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Race Recovery - Swiss Natural Microlactin


Recovery time is a concern for most people who do endurance sports.  My concern does not come from a desire to win my next race.  My concern is simply being able to function after doing a marathon, half Ironman or Ironman event.  Will I be able to walk the next day, drive myself home from the race location, and go to work the next day?

So, when I was contacted by Swiss Natural back in April and asked to test a product that claimed to increase recovery time and reduce inflammation, I was eager to give it a try.


Microlactin claims:


  • Clinically proven to significantly improve pain and stiffness associated with everyday activities in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis. 
  • Proven to provide significant improvement in joint symptoms in as little as 2 weeks.
  • It has provided a significant reduction in pain and stiffness in 9 or 10 patients.
How it works:
  • Microlactin contains Milk Proteins
  • It effectively supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory system
  • It is free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, sweeteners, corn, soy, gluten, wheat and yeast.
I received a bottle (120 capsules) and started taking them 2 weeks before the Oliver Half Ironman.  I have no problem swallowing pills, but I did find taking 4 capsules 2x per day a bit much.  

I don't suffer from osteoarthritis but it claimed to reduce inflammation which aids in recovery after strenuous exercise. 

During the 2 weeks I noticed a decrease in my recovery time between my cycling and running workouts.  I was feeling great going into the event, but the real test was how I would feel after the Half Ironman.  Although my muscles were stiff right after the event, I was surprised how good I felt.  Even the next day when I had to drive home from Oliver (4 hour drive) my muscles felt almost completely recovered.  Within 2 days after the event I was running and cycling as if I had not done the race a few days prior.

Now, I could attribute this to better race prep and training but I am not convinced.  Going into Oliver I was confident about my swim and bike but not about my running.  Given the stress that running puts on your body and the ease of recovery, I have to think the Microlactin had a positive effect.








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Fun

In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today