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Your How-To CrampFix Guide for Ironman

CrampFix Triathlon

Our Ambassador Rod Miller Ironman 70.3 Geelong

If you can complete an Ironman without one single cramp, congratulations because you must have some type of super power! For majority of athletes competing in an Ironman, cramping is a real problem that can hit you like a brick and really throw you off your game. To help give you an idea on how to use CrampFix during your race to keep you ahead of your cramps, we have put together a short guide on how to use CrampFix in an Ironman race.

Our first tip is that if you know that you have a tendency to cramp at certain times, we recommended that you have a shot of CrampFix a few kilometres before you reach that distance or time to use as a preventative. A lot of athletes prefer to carry our QuickFix Shots and will usually have a shot at around the 60-80km mark.

The major turning point for athletes cramping is at the beginning of their run. We recommend that you store your CrampFix in your T2 bag and have a shot during transition. You could also drink one shot just before getting off you bike – whatever is most convenient and easy for you.

If possible, try to carry a minimum of 3 shots or 1 bottle during your run. To avoid cramping, top up with a 10-15ml shot of CrampFix every 40 minutes or when you feel like a cramp is coming on.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated and to keep your minerals and nutrients up to help get you through the race. Cramping is most commonly caused by a lack of hydration, lack of minerals and salt, lactic acid, or a combination of all three. At the time of a cramp, salt and magnesium tablets won’t give you relief for about 15-20 minutes. Carrying a shot of CrampFix is the fastest way to get rid of a cramp and help get you back on your game.

 

We will be at Noosa Triathlon November 3, 2019

Come say hello and stock up on your favourite cramp management product!

 

Check out how our ambassador Rod Miller stayed cramp free and made a 5 minute PB!

“Due to the coldness of the water in Geelong which is well under the temp that I am use to living in Cairns, I took my first Raspberry Shot just before the swim leg. Piece of mind for me knowing I will not have any cramping issues while swimming in cooler waters. Result = 5 min PB for the swim leg!!! 

On the bike leg I had my second Lemon Shot around the 60km mark which I use to help me refocus thanks to that lemon flavour and stay strong and cramp free with some long hills coming up. 

Feeling good coming on to the run leg with some short little hills at either end of this two lap course. At the 8km mark was my next and most favourite shot, Espresso Shot 🖤 with 7mg of caffeine gives me that little kick to keep focused towards the finish line

Overall a new PB and another Cramp FREE race thanks to CrampFix!”

 

Save money, get any 6 Shots for $25!

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Q & A with Caleb Noble – Professional Triathlete & Ironman

Caleb Noble Noosa Triathlon Winner

Starting triathletes at the age of 15, Caleb Noble has found himself competing professionally around the world by the age of 24. For a few years he has been competing in elite ITU races and has only just started racing professionally in Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events.  Caleb has been an avid user and ambassador of CrampFix for almost 18 months and has since recently won the Runaway Noosa Marathon and had the opportunity to race in Challenge Almere in Amsterdam.

How did your triathlete journey begin?

C:  I grew up in a small country town (Ganmain) close to Wagga Wagga NSW and grew up around Aussie rules. I found triathlons when I was 15 doing the NSW all schools triathlon and from there moved onto ITU racing and then onto long course triathlons.

What does your training schedule look like?

C: I try to train for roughly 20-25 hours on a good week. On a bad week, maybe a little bit less depending on how much time I have. I try to do as much as I can, but I also work full time landscaping so I try to find the right balance.

What does your diet consist of before, during and after a race?

C:  I make sure I get my carbs in pre race and make sure I’m very well hydrated.

During the race I’m just trying to focus on getting my electrolytes and carbs in to sustain me for the duration of the race.

Post race I have a few drinks with mates and a good meal.

How do you use CrampFix in training and for an event?

C: I use CrampFix throughout my training pretty often. I make sure I’m taking it every hour and keep on top of it so no cramps come on.

What races do you have coming up this year?

C:  I’ll be racing the Noosa Triathlon up next in November. Then I will race Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney in November and I haven’t planned December yet.

What was your biggest learning curve?

C: Learning to adapt to the training load leading into a big event and to really rest and freshen up in taper week.

What is your greatest piece of advice?

C:  Train smart, not hard. You are better to go into a run slightly underdone then to over do it and burn out and over train.

 

If you want to follow Caleb’s journey, you can find him on Instagram @calebnoble95

 

We can’t wait to be there to support Caleb and everyone racing at Noosa Triathlon on November 3.

Keep your eyes out for CrampFix if you’re there and come say hello! We will have free samples and products to buy to help get you through the race

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Triathlon Leg Cramps CrampFix “Be it training or racing, I’m happy they work for me!”

If you’re wanting to use CrampFix in your next triathlon but aren’t sure just how to … read this race report by Ironman Triathlete & Ultraman Kristin Trappitt.

“For the Ironman 70.3 Geelong I took an Espresso CrampFix pre swimming as I can get quad and calf cramps during the swim. Not on Sunday thankfully!.

On the ride I had a Raspberry CrampFix at 20km and again at 65km. These help me as I have tight calves and it helps me stay looser into the run.

This was a tough run, especially with the warming conditions. A Lemon CrampFix at the end of Lap 1 of the run and NO CRAMPING issues at all during the day!

I continue to enjoy the benefits of CrampFix with all my extended days. Be it training or racing and I’m happy they work for me”

December 2018. Photo of Kristin Trappitt and Rod Miller.

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Cramping in an Ironman 70.3 Race

Many triathletes experience painful and annoying cramping in an Ironman 70.3 race. Commonly, not long after the second transition. Or, some triathletes get cramps during the swim or bike leg.

It’s also common for triathletes to experience cramps during all of their races or just some of their races! Everybody is different! Cramping can occur during any of the Ironman 70.3 race stages.

That is why having a ‘get out of jail card’ can be useful. When a cramp strikes it can be hard to get rid of quickly. So carrying a cramp specific product that you know will work fast can be a very wise decision!

What about using Salt Tablets?

Traditionally triathletes have used salt tablets to help keep cramps away. This is very much old school. By the time the salt tablet makes it’s way through your digestive system you’ve already lost the race! Science is now telling us the fastest and safest way to get rid of muscle cramps is by activating sensory nerves in the mouth. This triggers a very quick reaction to get the overactive nerve signals under control and release the cramp. If you can activate the sensory nerves, the cramp will be gone much quicker.

Following a strict nutritional plan is also a wise option. There are tons of wonderful hydration and energy products on the market and as long as you have trained with these you could get through your race without experiencing any cramps.

The reality is though that some people will still cramp. There are just so many variables that can throw any race plan off course. Maybe the weather is warmer, more humid or perhaps your energy levels are not as you anticipated.

If you have never raced an Ironman 70.3 and are after some tips, read this detailed Race Report by Ash Hunter, Ironman World Champ qualifier. Cramping has always been a huge concern for Ash during an Ironman 70.3 and full Ironman race. Ash commonly experiences bad quad cramps during the bike leg.

Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie Race Report, by Ash Hunter

I was a little unsure about how the body would be feeling going into this race, considering I was halfway through my final build leading into my first Ironman (Ironman Cairns).

 Warm Up Swim

Due to it being low-tide we weren’t able to do a quick warm-up swim so I decided to go for a 5-10 minute run in my wet-suit (barefoot) including an upper-body dynamic warm-up halfway.

In hindsight, it wasn’t the best idea to go for a run without shoes because my feet went numb and I wore the material between my thighs on my wetsuit… oops! I felt warm and ready to go after this so I’m glad I did it.

While lining up in zone 1 ready for the rolling start to get to me, Pete Murray was doing an awesome job at pumping the crowd up, for some reason, it made me reflect on the journey over the past 6 months on my comeback from surgery with a fractured collarbone.

The competitor next to me said something like, “This is the worst part of the day, I just can’t wait to start.” I could barely reply as I was all choked up with emotion thinking about the journey to get to the start line.

Swim Leg

OK it was GO time, the line was moving quite quickly and I only had a dozen people in front of me. All of a sudden, I was emotionless and only focusing on the task at hand.

Thinking about my swim plan with the words of my coach running through my head from our phone call the previous night. I managed to follow my plan throughout the swim focusing on a couple of aspects of my technique which I tend to forget when I’m under pressure and was able to find some feet after the first turn-around and settle into a nice rhythm. Soon enough I was at the northern turn-around point when I could hear cheering… on a swim course! Shout out to the people who were out on their yachts giving support.

With about 300m left I could hear the voice of Ironman as well as the wonderful Pete Murray’s voice getting louder. As I was running up the ramp I could see Korupt Vision laying on the ground in his wet-suit doing what he does best, I managed a quick “Hi Glen!” while running past placing my goggles on top of my forehead.

 

Bike Leg

The BEST part of the day! I looked down at my watch and realised I came out of the swim with a PB! This gave me a boost of confidence as I knew that I wouldn’t have lost too much time to the girls up ahead. Keeping within the present moment by consistently thinking about my present power, rpm, position on the bike and getting nutrition/hydration in. I find focusing on these few things helped me stay within the moment.

My nutrition on the bike included two bottles each with 2 x CLIF Shot Gels + 1 x Nuun tablet. One bottle with Razz Raspberry CLIF Shot Gel and the other with Lemon Lime CLIF Shot Gel.

I had 1 x CrampFix sachet at the 65km mark for prevention purposes and sodium intake.

Even though I found this ride extremely bumpy and hard to stay super aero all the time, I seriously couldn’t stop smiling the entire ride and was just SO happy to be out there. Racing into T2 with my power plan on point I also learned that I was 5th female overall and first in my age group posting the second fastest female bike split of the day. I scoffed down 3 x strawberry Clif Bloks and got out of T2 as fast as I could with a huge smile on my face.

 

 Run Leg

I seriously had zero expectations for my run considering the block of training we were in. My goal was to run a faster time for the first lap than my second lap. A male age grouper “Deano” and I left T2 together, he seemed to be running at a very consistent pace so I asked kindly if he didn’t mind if I sat behind him, offering him any Clif Bloks or CrampFix if he needed it. At the 8km mark he let me know he was going to start to slow down now and wished me all the best with the rest of the run. Thanks for the company Deano!

I was able to keep a consistent pace throughout the first lap and then dropped the pace back roughly 10 sec per km for the second lap. I didn’t have any issues on the run until I got to the 17km mark where I could hear my stomach slugging up and down due to drinking too much water which gave me a stitch in my stomach. It took me about 1km to breathe it out, finally I could pick up the pace again for the final few kilometers.

My Nutrition Over the Run Course

4 x strawberry Clif Bloks,

a few cups of alternating cola and electrolytes

3 x CrampFix Sachets:

I had the CrampFix sachet’s at the 8km, 12km and 16km mark, rinsed them down with water but in hindsight I think using only cola to wash it down would have worked better than drinking both water and cola.

It was great to trial CrampFix as a preventative in a race situation and a replacement to salt tablets.
One sachet of CrampFix has roughly the same amount of sodium as one salt tablet.

A massive shout out to another male age grouper “Dave Walsh” who pushed me along for the final 1km (which turned out to be 1.5km… we got more than we bargained for searching for that finish line feeling). I love that there is a comradery like spirit out on race day, even though this is an individual sport. 

I was over the moon to be able to place 1st in the female 25-29 AG and third female amateur overall.

My splits for the day: Swim – 00:30:19  Bike – 02:36:350  Run – 1:38:430  Overall time – 4:49:29.

 

 A massive thank you to the following for all your support leading into this race: CrampFixT:zero Multisport and my amazing coach Richard Thompson, my swim coach – Lisa Spink, Team Clif Bar Australia, Unique Health Products , 17 Hours Tri Clothing and Di’s Fitness & Massage.

Back to work for me for the final build leading into my first Ironman! See you all at Cairns.

Read more about Ash Hunter and her training for Ironman.

 

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Leg Cramps In Ironman CrampFix Can Save Your Race

Ironman athletes can suffer terrible leg cramps during racing and training.

“CrampFix really was a lifesaver, you put a hell of a lot of training hours into those types of events as you know, so it was a massive relief to find a product on course that literally fixed the problem in a minute or so, and enabled me to complete the event.

Port Macquarie 70.3 last year was my first long course triathlon. I felt like $1million bucks coming off the bike, and

 

within the first km of the run I was struck with my first EVER leg cramp.

 

I honestly thought my day was over, I had no idea how I would run another 20k.

Then I was lucky enough to find CrampFix at the next aid station, and it literally saved my event.

I went on to achieve my 70.3 goal.

One year later, I am attempting my first Ironman, and

I won’t think of starting without a CrampFix sachet in my belt!”

Nick Hall, Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie 2017

Leg Cramps in Ironman

‘CrampFix saved my race’ – Nick Hall, Ironman

CrampFix works rapidly by activiating sensory nerves in the mouth. Fast relief when you need it. Use it only when you need it. Prevents cramps and stops them.

Ironman athletes can cramp during any of the 3 legs. During the swim, bike or run. An Ironman can spend between 8 and 18 hours on the course. Cramping can be thing that stops a race. CrampFix will save your race!

Don’t let leg cramps in Ironman stop you from achieveing your goals! CrampFix is helping pros, top age groupers and first timers get through an Ironman cramp free!

It’s easy to use and carry! Packed in handy sachets, like gel packs. Tear open half way and drink or swirl and spit.

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CrampFix – A Story For All The Skeptics Out There

Cristian Homoc, Age 53, First Full Marathon at the Melbourne Marathon.

Here is the email he wrote to CrampFix after the event:

“Hello,

I wish to share my story with all the skeptics out there, as I was a skeptic myself.

I recently participated in the 2017 Melbourne Marathon. On the day when I went to pick up the race pack, I saw the CrampFix stand. I had never heard of CrampFix before and honestly, I thought it was just another gimmicky product. I listened to what the the guy had to say about it and left.

Something prompted me to google CrampFix and I read the reviews from previous users. That made me decide that paying $10.00 for a bottle, was like buying an insurance policy. You hope that you never need to use it. As it was a reasonable amount, I bought a bottle.

On the race day, I put the bottle in my belt pocket, thinking that if I was to need to use it, it would be after the 30km mark.
I had a great start and everything appeared to go my way. Except that at about the 3km mark, I started cramping in my right calf (which I had never cramped in before!). I got seriously concerned and slowed down, worrying that I would not be able to finish the race. As I was running more slowly, I managed to put up with the discomfort until about the 12km mark. At that point I used approximately half of the content of the CrampFix bottle, not holding great hopes. It took longer for the effect to take place, than the 30-60 seconds mentioned during the description of the product, a couple of days earlier, but to my surprise, after 1-2km it started working.

By the time I passed the 15km point, I was not bothered by the discomfort in the right calf, anymore.
I continued the race and took another sip for good measure, at the 30km mark. The rest, which was about 10ml, I took at about the 37km mark.

I managed to complete the race slightly outside of my goal of under 4.5 hours, but I believe that CrampFix made the difference between completing and not completing the event. This was my first Marathon (at age 53) and without CrampFix, the event could have been a disappointing experience.
Now, I am thinking that for next year’s Melbourne Marathon, I will buy two bottles. I will use some CrampFix before the race (as suggested on the information card), as a preventative measure and I will keep one bottle with me during the race.

Thanks guys”

Cristian Homoc

CrampFix provides athletes a valuable tool to manage muscle cramps. It works neurologically.

After taking CrampFix the sensory nerves in the throat are activated to send a signal through the spinal cord to control the overactive nerves where the muscles are cramping. It works rapidly to prevent as well as treat muscle cramps.

It is recommended to take CrampFix just 10 minutes before exercise or before expected cramp stage. This will work well to prevent any impending cramps.

If cramp does strike CrampFix can be taken to provide rapid relief, allowing athletes to continue to perform.

CrampFix is an all natural proprietary formula with a specific Ph level and combination of minerals. It is Gluten Free and Vegan.

For more information visit https://crampfix.com.au/?p=8

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Breakthrough Cramp Management

CrampFix® is a new formulated supplementary sports food especially developed to help athletes to achieve their performance goals.

CrampFix® provides the impetus athletes need to increase drive performance.

FIX CRAMPS BEFORE THEY START

Fix the NERVE (NOT the muscle)

CrampFix® treats muscle cramps through the neuro-muscular system.

Instead of treating the cramping muscle itself as most commonly done, CrampFix® treats the overactive NERVES.

Just minutes after taking CrampFix®, muscle cramps anywhere in the body are rapidly released.

CrampFix helps athletes TAKE CONTROL of muscle cramps. Rapidly.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Muscle fatigue combined with overactive nerve signals cause muscles to cramp.
  2. Drinking CrampFix® stimulates sensory nerves in the throat.
  3. A signal is sent through the spinal cord to inhibit the overactive nerve signals.
  4. The overactive signals going from the nerves to the cramping muscle are interrupted.
  5. The CRAMP IS RELIEVED or PREVENTED.

THE CRAMPFIX® FORMULA

CrampFix® contains all natural ingredients including vinegar, salt, sugar, water, natural lemon flavour, magnesium, potassium & calcium.

This proprietary formula has just the right blend of astringency, pH and mineral content that provides rapid and reliable relief.

GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN, WADA/ASADA COMPLIANT, ALL NATURAL

MADE IN AUSTRALIA

HOW TO USE CRAMPFIX®

  • Drink 10ml (2caps), 5-10 minutes BEFORE exercise to prevent muscle cramps.
  • Drink 15-20ml at FIRST SIGNS of cramping for rapid relief.
  • Drink 10ml AFTER exercise to prevent post exercise muscle cramps.

Note – 1 Bottle = 50ml

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CrampFix Saves Ironman Athletes From Muscle Cramps!

“I ran the fastest time I have for years!” – Cairns Ironman Athlete, 2017

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Do you need relief from muscle cramping? Do you need something to fix muscle cramps? Prevent muscle cramps?

CrampFix is an easy to use, fast acting, sports supplement.

CrampFix® works through the nervous system by stimulating the sensory nerves in the throat. Pretty simple really!

The CrampFix® formula has just the right ingredients (which are all natural, gluten free & vegan) to rapidly relieve and prevent muscle cramps.

Use CrampFix® BEFORE, DURING & AFTER EXERCISE.

Simply drink 15 to 20ml of the concentrated formula – no dilution or mixing required – OR swirl for approx 30 secs around the mouth and discard.

The swirl and spit method is perfect for athletes who have sensitive stomachs or who do not wish to digest extra nutrition.

Each 50ml bottle has enough for 3 to 5 serves and can be ordered online now at www.crampfix.com.au/buy

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