This is why I ride

century for the cure

After taking a few years off from riding in the annual 100 mile Century for the Cure, I am proud to say that I’ll be participating once again.  Although this year I have to be very honest, and say that I will be riding with a heavier heart.

This is why I ride…

In 2010, I began participating in this incredible 100 mile long bike ride to help raise money for the The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  As you may or may not know, my wife was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2002.  She was treated and cared for by an incredible team of doctors, nurses and social workers lead by Dr. Roger Strair at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and she has been in remission ever since.  In 2010/2011, I had the great honor of riding along side Dr. Strair and meeting many of the wonderful people who he works with.  It was a life changing experience to say the very least and I will be forever indebted to all them.

During the summer of 2015 my mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  It is difficult to rehash this story, but again, my wife and her family found themselves returning to the Cancer Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, where Susan would undergo months of pain-staking chemo therapy and surgeries.  Needless to say 2015 and 2016 will be years that my wife and our family will never forget.

It is with an extremely heavy, painful and saddened heart to say that we recently lost my mother-in-law to pancreatic cancer.  I will be riding this year and dedicating every single mile to my wife and her mother, Susan, two incredible women who fought cancer.  In addition, I also want to dedicate the ride to the incredible team of doctors, nurses and staff at both the Cancer Institute and RWJ, who became a second family to us.  Their compassion, support and love made each and every day a little bit easier to deal with in the face of this horrible disease.

I am pedaling towards a cure for cancer in the 12th Annual Century for the Cure. I will be training hard for a cause that I believe in, and would appreciate your support to help me reach, and even surpass my fundraising goal. Funds raised go directly to cancer research at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and with your support, they will continue to strive to find life saving therapies.

If cancer has affected your life in some way shape or form please consider donating to this worthy cause and sharing my story with your loved ones.

Thank you for you support.

Sincerely,

Rob R. of GuysGoVegan

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Click to learn more about research funded by The Century for the Cure:

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Plant-Based Power

guys-go-vegan_7Did you ever think there could be¬†such a thing as a vegan bodybuilder? ¬†What about vegan football players or vegan ironmen/women? ¬†The truth is, now that you’re vegan, you should know that you’ve just joined a massive group of vegan athletes that think, eat and train just like you did before you became a plant-based human.

There are so many dedicated athletes and fitness nuts who thrive on a plant-based diet.  So whether you want to be a bodybuilder, a marathoner or just a fit-conscious vegan, you can do it and plants can help you!

Once I decided to hop back on the workout wagon, the biggest obstacle standing in my way was TIME. ¬†Between working and commuting, I was exhausted when I got home and in no mood to workout. ¬†I didn’t know what to do until I went over to Whole Foods and combed through the wellness section to see if there was anything out there to get me through my¬†intense workouts.

I’d like to cut right to the chase – the product family that jumped right out and caught my eye was Vega! CLICK HERE to learn about this company and their amazing line of products. ¬†Vega was formulated by the innovative¬†Brendan Brazier;¬†among other¬†things, he is a marathoner and one of the most famous plant-based athletes. ¬†Through many years of trial and error, he was able to create his own¬†plant-based diet that propelled him to becoming one of Canada’s top Ironman Triathletes. ¬†If this is your first introduction to Vega and Brendan, I suggest you take a minute to read more about both¬†in the links above.

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Vega produces four major lines of plant-based nutrition systems.  This includes Vega One, Vega On-the-Go, Vega Supplements and finally, the focus of this article, VEGA SPORT.

Vega Sport

Vega Sport

What makes Vega Sport so incredibly effective is that they focus in on the three phases of your workout equally. ¬†Whether you’re preparing for a marathon, a century ride, or just heading to the gym, you’ll be sure to know that your plant-based body will be plant-based powered.

Want to hear from Brendan and learn about Vega? Click Here!

prepare-hoverI attribute great workouts to being able to intensely focus. ¬†When I first started working out on a serious schedule and regime, I noticed fatigue would set in much faster if I started a workout with my¬†mind flooded with distractions. ¬†So, I turned to Vega to help me out. ¬†Enter…my ever saving grace, the Vega Pre-Workout Energizer. ¬†As a borderline narcoleptic (I’m actually serious), I usually don’t have a lot of excess energy…especially after a long day at the office. ¬†I’m not going to sit here and list out the ingredients and try to explain to you the science behind the pre-workout energizer because I’m not a scientist. ¬†HOWEVER, I will swear to you that this stuff does exactly what it says it does. ¬†After I get done with my stretch, I am ready to go!!! ¬†I can tell you that my mind is 100% focused and my body is ready to move to the next level. ¬†I’m not exaggerating. ¬†When I start moving, I feel energy rushing through my body. ¬†It’s not that fake energy you get from energy drinks. ¬†Its harnessable energy that you control and put to work in order to improve your health. ¬†Check out the pre-workout energizer in lemon lime or acai berry (my favorite) and get ready for the next level.

 

sustain-hoverFor the longer workouts, rides and runs, you’ll need something to get you to the finish line. ¬†Depending on your activity, there are a few different options.

Since my current usual workouts range from thirty minutes to an hour, I tend not to use the Sustain products as much, but when I do they really do work. ¬†For those of you who don’t think a half hour to an hour is a hard work out, then talk to my man Shaun T. ¬†Like I said, you have three options when it comes to enduring through the sweat, cramps, and climbs. ¬†There’s the ELECTROLYTE HYDRATOR that you mix in with your water. ¬†This zero calorie/no sugar supplement keeps you hydrated throughout your work-out and you can even drink this during the day while you’re on the job. ¬†I use this one a lot especially when I’m preparing for longer workouts. ¬†I drink it during the day so that I’m properly hydrated for when I get home.

There are also the Energy Bars, which help you sustain strength and energy during your work-out. ¬†These taste really good. I’ve used them¬†on occasion and each time it’s worked well. ¬†They’re easy to eat most importantly…you won’t feel like your jaw is breaking when scarfing them down. ¬†Since they’re not very dense, you also don’t feel them sitting in your stomach as you continue your workout. ¬†You’ve got two flavor choices here: Apply Cherry and Chocolate Coconut Almond. ¬†You can’t go wrong with either choice.

The last item in the Sustain category is something I’d probably recommend for the triathlon athletes, marathoners and cyclists because its small and easy to ingest while on the go. ¬†The Endurance Gel is designed for quick digestion so you get a quick burst of energy, along with the benefits of being able to sustain that energy. ¬†I tried the Orange Zest (there’s Raspberry too) once during a workout. ¬†I’ll be completely honest with you so you know my review is genuine. ¬†This doesn’t taste nearly as good as the rest of the products that I’ve been using, but it’s not horrible and it works.

 

recover-hoverTime to recover and rebuild your muscles so¬†you’re ready for the following day and getting to the next level…to do this,¬†you’ve got:

I’ve tried¬†all of the Recovery products post work-out, but only the Recovery Accelerator consistently for the past year. ¬† I am completely hooked on this one. ¬†Still think you only get protein from animal based products? ¬†Think again. ¬†The Performance Protein packs 25 grams of complete protein! ¬†Also, the Protein Bar packs 15 grams and tastes awesome! ¬†These products will help you answer answer age-old question of, “Where do you get your protein from?” ¬†You know what, haters¬†gonna hate. ¬†Let ’em, knowing that you have this secret weapon in your back pocket helping you get leaner and meaner.

What I enjoy most about the Recovery Accelerator is how it reduces my recovery time, but also reduces any potential muscle inflammation and muscle/joint pain. ¬†I’m not in high school anymore, but at the same time, I’m not that old either. ¬†Fact of the matter is, I still get sore and after nine years of football, my muscles ache and this really gets me back on my feet in hurry.

There is so much more that can be said, but¬†talk is cheap. ¬†If you’re serious about this plant-based diet and you’re serious about getting back to the gym and becoming a healthier you, then you need to bring Vega into your life. ¬†In addition to the sport products, they offer a wide variety of all-in-one nutrition systems and snack bars that will help you maintain your health properly.

Know one thing. ¬†I continue to use these products, because they are consistent and they work every time. ¬†Even though I’ve been using¬†the pre-workout energizer for a year, I reap its benefits before and during each and every workout. ¬†That’s what I tell people when I tell them about Vega. ¬†People always ask me how much it costs, and¬†I always tell them the truth. ¬†The cost is the cost, and it is a bit pricey when you’re on a tight budget. ¬†To be honest, my wife and I tried cutting out the Energizer and Recovery drinks one month for budget reasons. ¬†However, we absolutely noticed a huge difference in how this affected our bodies, and we made the decision to never cut them out of the budget again! ¬†Honestly, you do get what you pay for with Vega. ¬†Do you want to prepare for workouts, get through them and recover properly? ¬†Do you want to reach the next level and the level beyond that? ¬†YES? ¬†Ok, then trust me! ¬†The products taste great, they are plant-based and they can definitely help you achieve your fitness goals. ¬†Need I say more? ¬†RESULTS DON’T LIE!

Still have your doubts about plant-based fitness? ¬†Not only do results not lie, but neither do these guys listed below. ¬†I can’t tell you that they all use Vega, but they are all incredible athletes who have decided to sustain their bodies in the healthiest and kindest way possible. ¬†Check these guys out and tell me you still think meat is where you get your protein from:

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That’s all for now. ¬†Next up is Movember and I’m working on an exciting project…Stay tuned and check out the track below for a preview:

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