It’s almost impossible to prepare for a 500 km bike ride. You may study the course, get all your gear dialed, look at the weather, train as hard as long as you can, there is absolutely nothing that can prepare you to give your all for 20h straight with (almost) no stop on the way
The short, intense nature of racing meant proper fueling in the hours and minutes leading up to the race would be critical, as no food was going to be taken on board during the race itself. My choice was to be sipping on the electro2 lightly lemon hydration tablets during my warmup, as well as a Fruit3 blackcurrant bar 30 minutes prior, and finally a Fruit2 bar right before the start to keep the energy levels high during the effort.
Ray Zahab describes his July 2019 expedition with Will Laughlin, a West-to-East transect of Death Valley. Crossing the Panamint and Amargosa Mountain Ranges, plus Death Valley itself of-course. And all of this in July, when it's hottest! So hydration strategy was key, and the product they went with was electro2 and electro3 hydration tabs.
During Ottawa race weekend, we have decided to put together a small team of runners whom we feel truly represent our brand. We thought it would be really interesting for us to tell their stories throughout the weekend.
In 2006, Canadian Ray Zahab, and two friends, Charlie Engle and Kevin Lin, set out on an expedition to cross the Sahara Desert by foot. 111 days and 7,500 kms after leaving the coast of Senegal, they completed their journey by stepping into the Red Sea. National Geographic tracked the expedition by web, as well as the documentary film ‘Running The Sahara’ was filmed to capture the expedition, and raise awareness for the drinking water crisis in North Africa. Ray went on to found Impossible2Possible (i2P) (impossible2possible.com), an organization that aims to inspire and educate youth through adventure learning, inclusion and participation in expeditions. His adventures and expeditions have taken Ray all over the world, to the most inhospitable regions on the planet.