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Introducing our new partner for the Westonbirt triathlon

Drum rolls please. We’re delighted to announce a new partner for the Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon which takes place on 28th May: Pulsin.

Pulsin sponsored the #51Fiver Cotswold Standard triathlon at the beginning of this season and, well what can we say, the relationship has blossomed! They’re a great team of people with a super ethos and quite frankly we really rate their products.

As you’re going to be seeing more of them over the next week or two, we wanted to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both your triathlon training and racing.

Bars
Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

Other stuff
It’s worth checking out their Kids range too, with a selection of fruity oat bars that are perfect for their lunch box. Slow release energy to keep them focused all afternoon and one of their five-a-day, they’re low in sugar and high in fibre. The Beond Organic Fruit and Nut bars are also a great choice for snacking options through the day (you can never have too many snack options).

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in the Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon next week will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board.

See you next Monday!

Race Letter – Pulsin Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon

It’s time for the Pulsin Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon DB Maxers! Bank Holiday Monday May 28th sees us back at Westonbirt House for the sold out and ever popular sprint triathlon.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages is available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you will be disqualified. Please note at this stage start times can not be changed and there are no transfers, refunds or deferrals available.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Your signed waiver from your race letter and your photo ID – you cannot race without these.
  • It is a 5 minute walk from transition to the swimming pool, please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the start.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Westonbirt House on Monday May 28th.

 

blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Triathlon latest sponsor news

DB Max are delighted to welcome the following sponsors to the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Triathlon:

blueseventy #allabouttheswim

One of the UK’s top suppliers of wetsuits, swimwear and goggles, making products to enhance your swimming experience. 70% of the earth is covered in water, hence the name and blueseventy make products that empower swimmers to achieve their personal bests. Since 1993, they have been designing, testing, refining and crafting products using superior materials and revolutionary details that equate to comfort, freedom from restriction and ultimately a competitive advantage in the water.

As title sponsors, blueseventy have generously given all our winners some fabulous prizes.

And there’s more DB Maxers…… blueseventy are also giving away a spot prize. 

Pulsin

Pulsin are a local based UK company who go above and beyond to deliver highly nutritious foods that transform everyday eating occasions into health optimising opportunities.  Each product range has been crafted and nurtured by Ben, Nick and Simon – three university friends who, for the past decade, have shared their view that all people, of all ages, should be able to eat healthy foods without compromising on taste.

The nutritious Pulsin bars will be on hand to fuel DB Max’s endurance triathletes at the finish line. The place to look for a special post-race treat!

For all the low down on the great-tasting Pulsin bars, check out their website at Pulsin.co.uk

 

 

Made from Plants not Plastic!

                           

As a company DB Max are very eco-conscious and over recent years have researched ways that we can help our environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

DB Max are advocates of the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. We dispelled with plastic carrier bags at our event finish lines around four years ago and feel that no matter how small or insignificant our actions may seem, they do make a difference and do matter.

So, we are incredibly happy to announce that we have just taken delivery of 20,000 event drinking cups which are made from natural, renewable plant materials and can be composted together with organic food waste after use. They have been independently certified 100% compostable by leading European and US authorities. DB Max have been increasingly concerned with the volume of plastic cups and bottles used at our events each year and even with us recycling as much as possible, this change in our business practices, represents a significant positive in reducing our carbon footprint.

So DB Maxers, look out for our new environmentally friendly water cups at all our events and the special green bins. These will be located at the finish and any used cups at our water stations will be collected by staff and transferred into the bins. Join us in helping to positively shape our environment!

 

A MOUTHWATERING RECIPE FROM OUR NUTRITION PARTNER PULSIN

Pulsin, our new nutrition partner for the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold triathlon would love to share one of their fabulous recipes with you. Purchases for the ingredients can be made online and they are offering all DB Maxers a 25% discount (terms and conditions apply).

These chocolate truffle protein bars look incredible and are super easy to whip up!

VEGAN CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE PROTEIN BARS

Preparation Time – 30 minutes

Servings – 16 bars

Approx. Macros Per Bar – 14C 9P 7F

Approx. 155 kcals

For coating…

Directions

  1. Blend together all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Place into a 9 inch loaf tin that has been lined with baking paper. Allow to set in the freezer for 2 hours.
  3. Slice into 8 or 16 bars…. I made 8 and coated them before slicing half when I realised how jumbo they were so I’d recommend creating 16!
  4. Melt chocolate with coconut oil in a large 2 litre jug with a wide base in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds more; it should take 90 – 120 seconds total.
  5. One at a time place the bars into the melted chocolate.
  6. Coat and then remove with a large spoon. Transfer to a fork, tap off excess chocolate and return to a plate or tray lined with baking paper.
  7. Sprinkle with freeze dried raspberries and some puffed amaranth, or whatever your heart desires.
  8. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or at room temperature for one week in a seal tight container. You can also freeze them for up to one month.

The discount code below needs to be entered in the ‘coupon code’ box at the basket stage of the checkout process. Please note the following terms and conditions apply:

Discount Code – DBM25

Terms and Conditions:

* Discount applicable on web net prices only

* Discount applicable on orders over £20 only

* Discount not applicable on Gift Hampers, Limited Edition or Subscription Products

* Discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code or offer

* One use per customer only

* Discount expires 13th June 2018

 

 

Race Letter – blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon

It’s blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon time DB Maxers! Sunday May 13th sees us back at Lake 32 in the Cotswold Water Park for our season opening event.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages is available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you will be disqualified.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Your signed waiver from your race letter and your photo ID – you cannot race without these.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Lake 32 on Sunday May 13th.

Running Awards 2018

We like to think we’re a modest bunch here at DB Max HQ, but we have to say we’re delighted to have provided the timing services for some of the big winners at the Running Awards 2018.

We provided the timing for the 1st and 2nd place events in the ‘Best Half Marathon with 5,000+ competitors’ category for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and the Ealing Half Marathon.

We also timed the 1st and 3rd placed event in the ‘Best Half Marathon with less than 5,000 participants’ category, at the Llanelli Half Marathon and Nationwide New Swindon Half Marathon respectively.

Although chip timing may not seem like the most glamorous feature of an event, we believe it’s an important component to get absolutely right to ensure maximum enjoyment for runners and thus increased participation numbers each year.

To read more about the services we can provide for event organisers, click here.

DB Max announce new nutrition partner at the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon


DB Max have a new nutrition partner on board for 2018! We’re very excited to welcome Pulsin!

Pulsin are a local based UK company who go above and beyond to deliver highly nutritious foods that transform everyday eating occasions into health optimising opportunities that maintain and enhance the natural balanced state.  Each product range has been crafted and nurtured by Ben, Nick and Simon – three university friends who, for the past decade, have shared their view that all people, of all ages should be able to eat healthy foods without compromising on taste.

Whether you’re battling the crowds on that rush hour train, bossing a mid-morning meeting or powering through your cross fit session, Pulsin’s range of products will help to maintain your energy levels, increase your protein intake and enjoy some guilt-free snacking!

The nutritious bars will be on hand to fuel DB Max’s endurance triathletes at the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon finish line.

For all the low down on the great-tasting Pulsin bars, check out their website at Pulsin.co.uk

They would like to offer all our DB Maxers a discount code for purchases online. Please enter DBM25 into the ‘coupon code’ box at the basket stage of the checkout process.

Please note the following terms and conditions apply:

* Discount applicable on web net prices only

* Discount applicable on orders over £20 only

* Discount not applicable on Gift Hampers, Limited Edition or Subscription Products

* Discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code or offer

* One use per customer only

* Discount expires 13th June 2018

 

10 Training Tips For Your First 10k

Run often
It’s more important to lace-up your trainers three times per week, even if it’s just for 20 or 30 minutes, than it is to do nothing during the week but go for a long run at the weekend. Frequency and consistency are king. The best aim is for two shorter runs during the week with a slightly longer one on the weekend.

Stretch and roll
We’ve been told since junior school gym classes: stretching is good for you. It’s true, but make sure you do it at the end of your run rather than at the beginning. Stretch out your key muscle groups: hamstrings, calves, quads and hip flexors. If you have any areas of soreness, it may be worth acquainting yourself with a foam roller for some targeted self-massage.

Hit the hills
Running a flat 10k? Well, we still recommend you head for the hills! Running on hilly terrain, or completing hills reps, is great for building strength which is crucial to running well in the latter half of a 10k when your legs are tired. The stronger you are, the more resistant to fatigue your muscles will be. Not only that, but stronger muscles mean stronger tendons and ligaments which equals lower occurrence of injury. Win win.

Don’t neglect the speed sessions
Even if you’re “only there to finish”, doing the occasional speed session will not only make you complete the distance faster, but it’ll improve your running economy and posture. Variety is the spice of life so mix it up: sprint between lamp posts, run hard for varying lengths of time or even hit the track.

Have a plan
At the start of each week, plan when you will fit your runs in to avoid clashing with any family or work commitments. Have a structure to most sessions: is this a short easy run? A long one? A speedy session? You’re much more likely to complete the training as prescribed if you’ve written it down in advance. So go on, get those hills sessions booked in! If you’re unsure where to start, there’s lots of training plans online so have a browse for the right one for you.

Do a Parkrun
A Parkrun is a great event to do in the build to a 10k. If you can complete a 5k 4–6 weeks prior to your 10km then you’re well on track. Parkrun provides the support, camaraderie and fanfare to ensure you get the distance done.

Get the right kit for you
Everyone has an opinion on the best brand of shoes, the best tops and even the fastest socks! Ultimately, you must find what works for you. Do your research and ensure you try out different options during training.

Find a partner
Although some of you may relish your training sessions as “me time”, others find having a training partner hugely beneficial. When you’ve got someone waiting for you to go out, you’re much less likely to bail. If you don’t have a running partner, consider joining a local group.

Get off the beaten track
Running on road is all well and good but it can get boring. Explore trails near you to get another great training benefit: running on undulating (and often hilly) terrain is great for strengthening ligaments and tendons and it’s good for the joints too. Don’t worry that your pace is probably slower on trails – that’s to be expected. Off road trail runs should be about pure enjoyment and exploration!

Cross training
Swimming, cycling and lifting weights are all fantastic methods of supplementing your run training. They will all develop aerobic fitness and help to build a bomb-proof body which is less susceptible to injury.

Race Letter – Westonbirt House Easter 10K – #finishinthebar

It’s time for the inaugural Westonbirt House Easter 10k on Good Friday 30th March DB Maxers!

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day

The race line-up and live result pages are available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors – this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you may be disqualified.

Please note that there are no transfers, refunds, deferrals and there are no day entries.

Things to look out for on the day include:

  • An Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 12:10. No need to book, just go to the finish line and catch up with the egg-cellent Kirsty.
  • Brand new race warm up conducted by Becca from Atlas 24 Hour Gym in Chippenham.
  • Prizes for the best fancy dress.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Good Friday 30th March.

#finishinthebar