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Lentil Licious

From Jasper Blake

Ingredients:

  • Can of Annies Organic Lentils
  • Large onion
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Saute a large onion with a table spoon of coconut oil; salt and pepper
  2. Rinse lentils and add them to pan
  3. Let warm and enjoy; serves 2


Rebar Salad

From Jasper Blake

Salad Ingredients:

  • Dark leefy greens
  • Shredded beats
  • Pea shoots
  • Shredded carrots
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goat Fetta
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Garbonzo beans

Basil Vinagerrete dressing Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 oz (45g) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions

  1. For the Salad: Wash the raw ingredients and then combine them in a bowl
  2. For the Dressing: Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor and blend. Slowly add olive oil in a thin stream until thick. Season to taste and refrigerate up to 3 days. 
  3.  Serves 4


Simple Salmon

From Jasper Blake

Ingredients:

  • Salmon fillet
  • Lemon
  • Season salt
  • Tinfoil

Directions

  1. Wrap a filet in tinfoil with a couple slices of lemon and some season salt
  2. Cook on the BBQ on medium heat for 20 minutes
  3. Check inside wrap occasionally to make sure juices have not dried up
  4. Fish is ready when strips flake away with gentle nudge by fork
  5. Serve with basmati rice or quinoa


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!


Jasper’s Top Five Tips for Ironman Canada

Ironman Canada is one of the longest running Ironman events on the planet. For many Canadians it is the big race of the season. It typically takes place at the end of August making it a perfect climax to a Canadian summer of racing. For many athletes this is the race they are peaking for.

 

We asked Ironman Champion Jasper Blake to share five tips on how to make Ironman Canada your best race of the season.

 

1- Don’t Changejasper the champ

The biggest mistake I see people making when they get close to an Ironman is the sudden urge to make significant changes to their plan. It is normal to get anxious and have small panic attacks leading up to the race but it is a mistake to suddenly think you need to change your whole game plan. It’s hard not to be influenced by others- race week everyone is walking around, talking about what they are going to do pace wise or nutritionally and it’s hard to not get sucked into different ideas. The biggest advice I can offer is to stick to your game plan. If you have practiced something in training and it has worked then stick to your plan. The time to make big changes is not race week.

 

2- Break the bike course up mentally

Ironman can always seem daunting- it is a long way and a long day- so break it up into manageable pieces. Ironman Canada is a great course to break up especially on the bike. The first leg involves a fast ride down to Osoyoos. Once you are there you are already a third of the way through the bike portion. The next piece is the climb up Richters pass and the rollers, which can be a welcome break after 60km of flat time trialing. The next piece is the out and back which can discourage people because you literally head straight back to where you came from but remember, 180km is 180km- it’s just a piece of that. The next piece is the climb up Yellow Lake- again a nice break from the flat time trial efforts. And finally you get to descend down into Penticton- 20km downhill, which is a great way to finish off the bike.

 

3- Pace yourself up Richters Pass

Richters pass is the first significant climb at Ironman Canada. It comes about 60km into the race and is often the place where people make the biggest tactical error. At 60km everyone feels good and many people go way too hard up Richters. If you overextend yourself on Richters it will haunt you going up Yellow Lake. The people who are smart on Richters are always doing the passing up Yellow Lake.

 

4- Run one mile at a time

A marathon after all that biking is not the best way to think about the run. Instead, think of it as one mile repeats. The aid stations are typically one mile apart so make it your goal to simply run from aid station to aid station. The brain prefers small chunks- everyone can run a mile so run a mile at a time.

 

5- Think Ahead

When the run starts getting tough (which it does for everyone), remember that you are not alone. Everyone is basically experiencing the same thing you are- the steps can be downright painful. A good mental trick is to simply think ahead to the end. The last mile in Penticton is along Lakeshore drive where there are literally thousands of people screaming and cheering. It will be the best mile of your life! So if you find yourself at mile 14 and you are struggling- zip ahead in your mind and get excited about what’s coming at mile 25. Sometimes this little mental boost can get you through a tough spell.


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.


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!


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.”
 


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.


2010 PRO TEAM

7SYSTEMS, the endurance sport supplement chosen by Olympians and recreational athletes all over Canada, has named ten athletes to their 2010 PRO TEAM. The team was chosen from among Canada’s top athletes. With hundreds of applicants, the team was picked on the basis of podium finishes, amazing athletic feats and strength of character.

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MORE ABOUT THE ATHLETES
 

  • Jasper Blake: Triathlon – Ironman™
  • Megan Brown: Running – Cross Country / Track and Field
  • Adam Campbell: Running – Marathon
  • Lauren Groves: Triathlon – Olympic Distance
  • Malcolm Howard: Rowing
  • Kyle Jones: Triathlon – Olympic Distance
  • Mike Neill: Triathlon – Ironman™
  • Adam Van Koeverden: Canoe / Kayak
  • Simon Whitfield: Triathlon – Olympic Distance
  • Erinne Willock: Cycling – Road
  • Ray Zahab: Running – Ultra marathons, expeditions
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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. 
    bill logie
    “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!”