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We welcome Pulsin as nutrition partner at The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k  this Sunday.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  all our DB Maxers at the finish line.

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!

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both 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.

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

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k  will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board for another one of our events.

See you Sunday!

 

Race Letter – The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k 2018

DB Max descend on  the Flying Monk Football Ground in Malmesbury for the Flying MonMalmesbury 10k on Sunday 26th August and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s event. #freebeer #freecider

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

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

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Please ensure that you bring your photo I.D with you for registering at the event.
  • Please be aware that it is an 8 to 12 minute walk from the car park to registration.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 26th August.

 

 

6 schoolboy mistakes to avoid at your first duathlon

  1. You go off too fast. Despite the relatively short distance of many duathlons (ours included), they can be a rather painful affair if you pace poorly. Aim to finish the first run with plenty in the tank for the bike and second run. There’s nothing worse than hitting two wheels and within moments knowing your legs are shot. Although it’s difficult to execute, aim to run the second leg faster than the first (assuming they’re the same distance, of course!).
  2. You forget where you racked your bike. We’ve all been there. Flying into transition having nailed a great run, but you’ve absolutely no idea where your bike is. Cue panic stations, ruffled feathers and stressy-outbursts. Even if they’re racked in number order, do a ‘walk-through’ from entry to exit before the race and take note of markers around you to help you locate your bike.
  3. You decide today is the day to attempt a flying mount. Running with your bike over the mount line and hopping on in one fluid motion certainly makes for a rapid transition time. But we’d encourage you to practice this before race day. Some make it look easy (it’s not) but we’ve seen it all: an overly eager “hop” right over the bike, leaving you in a heap on the opposite side; painful saddle landings onto delicate bits; running too fast and not getting your leg over in time; not going fast enough and coming to a standstill before you’ve got your feet in the shoes / onto the pedals. It’s a hazardous game this, so give it a crack (on a quiet road) before race day.
  4. You decide today is the day you’re going to attempt your first flying dismount. Well, rather like #3, a flying dismount can be a thing of beauty and certainly impact your overall time. But, again, we’ve seen it all and this is where most accidents happen. Coming in way too hot into T2, dismount line approaching all too fast and you’ve still got one foot attached to your steed. Oh dear! Spectators shudder, family members pretend you don’t belong to them and you’re left to pick yourself up and sheepishly trot into T2. So please, practice this and show us all how it’s done in the event.
  5. You end with a sprint finish. A sprint finish sure does look good and it might leave your proud kids thinking you’re a superhero for coming in so strong, but chances are it this means you haven’t quite given it enough effort during the rest of the race. Finish strong, but try to hit the whole of that second run hard. It’s a tough gig running off the bike, but your time will be considerably faster if you push the whole way rather than only sprint the final 100m.
  6. You sit down immediately after the finish line. Your legs will be toast at the end, but we’d urge you not to collapse in a heap immediately. Not only does it give our volunteers bad backs having to scoop up sweaty bodies, but more importantly you’ll stiffen up very quickly. A duathlon, perhaps even more so than triathlon, is tough on the legs and the shock to the system will result in a few muscles tears! If you can walk around for 10 – 20 minutes at the finish, this will pay dividends the following day when you’re trying to descend the stairs backwards.

If you’re feeling ready to take on your first duathlon, our Summer Chilly duathlon on 5th September and Winter Chilly Duathlon on the 18th November both still have spaces so sign up here!

DB Max Portishead Sprint Triathlon welcome Pulsin as their nutrition partner

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the Portishead Sprint Triathlon this Saturday.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  all our DB Maxers at the finish line.

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both 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.

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

See you Saturday!

 

Race Letter – Westonbirt House Summer 10K – #finishinthebar

It’s time for the third Westonbirt Summer House 10k on Friday 17th August 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.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Friday 17th August.

#finishinthebar

Portishead Sprint Triathlon 2018 – Race Letter

It’s time for the  Portishead Sprint Triathlon DB Maxers! Saturday August 11th sees us back at Portishead Lido for the SOLD OUT event.

 

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result page 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 may 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 Portishead on Saturday 11th August.

 

 

 

 

 

Pulsin joining DB Max at the Officers’ Association Inter-Services Triathlon

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the Officers’ Association Inter-Services Triathlon on 25th July.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  the Inter-Services triathletes at the finish line on Wednesday.

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both 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.

So all the competitors taking part in the Inter-services Triathlon on July 25th week will get to try a protein recovery bar and it’s great to have Pulsin on board for another one of our events!

 

Running in the heat

As the mercury rises, you’ll notice your rate of perceived exertion (RPE) increase when you run. In this article, we share tips on how to stay cool and cope with the heat. But before we do, it’s worth understanding why it’s harder to run in the hotter temperatures.

Aside from simply an increase in body temperature (just like when you have a fever), when your temperature rises, blood is diverted to the skin. The body does this to allow for cooling through sweating and then evaporation – this is your body trying to cool yourself. However, as blood is diverted from the skin, your muscles have a decreased supply, which means less oxygen transportation to the muscles which you use to run, thus increasing your RPE at various paces.

As a final straw, increased heat means a higher risk of dehydration which compounds the problem as your body finds it harder to cool itself, further limiting performance.

Adjust your pacing strategy
Simply put, slow down! Understand why you are finding it harder to hold your normal paces, accept it and make the necessary adjustments. Mindlessly pushing yourself in order to stick to normal paces will only mean you’re working too hard – you’ll either be training in the wrong zone, will become dehydrated or you’ll take longer to recover…or all three!

Don’t stress if you need to wind it down. Keep your RPE (and heart rate, if you track it) in the right spot and you’ll still be getting the physiological benefits even if you’re running slower.

Nail your fluid intake
As we mention above, adequate hydration is critical to letting the body perform its cooling duties as optimally as possible. If you neglect it, it won’t get the job done, and your RPE will continue to rise and dehydration will creep up.

We can’t give you an absolute amount of how much you need to drink – it varies for everyone – but a good way to figure out your sweat rate is to weigh yourself before and after a hot run and take into account how much fluid you consumed. For example, if you run for 60 minutes and lose 0.5kg, but drink 500ml, then your sweat rate is about 1,000ml per hour. You need to try to drink this much going forward.

Get your kit right
This one is probably rather obvious, but ensure you’re wearing lightweight, easy-wicking fabrics that help your body cool.

Electrolytes
Sodium is the predominant electrolyte here, but potassium and magnesium are also important. Electrolytes are crucial because they help your muscle cells retain the right amount of water. This balance is key, and if you drink too much water but do not get the electrolytes in, you could be in trouble.

Most sports drinks these days include more sodium, potassium and magnesium than they used to, just be sure to buy a brand which places emphasis on their inclusion.

Race Letter – Longest Day Chippenham 10k

DB Max descend on Chippenham Town Centre for the sold out  Longest Day Chippenham 10k on Wednesday 20th June and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s event.

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

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

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please note that the start and finish is now in Chippenham High Street with the race village in the Market Place (SN15 3HP)
  • Please make sure you are well hydrated before the race and use sun cream if it looks like it is going to be a warm evening.
  • If you are parking in the Tesco car park, please do not use the lower level as it closes at 8pm.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 20th June.

 

Race Letter – Titan Brecon

 

 

It’s time for Titan Brecon DB Maxers! Saturday June 16th sees us back at Parc Bryn Bach in the heart of Wales for our fantastic middle distance event.. #becomeatitan

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages will be available HERE later in the week.

Please check your details very carefully on the email you will have received 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 weekend:

  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to number your gels with a permanent marker.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Parc Bryn Bach on Saturday June 16th.

Titan Brecon Finish