Traci Dinwiddie to ride the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride

Friend of Nuun Traci Dinwiddie will be riding the AIDS/LifeCycle ride in California starting June 1st. Her and her team, Team Goodisness, have been busy training and raising money to help provide medical services to those living with HIV/Aids. We sat down with Traci to learn more about her involvement with the ride and her training.

Nuun: Who is team Goodisness? And how did you come up with the name?
Traci: Team Goodisness is a global tribe of adventurous, loving people who will ride together to help provide medical services to those living with HIV/Aids. We are 78 members, mostly women & two daring fellas who join in our passion for ending this pandemic. I came up with the term “Goodisness” many, many years ago. It’s just another fun way to describe “being present with the goodness in myself & others.” It seemed to fit what this team is all about.

What is the team’s fundraising goal?
Our team goal is a whopping $300,000!

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Is this the first time you’ve formed a team for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride? How did you find the event?
This is the first time I have actively formed a team. Last year was my first time riding, so my focus was mainly on learning how to ride a bicycle! I had heard of AIDS/LifeCycle for many years. A lot of my friends were involved and sang its praises.

How many miles is the ride? And how long will it take you?
The ride begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles with a total of 545 miles. It will take us 7 long, beautiful days!

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How has training been going? Are you working with a coach?
Training has been a mix of brutal head-winded century rides to gorgeous, sunny coastal coasts. We don’t have an official coach, but we have Training Ride Leaders, which is a group of people (like myself) who give extra attention to the newbies & ensure that safe riding habits are implemented by all AIDS/LifeCycle cyclists. We also remind them to drink before they’re thirsty and eat before they’re hungry.

Where is your favorite place to ride?
I am quite smitten with the Pacific Coast Highway. I love the beachy vibe and constant rollers. It lights me up!

How do you stay fueled and hydrated for your long rides? What are your favorite products to use?
I’m a Nuun Hydration kinda gal. My fave flavor is grape.

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Were you a cyclist prior to deciding to do this ride? How did you get into cycling?
I was not a cyclist before taking on AIDS/LifeCycle. Last season was my first time riding. The awesome guys at Cynergy Cycles in Santa Monica, taught me how to clip in & out of my pedals. I trained every weekend with our free ALC training rides and added some shorter spins during my weekdays.

Any other comments about this cause or the ride?
We join together in an effort to bring awareness to this disease and stop the stigma. We can end this pandemic. Start a conversation. Get tested. Ask for help. Be well and loved.  You can support my personal ride by donating to www.tracidinwiddie.com/alc

Or, pick a mate & donate! Team Goodisness page.

 

Bike to Work Day 2014

This morning every single Nuun employee woke up at the crack of dawn with one goal: to hydrate bike commuters on National Bike to Work Day.

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Nuun has been a long-time supporter of Cascade Bike Club in the Seattle area and has set up at one of the commuter stops for the past several years handing out samples to cyclists. We took it to the next level this year adding 4 more stops in Seattle and a stop in each Austin, TX and Decatur, GA where we have remote employees. We were even invited to hydrate the cyclists at Google New York and REI Headquarters down the road from us in Kent, WA.

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There are a number of Nuun employees who bike commute to Nuun HQ regularly and it was fun for all of us to be part of this event and share our love of Nuun with fellow bike commuters.

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Part of our mission at Nuun is to inspire people to get more active and riding bikes, whether it’s commuting to work or racing a road race, is a fun, easy way to get started.

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We believe that every day should be bike to work day!

When Post-Workout Fueling Matters Most

If you’re like a lot of people, you might not feel like eating soon after an especially long or hard workout. And then you might well find yourself struggling on a much easier workout a day or two later, and wondering how you suddenly got so out of shape.

That’s because you didn’t take advantage of the recovery window—the period immediately after a workout when your body is most receptive to refueling. “Eating soon after a workout will support, strengthen, and protect the body’s ability to adapt to training and demand more out of training,” says Jackie Dikos, a sport nutritionist in Indianapolis and a two-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. Let’s look at when paying attention to the recovery window is most important, and how to easily take advantage of it.

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Fluids First

The top priority after any workout is rehydrating to replace the fluids and electrolytes you lose during even the shortest, easiest workout. Quickly returning your body’s fluid status to normal ensures good functioning the rest of the day, and a better workout tomorrow. Elite athletes such as this year’s Boston Marathon champion, Meb Keflezighi, are dedicated to immediate post-workout hydration. It’s the sort of habit that might not seem crucial on any given day, but that, over time, has a significant effect because of how often you feel better than you otherwise would have.

The First 30 Minutes

After long and/or hard workouts, you’ll recover more quickly if you take in some calories, and the sooner, the better. Research has found that, in the first 30 minutes post-workout, muscles are extraordinarily receptive to refueling—calories in the form of carbohydrates are converted to glycogen, your muscles’ stored form of carbohydrate, with up to 300% greater efficiency during this short period. Muscles’ sponge-like properties remain elevated up to 90 minutes after a workout, but start falling off after the first hour. (Hence the term “recovery window.”)

The ideal food during the recovery window contains 300-500 calories and has a carbohydrate-to-protein ratio of 4:1. The small amount of protein helps to speed glycogen resynthesis.

Who Needs it Most?

Dikos says that, while anyone who works out can benefit from paying attention to the recovery window, people who work out twice a day or do ambitious workouts over consecutive days should be most interested in recovery nutrition. At the least, you’ll want to be diligent about post-workout calories after your longest aerobic effort of the week, during which your muscles’ fuel stores are most drained. Harder workouts, such as a normal-length bike ride at a higher intensity, use more carbohydrates than easier workouts, so they’re also a good time to focus on recovery nutrition.

Taking advantage of the recovery window is especially important if you’ve felt low on fuel (as opposed to just normally fatigued) over the last part of a long workout. This includes athletes who do depletion rides or runs, in which you purposefully start a long workout without much in the gas tank in the hope of teaching your body to become more efficient at burning available energy stores. Doing these workouts occasionally, such as once a month, can be an effective training tool, but require special attention to post-workout nutrition so that your recovery isn’t delayed.

Simple Solutions

Some sport bars are formulated in the 4:1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio. But many people are deterred by sport bars’ cost, the idea that it’s better to eat “real” food or a lack of interest in eating something so dense so soon after a long or hard workout.

Many people like chocolate milk as a convenient form of calories with some protein. As an alternative, Dikos recommends low-fat kefir, a fermented milk. Like chocolate milk, kefir provides carbohydrate, protein and electrolytes, but in addition, she says, “kefir contains beneficial live cultures to support a healthy gut and immune system for potentially exercise-induced immunosuppressed athletes. In addition, it is 99% lactose-free and better tolerated by those who have trouble digesting milk.”

Other quick mini-meals Dikos recommends: fruit and cottage cheese or Greek yogurt; a bowl of cereal; chicken noodle soup with crackers; a sandwich and piece of fruit; or a sweet potato topped with plain Greek yogurt.

Wait: What About Weight?

If one of your motivations to work out is weight control, all this talk of post-exercise refueling might seem counterproductive. After all, don’t you want to create a calorie deficit? Isn’t the recovery window just an excuse to snack?

“Recovery nutrition doesn’t necessarily mean adding snacks or calories to the day,” says Dikos. Her solution, which works well for busy people scheduling their workouts in conjunction with their many other responsibilities: “I suggest for workouts to occur just before the next main meal, such as prior to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as to not add a significant calorie load while supporting recovery and weight-management goals.”

Team Spotlight: Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing

The 2nd edition to our Team Spotlight blog series where we’re featuring some of the awesome teams we sponsor.

Team Name: Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing
Location: Portland, OR
Sport: Cycling – Road, MTB, Cyclocross
Number of members: 59
Favorite Nuun Flavor: All of them! Although some tried and true favorites surface such as Grape, Watermelon, Lemon Lime and Tri Berry.

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Team mission: Enhance the sport of cycling in Oregon by organizing an accessible team with resources to help all members reach their goals within the sport.  Team Oregon is built on a strong team-oriented model, something often missing in competitive cycling today. Experienced riders share their knowledge with less experienced team members. In addition to racing, 
members are encouraged to be active in the club and assist in the club’s operations and projects. Our club is active in promoting races, training rides, training camps, community cycling events, and coaching.

Why does the team like Nuun? We love that it’s nutritious and delicious!  The balance of ingredients provides just what we’re looking for in a performance beverage.  We’re able to replenish our electrolytes and maintain hydration without impacting our calorie replacement regimen helping keep our stomachs settled.   The refreshing taste keeps us coming back for more ensuring we don’t get dehydrated.  If we’re feeling tired or getting ready to crush a ride, we fill our bottles with the caffeinated enhanced Nuun.  Hold on tight!

We also like the tablet delivery system that allows us to pocket extra Nuun for refills during our epic rides.  Off the bike…..a rare occasion mind you….we stay focused and fuel up pre-ride or workout with the All Day Nuun.  We simply just can’t get enough!

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Where is the team’s favorite place to ride? Why? Surprise….Oregon.  It’s simply an amazing place for riding.  You can get 5,000+ ft of climbing within PDX city limits without ever repeating a road via Forest and Washington Park.  Venture out east to the Mt Hood National forest, The Dalles or ride to Multnomah Falls via the Gorge and feel like you’re in another country.  Head down to Eugene to ride the rolling wine country or to the high desert in Bend to get some rides in at elevation or some of the best MTB around.  You can’t go wrong no matter where you are.

We also have a large cyclocross team, adventurous by nature and here’s their take on great riding.  Forgotten roads.  Tracks and paths.  Timeless travels.  Over the coast range and back again.  Climbing till you hit snow, then throw snowballs.  Cycling in Oregon lets us do all this in a day!

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Upcoming Races: We target Pacific NW races matching the OBRA and WSBA calendars.  Some highlights this year will be:

Oregon Cup Races (Road)
Monday/Tuesday Night PIR Series (Road, MTB)
Tour of Walla Walla (Road)
Tour de Bloom (Road)
Chain Breaker (MTB)
Baker City Classic (Road)
High Desert Omnium (Road)
Sisters Stampede (MTB)
Cascade Classic (Road)
Cross Crusade Series (CX)
Gran Prix Erik Tonkin Series (CX)

If you’re ever in the Portland area and looking for a quality ride, come check out our Saturday team ride.  Details via our website.  Also, writing this up made me thirsty, time for some Nuun.

Connect with Team Oregon:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

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