Preparation for a Cycling World Record

Sixty-year-old Wimpie van der Merwe,
Red Rush Athlete and AIM Preferred Member sets his sights on The Hour

My name is Wimpie van der Merwe, proudly South African and sixty years old. I recently attempted the master’s world record for the Hour. It’s the most prestigious record in cycling, attempting to ride the furthest distance in 60 minutes.

The Hour is even more valued than a Tour de France victory. Only the best in cycling have ever held this record. For most, it’s a career-ending effort. Not only is the Hour so physically demanding, it is so emotionally fulfilling that there is hardly any worthwhile goal to fulfill after achieving it.

An Impressive Cycling Career

During my cycling career, I have broken many records: 12 world, 18 African and 18 South African, setting records on both sides of the spectrum with distances from 200 meters to 1,000 kilometers. Presently, I still hold records: 12 South African, 11 African and 1 world, making me one of the most accom­plished riders in the history of cycling.

Remaining very active on the international scene, I competed in the 1,400 km ultra-endurance London Edinburgh London (LEL) race in the first few days of August 2017. All of these achievements have made me one of the most knowledgeable cyclists when it comes to preparation of the mind and body for speed and endurance. And I’m willing to share some of these principles

The Science of Cycling Endurance

At the outset, I had to become my own scientist, learning through ex­perimentation and making my own mis­takes. There are no scientists who have been there to tell me what to do. In fact, scientists study and follow sportsmen like me. And at this level of competition, I had to accept that there is no manual to follow.

Mentally, someone who wants to do what I do should have a single-minded purpose, not accept “no” for an answer, have an innate desire to test the limits, never be satisfied with the status quo, be persistent and focused, make friends with pain and dis­com­fort, be willing to sacrifice more than the rest of the com­­petition, un­der­stand that limitations are man-made and that “impossible” is a silly word.

Most of the time it is easier to know what to do than to do what you know because it costs discipline and sacrifice to put know­ledge into action and reach the pinnacle of
success. To be the best in your sport, there is no shortcut. So if you want to ruin your life and reputation, you can follow in the footsteps of Lance Armstrong.

Building a Foundation for Success

The basics of sport are the same as in building a house: to have a roof, you need to have walls and a foundation. The foundation of any success lies in the preparation phase, sometimes a multi-year period. Money cannot buy it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot replace it with a pill. Stamina, or mileage, the slow conditioning, muscle and body chemistry development phase is the primary part of any preparation.

About 60 percent of your time spent in preparing and nurturing stamina will be below an effort of a heart rate zone of 2-2.5 millimoles per litre (mMol) lactate. What follows is the power phase. About 30 percent of your time is spent at a corresponding effort of up to 4 mMol lactate. This is an effort that starts distinguishing the men from the boys.

The Hour record is done at an intensity as close as possible to the 4 mMol level. This is the “pay-as-you-go” level. The art of the Hour record is to be able to keep your effort exactly on this level. It can be explained as follows: If you go one beat faster, you are in oxygen debt and have to slow down, paying interest for the effort that was too hard. If you go one beat slower, it is ground you lost and can never make up again.

The final 10 percent of your time spent in preparation is in the zone above 4 mMol lactate. This is the red zone, the roof of your building. This is where strength manifests, lactic acid tolerance is developed and, at the same time, the most physical and mental damage occurs. It is the reason why you spend the least of your time here. It is quality time. It is the zone of pain and discomfort. It is the zone where your character is reflected. This is the zone that everyone subconsciously wants to avoid because fatigue makes cowards of us all. This is the top of the pyramid and as we all know, the higher the pyramid, the broader its base should be (stamina).

The Legal Edge: AIM Red Rush

Red Rush has proven itself so beneficial for these two latter zones because it delays the onset of fatigue. For the same workload to reach maximal heart rate, you can now last at least 16 percent longer. Because it enables the body to work more efficiently with fat as a source of energy, it lowers lactate levels at the same workload than before.

I drink one Red Rush daily to top up my nitrate levels and two before a major workout or competition to help me last longer and give me the legal edge to shatter human limitations they call world records.

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AIM Star Sapphire Direction Promotion: Ginette Paquin

 

July turned into a special month for Ginette Paquin this year. She promoted to AIM Star Sapphire Director, reaching an elite position in the AIM Member Income Plan.

When Ginette joined AIM back in 1998, she was already on the road to quick promotions, becoming a Preferred Member within a month. In less than a year and a half, she promoted to Director. To date, Ginette has 117 memberships in her downline.

Over the years, her AIM journey has taken Ginette to the distant shores of Madagascar and back. After operating a health clinic for fourteen years in her native Quebec, Ginette closed it in 2009. Then she and her husband, Mario Foster, moved to Madagascar, where Ginette did mission work. And she brought AIM products to share with the locals.

Working with children living on the street, Ginette got involved with Love-n-Care Ministries. Later, they founded Youth Challenge, which worked to teach children French, sign language and life skills as well as be fed two nutritious meals when they come to school. They have funded the building of schools that children attend for free. Along with receiving a basic education, the children study music, sewing, embroidery and life skills.

Using income from her AIM business, Ginette and Mario have helped to fund ministries and missionaries in Madagascar as well as provide a private-school education for eleven children in need.

Ginette and Mario have been married for thirty-one years, raising two children of their own. Their son Philippe and his wife Josée have three children, Nadia, Gabriel and Nicolas. Their daughter Jennifer is the mother of Kelly-Anne and Noah. All of Ginette and Mario’s family members are on the AIM products, including their five grandchildren. As for her own favorites, Ginette chooses the Daily Essentials Pack (Canada) — BarleyLife, Herbal Fi­ber­blend and AIMega — plus CellSparc 360.

When Ginette returned to Canada in 2015, people began calling her about re-opening her clinic. “I believe my calling is to help others with their health,” Ginette stated. ”It gives me additional freedom to help more people.” Meeting people in their homes or having them visit her home has been beneficial in helping to educate them on nutrition and to regain their health by using the AIM products. “Datasheets are my favorite sales tool. So much information is given at meetings, so having datasheets in their hands to see and read is very helpful.”

“We are so grateful for The AIM Com­panies™ and the products they offer that helped changed our lives as well as the lives of those we share with,” Ginette said. “I would like to personally thank Andrée Jobin from French Services for all her help, support and friendship. When we were in Madagascar, she was always so helpful.”

Ginette’s advice for building a successful AIM business is to truly want to help others with their health, adding “When you love your neighbors and do good for them, God will open the door and all will fall into place.”

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The Stress Reliever: Mag-nificence CWR

A multitude of different factors contribute to most people being deficient in magnesium in today’s society, an important one being chronically high stress levels.

Stress increases adrenaline and cortisol and there is an associated decline in magnesium because it is used to counteract the “fight or flight” stress response of the body.

As a student with deadlines and time pressures, I know my stress levels can get out of hand. Since magnesium can be absorbed transdermally (through the skin), I love to use Mag-nificence CWR to increase my intercellular magnesium.

If I make the time to have a bath, wonderful! However, what I find much more feasible with my nightly agenda of studying or essay writing is footbaths. I fix a basin of hot water, pour in CWR and then let my body absorb the magnesium through my feet while my hands are free to work— multitasking at its best!

—Karina Gerhardt-Strachan, AIM Preferred Member

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Moving Mountains

Shared by Izelle Pretorius, AIM Member

I was twelve years old in 1990, when my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. What is cancer I wondered? I was told it is the illness that kills. In 1991, my grandfather passed away. In 1999, my aunt was diagnosed with cancer. Ten years later, she was gone. So cancer is the illness that kills, I thought.

In 2015, I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in October: breast cancer awareness month. It seemed like a mountain was in front of me. I was thirty-seven years old and had a wonderful husband, Johan, and two boys, four-year-old Ihvan and seven-month-old Stian. And now I had the illness that kills?

I prayed, “Dear God, help me.” Suddenly I experienced an indescribable peace with the realization that I don’t have cancer because it is going to kill me. It’s because God has a special plan for my life. It is no longer the “Big C” or the “dreaded disease”. It is CANCER. And I am not going to battle it; I am going to BEAT it!

The left mastectomy was scheduled for October 28—my thirty-eighth birthday. The cancer was very aggressive, resulting in very aggressive treatment: ten chemotherapy sessions and twenty-five radiation sessions. Thereafter, the right mastectomy and a hysterectomy followed.

After my second chemo session, I met a lady named Melinda Wessels, a naturopath who changed my world by telling me about the dangers of sugar and gluten. I used to be a sugar addict.

I started getting products from her, beginning with ProPeas, which I’ve been using in my protein shakes since November 2015. Following the completion of chemo and before starting radiation, I began taking CoCoa LeafGreens and BarleyLife Xtra for the effect that greens have on combating cancer.

By November 2016, I was officially in remission. No sign of cancer. I did it. I beat it! I BEAT CANCER!

I officially became an AIM Member in January 2017. And I’ve hosted a number of cancer awareness events, where I told the guests about the AIM products I’ve been using.
Believe it or not, I decided to train for the Ironman 70.3. My biggest motivation is my husband Johan, a professional athlete who has completed several Ironmans. I beat cancer, so why not start big.

Melinda told me about Peak Endurance and Red Rush. Both products helped me prepare for and successfully complete the race, which I finished in a respectable time—
6 hours, 20 minutes. I was hooked! This motivated me to launch my Cancer Can Be Beaten campaign: “Don’t battle it – beat it!” I’m presently training for future events including the 2018 Ironman 70.3 in Dubai.

I’m still using AIM products on a daily basis for nutritional prevention, and I want to be an ambassador for AIM. I believe in the products and would like more people to use them. You never know when life is going to place a mountain in your path. I guess you could say I was assigned the mountain to show others it can be moved.

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AIM Star Sapphire Director Promotion

During 2011, my sweet three-year-old Leia, fondly known rather as Lulubelle, seemed to be on the verge of taking her last breath in my arms, awakening in the middle of night with a severe croup attack. She was immediately taken to emergency by ambulance to resuscitate her. It was the fright of my life that resulted in discovering that Leia was asthmatic.

This meant that she was condemned to the chronic use of cortisone, regular adrenaline for resuscitation and routine visits to the emergency room. Coincidentally, Leia’s first asthma attack happened the night before my five-year-old Chelsea had to be hospitalized for a malignant bone tumor removal and graft in her scapula. As they say: “It never rains, it just pours”.

In 2014, I was extremely grateful when my upline, AIM Director Marinda van den Bosch, introduced me to AIM Royal Emerald Director Madaleine Helm, who spoke one evening about her struggles with her asthmatic son. Madaleine used nutrition to turn around his plight, rather than feed her child chemicals that the medical industry has us believe are the only way to control such conditions.

I adopted Madaleine’s methodology and began habits that help keep the body environment healthy so that cancer and other diseases cannot survive.

I subsequently took Lulubelle off her meds cold turkey and started her on a full serving of the Garden Trio and FloraFood. Having always been somewhat savvy about nutrition and very keen on the idea of clean eating, I loved the idea of getting my girls onto BarleyLife and other AIM supplements that I deemed essential.

I also thought that I would try the business side of AIM purely to fund the cost of the products we would take. After all, I’m a single mom and already have a few work and community commitments that keep me really busy.

My AIM business grew easily as people came to hear Madaleine speak and share her many years of experience. People realized that these products really do work and can indeed change lives. Within six months, I reached Director and a few months later had two Directors in my downline. One is my closest friend, Chantel Bester, who is the most unspeakably amazing support in this business. Most recently, my third Director has put me at the Star Sapphire level.

AIM has become a remarkable sup­plement to my income. I find such joy and fulfilment helping my downline grow their businesses. I am inexplicably grateful for my wonderful upline who continue to support me and for my go-getter downline who take teamwork to a whole new level. I am completely blessed beyond!

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Health Success with AIM BarleyLife

Back in February 2017, AIM Director Madeline Lagarde had just placed a sizeable phone order for BarleyLife when she told the customer service representative her good news. She and her husband, Dennis, were selling the “heck” out of BarleyLife at the Whole Health Market that they own and operate in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The reason? Their son Dennis Jr, who is a registered nurse, has been telling people about his son Cameron’s health success from taking BarleyLife.

In September of 2015, Cameron thought he had pulled a muscle in his lower chest area. His father thought it could be costochondritis—inflammation of the rib-cage cartilage—because the pain would come and go. About a year later at the age of fourteen, Cameron was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that had formed a baseball-sized tumor that was attached to his rib cage. Surgery was not an option because of its size and location.

“Cameron underwent chemotherapy; there is a high probability of curing this type of cancer,” Dennis explained. “But we wanted to do everything nutritionally possible for him. So he started taking BarleyLife as foundational nutrition to counteract the treatment’s major side effects: brain swelling, sterility and cardiomyopathy.”

During the initial bouts of chemo, Cameron would not eat or drink anything except for the BarleyLife. And then in the third week came the emotional effects of hearing the tragic news that his niece had drowned.

At the same time, he was physically doing so well that his mother started to refer to the cancer as a non-event. His immune system was so strong. Dennis added, “I’ve seen that with BarleyLife before back in 2000, when it helped my grandfather battle leukemia. It stimulates red and white blood cell production.”

At the twelve-week mark of Cameron’s treatment, an MRI revealed that the tumor had shrunk from the size of a baseball to that of a golfball, so surgery was scheduled for December 2016. At operation time, only a small, round film that resembled a soap bubble was found and removed. The pathologist and oncologist argued about who would deliver the good news because they never had results as good as this.

Cameron has not missed a serving of BarleyLife (7 capsules every morning and evening) since the first week of September 2016. In July 2017, tests showed that Cameron was cancer-free. As a fitting present to go along with the gift of health, Cameron and Dennis visited Disney World courtesy of Make-A-Wish®.

Dennis plans on building a website that teaches people to manage chemotherapy with foundational products like BarleyLife. “It’s simple,” Dennis stated. “If you put regular fuel in a Ford Mustang, it runs okay. But give it racing fuel, and it runs optimally. BarleyLife gives you racing fuel.”

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Since 1982, The AIM Companies has been dedicated to improving the quality of people’s lives with life-changing products, like BarleyLife, and by rewarding passionate Members with a free-enterprise compensation plan.

From Radiating Pain to No Pain

In the spring of 2017, I was diagnosed with two bulging discs and a tilted sacrum due to over-exercising. I experienced sharp radiating pain on my back, legs, buttocks and bladder. I suffered excruciating pain that lasted a couple of months, unable to walk, sleep or sit most of that time.

Several physicians tried to convince me to have surgery and spinal injections. Surgery was not an option for me. I did physical therapy for several weeks and faithfully took the AIM products; six capsules of AIMega, Proancynol 2000, CellSparc 360, Frame Essentials, CranVerry+, PrepZymes and Flora­Food. As well as applying Mag-nificence spray and lotion, I also took CoCoa LeafGreens, ProPeas, Red Rush and fit ’n fiber along with the Garden Trio and Herbal Fiberblend.

I am now pain-free. These products are a miracle and a true gift from GOD. Our thanks to The AIM Companies™!

—Yoli and Sil Huron, AIM Star Sapphire Directors

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