Platinum Performance Products Really Work!!!!
Written by Bobby Langin Sr
Sure the San Ynez course may have been a little bumpier than normal but the new section where it tied into the Super-D course could not have been more fun and the weather was downright perfect!
The Platinum Performance team fielded four people in the Cat 1, 50-54 class; John Biron, Ron Takada, Steve Silva and yours truly, Bobby Langin. Knowing my super-strong teammate, John Biron, would get around me soon enough, I jumped out front a minute or so after the whistle and did my best to push the pace and give him a little boost. John went by just before the switchback climb while Johnny O was content to stay on my wheel…for a couple switchbacks anyway and then jumped by and got up to Biron near the top. I’d like to give you the play-by-play of their race but that was the last I saw of them (:o) so you’ll have to read my dribble from another point of view.
My race was fairly uneventful—I could see Ron Takeda lurking and was sure he would reel me in and make the pass but his legs went away near the end of the final lap so was able to hang on to third. Ron finished sixth with Steve Silva hammering in with the eighth spot.
The big news is that after having stomach issues after cross country events (and two subsequent colonoscopies) I’ve not been at all anxious to race lately. The issue essentially puts my stomach into intermittent cramps for up to two days after. I’ve broken many bones, have had 17 orthopedic surgeries and have to tell you this is one of the most painful things I’ve experienced. As such, I was planning to keep cross country racing on hold and only do cyclocross until after retirement and then hopefully “train” the problem away.
That was the strategy until having the opportunity to attend the tour at the Platinum Performance facility and learning about our sponsor’s products. After the presentation I approached Mark Herthel about my condition and, subsequently, added to my Platinum Granular the Platinum Power (which contains their Hemo-Flow product) and another product that is used for equine digestive health. I was hopeful that this would work but must admit, was not all that optimistic. I began the regiment and was seeing good results after training rides (i.e., feeling strong, having improved endurance) but was still uncertain how it would help at race pace. After two events I am happy to announce, the results have been dramatic. I actually feel as strong as ever and what’s more, no stomach issues!
Now I am looking forward to our next event in San Diego and my only concern is to figure out how to keep up with my teammate John Biron so I can give you all a better write up next time on his battle with the O-Show.