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It’s Never Too Late to Join the Running Game! Interview with Andrew Chau – Marathon Runner

Here at CrampFix, we want to inspire you with some of our amazing ambassadors in a new series of interviews to delve deeper into their sports and personal experiences. We hope that you will be able to learn something new or to connect with like minded people and to grow the CrampFix community!

Andrew Chau Marathon Runner

Andrew Chau @and_he_runs

The first running race that mattered to Andrew Chau was the Half Marathon in 2016. He had completed other fun runs like the Mother’s Day Classic earlier, but he had never dedicated 4 months of training to a specific event. After the Half Marathon, he completed the Blackmores Sydney Marathon that same year.

Since then, he has completed 8 Half Marathons, 7 Marathons, and 3 Trail Races, including the 45km Six Foot Track Marathon. Andrew has also completed a couple dozen shorter distance races that were less than the half marathon like City 2 Surf and the Sydney Harbour 10km.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I’m late to the running game. I’ve never considered myself as a runner and I never imagined myself to run 30km most Sundays and race 4 marathons a year. I grew up as a swimmer, then became a cyclist, a skier, and now a runner.

I pass the time between my running by working full-time as a Landscape Architect, designing playgrounds and parks at Waverley Council. One of my current projects in construction are the fitness stations along the Coastal Walk between Tamarama Beach and Marks Park.

I have a Wife and two fur-children, a Kelpie and a Staffador, they keep us busy and occasionally join us on runs.

How did your running journey begin?

A: Before 2016 I’ve always avoided running – the most running I would do would be the occasional sprint for the train or tram. My sister for the previous decade would always try and entice me to run a marathon, and my response was always the same – they invented bikes for a reason.

In 2016, I finally folded, with my partner (now wife) hopping on the running advocacy band wagon, we all signed up for the Gold Coast Asics Half Marathon. I used the Asics online training plan to get me started, because I had no idea of how to train properly for longer distances. Even after completing the first Half and gearing up for the Blackmores Sydney Marathon, I still believed I was only running to keep myself ski fit over summer.

What races do you have coming up this year?

A: I’m working towards my ‘A’ race, Melbourne Marathon. I bombed out my other race earlier in the year so this will hopefully be the redeemer. Following that I was lucky enough to secure an entry into the New York City Marathon, it will be my first World Major marathon. These races are only 4 weeks apart, so it will be interesting to see how my body holds up.

What is your motivation for running

A: I run because I want to know what my best can be. I also run to support other people achieve their goals and realise their potential – a fair few of the races I’ve completed have been as an official pacer, running down the finish chute and pushing others to finish strong is an amazing feeling, especially when those people go beyond what they had believed they were capable.

What does your training schedule look like?

A:  I integrate a lot of run commutes into my schedule, it kills two birds with one stone, I get to work, and I get my run done, in basically the same time it might take to catch a train. A normal week consists of 90 – 100km of running, made up of two interval sessions, a tempo session, a midweek long run 20km, a 10km tempo and parkrun on Saturday, and Sunday long run 30-35km. On top of this there would be at least one gym session, lots of foam rolling, and about 60-75km of bike commuting.

Do you have any rituals that you swear by before you compete in a race? If so, what?

A: I don’t have any weird rituals, no lucky charms, just a bagel with peanut butter, jam, and a banana, washed down with a coffee, double shot long black from my freshly ground Sample coffee.

Before racing a marathon, I like to get in 2-3km warm-up with some speed build up – before my PB marathon in Sydney last year, I ran almost 4km. Before my 10km PB, I ran 17km!

What was your favourite course/event you have ever done?

A: Adidas Paris 10km. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing! It is the biggest 10km event in France where you sign-up and represent a neighbourhood, you have whole cheer squads for a particular neighbourhood and the noise when you run past is next level! Ale Ale Ale! ODEON! BASTILLE! ODEON! Not only were the crowds amazing, imaging running full speed towards the Eiffel Tower!

What was your biggest learning curve?

A: Train slow to get fast. It isn’t always the best to train hard all the time. Your body needs to time to recover, and the gains from a quality workout will only occur if your body learns to adapt during that recovery. Training hard all the time just causes your body to fatigue, break down, and heighten the risk of injury.

What is your greatest piece of advice

A: Forget about times, race because you want to be there, race because you want the experience. If you’re constantly chasing times you lose focus of why you are there and you place extra pressure and stress on yourself to perform. You will lose the love of running.

 

If you want to follow Andrew’s journey, you can find him on Instagram @and_he_runs.

 

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Spartan Gold Coast Obstacle Race Event Partner CrampFix

In September 2019, Spartan is bringing the world’s best obstacle race to the Gold Coast!
CrampFix is the Event Partner to ensure you have a cramp-free obstacle race!
Spartan Gold Coast offers the opportunity for all new and returning Spartans to find out what it means #BeMore Spartan this year. Get off the fence and experience firsthand what Spartan racing’s all about by committing to a real challenge at Spartan Gold Coast!
CrampFix and Spartan Gold Coast

CrampFix is an Event Partner with Spartan Gold Coast

Win a FREE entry to Spartan Sprint Gold Coast!!!

Follow our Facebook page and tell us briefly how CrampFix has or will help you to achieve your goals to go into the draw to win!
Look out for the competition announcement post on Facebook!
Entries close 5pm Saturday 31st August 2019. The winner is drawn randomly.
Please note that travel and accommodation costs are not included in the prize. The winner must make their own travel arrangements. Only 1 x Spartan Sprint entry included in the prize.

Do you think you’re not fit enough for Spartan?

Think again because Spartan Gold Coast’s got a race and a challenge for all fitness levels – from beginner to elite! In 2019, Spartan Gold Coast will deliver the 5km Sprint, 21km Beast, Combo, Kids Race, and Hurricane Heat 4 hours. New to Spartan? Smash out the 5k Sprint – a distance that is perfect for Spartan first-timers and has been designed so anyone can run it!

Choose your race category

Racers can choose from three categories; Open, Age Group, or Elite. Whatever path you choose, the Spartan family will be with you every step of the way! See yourself conquer obstacles such as the Olympus, the Spear Throw, the Hercules Hoist, the Rings and many more!

A location known for its glorious weather, hinterland views that that demand to be noticed, and an atmosphere like no other… Spartan Gold Coast never fails to deliver!

Cramping in Obstacle Racing

Cramping can be the thing that ends a race. Particularly during obstacle racing!

Obstacle Race Cramping

Cramping in Obstacle Racing is a common race destroyer!

 

CrampFix will keep the muscle cramps away! Drink just one CrampFix QuickFix Shot sachet to stop cramps immediately! Or if you’ve cramped in previous races use CrampFix preventatively. Drink one QuickFix Shot 5 mins before the start to prevent.

Each QuickFix Shot lasts about 40-60 minutes. If the cramps come back drink another one.

CrampFix in Obstacle Racing

CrampFix really is a lifesaver for cramping!

You can safely consume up to 5 x 20ml Shots per day.

 

SPARTAN GOLD COAST LOCATION

The race will be held at in Numbinah Valley, our famous Gold Cost site, and parking is available! Refer to the Race Schedule below for timings.

Address:  2524 Nerang-Murwillumbah Road Numinbah Valley, QLD 4211

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 11:59PM 10TH SEPTEMBER AEST

LEARN MORE:

What is Spartan?

OBSTACLES:

A true Spartan must be ready for anything. We never share our full list of obstacles, we will only give you a sneak preview when we release the course maps before the race. However, you can view our obstacle hacks and other videos so that you get a good idea of what you’re in for!
View Obstacle Videos

TRAINING:

The 5k Sprint requires just a base level of fitness, and how hard you go is up to you. However, if you want to challenge yourself in the Elite or Age Group waves, or tackle the Beast or Combo, we do have a couple of resources available to help you take yourself to the next level:
Download Training Guide
View Training Videos
Follow us on Facebook for Weekly Workouts

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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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Race Cramp Free At Ironman in 2018

Don’t let annoying muscle cramps ruin your Ironman!

CrampFix can help you stay cramp free.

All natural, easy to use BREAKTHROUGH CRAMP MANAGEMENT sports supplement.

CrampFix will be available on course at:
Ironman Australia
Ironman Cairns
Sunshine Coast 70.3

Drinking CrampFix stimulates sensory nerves in the throat which send a signal to inhibit overactive nerves wherever muscles are cramping OR about to cramp.

This theory and it’s safety has been proven in scientific studies. (If you would like to learn more about the studies, please ask us!)

  • WADA/ASADA compliant
  • Low dose
  • No mixing or measuring
  • Relieves AND Prevents muscle cramps
  • Works RAPIDLY!
  • Gluten free, Vegan
  • Convenient packaging – 20ml Sachet OR 50ml Bottle
  • All natural ingredients
  • Made in Australia in our own HACCP accredited manufacturing facility
CrampFix is especially developed to help athletes to achieve their performance goals.

It’s currently being used successfully by professional and recreational athletes around the world, including:

  • UK Commonwealth Games Athletes
  • Serena Guthrie, UK Netball, GWS Netball
  • Kayla Cullen, Silver Fern, NZ Netball
  • GWS Giants AFL Team
  • Gold Coast Titans NRL Team
  • Cronulla Sharks Rugby League Club
  • Tweed Coast Raiders, NRL Team
  • Parramatta National Rugby League Club
  • Highlanders Rugby Club, NZ
  • Leinster Rugby, Ireland
  • Korean Cycle Teams – Team Brave, Team Sooty Smith, Team Liv
  • Korean Basketball

Plus numerous Ironman and Marathon athletes in Australia. Check out our Facebook page for reviews https://www.facebook.com/staycrampfree/

The QuickFix SHOTS are available in 3 great flavours: Lemon, Raspberry & Espresso.

The Espresso included 7mg Caffeine per Shot for an extra HIT!

CampFix is available online at https://crampfix.com.au/where-to-buy/

Also in selected sports stores.

We strongly recommend you try this product before race day. It does have a strong taste but its easy on the stomach and can be swirled and spit out if preferred.

On race day, drink 1 sachet before the race OR before the stage where you think you might cramp. Carry an extra 1 or 2 with you for later in the race to ensure you finish CRAMP FREE!

If you have any questions please feel free to email or call us!

HAPPY TRAINING!

 

 

 

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NEW CrampFix SHOT – Single Serve Sachets with NEW Flavours!!

EXCITING NEWS!!!
Hot off the machine today are our NEW Raspberry and Espresso QuickFix Shots!!
Yes! The Raspberry tastes great!!
Yes! Espresso has Caffeine!!

Same effective CrampFix formula, rapid reliable relief for muscle cramps!

New 20ml single serve, tear open sachets!
Perfect for runners, cyclists, triathletes or anyone on the move.

No mixing, measuring – fits into small pockets.

Buy now online www.crampfix.com.au

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Jeri Chua – Ultra Runner – Saves Cramping Runners At Singapore Marathon

Meet Jeri Chua – An Inspiration for Runners – CrampFix Singapore Distributor

Jeri’s self description:
“Adventurer, ultrarunner, sports nerd. Constantly testing limits, taking inspiration from my incredible circle of friends and beyond. I’m not afraid to go against the grain, not in an aggressive way, just happy to think outside the box. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’d like to inspire people, to show that you can achieve what you first perceive as impossible, by having faith, taking a step out of your comfort zone, and learning from things that don’t quite go as planned.”

Jeri recently helped save cramping runners at the Singapore Marathon in December 2017 with CrampFix!

Running a full marathon herself, Jeri and her CrampFix team were also handing our bottles to cramping runners.

CrampFix works rapidly to treat muscle cramps. The all natural proprietary formula works by activating sensory nerves to control tired and over acting nerves which cause muscle cramps.

Easy to use, CrampFix was developed over three years with professional rugby players in Australia and was recently launched locally and in Asia in 2017.

CrampFix is “breakthrough cramp management” and is now being used widely, including Ironman athletes, marathon & trail runners, international netball players, AFL, Rugby Union & Rugby League players, basketball players, triathletes, open water swimmers, road cyclists and mountain bikers.

Simply drink straight from the bottle or convenient single serve sachet. No mixing or measuring. Use only as required when exercising for rapid relief.

 

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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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