This is my fourth year participating in a January detoxification. I choose to do a yearly cleanse due to the massive stress I put my body through during the race year. In addition, we all get exposed to an overload of toxins every day. I did a thorough metabolic test back in 2010 and found that my levels of tar and plastics were off the charts. The tar came from breathing the fumes from freshly paved roads and the plastics came from drinking water during my bike training from plastic bottles. So with my knowledge that I am a prime candidate for toxin overload, I start each year off with a full blood panel to see what my base levels are. Then I begin my detox. I have varied the number of days that I've participated in the detox over the years, but this year I decided to commit for the full twenty one days.
There is a lot of misconceptions about detox's. Many people hear the word and they immediate think a juice cleanse that will catabolize muscle and change their metabolism. I, personally, favor participating in the Standard Process detox:
This is a healthy cleanse that allows for plenty of good healthy calories throughout the 21 day process. While I'm on the cleanse I track a variety of factors: sleep amount and quality, weight, body fat, resting heart rate, energy level, and oxygen saturation. Well I'm currently twelve days into my cleanse and every factor has shown significant improvement so far. My sleep is very restful. I am sleeping straight through the night instead of waking frequently. I am down 6lbs after a bit to much holiday cheer. My body fat is down 2% and my resting heart rate has been averaging 36bpm. I feel great throughout the day. My thoughts are very clear and my energy levels are high. However when it comes time to go to sleep, I have no problems falling asleep. Also, my blood oxygen saturation readings are consistently 97-98.
The idea of a cleanse can be a bit overwhelming but I am very happy that its part of my yearly routine.
Career Highlights: 2009 USA Triathlon Amateur Athlete of the Year, 2012,2013, 2014 USA Triathlon Masters Athlete of the Year, 2014 USA Triathlon Olympic National Championship Masters Champion, 4 X Ironman 70.3 World Championship Age Group Winner (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013), 18 X 70.3 Overall Amateur Champion, 9 X Ironman World Champion Finisher (4 X Top 10 in Age Group), 2015 American Zofingen LC Champion, 2nd OA IM Maryland
I started competing in triathlon in the summer of 2000. I had always been intrigued by the sport since the early ‘80s when I would watch the Hawaii Ironman on TV. I got into running at a young age (6yrs old) as my father was a big marathon runner back in the late 70’s, early 80’s running boom. I did my first 10-mile road race when I was 10 years old. I also played ice hockey throughout my childhood and I stopped running my sophomore year in high school in order to completely focus on ice hockey. I did not run again until the fall of 1999. During that race, a friend of mine mentioned that he competed in sprint triathlons, short duration races lasting around one hour. I was immediately interested and I signed up for my first triathlon in July of 2000 up in Falmouth, Ma. I was immediately hooked. I loved the competition. I especially liked the aspect of the three sports and how one could continue to practice and improve in each sport. I believe all three sports compliment each other. I also really enjoyed the idea of challenging myself to see where I could get. So, while triathlon is a competition, I see it more as a race against yourself then others. It is a very addictive sport, but I think it’s probably one of the healthiest addictions that I know of. The training is also a great stress relief. I worked in New York City for the past 5 years and down on Wall Street for 2 years. The commute and the lifestyle can get pretty stressful at times. The training really helped me de-stress and stay focused. I have three little boys and I really enjoy sharing the sport with all three of them. I don’t care if they ever compete in a race, but I do believe it’s important to expose them to healthy opportunities in life. I would say that the hardest endurance scenario I’ve faced was actually the first half ironman I competed in up in Laconia, NH, which was the Timberman race. I’ve completed four full Ironman events, but that half ironman was my first attempt at the distance. I feel, in hindsight, that I just was not properly trained for the event. It was an incredible eye opening experience. I don’t think I’ve been more tired then the moment I crossed that finish line. However, the human mind is fascinating, as I was looking forward to the next race less then 24 hours after.