- Boost Explosive Muscular Strength & Power Output,- Improves Oxygen Utilization,
- Increases Aerobic Threshold & Reduce Lactic Acid.
As an Endurance athlete who would not want to reap the benefits of the above three bullet points?
Seeing as how my legs were trashed from the crazy volume that comes with Ironman training I decided to jump on board the First Endurance train for one more go around. They have not lead me astray so far.
I figured that I would give it a try for the recommended 30-day cycle and write-up a blog post on what (if any) the results came to bear. Once again I would be a human guinea pig for the pleasure of my readers!
However, one of my concerns was that I have developed quite a positive bias in regards to First Endurance products over the years and was afraid that I may experience a Placebo Effect when trying out Optygen HP.
BUT, as luck would have it, fellow Endurance Blogger Kovas @ Midwest Multisport Life had started a cycle of Optygen HP on the exact same day as me. Kovas and I exchanged emails each Monday over the 4-week period and we had very similar things to report. Since our results were close (eliminating the Placebo Effect) I figured I could now share my experience.
The claims by First Endurance that Optygen HP would reduce Lactic Acid and Increase Aerobic Threshold are spot on. After long runs the legs felt surprisingly good and lacked that normal burn from the lactic acid build up. This alone was worth the cost of the product because I recovered so much quicker. As for Aerobic Threshold, I run using Heart Rate zones. My long runs are done in Zone 2 which prior to use was in the 8:35-8:50ish per mile pace. This weekend Zone 2 for my long run was between 8:05-8:30 per mile pace. Now this could all be a result of hard training and gains in fitness and I am positive some of it is because I worked my butt off! However, I have never had gains in run fitness like this over similar blocks of training. The only difference in what I have been doing is using Optygen HP.
And then there is the bike ...
My Functional Threshold Power (FTP) increased by 8% over the last month. For those who do not train with power - that is an enormous gain. Once again I have been working very hard and do not want to give all the credit to Optygen HP but it does claim to increase Muscular Strength and Power Output and this is exactly what happened!
Now do I believe Optygen HP will make us all super-triathletes? Not really. What I believe is that it does what it claims (even though the claims are a little wishy-washy) and by doing that it has helped me eliminate crappy workouts. Over the four weeks I felt like I recovered better and since my recovery was better my workouts improved. Since my workouts improved my fitness improved. Pretty simple. Basically, Optygen HP gives you a little extra to help nail your workouts. You still have to take ice baths and use your foam roller but Optygen HP gives you that little extra boost.
My plan is to use Optygen HP through the meat of the Peak Phase of my training program all the way up until race day. After that I will stop and not use it again until 30 days out from my next "A" race.
How do you try Optygen HP? Kovas did his review today and is holding a giveaway for his followers. Go ahead and Click Here to head on over and put your name in the hat for a chance to win!
With Ironman Texas being less than 8 weeks away I have come up with an on-course nutrition plan using only First Endurance. Which I will detail in the next few weeks. All the details that come with doing an Ironman can be very overwhelming but the one area where I have supreme confidence now is in the nutrition plan.
Thanks for Reading,