Avoid the training bonk!

We are very often counseling our athletes to not just test when they’re feeling symptomatic of something.  Sure we can help you identify why you’re symptomatic and what the proper coarse correction is, but we’d rather help you avoid the symptoms to begin with!

Thomas Gerlach is a Professional Triathlete who has been using ABT in this capacity for years and states this perfect, “As endurance athletes we push our bodies beyond what they are designed to do and it is important to be proactive and identify deficiencies. Too often as athletes we are reactionary and dig ourselves in to holes before we finally capitulate and seek answers. The reality is that it can take weeks, months, or even years to fix those issues. The goal of my blood testing is to stay proactive and identify minor cracks before they become holes.”

Using AthleteBloodTest.com as an early warning system has become a staple of his regiment.  He goes into great detail on his latest ABT findings and you can read first hand how he is proactively addressing deficiencies and making consistent tweaks to avoid the training crash:

http://www.thomasgerlach.com/2018/02/athlete-blood-test-q1-2018-blood.html

Understand the importance of knowing your physiology and how it’s directly correlated to your performance. Listen to the expert, The Happy Athlete.

Understand the importance of knowing your physiology and how it directly is correlated to your performance?  Listen to the expert, The Happy Athlete.

Dr. Joe Sheppard runs The Happy Athlete (http://www.thehappyathlete.net), which is a website dedicated solely for the athlete and provides reviews of various products and services that as athletes, we all use.  I would suggest you check it out and use as one of your key resources!

ABT was fortunate in that we were reviewed by The Happy Athlete for our Gold Panel.  In the article he states, “There are several key elements I like about ABT not only did it give you the necessary physiological information, explained that valuable information and made ideal dietary and nutritional recommendations that would change my blood chemistry over future testing protocols. Typically, the knowledge and information in Physician Blood testing was not explained in this extensive detail through a general practitioner office.”

For the full review, visit: http://www.thehappyathlete.net/product-reviews/fitness/athletes-blood-test-abt-review/

How low iron ended a season

What happens when your metabolism essentially shuts down on you? “After what would be a normal work out for me and feeling the obvious fatigue I was experiencing, it became clear I had a bigger problem” says Betty Elite and AthleteBloodTest.com athlete Susan McNamee. She got into endurance sports later than most and the majority of Americans have resorted to a relatively sedentary life void of any major challenges. Not Susan McNamee!

Susan opted to challenge herself by entering her first Ironman 70.3 as well as other races. After completing her first race she put the pedal to the metal completing 4 Ironman races, several Ironman 70.3 races, running races, and much more in the next 3 years. She was having so much fun that she didn’t notice her body was slowly shutting down. It was during an open water swim prior to two key races that she realized that something was “off.” Her whole body felt like “dead weight with no energy, even mental fatigue.” She tried to see if anything would be different on her bike as this is her strongest discipline. Once things didn’t feel any better, she knew something more fundamental was going on more than just an off day.

She began seeking answers, which included seeing her primary care doctor, various specialists, and performing her own research. After it all, she was still left without answers and without improvement. Susan decided to request a blood panel through her primary care doctor. She had enough working knowledge to know what tests may provide insight into what was going on. The tests were performed and her doctor shared the results. “Everything is within normal ranges”. Susan was again left without an answer.

Ironman Canada, the race she was preparing for came. Susan decided to toe the starting line. Within the first half of the swim she could tell that she didn’t have it. She’s used to finding the dig deep zone. Susan couldn’t dig deep. There was nothing there. While holding onto a kayak she decided to pull herself from the race.

Frustrated by the inability to properly identify why she was feeling so lethargic, Susan decided to use AthleteBloodTest.com with the encouragement of her coach.

Long story short, Susan found the answers she was looking for through AthleteBloodTest.com (ABT). With the help of ABT, Susan has had her best year ever, qualifying for the Ironman World Championship 70.3, signing with Team Betty, and having more fun than she’s ever had training and racing.

Susan now realizes how important it is to consistently monitor her physiology. AthleteBloodTest.com has played a big role in her successes. By identifying special nutritional needs, recovery needs, and physiological tendencies unique to her, she has been able to find consistency in her training and racing. Susan has avoided the problems that caused her body to crash before. Most importantly, Susan is able to enjoy training and racing more because she is feeling good!

Let AthleteBloodTest.com provide you insights into your own unique physiology: http://www.athletebloodtest.com/our-test-panels/

 

Ever wondered how a pro triathlete such as Thomas Gerlach processes AthleteBloodTest.com insights?!

AthleteBloodTest.com athlete, Thomas Gerlach lifts the hood on his own personal physiology and invites everyone in to see how he consumes the critical insights we provide him through our Performance Panels (http://www.athletebloodtest.com/our-test-panels/).

For him, it is very critical to his training and race performances that he is able to identify anything that is going on BEFORE it becomes a major issue.  See his full post for details:

http://www.thomasgerlach.com/2017/07/Blood-work-testing-labcorp-athlete-runner-triathlete-cyclist-endurance-biomarkers.html

Ladies, Know Your Iron Levels!

Female Runner

Iron deficiencies occur in up to 50% of female endurance athletes. Yes, 1 in 2 of you will have inadequate iron levels and may experience some of the consequences commonly associated with iron deficiency; performance declines, fatigue, dizziness, higher than normal heart rates during exercise, delayed recovery from workouts, muscle cramps, sleep problems…all the symptoms you don’t want to feel during training!
This has been well reported and has led to widespread blind supplementation of iron. The result? Many athletes are making fundamental errors when treating themselves. First and foremost, identifying whether you need an iron supplement is very important. A recent study concludes that 11% of elite female runners have iron overload! This carries unnecessary general health risks. Secondly, if iron supplementation is needed identifying the appropriate dose of iron and form best suited for you is critical to getting benefit from your supplement.

What Causes Iron Deficiency?
Many factors influence iron levels. In athletes, some of the most influential factors include training volume, food preferences, food intake, menstrual cycle, and food quality. Although some of these factors can be partially controlled, other big factors cannot. For example, the food we eat nowadays is deficient in vitamins and minerals. According to Kushi Institute, analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent. The cause appears to be reductions in soil quality and vitamin and mineral levels secondary to “over-farming”. Another example of a factor that is not easily controlled is iron absorption rate. Absorption rates of iron are influenced by genetics, gut flora, intestinal health, and even psychological factors like stress.
Given the variables associated with an athlete’s physiology and the variables in foods/supplements, it is critical that you get your blood reviewed by a Sport Science expert.

“If you are a woman and train more than 5 hours per week you should have your serum iron and ferritin levels checked.” Susan McNamee, Betty squad 2017

Have questions, contact us: results@athletebloodtest.com

 

AthleteBloodTest.com featured by Red Bulletin – The Ironman Algorithm

AthleteBloodTest.com has been fortunate enough to be featured in a great article written by Will Cockrell with The Red Bulletin.  He does a fantastic job of telling the story of elite endurance athletes and how they use sports science and technology advancements to drive better performance.

What is even more interesting is how the innovation starts with the professionals, but the common athlete often is the biggest benefactor of these advancements.

Check out the full article at: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/theredbulletin/the-ironman-algorithm

The ABT Team