While Lance Armstrong spends his future in denial about doping and GTG gets to test his gut on the good stuff, Udo’s Oil (www.olliepacifichealth.co.nz), Frosty get acupuncture and magic selotape, I’m jumping into the performance enhancing medicine as well. I’m on the Mud.
As babies we all ate copious amounts of mud, much to our mothers horror and no doubt fathers delight. We all grew up and stopped eating it voluntarily, mostly because it tasted like mud. That changed in March this year and I blame Adrian Bailey. He got Pure South (www.puresouth.co.nz) on board as a sponsor for the Shotover Moonlight Marathon. At the end of the crawl we were all wrapped in mud for an hour or so and then sent home with a dose to trial for a week. The big surprise was that no one hurt he day after. No cases of the doms were reported. But the biggest surprise was that all of us pretty much ate our mud in various forms.
- Mud & Water
- Mud & Coke
- Mud & Juice
- Mud & Mud
- Mud Toothpaste
Without fail, we drank it, and it still tastes like mud. So here I am nearly a year later and Alan (CEO at Pure South) has put me on a 2-3 month trial to see what I think. There’s one particular benefit that I’m keen to see. Alan (a former 2:29 marathoner) thinks there are benefits to oxygen uptake, possibly due to the gut being able to do its job more efficiently and not waste time with Toxins. That will be a difficult one to ascertain and difficult to separate from changes in training. But I have a log and can look back at previous years work. I also know that I suck running up hills, so if there is to be a benefit from increased oxygen uptake its going to show on December 1st, roughly 25 minutes after we start the Kepler and I rapidly drop off the bunch as we turn left and start climbing. That is going to be the tell-tale sign for me. How easy do I get to Luxmore Hut?
BS WARNING - for the next few weeks, any blog posts may contain information about bodily functions that you don’t want to know about. They may also contain dubious references to Chemistry, Statistics and other branches of actual science that I have done some study in. Henceforth, I am and expert.
The Mud - it’s derogatory for me to call this mud and my apologies to the Pure South team for doing so. Perhaps if they knew more about me they may not have wanted me to write about it. But he fact is, it’s Mud. I could also call it dirt. Dirt is just soil without substructure (Dr David Houlbrooke, 2005).
What it really is – Calcium Bentonite Clay also referred to as Montmorillonite Clay which was discovered in France in 1887 and is believed to have healing properties some of which have made it past peer review in real scientific journals. The 1st is about binding heavy metals and they are generally bad for you unless you’re trying to treat cancer. The 2nd is about treating dermatitis, thanks wiki for the easy search. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentonite some good reading to be found.
Bhattacharyya, KG; Gupta, SS (2008). “Adsorption of a few heavy metals on natural and modified kaolinite and montmorillonite: a review”. Advances in colloid and interface science 140 (2): 114–31
Saary, J; Qureshi, R; Palda, V; Dekoven, J; Pratt, M; Skotnicki-Grant, S; Holness, L (2005). “A systematic review of contact dermatitis treatment and prevention”. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 53 (5): 845
Whats the point in showing papers? Published literature is akin to taking the Lance Armstrong evidence to court and having it looked at by experts in the field. Get it past them and there is some validity to the claims, USADA really wanted that to happen. The other option is to do what Lance did. Say it didn’t happen, don’t let anyone check your work (bloods) and still expect us to believe you. That’s often the approach of health products. Glad to see that Mud has had some looking into.
To the naked eye though, it looks like dust ready to be turned into mud with addition of water.
No idea. I’ve just finished a week of single doses. ie 1 big teaspoon with water each evening. I’ve just started on Morning and Night doses. It makes my stomach gurgle a bit during the day, but that settled down after a day or two. It’s started again with the extra dose. I don’t think it makes me any more “regular” than I was. I often have a problem with either a shaving rash or salt burns from sweat. That doesn’t seem to be happening at the moment. I’m not sleeping very well at the moment, but that is not unusual for me. It did coincide with starting on the mud this time. I’m eating as much as I ever do.
Given that one of the aims is to see if there is an increased benefit to oxygen uptake, there’ll be more detail to training. That coincides nicely with full on prep for the Kepler.
Monday – 9.4/10.4km ~600m vert
Tuesday – 9.4/9.4 500m vert
Wednesday – 9.4/23 1500 vert
Thursday – 9.4/9.4 500m vert
Friday – 9.4/9.4 500m vert
Saturday – 15km Flat, with 1500m and 5000m Race
Sunday – 36km ~1500m vert
160km, 15 hours, ~5000m Climb
Monday-Friday are commutes to and from work. The Hack was in town on Wednesday and he smashed me on my original training loop. This is the 23k I ran when I trained for my 1st Kepler in 2004. It was my long run, I did it 3 times that year all around the 2:40 mark. I got that time down to 2:16 until The Hack made me run it in 2:00:06, with a bunch of 3:30s in the middle. Thursday and Friday were then very slow recovery runs. Saturday was a slow 1500m and then a surprising solid 5000m on the track. Only 12s slower than my PB. Sunday was a long hill session, two big climbs followed by a short grovel up a 3rd back to home. The same week for the last 3 years was 61, 125 and 94 kms.
So I’m happy with that. One of the better weeks I’ve had and on par with a few others who have similar targets. This week will be less mid-week (I’m tired) but a longer long run.