Topical EDGE makes the hard days easier. It gives me a competitive boost that allows me to push through one final interval or give one final attack. I find using Topical EDGE during the toughest training blocks is most beneficial because it reduces the lactic acid buildup and keeps my legs feeling fresh for the next days workout. Topical EDGE has given me an advantage over the competition which helps me achieve my goals.
Positive results so far especially during the high intensity stuff. One cool result from using Topical EDGE was that I PR’d a 12 minute climb that I had done in a race. My training effort was faster than my race effort.
Here are a couple of quick updates from the team and the 12 hour race we raced a few weeks ago.
The Bicycle Company / No Tubes team had numerous 4 person teams, and like always we go out to get on the podium. I decided to race with the old man old school team which is a group of guys that I have been racing with since the early 90's. Throughout the years we have done numerous 12 and 24 hour races. Sadly they took away the over 200 age group combined which is what we used to race and win. So that said, we didn't expect to get on the podium. I assembled the "dream team" which is some of the fastest guys on the No Tubes Team to make sure we topped the podium as we have every race in the series so far.
The Bicycle Company / No Tubes wound up 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. So 4 No Tubes Teams on top the podium and won the Zia Rides Series overall 4 person team. The "old man team" was 3rd and the team that Greg and Darin assembled was 4th but right on our heels. You will have to get testimony from Greg and his team as they were running faster laps than my guys but my fast laps kept us up somehow.
I used the Topical EDGE for all 3 laps including the run. I am not a runner whatsoever. I try to hike a few times per week just for some cross training and to get ready for CX season. Somehow I was voted to do the "short" lemans style start to the bikes. I figured everyone would kill me on the run but was surprised to find myself 5th to the bike and 4th into the single track. Within the first 5 minutes I had reeled in the guy that was out in front. He is young and fast so I figured I should sit in and get my wits back and pull myself together. Within the next 10 minutes, 2 of the top riders in the state caught both of us and slowly started to pull away. It was then when I decided that was unacceptable so I went around the young guy and reeled both of them back in through the rocky single track in the woods. About 3/4 of the way through the lap, I was right on the wheels of the two guys but this is where the climbing on the course started which led us back to the finish. I slowly lost a bit of contact with them but could close the gap a bit during some of the techy sections. I wound up 3rd place on the first opening lap and had the 3rd fastest lap out of the whole race. I can tell you the Topical EDGE works for me for sure, No doubt.
About 6 weeks ago I was introduced to Topical EDGE athlete performance lotion. I really struggle with lactic acid build up, especially when going from the bike to the run. I have now used the product up to 10 times for interval training on the bike as well as running including speed work, long and slow runs, as well hill training. Each time I have noticed a significant difference in lactic acid build up during training. I was really surprised at how noticeable it was. I really noticed much less of a heavy lethargic feeling when doing a bike/run brick.
Through trial and error I have decided that it works best if I apply it 20 min prior to doing my warm up. They come in individual packages so easy to use and less mess and waste. I like that I don't have to worry about any ramifications with testing from WADA as there are no banned substances.
I am really happy with the results and to have Topical EDGE as another weapon for faster times and quicker recoveries.
At first blush, this stuff works. I've been rocking Topical EDGE on my Saturday Bubba rides. I'm out of shape. Too much work and not enough play put me in a bad spot, creating better circumstances to test this stuff.
Bubba rides are 60-80 miles with 2-3 climbs, so not easy rides in quality or quantity. Usually, I can hang with these guys early but after every pit stop, the fatigue and stiffness steadily set in as we roll away for the next segment. What I noticed with Topical EDGE is the lack of built up "junk" in my legs that my lack of fitness couldn't clear. It allowed me to stay with the fast guys longer and deeper into the ride. I love it.
After 54 years in this planet and many of those either running/riding competitively, I tend to approach anything new with skepticism. But I have to say after my last omnium for the season, I found out that Topical EDGE works!
With my fitness level a bit down and some strong teammates, I figured I would do my best at just doing some hard work helping the team put some guys on the podium. The two days of racing were crazy hot.
With a short explosive effort in the TT Saturday morning, followed by a downtown crit in the middle of the day got me in the red early. My job at the crit was keep things together early and then take as many flyers as I could to thin down the group for the faster finishers on my team. Found myself at the front with a lap to go and just buried myself. Really expected with the high temps and lack of speed work for my legs to feel like mush at the end. I have to say, I was wasted but my legs were okay. Knew I had a very hilly 45+ road race in the heat of the day Sunday would be the true answer if Topical EDGE was really working or not.
After going to the front in the very first long climb and trying to stay away and make other teams chase me all day. I again found myself doing a large amount of work at the head of the peloton for my teammate who was sitting second overall. Just staying on the front putting out the watts best I could all the way to the foot of the final 3.5 mile climb that averages 8% but has a section of 18%. So I figured once there - day done and it would be survival mode to get to the finish. Totally spent and dehydrated I unzipped my jersey and expected the worse. But I just got into my pain cave - rode my own tempo and waited for the cramps I knew were coming. Not one of my faster climbs. But I was able just to keep the legs turning and actually held on to a decent finish to put myself 3rd on the podium in the Masters 50/60. Felt like I was bleeding from my eyes, but never had a single twinge of leg cramps. Without the longer ride in my legs, I have to give the credit to Topical EDGE. I applied it to both legs before all races and it works. Simple application and I'm done. I like that process a lot.
I plan to keep using it through the off season in some gravel grinders and long training rides. Already recommending it to my teammates in cyclocross. Can't thank you enough for turning me on to this. Really good stuff!
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