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Meet the Athlete: Emily

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Welcome to the second edition of “Meet the Athlete”, where you can learn a bit about BrittFit athletes– newbies, recreational athletes, and future Olympians.

Let’s meet Emily, BrittFit Youth athlete since Fall 2014.

age: 12
sport: swimming, general fitness
athletic goal: improve running and learn to enjoy it, and complete sprint-distance triathlon this summer
favorite musical group: R5
favorite treat: cupcakes (but she likes baking them even more than she likes eating them), and hot chocolate
least favorite food: watermelon (due to a traumatic experience with the fruit)
favorite life accomplishment: being good at (and enjoying!) reading and writing
hobbies: crafting, reading, and analyzing things (e.g. books, poems, etc.)
dream job: teacher, author, or epidemiologist, and a tea shop owner on the side
dream pet: alpacas!!

Want to see yourself featured in a future edition of M.T.A.? All BrittFit Athletes are eligible. You could be next!

BrittFit (ReFuel) Bar

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Dearest athletes,

There is a new bar in town that wants to help you recover from your workouts!  Please welcome the new BrittFit (ReFuel) Bar- Peanut Butter Mocha.

Since the launch of our bars, many athletes here in SoCal–and beyond–have enjoyed the super-moist, whole foods-based, BrittFit (Fuel) Bars before workouts, during races, or just as a wholesome snack.  After tasting our original flavor, Apple Pie, athletes wanted “MORE FLAVORS, pretty please with a BrittFit Bar on top!” -Anonymous Athlete.  So, we created our next flavor: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.  Taste buds everywhere were pleased, but still not satisfied.  “EVEN MORE FLAVORS,” was the outcry of hundreds of thousands of athlete tastebuds. [Did you know that each of us has up to 10,000 taste buds?]

So…we put on our thinking caps, exercised our creative muscles (and our spatulas), and tested and tested and tested.  Until…we discovered our favorite new flavor combination: Peanut Butter Mocha.  This is unlike our first two recipes in that it contains extra protein (from egg white).  You see, while our previous BrittFit (Fuel) Bars do provide excellent carbohydrate to fuel training,  racing, and other activities , we wanted to give athletes a more ideal all-in-one post-workout option.  We made some tweaks, including the addition of egg whites, to give athletes the perfect ratio (approximately 4:1) of glycogen replenishing carbohydrate to muscle rebuilding protein– all from quality, whole food, sources!  Based on feedback from our athletes, we wanted to include a bit of caffeine (which, in addition to adding yumminess, may aid in the recovery process by increasing glycogen uptake into depleted muscle cells), so we mixed in some fresh-pulled liquid espresso as well as some fine-ground espresso beans.

BrittFit (ReFuel) Bars– in our inaugural Peanut Butter Mocha flavor– will make their debut in January, 2015.   In the meantime, if you are looking to refuel and recover from winter training sessions, you can top your BrittFit (Fuel) Bar with a heaping spoonful of nut butter to reap the benefits of post-workout carbohydrate + protein consumption. Don’t forget to wash it down with a cup of coffee to refuel like a real pro!

The (Very) Official BrittFit Gift Guide

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Titles like “Athlete Holiday Gift Guide” have adorned many a blog post, magazine article, tweet, and hash-tag in athletic social media circles lately.  After navigating page after page of supposed holiday must-haves for athletes, I decided to formulate my very own list, based on what myself and fellow endurance athletes actually do want for Christmas this year–no marketing schemes attached!  Here is the Official 2014 BrittFit Gift Guide of endurance athlete  “essential” and most-desired items:

The (Very) Official BrittFit Gift Guide- What your fit friends (probably) want for Christmas

1. Big Ticket Items (*important to select proper fit, size, style, cut, color, function, etc. as these items are very athlete-specific)

  • New bike**
  • Bike components: saddle* (aerobars*, pedals*, water bottle cage)
  • Bike accessories:  helmet*, bike shoes*, stationary trainer*, power meter*, bike shorts*, jersey*, cycling vest*
  • Swim gear: wetsuit*, swimsuit*, snorkel
  • Run gear: run shoes*, run shorts*, run shirt*
  • Triathlon gear: transition bag
  • GPS watch* with or without compatible heart rate monitor
  • Multisport Services: coaching gift certificates, massage gift certificates, yoga pass, swim class pass, run club membership
  • Excursions: race entry fee, travel/hotel moneys
  • Recovery/Core tools: foam roller, yoga mat, swiss ball

2. Stocking Stuffers

  • Bike accessories: fuel/tool bag, socks, arm warmers, gloves, bike light, water bottles (good ones that don’t leak all over your face when sipping)
  • Swim gear: swim cap (silicone or latex, based on athlete’s preference), goggles (make sure they are the athlete’s favorite style and that they fit!)
  • Run gear: hat, headband, hair ties, gloves*, socks*
  • Triathlon gear: race belt, elastic shoelaces
  • Fuel: gels, bars, drink mixes, COFFEE
  • Gift certificates to multisport shops, and/or places that carry yummy coffee, fuel, and treats
  • Books on training, technique, sports nutrition, and FOOD
  • Recovery tools: compression socks/tights*, pedicure/manicure gift certificate, chocolate
  • Hygiene products: chlorine removal shampoo/conditioner, dry shampoo, deodorant, face cleansing wipes, sunscreen, lotion, Body Glide or other anti-chaffing product

Hope this list is a help to all who fear giving uncool gifts to athletic friends and loved ones!

Please refer to my “BrittFit Gift Guide” Pinterest board for more specific gift ideas (i.e. brands/styles).

Meet the Athlete: Teagan

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Welcome to the first edition of “Meet the Athlete”, where you can learn a bit about BrittFit athletes– newbies, recreational athletes, and future Olympians.

Let’s meet Teagan, BrittFit High-Performance Youth athlete since Fall 2013.

age: 12
sport: swimming
favorite post-swim meet treat: In-N-Out strawberry-vanilla milkshake, double-double, & fries
post workout snack: chocolate milk, or bow-tie pasta w/ butter
favorite swim set: relays
favorite drill: floatin’ (aka. buoyancy drill)
fave event: 200-yard individual medley, & 100-yard butterfly
best times: 2:16(ish), & 1:02, respectively
best accomplishment: qualifying for Senior Zones
hobbies: watching movies, playing with Mowgli (miniature schnauzer)
last thing you ate: an apple
dream job: Olympic swimmer & marine biologist

Want to see yourself featured in a future edition of M.T.A.? All BrittFit Athletes are eligible. You could be next!