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The 3D Rotorua Multisport Event - I DID IT! Posted on 22 Jul 11:37 , 0 comments
YES I did it!
I completed the Multi-Event
I am focusing on my whole body health this year - through healthy eating, supplements, being mindful of my mental health, and exercising. I have been training hard, and recently completed my first multi-event!
The 3D Rotorua Multisport Festival 30k event is a 4.5 km Paddle (Kayak), 21 km Mountain bike, and 5.5 km run/walk.
The day of the event saw terrible weather - windy, raining, cold and very muddy.
First up was the Kayak - 4.5 kms around the Blue lake near Rotorua. Julie (my trainer) and I completed it in 37 minutes. We were in the second half of the field but a long way from being last.
The mountain bike leg followed. It was very slippery and steep in parts which many people walked, including Julie and I. We did 25kms in a little under 3 hours. I fell numerous times during this stage, grazing and bruising both legs.
I was now 3.5 hours in and feeling very tired. I still had the 5.5km walk - my weakest link - to complete.
The walk was over rough terrain in the mud and rain. I knew the walk would be the toughest leg, but I underestimated just how tough it would be. 1km in and I had slowed considerably. My right foot drop was back and my right leg was dragging but I was determined…...
At the 3km mark, I was physically exhausted. My trainer asked if I wanted to quit, and this spurred me on - it became mind over matter, with my stubborn nature taking over! But it was hard to stand, let alone walk….
It was at this stage that I realised I had not taken my second Biotin Complex of the day - I had planned a prepped but forgotten to take it, and boy was I feeling it.
With 1.5km to go, and the event due to close in 1 hour, I found myself falling regularly, soaking wet and covered with mud. I took my last fall, tripped going down a slight slope and face planted in the mud. I burst into tears, face in the mud. I didn’t want anyone to see me like this! “Come on you, pull yourself together!” I said to myself. With tears running streaks through the mud on my face I gradually rolled over and sat up.
Julie helped me to my feet and I regained my treacherous stagger. Then, like a light through the darkness, my family showed up!
Seeing them actually spurred me on even more. I told Tabatha I had not taken my vitamins, and Archer offered to run back and get them. A good country runner he was back with the supplements in about 10 minutes. I washed down two Biotin Complex with the last of my water. Around 20 minutes after taking the Vitamins I was standing straighter and walking more smoothly. It was really quite incredible the recovery the supplements had added. I was totally blown away by the results, suddenly the end of this walk was doable again.
I'm proud to say, I did not fall again. With my family spurring me on, I headed towards the finish line.
Finally….. after 7 hours I crossed the finished line and burst into tears for the second time today. Only this time it wasn’t out of frustration, it was Joy!
My takeaway from this event was I’ve never felt stronger or fitter since having MS. My mental clarity has been sharper, my fatigue less and most importantly the confidence I now have in my defective body - MS is not going to stop me from doing things. MS might slow you down, but it doesn't have to stop you. I know I can do more and I must stay on this path, take my supplements every day, and focus on a good diet, and regular exercise.
Fastest time - 2:18:18
Slowest time - 4:50:21 (not including me and Jewels)
My time - 7:17:57
Julie's time - 7:18:07 (thanks for not letting me cross the line last!! ;-))
Out of 39 entries, 3 did not finish the entire course. But I did!
Thank you to everyone who helped me - whether it was through training, support, or a simple word of encouragement.
As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, please feel free to get in touch.
What makes Multiplesupplements.com Biotin different? It's the Best! Posted on 18 Oct 09:42 , 0 commentsMultiplesupplements.com have 4 different Biotin options as we know that not all MS’ers are the same. Different mechanisms work for different people. It is not a “one fit for all” and not everyone has the same amount of financial capacity. We understand that and have provided a solution so everyone can have access to Biotin.
Newspaper feature on Multiplesupplements Posted on 12 Sep 19:57 , 0 comments
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What is a COA and how should it impact the Biotin we are buying? Posted on 3 Sep 12:38 , 0 comments
A COA is Certificate of Analysis is a document issued by Test Laboratory, it confirms that a regulated product meets its product specification. So basically that Biotin (a simple white powder) is actually Biotin. The importance of the COA is to confirm the purity and the biologically active Biotin D.
Most Biotin comes from China with a COA to confirm the quality. However it is important that the product is retested from a independent agency (preferably outside of China) to confirm the Chinese supplier COA is correct.
What does the COA tell us?
Specific Rotation confirms it is biologically available - d-Biotin. The higher this number is the more d-biotin is in the sample. The lower the number then the higher the concentration of the non active forms of biotin in the sample.
Assay - this confirms the purity of the substance being tested. For our grade, Biotin needs to be 97% or higher. The higher the number the better. MS Biotin Complex and MS Biotin Boost are 99%. (Note the Assay has a test accuracy of negative or plus 5%, so you can get a purity of up to 100.5%).
Finally that the product complies with a USP standard; the US governing agency who sets the standards. Every 6 months USP adjust their standards. The current standard is 40 or 41. Testing to USP38 for example would indicate that the sample meets USP specification of a couple of years ago, which is also ok.
Multiplesupplements.com retests all samples before purchasing, then retests again on receipt of the Biotin and of every vessel received. The testing is completed by an independent Quality Assurance specialist in NZ to make sure the results are correct and meet the purity that has been purchased, and 2 meets Multiplesupplemets.com biologically active biotin D that is needed.
What is important when looking at a COA?
- is it an independent retest to the supplier?
- is there a batch number on the COA confirming what product is being tested and verifying chain of custody?
- a valid date
- product listed within the capsules
- specific Rotation - 89 - 93%
- Assay - 97 - 100%
Not all COA’s look the same, several suppliers do there own testing in house or simply use the China’s Supplier COA as their own and reprint the information. This is not want you want. Nor is a company that does not supply a COA.
Ideally you will see a CoA from the manufacturer and a CoA from an independent Lab verifying the accuracy of the manufacturers CoA.
Both Manufacturers CoA’s and Independent Lab CoA’s are available upon request from MultipleSupplements.com
Get Your Gut Bacteria Right Posted on 23 Nov 11:55 , 0 comments
We all know how important diet is for us MS'ers. But now a study suggests that exposure to certain gut bacteria at a young age may cause multiple sclerosis (MS) and fuel its progression.
The study, “Gut dysbiosis breaks immunological tolerance toward the central nervous system during young adulthood,” appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This suggests getting your gut bacteria right could be a good strategy for managing your MS.
To D or not to D Posted on 17 Mar 12:39 , 0 comments
Vitamin D, how important is it and how much?
Most of the Vitamin D in our bodies is made by our skins exposure to sunlight (UltraViolet B). Vitamin D has long been thought an important indicator/trigger for MS. The further you live from the equator (less sun exposure) the more likely you are to get MS.
Today studies/trails are going on all over the world into the effect Vitamin D has on MS.
Two main forms for Dietary Supplements are D2 and D3. D3 (cholecalciferol) is the most biologically effective form.
MS experts suggest 10000 IU of Vitamin D/day for MSers and 5000/day for family members. If you get 10-15 minutes of full body sun/day you are probably getting close this this. But most of us need supplements to top it up.
Get your blood D levels tested 4 times a year. Middle of each season to see how much you need to top it up by. MSers are aiming for 150-200nmol/L (60-80ng/mL in the USA).
My levels were low, even though I was getting quite a lot of sun and supplementing with 6000IU from our MS-Biotin Complex (below 150). Doctor gave me a 50000 IU pill to get my levels up. Now they are a little over 200 so plan the get retested in another few weeks to see how my levels have settled down after the mega dose I took.
Hi, if you have a question about the multiplesupplements.com products, or simply a question about how I am dealing with my Multiple Sclerosis, then drop me an e-mail at info@MultipleSupplements.com and I'll do my best to answer your questions openly and honestly.