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De Castella Fun Run 2012

AquaForce is a major sponsor of the 32nd annual De Castella Run to be held on Sunday, 26 August, 2012. The Run traces the footsteps of Robert De Castella, Australia’s legendary marathon runner, along the picturesque bends and inclines of the Kew Boulevard. The boulevard winds around the scenic Yarra River where Rob trained as a school boy to make him one of the world’s strongest marathon runners.

The De Castella Fun Run raises money for Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (www.maprc.org.au) which has 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Pat McGorry as its patron. Entrants can choose to compete individually or as teams in three distance classes: 5km, 10km and 15km. Last year, the event attracted nearly 2000 participants making one of the biggest fun runs in Melbourne and raised over $20,000 in funds used to support both life-enhancing and life-saving research for patients affected by mental health issues.

Please come along this year individually or with a team of your friends and family to show your support for Mental Health Research. To enter, visit the de Castella run site at www.decastellarun.com.au.

To make this event run smoothly, a team of volunteers is needed to help with registration, bib distribution/collection, course marshalling, and other duties. You will be provided with a full briefing and a support bag. So, if you are an organised superstar and want to volunteer for this crucial role, please contact Dennyse Riach on 03 9076 5167 or email d.riach@alfred.org.au.

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Cancer Charity Ride 2012

The annual Cancer Charity Ride is back again this year and is being held on the 7th, 8th and 9th of September at Charnwood camp in the Strathbogies.

The ride will take you through amazing spots, on the best tracks in the area and you get top tucker and there are plenty of exciting prizes up for grabs at the charity auction on Saturday night.  If you missed out on last years ride, don’t miss your opportunity to parrticipate this year and raise money for this important cause. Some of our riders say it is the best riding weekend they ever been a part of, and all agree it is for an excellent cause.

This ride is a capped event so it will fill quickly. Go to the ride’s website at http://www.cancercharityride.com.au/index.htm for more details.

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Should I sleep or go to the gym?

The pressure is slowly creeping up at work and I’m feeling it. Sleep sounds like a better option than the gym but I force myself to go and always end up glad I did. I can see my fitness improving although the weight loss has stalled.
It’s hard to keep on top of it all when there is always something more pressing. My job has a lot of deadlines and I find myself missing meals which means I am suddenly starving and in need of the vending machine. There have been days when I’ve forgotten my trusty bottle of Aquaforce and gone most of the day without drinking (I don’t drink tea or coffee). But I’ve learnt I feel better when I drink more so now I sit the bottle on the kitchen bench the night before so I don’t forget it! Sad to say I just can’t keep on top of the diet so I’m focusing on working out. I know it won’t translate to weight loss but exercising makes me feel strong and for the first time in a long while I’m not bothered by aching knees.

Prioritising my time is hard. By the time I get to me its bedtime! I’m very lucky to have a trainer who keeps tabs on me. If it wasn’t for Kelly I would probably have given up on the gym. I’m managing to get there at least 3 times a week and get outside in the weekend. My field is now home to the local football team so I’ve been alternating walking and running between lamp posts with the dogs. My dogs get so excited when they see me put my running shoes on and I feel so mean if I’m headed out the door to the gym!

Mitch Van Vliet’s Podium Finish at Finke

The race team left for Alice Springs on the Wednesday before the big race and just chilled out a bit before some testing on Thursday with my mechanic Adam from Quad Squad.  After giving the quad a trial run I left the testing area super happy with my Yamaha before the big event. Friday night at scrutineering the quad and my gear passed without any trouble, which put me in an even better mind frame, set for the race.

Saturday was the day of prologue which didn’t worry me because it’s just a starting time and I would rather chase people down in the race. So I went out there and rode safe and smart managing to prologue a solid 8th for the race. Sunday, being the first day of the big event, I was excited as I started the race and hole shot my grid of another 6 bike riders to head off for a 228km race through the desert in top gear and into 60km whoop sections that just take it out of you. I finished the first day in 5th position and was looking forward to the ride home.  The Yamaha pulled up solid after a gruelling test thru the whoops and deep sand and I was feeling fit and rearing to go.

Monday the Queen’s birthday was the big day, the day if you’re lucky enough to finish and cross that elusive finish line in Alice Springs. As I left Finke I was in race mode and had nothing to lose.  By the second fuel stop I was in third place and manage to hold it till the finish line.  To get over that finish line was such a thrill in front of a crowd of 10,000 spectators knowing I was on the podium.

I was extremely happy with my result, my Yamaha YFZ 450 didn’t miss a beat and with fellow Yamaha rider Ryan Lancaster winning the event it shows how reliable and strong the Yamahas are.  It would have been impossible to do the race without the support I got from my family, my girlfriend Shannon, my mechanic Adam Siemensma from Quad Squad, Patty Geraghty, Wayne Fuller and the Chambers Engineering Crew for organising my fuel stops and doing an amazing job, my sponsors Fox Shox, Lonestar, Hardiman ATV, IMS Tanks, B&B Aluminium, AquaForce, WPS YAMAHA ATV RACING, Vanika Industries and of course all the support I have received from Yamaha Australia.

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Quad Riders Using AquaForce

Hi, Brendan Ashe is my name and I am the Vice President of the Q.R.C.V. (and Marketing Manager and Newsletter Editor).

It’s exciting to have Aquaforce on board as the sole provider of Hydration at our race meets. Moto Cross and Enduro races work every part of your body under extremely gruelling conditions.

Quad Racing is a very physical discipline of motor sport and it was a No Brainer to have Aquaforce involved at our club to Hydrate and Replenish our riders at our Race Meets.  The fact that it is made from all natural ingredients means that everything our bodies are crying out for to reduce Arm Pump and Fatigue is there without having to worry about being loaded up with sugars and chemicals.

I have been using Aquaforce as a form of Rehydration after all my training sessions, whether they be at the gym or on the bike and for me the best thing is that is such a smooth natural taste so it is easy to power in to, and you can add it to your Hydration Packs to enjoy on your Quad Bike when doing the hard yards, without having to worry about it staining your gear.

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It’s because I can!

Some days everything just falls into place and others, well, it feels like the world is collapsing round your feet. It’s the times when the daily grind is threatening to overwhelm that reconnecting with what feels good becomes even more important. Think Happy Gilmore not drunken rampage. Think happy place.

I found my long lost happy place when I took a couple of days off work and concentrated on me for a bit. I didn’t sit around, I walked the dogs, gardened and I put myself through a mini boot camp that involved getting outside and wait for it – running (jogging is more accurate).

That might not sound like much, but for me it’s a big deal. My knees have copped plenty of abuse and running was on the list of no-can-dos. I had discovered the local footy field was level and forgiving – just right for me to shuffle around. My trainer Kelly and I jogged around the field early in the morning. It sounds silly but it was exhilarating. I wasn’t breaking any records but I was jogging and not suffering any consequences. Being outside and feeling the sun on your skin is a great feeling. That first jog I did 20 minutes and I think I was less tired when I finished than when I started!

I realised that for a long time I’d been internally focusing on what I couldn’t do instead of what I could.  It’s easy to get sucked into thinking things are impossible but until you try you won’t know for sure. So now I’ve added running to the weekly workout. It might only be 20 minutes but it’s a start. Not every day is problem free but if I had to say why I run – it’s because I can.

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I’m becoming a runner!

So I think I am slowly being able to call myself a runner after putting in a fair bit of sweat and pain into my running training lately. I am really enjoying it though! At the beginning, I was finding myself fairly lethargic throughout the day as my body was trying to get used to the change in activity. But in the past couple of weeks I have had more energy than ever and am really loving my training. I am doing about 5 running sessions per week, at the moment doing about 5km average but have sneaked in some 10km runs. I have to be able to run 10km for 2 weeks straight as I am participating in ‘The Run to Better Days’, a charity run from Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise awareness and money for Caritas aid organisation. It is really motivating to have something to work towards, a deadline in which I have to have my body in peak shape. I am aiming to increase my distance to 6km in the next week, and work up from there.

I think my housemates are getting slightly annoyed with the quantity of food that I am consuming to meet my energy demands though! We have a system going where we all put in an equal amount into a communal food supply and I think I am very much utilising it the most! Trying to eat really healthy though, with massive amounts fruit and veg and plenty of whole grains. At the moment I have a big craze for nuts! They are an excellent source of fibre and protein and super tasty as well.

Apart from my running, I am still on the bike every day, mainly using it to commute to uni and back, a lovely 15km ride return. I am also doing a couple of morning training rides a week and have yet to enter a cycling race but hopefully will do one in next few weeks.  Also, very exciting news came out last week about kite surfing being in the 2016 London games. This is very exciting and means that a lot more people will get involved in the sport and also provides a great avenue for those who want to progress in the sport. I haven’t been out as much as I would have liked in the past few months due to time (and a lack of wind) but definitely good incentive to make time now!

I am also nearly finished my first container of AquaForce! Finding it really good with warding off the cold as well; whenever I feel a bit down, having a few glasses of AquaForce over the day makes me feel a lot better and provides good immune support. AquaForce is definitely benefiting my training. I have also been enjoying promoting and getting my friends to taste it, so far all my friends studying medicine are impressed!

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Bec’s Run For Better Days

Hi all!  This is one of my first of hopefully many blogs to come so hope you enjoy it. Anyway, a short intro is probably useful…

My name is Bec and I am really excited to be newly supported by AquaForce in my sporting endeavours. I am passionate about cycling, kite surfing, running, tennis and pretty much every sport under the sun, you check out my previous post for full info!

Today I am flying up to Townsville after visiting my family in Melbourne with significantly heavier bags due to the generous supply of AquaForce product for my training for the next few months. I am really looking forward to the next few weeks as I will be really ramping up the intensity of my training, plus I have started a few new fun activities- including rock climbing and a social soccer team at uni. I have also a new fairly major challenge that is on the horizon- ‘The Run to Better Days’. This will involve running 10km for 13 days straight with a team of 15 other athletes from the happiest place in Australia- Hervey’s Bay to Townsville to raise money and advocate for Caritas. At the moment, 10km is achievable, but only with the ramifications of extremely sore muscles and fatigue for the proceeding few days. So I have incorporated 3 running sessions into my training plan, in which I will slowly be building up the intensity and distance up until the run commences in mid-year holidays in July.

In order to fit these new running sessions in, along with 3 longer rides weekly on top of my 8km commute to uni each day, I am being forced to become an early bird (which I am finding slightly difficult!). Unfortunately by body clock is conditioned for sleep no earlier than 11pm at the moment, which when having to waking up at 4.30am in the morning for training rides, does not leave room for much sleep. I am fortunate that I have a full bag of AquaForce to keep me energised however. And as far as my body-clock is concerned, hopefully it will be kicked into place soon and I will be sweet!

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Jehi Willis’ Season Update

Well with the 2012 off road racing season well under way, I must say that I haven’t exactly missed all the preparation that goes into the pre season and the organizing and training your butt off!!  I’ve taken a step back from the professional racing scene this year, concentrating on work and the new addition to our family, my son Reed.

I was hoping to continue riding socially with my mates but so far haven’t found the time, a good break never hurts so I will get back in the saddle soon enough!  I would like to say a big thanks to the guys at AquaForce for all their support during my racing career, they really do have a great product that I will continue to use if I’m riding, doing a bit of training or even to get through a long hot day at work.

Back to the racing, things have been shaken up a little this year with some young guys really stepping up their pace and dicing it with the previous Australian champs in Toby Price(KTM) and Chris Hollis (KTM), Young Yamaha team mates Matt Phillips from Tasmania and a friend of mine and local Victorian Daniel Milner are on fire so far this year and obviously put in a lot of effort over the summer break.  Price currently leads the Championship with Milner in 2nd and Matt Phillips in 3rd, but all that could change quickly as there are plenty of others also riding really well and one mistake could see you out of the top ten.

That’s all from me for now, next time I hope to be telling you about all the road cycling or mountain biking I’ve been doing…….
Cheers,
Jehi.

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Introducing Bec…

Hi my name is Bec and I have a passion for pretty much every sport under the sun. Sport has always had such a profound impact on my life and I can’t imagine life without it! From doing a half marathon on the beach solely possible due to encouragement from friends, to riding from Townsville to Sydney for charity, and jumping out of a plane 16,000ft, sport has taught me that anything is possible if you try hard enough. 

I am most passionate about cycling. Almost everyday I ride my bike; commuting to work, riding to friends house or to the shops. My dream is to have bikes take over the car… with all kids riding to school (or using another form of active transport), business men riding to work, and mothers doing their errands on bikes. For this to happen, it is essential to have government support in providing the needed infrastructure and services to make cycling safer, more convenient, and comfortable.

This is when my energy and passion for sport can be put to good use in advocating for an attitude change by the community to embrace the bike! So here is the plan- to win cycling races! I can rant and rave on as much as I want about how much I love bikes, but in reality, the average person doesn’t listen to a person who is average in what they are trying to promote (including the government). Take a person picking what movie to watch at the cinemas, they are less likely to go see a movie with a never heard before cast, compared to a cast with Tom Cruise and the like. But you see, the problem is that there are few cycling champions that promote cycling for commuting. Instead, the stereotypical cyclist is seen as one that wishes to show off newly toned legs wearing lycra, can keep an average of above 30km/hr, or have a wish to participate in the next Tour de France. This leaves an incredible amount of people that could gain so much from riding a bike but thinking they are incapable. The attitude must change! That’s why I want to get to the top, and be in a position where I can advocate to the best of my ability how much happier people would be if bike riding was the norm for transport.

A few things are needed to achieve my goal, with keeping myself energised and healthy being vital. This is when I was so excited to hear that AquaForce would be in to support me. Since I am living up in Townsville at the moment for studies, I find the greatest challenge is drinking enough water to replenish the amount that I sweat. But obviously, sweat isn’t just water, it is a nice and salty concoction of many ions and minerals that must also be replenished with performance being compromised if not. I heavily support AquaForce, as it is the only sports drink I have found thus far that isn’t pumped with sugar, and other harmful additives.  I can’t wait to implement my plan with AquaForce on my side!