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LOTOJA Classic is just around the corner and we are all looking for ways to enhance our strength and endurance. While I don't recommend making drastic changes to your normal routine, there are definitely some adjustments you can make for your benefit.  

Here are 3 ways to prepare for LOTOJA now.

1.  Sit-Ups and Planks. It's imperative that you build core strength; sit-ups and planks can help. A strong core helps transfer power to your legs and decreases back and neck pain. If you haven't focused much on sit-ups in your routine, now is a great time to start. Make those abs burn! Your body will thank you in the long run.

2.  Miles and Intensity. This coming week is a perfect time to focus on both miles and intensity. You should be able to manage a strong tempo for 120 miles. Thrown in some long mountain climbing and attack those climbs with all-out efforts.

The other days, climb some hills in a big gear with a cadence of 50 RPMs; make those tough hill climb days less than 75 miles. Working on both endurance and strength during this week will make a real difference come September 7th.

3.  Supplements. Most supplements, including multivitamins, have a build-up period. For example, iron is an important supplement as it carries oxygen through your bloodstream and helps deliver that oxygen to your muscles. But you have to build up your supply (FDA recommended daily amount is 18mg).

WARNING: It's possible to take too much Iron

Endurance athletes are often low on their blood iron count because of their intense endurance training. I recommend that you begin taking an extra iron supplement to ensure adequate iron is available to help your muscles work properly.

Take your multivitamin supplements daily. Endurance360® is a daily staple of my supplement intake. It helps buffer lactic acid, enhances muscle recovery, reduces fatigue, and offers muscle cramp protection. All of the ingredients are scientifically proven to work as intended.

Beetroot Pro® should also be part of your daily routine. Beetroot Pro® is high in nitrates which convert to nitric oxide (NO3). NO3 will then dilate your blood vessels and allow for increase blood flow. You should feel faster legs, see a lower heart rate, and quicker muscle recovery between efforts.

What will you change this week leading up to LOTOJA?