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03 Oct 2013

Training – INCREASING MUSCLE MASS FOR THE ENDURANCE ATHLETE

Photo Courtesy of Glen Delman Photography Increasing muscle mass is a common goal for many endurance athletes. As it should be, an increase in muscle mass will bring an increase in strength and performance.  Strength is what separates those at the top of the hill with those at the bottom. Although genetics plays a large role in how much muscle mass an athlete can acquire, proper workouts and nutrition will support or negate an athlete’s efforts to increase their muscle […]

03 Oct 2013

Gemini News 24 Hours of Boulder

Boulder Marathoners We were sorry to hear that there will be no road events in Boulder for the rest of the year, but completely understand that our city needs to use it’s resources where they are so desperately needed right now. We feel fortunate that our 24 Hours of Boulder event is completely held at the Boulder Reservoir and can continue. We’d like to give cancelled Boulder Marathon runners an opportunity to test their training. Pre-register in the 100k relay category […]

10 Sep 2013

Gemini News – Desert RATS Classic Mountain Bike Race Recap

NEWS** The 2014 Classic route has changed! We’re working with the BLM to add a singletrack loop to replace a long section of paved and dirt road. May 11th, 6:45 am and it’s another magnificent spring morning in Fruita, CO. The pre-race check-in for the 3rd annual Desert RATS Classic mountain bike race is winding down and the racers are making their final preparations. It’s sunny, cool and clear with hard packed trails from rain earlier in the week. Camping […]

10 Sep 2013

Nutrition – Why Athletes Should Eat More Fish by Katie Kissane

Fish has been getting a lot of publicity lately. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, or sardines contain a form of unsaturated fat known as omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that fish is good for heart health because omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, which can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease. Fish oil not only reduces the inflammation that damages blood vessels, but also reduces inflammation all over the body, including muscles. Athletes put a great amount […]

10 Sep 2013

On The Trails – Epic Trail Spotlight – The Kalalau Trail – Kauai HI

On the Trail Epic Trail Spotlight – The Kalalau Trail in Kauai HI Photo Courtesy of KalalauTrail.com The spectacular Kalalau Trail starts along the north shore of the island of Kauai and continues for 11 miles to end in the waterfalls of Kalalau Valley. It’s known as one of the most beautiful and transforming hikes in America, however, it also regularly ranks as one of the most dangerous. This trail is definitely a fantastic challenge for ultrarunners. The 22 miles […]

31 Jul 2013

Red-Rock Cleanse

Running the Desert RATS By Ashley Arnold Published July 10, 2013 on RunnersWorld.com Kokopelli’s Trail spans approximately 148 miles from Loma, Colorado, to Moab, Utah.  While primarily thought of as a mountain-bike route, the trail traverses dirt roads, doubletrack, the occasional pavement stretch, and smatterings of rocky singletrack and smooth slick rock. Most of the trail is red-dirt desert with a small section that climbs into the La Sal Mountains—jagged, almost-out-of-place looking peaks that hover, lonely above Moab’s red-rock sea. The […]

31 Jul 2013

Training: Overtraining Syndrome by Cindy Stonesmith

Adventure running season is upon us! With the snow melting in the mountains, the warm summer weather and racing season in full swing it’s easy to get caught up in running and racing too much. Following a well designed training and racing plan is imperative for longevity in the world of Ultra Running. But if you do find yourself lacking in enthusiasm and energy this summer it may be time to take a step back and listen to your body’s […]

30 Jul 2013

Desert RATS Trailrunning Festival 2013

by TrailAndUltraRunning.com Gemini Adventures hosts more than just a race in Fruita, CO in April of every year. By all definitions it is truly a festival. They start with a pre-race dinner at a local hotel on Friday, the marathon and double-marathon on Saturday, followed by awards and a party, then a half marathon and 5 miler on Sunday; a whole weekend of events. With proper planning runners should attempt to attend all of the weekend’s activities as it will […]

16 Apr 2013

On the Trails – Epic Trail Spotlight – Wonderland Trail – Mt. Rainier – Washington State

Description: The Wonderland Trail is 93 miles (150kms) long and encircles Mount Rainier. It is a strenuous hike with a ton of elevation gain and loss, through lowland forests and valleys and into high alpine and sub-alpine areas. You can do a portion of the 93-mi trail, just click on a specific link out of the trail sections listed below, or you can accomplish the entire length as an epic option. *It is estimated that approx. 200-250 people complete the […]

16 Apr 2013

Training: Rusko Steps for Testing by Cindy Stonesmith

In the following article we’ll explore why testing your resting heart rate for signs of stress and overtraining can be a guide to understanding your adaptive response to training workloads. Heikke Rusko developed these simple steps of testing your resting heart rate profile line after working with elite cross country skiers. Pick a week when you are well rested and have minimal stress in your training cycle and life. Then at the same time each morning for 3 consecutive mornings […]