Beat Treadmill Boredom with GoZwift

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Runpod  as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! No further compensation was given and as always, all opinions are my own. 

Happy New Year everyone! I always get so excited about the new year. New year. New goals! New opportunities to start fresh. 2018 was a good running year for me. Lots of races and decent mileage, even battling a couple of injuries. This year I plan to focus on strength more and that means heading to the gym. This also means possibly incorporating more treadmill runs. I’m not a good treadmill runner. I get bored easily. I will run in the rain over running on a treadmill. But Zwift is taking the boredom out of treadmill running.

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Zwift is an app you can download to your smart device. It connects via bluetooth to a footpod that launches your running avatar on the Zwift app. Through Zwift you can run virtually with people all over the world.

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Once you download the app, set up an account, connect your footpod, and find a treadmill you are ready to go! You can plan to meet up with running friends across the country to all virtually run together at the same time on the same route (as we did for a recent BibRave run below). It’s fun to see other runner’s avatars and run alongside them. You can even chat with fellow runners and message the group.

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You can choose what route you want to run to change things up too. You can run through Central London and explore Richmond, Virginia, run through the jungle or even inside a volcano. Run routes aren’t the only thing customizable. You can even customize your avatar to make it look however you want.

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Zwift has 1,000+ structured runs that you can do on the treadmill. For example it will give you tempo intervals on your run, signaling when to start and when to stop your current tempo interval. You can also put in running goals and it will develop a training plan for you. Just want to run and do your own thing? You can customize and build your own workout with Zwift as well. And you can look at your upcoming runs throughout the week.

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At the end of every Zwift run you receive a detailed run report showing you all sorts of running data from your run.

If you run on the treadmill at all I recommend investing in the Zwift footpod and getting the Zwift Run app. It really made treadmill running almost fun and the miles seemed to go by much quicker.

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Better life, Better Performance with iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Extract

Disclaimer: I received a discount on the iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Extract delivery service as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I have been reading a lot about Hemp Extract and it’s benefits for anxiety and sleep but I hadn’t seen it being promoted as an athletic performance enhancer until iKOR Labs. So I opted in to try it out.

IKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil claims to assist with faster recovery by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, better performance through boosted mood, and faster delivery to the body through its liposomal encapsulation technology.

From iKOR’s website:

iKOR is a clean, natural source of recovery enhancing CBD that protects your body from the stresses of training, improves recovery from intense efforts and helps you maintain a positive mental state. The most bio-available CBD product on the market, iKOR is a highly protective anti-oxidant, an effective anti-inflammatory and a powerful mood booster.

I used iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil for two cycles of 7 days. Immediately I noticed a calming effect after starting the cycle. My anxiety was much lower and my sleep was much better and more restful. I wasn’t as anxious before workouts. I ran three different races while on iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil and I did feel like I recovered quickly after each race. I wasn’t as sore as I have been in previous races.

The iKOR Performance CBD Hemp Oil worked well for me mostly in the respect that I felt more well rested and less stressed while on a 7 day cycle. This translated to my training well by giving me more energy for my workouts. My only con to report would be the taste. It’s an acquired taste. The citrus flavor just mixed oddly with the hemp oil in my opinion. I got used to it quickly though.

If you’re interested in trying out the Performance CBD hemp extract you can save 20% off w/ code BibRave20.