Lifestyle change paid off during race weekend

February 7, 2018 3 Comments
Cedar Hill Race Weekend
My husband Jake recently became an oiler.  So I asked him to write a guest blog post about his journey using essential oils to compliment his healthy lifestyle.
The first race race of the year is always a little nerve wracking.  You think you’ve prepared correctly, but you never know until race day arrives.
Last year I changed my diet and started to dabble in essential oils.  Despite taking better care of myself, I was starting to notice little aches and pains from over 20 years of bicycling.  I took ibuprofen to mask the pain, but it wasn’t a long term solution.  Since I’d changed my diet, I decided to look for a more natural approach and use essential oils. I have a pretty regular routine for muscle soreness using peppermint or wintergreen, but have used some other oils for this as well.
February 3rd was my first race of 2018, and also my first race in the Masters 40+ field (Note: I am NOT 40 yet, but your racing age is the age you will be at the end of the calendar year). We raced 19 laps of a 2 mile course with a short, but tough climb on each lap.  It wasn’t easy, but I hung with the front group to the finish.
I wanted to spend the rest of the weekend relaxing and recovering from the season’s first test, but I’d signed up for a mountain bike race the next day. The first thing I did after getting home and cleaning up, was apply panaway to my tired legs and drink some AminoWise.  The great thing about AminoWise, other than the amino acids and antioxidants, is that it’s only 10 calories per serving (I take two servings after more strenuous workouts). Some recovery drinks have as many as 300 calories, so the calories add up quickly if I want to have a post race lunch or dinner with my wife.  I need to be more conscious of my caloric intake as I get older because it’s gotten harder and harder to stay competitive, especially if I’m carrying a few extra pounds.
Cedar Hill State Park Race Weekend
The mountain bike race started at 8am and since it would take less than an hour, it was going to be a fast one.  I’ve struggled in races that are all out sprints from the start, so I needed a good warm up and something that would give me a some pep but not make me jittery.  I decided on NingXia Zyng with a shot of NingXia Nitro from Young Living.  The race organizer had split us into waves, but started multiple waves together so you didn’t really know who you were racing against.  We started fast, as expected, and when the trail narrowed to single track I was sitting in 6th place. I followed the rider in front of me down a twisty decent then up a steep climb. As we reached the top I could see a gap had opened up in front of the rider I was following so I had to pass him and start chasing.  I was alone in 5th place, but could see the 4th place rider just ahead.  I’ve ridden these trails close to a hundred times before, but never this fast.  I had a few close calls with some trees, as I chased the riders in front of me.  By close calls, I mean I hit a couple of them but managed to keep from crashing.  I eventually made contact with the group in front of me and found that one rider had built a sizable lead, so we were fighting for 2nd through 5th places.  The group rode together for almost half the race, but eventually split up as we raced through trees, up and down hills, and over rocks and logs.  With a couple of miles to go I was riding in 4th place, but closing in on 3rd as we tackled the last long hill of the day.  As I crested the top of the hill, I took a corner too fast and crashed.  I quickly jumped back on my bike to keep chasing after 3rd place, but the crash had taken out my derailleur and with it half of my gears.  I was the 4th person across the finish line, but since they’d combined waves found out I’d finished 3rd in the pro/cat 1 race.  I’m more than happy with that result considering it was the first race weekend of the year and I rode most of the segments on the course faster than I ever had before.

After loading up my bike and heading home, I drank another bottle of AminoWise and took a look at the scrapes from my crash.  The crash didn’t leave much of a mark. but the run ins with trees left scrapes on my should and hip.  Luckily, Amy has an essential oil mix with lavender that helps cuts and scrapes heal with little to no scars.

I think using Essential Oils and other nutritional supplements from Young Living has made a big difference this year.  When I was younger, I would happily spend hundreds of dollars to make my bike just a little lighter, but they say with age comes wisdom.  I now know that taking care of my body is a much more effective way to improve.  For my next guest blog post, I’ll tell you about how Essential Oils helped not only feel younger, but look younger too.  I’m 39, but thanks to my oil routine, can easily pass for 37.



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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    February 8, 2018

    always nice to have complimentary help to the training…and so happy to hear its working well 🙂

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    Anushka Wickramaratne

    February 11, 2018

    It’s so interesting to hear how the EOs helped during the race! The lavender mix for cuts and scrapes is something I will have to keep in mind.

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    Jessica Bradshaw

    February 12, 2018

    I love that you found something that works for y’all! EO’s are great for so many things!