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30 Jul 2012

Training: Heart Rate Zone 1 by Cindy Stonesmith

Back in the June Newsletter article we discussed how to obtain personalized heart rate zones by performing a 10k time trial. Now we’ll discuss each Heart Rate Zone and how it relates to training and performance. In today’s article we’ll be discussing Heart Rate Zone 1. Heart Rate Zone 1 (Zone 1

16 Jul 2012

Race Report: Desert R.A.T.S. Stage Race By Michael Cowart

RATS – Part 1 It is Sunday night – June 24, 2012. In 40 minutes we will take flight for Jacksonville, Florida; home. During our upcoming flight we will celebrate our 2-month anniversary of being married. And that is what is really important. I expected to be here, with the one I love, flying home from the greatest race there is. With a battered body and blistered feet, I did not expect that she would be my wife. But that, […]

11 Jul 2012

Training: Foot Care Tips – Blister Prevention

An endurance athlete might know best – the debilitating blister. Here are a few tips on how to prevent the little monsters from happening to you: Top 5 Preventatives for Blisters 1. Lubrication Interestingly enough, it has been found that rubbing on moist skin produces more friction than that of rubbing on very wet or very dry skin. Lubricants like Vaseline or BodyGlide can help reduce friction by keeping skin-to-skin or skin-to-shoe areas wet and slick. Note: Powders and antiperspirants […]

11 Jul 2012

Race Report: Desert R.A.T.S. Stage Race By Colleen Corcoran

It is a long way between places. The desert spires and rock walls grow in size as the day progresses. They are red the way rust on weathered steel is red or like old nails jutting up from the earth’s core, and they cut refined silhouettes across the horizon, increasingly so as the sun begins to set. Scale is everything, size and distance and time across it. When the winds arrive and the dust and sand begin to stir, all […]

11 Jul 2012

Race Report: Desert R.A.T.S. Stage Race 2012 By Elise Maguire

Desert RATS (Race Across The Sand): A 235km footrace in the desert of Utah with a 13 pounds backpack – the perfect challenge for a crossfitter/ultra-runner. 2012 was the second hottest year since the race was created in 2006. Day1 (32km): 27 starters, the race started at 1:30pm in the heat of the day. I was strong for the first 22km, but then we had to fight a violent wind for the last 10km. I decided to save up my […]

09 Jul 2012

On the Trails: 2012 100K Classic Endurance Mountain Bike Race By Courtney Olsen

On Friday May 11th, at the Rabbit Valley exit #2, the wind was playful, pulling tents from the desert. I-70 had closed because of the snow, and some of the 100K Classic Endurance Mountain Bike racers were forced to turn around and head home. Still, the med tent was erected, the course marked by a gang of muscular men on foot, by bike, by car, and most of the chiseled field were checking in and grabbing schwag at the LBS: […]

27 Jun 2012

“Cathedrals on the Sand” by Greg Pressler, written after the Expedition Stage of the Desert R.A.T.S. 2012

Cathedrals on the Sand Rising towers all around Sculpted by water Carved by wind Smoothed by time Untouched by hand These are the cathedrals on the sand Looming monoliths of all size Small and large alike We stand upon holy land Amongst these cathedrals on the sand No glass to stain Nor robes to wear Their decor derived from Sun, heat, and cold Multicolored stripes, striations, bands Upon these cathedrals on the sand Communing together awash in sweat Filing through […]

02 Jun 2012

2012 Desert R.A.T.S. Trail Running Festival

The sun was absent as racers entered into the funnel of the parking lot at the Mack exit, #11 just past Fruita, Colorado. The rattle of a cattle guard kept us alert as each car filed through. There was over a mile of parallel-parked cars with athletes walking or jogging into base camp to sign in for the 10th Annual Desert RATS Trail Running Festival. What might have been pre-race jitters for the crowd was by now hours of persistence […]

31 May 2012

Training: How to Determine Your Heart Rate Zone By Cindy Stonesmith

Have a hard workout or a race coming up? Don’t forget to wear your heart rate monitor! If you’re a runner chances are you’ve heard people talking about what Heart Rate Zone they’re currently running in. Or what Heart Rate Zone they hit on their last tempo or hill interval workout. This language may sound foreign to you at first but knowing and using correct Heart Rate Zones for training can be the performance benefit you’ve been looking for. Using […]

25 Apr 2012

24 Hours of Utah/Moab 100 2012

Dust bloomed from the treads of the Suzuki DR 650S as we pulled up to the base camp a mile up Mill Canyon Rd., off of Hwy. 191. A layer of bugs were pressed flat across the visors of our helmets, blending blood with the red dust of Moab. The Gemini Adventures staff were setting up for the first event of the year: 24 Hours of Utah/Moab 100. The dirt lot was host to a circle of racer-campers of varying […]