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  • Whats the story with BASE salts?

    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.

    p.s. 99% sure it's himalayan sea salt.
    KenElPescadoPeladoCraig_DAaronWebsteySeanHToefuzzjakesaunderswchevronRobert RankinAlexSbalsdorfGasBombkjrunninMartinAlwaysCuriousDawnCsimonsen77Tad_MGentlemanJerseyDaveJennifer PostGranpa ChookKuchItsShugKPSwim13idking90M_WareMamaCheetahBrent_RAdam WMatt
  • Q for armchair and actual doctors: did I destroy my wife's hip/ability to run//sanity forever?

    I'm going to guess that you didn't forever destroy your wife's sanity or ability to run, but you might have destroyed any odds of getting laid in the next few weeks.
    AaronWebsteyDawnCHSeeley14idking90mbrekk44JoshRGasBombJason LentzkerigpigCraig_DkjrunninTad_MGranpa ChookEvanGentlemanJerseyDavefyrehaarDHansenTri

    re: Sanders' white kit...

    KenElPescadoPeladoAaronWebsteyM_Wareidking90EvanRyan HeislerCraig_DTad_Msimonsen77GasBombellsworth53tMamaCheetahStruangMattHSeeley14
  • Ben Hobbs - is that really you?

    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.
    M_WareMattdhrAaronWebsteyMartinJennifer PostGasBombidking90yournotuniqueDawnCBrent_RJames LangeRobert RankinTad_M
  • Let's See Your Critters

    DOGS RULE CATS DROOL. Just went through and awww'd over all the pooches :)

    This is Lucy.

    She is not plant-based. It was one of these moments. :D

    M_WareGranpa Chookkjrunnintcaley5et5504AaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPeladoJoshRGasBombTad_MlakercrJennifer Postfyrehaar
  • To Honour Dark Mark

    I can't believe @maggieru didn't post this here herself
    Sworry. In retrospect, I should have posted here only and not to twitter so I could have been appreciated by fellow heathens versus judged by the good people of twitter.
  • 2018 Goals and Challenges

    If anyone needs any Leadville or other crazy ultra run pacers in CO, count me in! This summer I’m taking a triathlon hiatus and focusing on some longer mountain bike races instead, like Silver Rush, Leadville 100 and (scariest of all) Telluride 100!
    Maddie_McKkjrunninM_Warembrekk44Tad_MRobert RankinCraig_DBrew_TriKenElPescadoPeladofyrehaarAaronWebstey
  • Ben Hobbs - is that really you?

    @dhr I would reply "post of the year!" but we all know RTs are not endorsements...
    Robert Rankinidking90kjrunninAaronWebsteyDark_markdhrGrantInSLCMattDawnCyournotunique
  • So Rapp is being sued by Dimond?

    All around, no one looks good in any of this. And that's coming from me, someone unafraid to shy away from confrontation, particularly when it comes to Slowtwitch.

    Number one issue Rapp should realize is if this really does come to legal blows: having everything documented from his end is mistake #1. Even when I got knocked unconscious by a texting driver, the first advice I got was to take down every single personal account of the incident and to go dark and lock down all social media accounts. Mistake number two: by publicly bashing Dimond and contradicting previous statements he made about the brand is a complete 180 and calls into question his credibility when it comes to pimping sponsors.

    But what do I know? I got banned by Slowtwitch simply for posting a url to a pro's blog post. All bets are off when it comes to what is and what isn't allowed by ST.
    Robert RankinGranpa ChookKenElPescadoPeladoAaronWebsteyTad_Mfyrehaaridking90rmcanellyHSeeley14
  • Post a picture or .gif that sums up your last workout

    When I attempt my weekly Sunday strength routine after a tough weekend of training:

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