

RW: A survival book!

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

RW: Nachos

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

RW: Les Fougeres in Chelsea Quebec is my favourite restaurant.

Read more about the Weber Actic Expedition to the North Pole.


Jen MacLean

After having H1N1 in the fall, Jen was looking for a supplement to help her meet the extensive demands of working full-time and training. Having heard positive things about 7SYSTEMS, and knowing several athletes on the 7SYSTEMS team, she decided to try it. Despite Jen’s daily exposure to germs and viruses at work,  she has been in perfect health since starting with 7SYSTEMS, and she couldn’t be happier with the effect that it has had on both her training and overall health.

Jen knows a lot about health.  After spending her high school years competing in multiple team sports, Jen went to Queen’s University, where she competed on the varsity cross-country and swim teams. It was during this time that she joined the triathlon club, and began to focus her athletic attention on triathlon. While in her third year at Queen’s, Jen accompanied a friend to a World University Games qualifying race, and ended up earning herself a spot. This first international exposure gained her entry to the National Triathlon Centre, where she remained  a resident athlete from 2000-2004. During this time she raced ITU events around the world, with results including 3rd place at Canadian Elite Nationals, 1st at University Championships, and ITU finishes as high as 8th. Jen twice qualified to represent Canada at Elite U23 World Championships, and was later a member of the Canadian National Development Team. After taking five years off of racing triathlons to do her Master’s and start her career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Jen has recently returned to triathlon, and is training with Human Powered Racing in Victoria BC.


Joe Rizzi

rizzis-in-hawaiiJoe Rizzi does more! He is the proud father of two active girls aged 5 and 6. He owns and operates a plumbing business that employs 10 people and works long days often doing hard physical work.

Joe busted his butt all year in the hopes of making it to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Joe wakes up at 4am to fit in all his training before a hectic day of work and time with the family. He is proud of the fact that he rarely, if ever, misses one of his girls swim, dance or soccer practices or events.

In 2009 he reached his goal and qualified for Hawaii at Ironman Lake Placid. Joe finished the gruelling course in 9 hours 51 minutes and 40 seconds which landed him 31st overall and 4th in his age group!

He went on to finish Ironman Hawaii in an inspiring time of 10:10:26.

Joe manages to DO MORE with the help of 7SYSTEMS.


Simon Whitfield- World Class Triathlete, Olympian, Father

whitfield-podium3“Three Olympic Games, dozens of ITU races, a new baby and let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger…. but the competition is.  As an athlete I need to ensure that my body is in peak form for all of my races.  And, as a dad, I need to make sure that I have the energy to train as hard as before and still have energy to play with my daughter.  7SYSTEMS endurance sports supplement is the perfect supplement for my new life.  I am a pro at preparing for races but preparing for fatherhood was a whole other thing.  With 7SYSTEMS I’m ready for a couple of sleepless nights, hours at the playground and an intense 2012 training program!”

Simon has been a world-class athlete for over ten years. He is a three-time Olympian and has won both Gold and Silver medals for Canada.

www.simonwhitfield.blogspot.com

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Lauren Groves- Olympian

lauren1_vantriworlds“I’ll be the first to admit that I have always been a little skeptical about supplements. I have always been a believer that simply eating a nutrient-dense diet and eating the right foods at the right time was all that was necessary to perform at a high level in our sport. At the end of my 2007 season I decided to take a closer look at my diet and recovery nutrition as the Olympics were on the horizon and I want to be sure I have done absolutely everything in my power to be ready when I start that race. I had heard positive things about 7SYSTEMS from friends and training partners so I decided to test it out during my winter training block. It was a huge load of training so it really gave me the chance to put 7SYSTEMS to the test. Within a week of taking it, I started to notice differences in my recovery and energy levels. I have never been much of a morning person but I started to find myself more energized and motivated at the start of each morning swim. Plus, I managed to escape catching some colds that were lingering around this winter, which rarely happens when I’m training hard.”

“Thank you to 7systems for helping get me to the start line in Beijing healthy and ready to race. Now I am hoping it will help me heal faster. My disappointment in Beijing has only motivated me even more for London 2012. I look forward to working with 7systems to help achieve that goal.”

Lauren Groves is one of Canada’s most accomplished triathletes.  She is a National Champion and top five finisher at the World Triathlon Championships in 2006.  Her career is highlighted by being named and competing at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.  After her spectacular crash in Bejing Lauren is focused on recovering and getting ready for London 2012.

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Jeremy Thompson

jeremy-t-success-storyJeremy is someone who tries to do more in everything he does. He is a father who just welcomed his 3rd child, is a Managing Director at one of Canada’s top private equity firms, and is always ranked near the top of Toronto’s most competitive club squash ladders. His prowess on the squash courts got him onto the Queen’s Varsity squash team. His racquet skills, agility and strategic thinking continue to make him highly competitive on a doubles court, with an Ontario and National B Doubles title to his credit. He’s a great example of balancing life’s priorities while trying to do more in every aspect of his life.

“Between work, travel and family, making time for squash matches can be a challenge but it is something I work hard at as it really improves my outlook. Missing playing because of fatigue or illness is something I try hard to avoid so I started using 7SYSTEMS. It definitely made me feel better and I avoided getting sick. I ran out of 7SYSTEMS towards the end of the year and forgot to put in a new order with the birth of our newborn. Low and behold I got sick over the holidays. I remembered that I needed to get back on 7SYSYEMS and the team got me some more product really fast. I am back on it, feeling great and looking forward to my next match.”

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Malcolm Howard

malcolm_nologoMalcolm Howard burst onto the international rowing scene in 2003 by winning the under 23 World Championships in the heavyweight 8 category. Malcolm has been one of the powerhouses of the Canadian National Rowing Team.  That’s what happens when you train as hard as he does, stand 6’6″ and weigh close to 260lbs.  Based out of Victoria, B.C. he has gone on to win numerous other World Championships and a Gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  In fact, he has so much power that he snaps bike cranks on a regular basis.

Most recently Malcolm took gold in the men’s singles race at the National Rowing Championships in London, Ont.

“7SYSTEMS   has really helped keep my health in top form so I could come to the National Rowing Championships in top form this year.  It’s been a tough year for me after cracking my ribs.  So not getting sick as I quickly tried to get back into rowing shape has been paramount.  The great thing is that 7SYSTEMS co-founder Jasper Blake has also been helping me with my general conditioning with some fantastic bike rides around Victoria.  It’s great being recognized with my selection for the PRO TEAM!”

Malcolm is focused on winning at the 2012 London Olympics.

7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?

MH: Winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics!

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

MH: “Be persistent.” Harry Parker. Not a man for many words, be persistant was often the whole pre-race talk from our coach Harry when I was racing for Harvard University. A legendary figure in collegiate athletics, Harry was a master putting a lot of meaning in very few words.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

MH: My motivation is always to get stronger and faster. On those miserable days when I want to stay in bed, I remind myself that we train in any weather because we know our competition will stay indoors when it gets too cold or windy out.

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

MH: Jasper Blake. No really…I have always looked up to Silken Laumann. I have heard many stories about her determination and perseverance in her training and racing. She came back from several difficult injuries to still compete and race at a very high level. Not only that, she trained under my coach, Mike Spracklen, a grueling taskmaster who trains his athletes harder then anyone else in the world.

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

MH: Lord of the Rings, not just because it is so long.

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

MH: Mom’s homemade cookies, so good that you can’t only have one, or three, or four…

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

MH: So many to choose from, but recently, I would have to say Camille’s in Victoria BC. We had the Chef’s tasting menu which was excellent, amazing seafood and beef fillet all in one meal.

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Adam van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden

Adam is one of Canada’s most decorated athletes and a true champion in the sport of Kayak. He first got international recognition winning a bronze medal in the K-1 1000m at the 1999 world junior championships in Croatia, and transitioned to the senior ranks quickly by winning a silver at the 2003 world championships in Georgia in the K-1 1000m. At the 2004 Summer Olympics Van Koeverden won two medals, including a gold in the K-1 500m and a bronze in the K-1 1000m. He was Canada’s flag bearer at the closing ceremonies and was later awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete of 2004. Since then he has gone on to win several World Championships and beat his own world record in the K-1 500m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Despite spending a significant amount of time travelling the world as a Right to Play ambassador and breaking his ankle on a trip to the Grand Canyon earlier in the year, Adam was still able to claim bronze in the K-1 1000m at this year’s World Championships. Adam started using 7SYSTEMS several months ago after it was recommended to him by some fellow Olympians.

“I’m always skeptical about what supplements claim they can do, but I really like 7SYSTEMS. In fact I’m hooked. I’ve been using it now for over 3 months and I feel great. 7SYSTEMS helps me kick the jetlag I experience travelling for training and racing and is keeping me healthy…that’s exactly what I want my supplement to do for me.”


Erinne Willock

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Erinne Willock is one of Canada’s top female road cyclists.  She has represented Canada at numerous world championship and international games including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.  She currently races for both the Canadian National Team and Webcor, a professional womans team based in the USA.

Most recently, Erinne finished top 10 at the 2009 World Road Championships.  Erinne rode in the front pack, attempted several break-aways on the very tough 124km course and ended up in an incredible 7th place overall.  That’s and amazing finish considering she was competing against the best cyclists from around the world including the Swiss on their home turf in Mendrisio, Switzerland. 

“With the help of 7 SYSTEMS I was able to recover from Mono and then continue my training regime which landed me with my best ever finish at the World Championships.  I believe it eliminated all the guess work in taking vitamins because 7 SYSTEMS provided me with all I needed in 1 package.”
 
Erinne calls Victoria, B.C. home. To read her full Bio, visit her web-page at the Canadian Cycling Association.

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Bill Logie

Bill Logie has been an athlete all his life.   A former semi-professional soccer player, Bill now packs adventure racing, run and snowshoe races, mounatin biking, Xterra events and kite boarding into his busy life.  He balances this ‘play time’ with his Bay Street career as a highly successful stock trader.  We are confident saying Bill is one of the most diverse athletes Ontario has to offer, and 2009 was one his best racing seasons ever.  As one of the longest users of 7SYSTEMS we thought it would be appropriate to congratulate Bill on an amazing season. 
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“I never thought that as I turned 40 I would actually be getting stronger and stronger .  I started with a stellar snowshoeing season, setting a course record and beating one of my fiercest competitors in a 10km classic up and down the slopes of the Blue Mountains.  I then finished first and second in two running events and finished first in a Duke’s Epic 8 solo mountain bike race for my age (second overall, losing to a pro).  To top it all off, I had a great race at the Xterra World Championships in Hawaii, where I finished 13th out of 60 in my category on a gruelling course.
 
Throughout the season, I’ve felt my body recover each time I challenged it with a new workout or competition.  Most importantly, I never seemed to breakdown or get sick.  I’m confident 7SYSTEMS makes a big difference in my ability to stay healthy and recover by giving my body’s systems the support they needed.  7SYSTEMS works for me like no other supplement I’ve used before.  I am looking forward to what I can do as a 41 year old!”


David McGuire

August 2010

David defied the odds (read his story below) when he went on to run the Chicago Marathon and last year, and with the help of 7SYSTEMS, completed Ironman Canada.  Since then David has continued to DEMAND MORE from his body, training and completing the Goofy Challenge (an official event at the Disney marathon weekend consisting of a half marathon followed by a marathon the next day) earlier this year.  David is now in training for his biggest challenge yet…in 2011 David intends to run a marathon a day across Canada. 

June 2009

David McGuire has one of the most compelling stories we have ever heard. In 2005, David suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of blunt force trauma to his head. His brain started to swell so much that a large section of his skull had to be removed for 28 days causing him to have a massive stroke. As a result of this traumatic brain injury, David can no longer form new memories. Over the past few years David has done remarkably well despite this hurdle he has had to overcome. Doctors told him he would never walk or talk again yet he has defied those predictions and went on to run the Chicago Marathon and complete the Vancouver Triathlon. This year David is training hard in preparation for Ironman Canada 2009 in Penticton, BC on August 30th.

“7SYSTEMS has everything I need in one container. Could you find all the ingredients elsewhere? Probably. However you would have toimage-thumb1 spend a lot of time researching the ingredients and how much you need. As an athlete you have extra needs. These needs are not normally added to the ingredients list on the vitamins and supplements you find at the grocery store. They are prepared, and marketed for the averages. I am not average. 7SYSTEMS is more specific for the needs of someone who is pushing themselves hard physically, and I love how convenient the “one package daily” is. It makes things easy for me, and simplicity is one of the things I need in my life.”

To read more of David’s remarkable story you can visit his blog.


Megan Brown

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Megan Brown is one of Canada’s top female middle distance runners with many road, track and cross country victories to her name in distances ranging from 1500m to 10km in the past 5 years. Megan has been the Canadian InterUniversity Women’s Cross Country champion in each of the past two years and was touted by many to have a good chance at making Canada’s Olympic team for 2008. However, in her build up to the 2008 Olympic Trials, Megan became very sick and was later diagnosed as having Lyme disease. As a result, Megan was forced to take many months away from competitive training and racing so that her body could recover from the illness.

“Unfortunately in 2008, I wasn’t able to achieve my dream of representing my country at the Olympics. When I returned to competitive running in the fall of 2008, I had to face the reality that my body was far from 100% – I struggled with low energy, slow recovery times and frequent infections that kept me from achieving the level of training and racing that I was accustomed to. I did some research on nutritional supplements to see if I could find a product that might help me overcome these issues and that’s when I found out about 7SYSTEMS. I discussed the product with my doctor and my naturopath and they both recommended I try it. I have been taking 7SYSTEMS for several months now and I couldn’t be happier with the effect that it has had on both my training and overall health. I feel like a new woman.

I have been able to get my health back on track and I am excited to make a fresh start in my quest for 2012. I have a pretty rigorous training plan with lots of attention focused on recovery, and a key part of that is 7SYSTEMS. So far everything is going to plan as I build back to my pre- Lyme disease fitness. The fact that I was able to run 15 minutes for 5k and win the Canadian cross country champs still boggles my mind given how my body felt one year ago. I am really keen to see what I can in the next few years.”


Kyle Jones

7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?

KJ: 4th place Richards Bay World Cup

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

KJ: Do what you love.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

KJ: The Olympic Games

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

KJ: Larry Cain for his attitude and work ethic.

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

KJ: A book…really? Can I bring a soccer ball or something else to play with instead?

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

KJ: Doughnuts!

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

KJ: I once ate at a restaurant called Mama Rosa’s in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary for 7 days straight – some of the best pizza and pasta I’ve ever had!

p4260136Kyle Jones is a member of Canada’s National Elite Triathlon Team.  He has numerous top 10 finishes in World Cup competitions and is one of the favorites to represent Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“I’ve always tried my best to get all of my nutrient needs from the food I eat, but we all know it’s not always possible. So, this past winter I started experimenting with different vitamin supplements. I made a list of all the vitamins and minerals that I knew I couldn’t go without. Needless to say, it didn’t take long before I had a counter full of different products. It got a little confusing at times and certainly made it difficult to keep track of what I was taking and whether it was safe to use.

Then, just before we left for our National Team camp in Tucson, I got my hands on a container of 7SYSTEMS. I’ve been taking it for just over 6 weeks now and in this short time I have noticed a big difference in my recovery.  With 7SYSTEMS as a part of my daily routine, I know I am replenishing my body with all of the vitamins and minerals I need after a hard day of training.  Plus, all of the supplements are conveniently pre-packaged so there is no guessing as to what I need to take. This is especially useful for traveling, as there is no need for me to pack numerous bottles and containers when racing internationally on the ITU circuit.

I am very excited to be working with 7SYSTEMS in my lead up to the 2012 Games in London. They provide me with a safe, reliable product designed specifically for my needs as an endurance athlete.”

www.kylejones.ca

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Adam Campbell- Sub 2:30 marathon runner

adam22“So everyone is looking for the magic formula – how do I get faster and what can I take to improve my performance? The answer to these questions is easy.  Train more and train faster.

However if you are going to buy into that little motto, then you need to make sure that you are recovering between sessions. I think it was the US marathoner and Olympic medalist Deena Kastor who said “there is no such thing as over-training, just under-recovering”. A key element to recovery is through diet. Anyone who tells you otherwise is an idiot. How could diet not affect performance? It is the building block for your cells, muscles, bones, blood…As a hard training athlete, you are also more likely to leach essential nutrients and minerals from your body as you stress the system.

I have always enjoyed pursuing physical challenges, from Ironman racing to running marathons.  My new love and passion is mountain running. When I began training for the Jungfrau marathon, an uphill marathon with over 5000 feet of elevation gain, I knew that I would need improve my ability to recover if I was going to be able to handle the workload and stress of training for such an arduous event. I was fortunate enough to come across 7SYSTEMS at the beginning of my prep for this race and with the help of 7SYSTEMS I was able to complete my biggest run mileage ever, and proceeded to have the best ever finish by a Canadian at a mountain running world championships.

So if you care about your health and you care about your performance 7SYSTEMS is more than worth a shot.”

Adam Campbell is the 2007 Canadian Mountain Running Champion and has a 2:29 marathon personal best.  He is currently at law school studying to become a lawyer.

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Colin Jenkins

Colin Jenkins helps Simon Whitfield to Olympic Silver Medal

“7SYSTEMS is just a well thought out product. Knowing that you are getting everything you need to help you train harder, recover faster, and keep your immune system healthy in one simple package is awesome. No more going out to get bottles and bottles of vitamins and minerals and spending crazy amounts on them, 7SYSTEMS has it all and more!”


Ray Zahab- Ultramarathoner, Adventurer, Founder of impossible2Possible

May 2011

On November 1, 2006 former “pack a day smoker” Ray Zahab and two other runners set out on an epic expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. One hundred and eleven days and 7500 kms  after leaving the coast of Senegal they completed their journey stepping into the Red Sea. The epic expedition had the trio running an average of 70km’s a day, without a single day of rest. National Geographic tracked this epic expedition by web, and the documentary film ‘Running The Sahara’ – produced by Matt Damon, directed by Academy Award winner James Moll – was filmed in an effort raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in Northern Africa.  After witnessing and experiencing the water crisis in northern Africa, Ray decided to leverage his future adventures to raising awareness and funding for causes that he supports and believes in. Running The Sahara would begin a journey of discovery- of learning that some of the largest barriers to success are the ones we put upon ourselves. Breaking these down, we can truly achieve extraordinary things.

In 2007, Ray ran the three coastal trails of Canada, back to back and non-stop. The Akshayuk Pass on Baffin Island, East Coast Trail Newfoundland and West Coast Trail in British Columbia.

Motivated by the Sahara run- Ray conceptualized the CanadaONExONE Run in May 2008. Along with a team of runners, Ray ran an average 80 kms per day in each of Canada’s 13 Provinces and Territories in so many days. Schools were visited, students participated, and communities became engaged in many of the child based issues  ONExONE is addressing. In Saskatoon alone, several thousand students and 27 schools were involved in school rallies and a city wide relay with Ray and the team.

Two years after touching the Red Sea, Ray, and two other Canadians, broke the world speed record  for an unsupported expedition by a team to the South Pole, In the process, Ray trekked this traditional route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole solely on foot and snowshoes- without the use of skis. Students and classrooms from all over North America joined the team as they trekked to the South Pole on a daily basis- communicating and actively taking part  in an educational resource– becoming “team mates” of the expedition.  This expedition was completed as part of Ray’s organization, impossible2Possible.

In 2008, Ray founded impossible2Possible (i2P), an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, and inclusion and participation in expeditions.

Ray is a proud member of the board of Directors of the Ryan’s Well Foundation, is the official Athletic Ambassador and a board member of the ONExONE organization, and is a representative of SpreadTheNet.  Ray was the recipient of the ONExONE Difference Award in 2007, and the Torchbearers Award in 2010.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, expeditions have included: an unsupported 13 day run the length of frozen Lake Baikal, 3 Youth based expeditions to Baffin Island, Tunisia and the Amazon. All of these expeditions supported various initiatives through an Experiential Learning program in which thousands of students participated as active team members during the expeditions, from classrooms all over the world.

Ray has appeared multiple times in the media, including CNNi, The Hour, CBC, CTV, BBC, Jay Leno, Discovery, etc.

In addition to his running adventures, Ray speaks around the world at events such as TED, IOC World Conference, Idea City, The Economist World in 2010 and 2011, World Affairs Council and countless major corporate events- spreading the message that we are all capable of the extraordinary in our lives and that in fact, the impossible is possible.

August 2009 
Ray has been using 7SYSTEMS to help him achieve some truly amazing adventures.  Always full of energy, he is an example of someone who is always striving to DO MORE.  Which is exactly why he is a member of the 7SYSTEMS 2010 Pro Team.  Below is his take on this year’s accomplishments and his answers to 7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS.
 
“This year has been amazing. A 650+ km unsupported run across Lake Baikal in Siberia (in winter running an average of 50 kms per day!) and the impossible2possible RunningTunisia expedition in which 4 Youth Ambassadors ran 260+ kms through sandstorms, searing heat and endless dunes.
The Ambassadors recorded their experiences by video which CNN then used to broadcast updates twice a day! Even more amazing…they communicated LIVE to close to 10 000 students that tracked their daily progress using the latest technology-and the students in classrooms participated in an Experiential Learning Program based on the topic of water.  The students in the schools following have raised close to  $20 000 for water projects in Africa!”
 
Check out the video journals in the Experience the Run section of www.runningtunisia.com
 
 

 

February 2009
canada-at-south-pole“I’ve completed many multi-week expeditions before but I have never recovered as well, day after day, as I did on my way to the South Pole. 7SYSTEMS was integral in providing our bodies with the support they needed to complete this grueling expedition.”

In December 2008, three world-class adventurers, including ultra-runner Ray Zahab, legendary arctic explorer Richard Weber, and elite adventurer Kevin Vallely began a self-supported trek from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole; a distance of over 1,100km. With an existing record of 39 days and a goal of 40 days, they dragged sleds weighing over 170 pounds (73 kilograms) each, and arrived at the Pole on January 6th, 2009 in a new record time of 33 days 23 hours and 55 minutes. Their choice of supplement: 7SYSTEMS endurance sport supplement. Ray Zahab is a world renowned ultra marathon runner and adventurer. His story is as compelling as the adventures he undertakes.

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7 Questions from 7SYSTEMS

1. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your sporting career?

RZ: The day I finished my first impossible2Possible Youth Expedition…to see young adventurers do and complete an expedition that very few people would attempt was incredible! I am also very proud of each of the expeditions I have been fortunate to complete- from running all 3 of Canada’s coastal trails back to back, to running across the entire Sahara, from west coast to east coast of Africa.

2. What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

RZ: Whenever I have a bad day or start feeling sorry for myself to remember that guaranteed someone is having a much more difficult time then me. In other words, never lose appreciation for what I am so fortunate to do day to day.

3. What motivates you to get up every day and kick your own ass?

RZ: There are several factors. I do love to challenge myself and push my limits, but lately on expeditions such as Siberia, the difficulty of the conditions and the running are insane. With very little sleep, frigid conditions and exhausted body, i am still so-o-o pumped at the end of each day on an expedition to fire up the BGAN and communicate with the students. They inspire me!

4. Who is the person you look up to most and why?

RZ: Again, many people. Some of note… Phil Fontaine, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Marshall Ulrich, Richard Weber, Lisa Smith. These are all people with conviction and dedication to what they believe in- and in my opinion are pioneers.  

5. If you were stranded on an island what book would you want to have with you?

RZ: Celebrating Inuit Art 1948-1970 with assorted essays by folks like Anne Hanson. It would be my piece of Canada.

6. What’s your favorite unhealthy snack?

RZ: Potato Chips, burgers, pizza, poutine…help, I can’t stop!

7. What is the best restaurant you’ve ever been too and what did you eat there?

RZ: Some funky little place in a small community in Mali halfway across Running the Sahara that had chicken. First chicken i ate in 50 days, and it was awesome!

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