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Happy to speak to this. I trusted a product and people I thought were my friends. Many, many, many people warned me to think twice before I moved into the house with one of the owners of Base salt but I disregarded their warnings. Big mistake.
On a product level, to help explain my "flip-flopping": I actually learned through sweat testing at CU that in fact the additional salt I have been taking during races actually has been hindering my performance and most likely caused my heat stroke, seizures and near-death collapse at Kona in 2013. Despite being a heavy sweater, I lose very little sodium. In fact, the majority of athletes think they need a lot of additional salt based on what they see secreted on their kits—when in reality between an American diet and drinks like Gatorade, there's actually very little reason to supplement additionally. We're already getting plenty. Yes, I was wrong before and stand corrected through additional research on myself and in general. Sorry if I misled anyone by previously supporting this product.
However, through living with the owner of the company briefly in Boulder, I also "saw how the sausage was made" and this is what I found most concerning. Primarily, I learned that there is little to no quality control of the product itself, no certifications, little oversight. Base is also supporting convicted doper/female pro Ashley Paulson. Despite what you think about second chances, I find the sponsorship of a former doper to be incredibly troubling and sets a terrible tone for clean athletes.
On a personal level—and I will not get too much into this because I have an open case with the police—I was evicted without discussion/agreement, stemming from a dispute in which I raised issue with dogsitting his flight attendant girlfriend's dogs for free 3-4 days every other week. I was subsequently blackmailed as he refused to hand-over mail received at the house (including close to $5,000 in work checks, tax forms, etc. etc) unless he received additional money I did not owe. When the police contacted him, he lied about his whereabouts and said he would return the mail to sender when he "got back to boulder" (that's all I was asking for—drop the mail back in the mailbox, not that hard). I have yet to see any forwarded mail and senders have not received anything either.
Checks can be recut and bills paid online so I initially was just going to sweep all of this under the rug and just move on with my life. However, Base employees continue to monitor my social media (seriously? get over yourselves) and people should know this is a company not to be trusted—mostly because the people at the top are the worst combination of narcissistic and incompetent. I did not listen to the many warnings directed my way and I want others to get the chance to do the same.
Not one but two lengthy emails from Rapp with some musings regarding my "vindictive" actions trying to shame his name and glorified blog website while engaging in moral relativism. Will not go into more details but those are the key points. He made some good points, but also some that were incredibly flawed.
Dan also called me out for having two accounts (maggier, maggieru) but the only reason I had to create a second one is that I got a new email and their awful code wouldn't let you update email, only username. So on that note, thank you @AaronWebstey for being a more competent web dev.
Forgot cash/card for a hilly 90 mile ride—managed free water but not enough calories. Was less than 10 miles from my parents' house but literally could not stay upright on my bike. Called them to pick me up and while I waited stopped at a pizza place for pizza and beer and then made my dad pay for it when they arrived (well, they also joined me for an early dinner but that makes for a less exciting story).
I agree with @Robert Rankin - seems the guy just needed a "moral outlet" to justify doping via the documentary. What a piece of dumb luck that he happened to be connected to Rodchenkov just as all of this was about to go down. I kind of have the feeling this documentary would have tanked if not for the fortuitous connection. (And Rodchenkov being a total weirdo - hah)
A few months ago the whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova came to a presentation with Travis Tygart at CU Boulder. It was fascinating to hear of how normal it was and how individuals were pressured into the "everyone is doing it" mentality. It's scary to see that assumption even in the age group ranks through this documentary and, likely, in the higher professional ranks (e.g. steeplechase).