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25 Jan 2017

On the Trail – Reminiscing Desert RATS

On the Trail – Reminiscing Desert RATS by Gregg Lemkau When I opened my eyes on the dawn of the 52-mile expedition stage, I was in good spirits. A medic had lanced my toes the night before and wrapped them in various tapes. I thought I was ready to go, but after wiggling my toes and stretching my feet the thought of standing made my stomach turn. The blisters had healed and refilled overnight. I awkwardly placed my beaten pads softly […]

04 Sep 2016

2016 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150

Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 2016 By Renee Melly Stage 1 Wow! What an amazing experience.  The pendulum swings that I experienced throughout the day were swift and strong.  First the good:  I felt great through the first 6 miles…was even holding down the middle of the pack.  And the scenery was absolutely breathtaking…pictures just can’t do it justice. You quickly realize how small you really are in the grand scheme of things. After the first aid station, I felt a […]

10 Jun 2016

2016 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Racer Posts

2016 Desert RATS Kokopelli 150 Racer Posts – Stage 4 Lauren: Today was a welcome reprieve, with delicious food (per ususal), as well as relaxation and cooling off at the River. Yesterday’s 42 mile Expedition Stage was certainly the most scenic, getting up to 8,500 feet, with the majority of the day climbing. However, with cooler temps in the 80’s, some clouds and breezes, I felt the best I have all week and Chris and I moved consistently all day, […]

19 Feb 2016

Gemini News – 2016 Events and Sponsor Discounts

Gemini News – 2016 Events and Sponsor Discounts Only 2 months until our first event and we can’t wait to get out on the trails! This season in addition to our current Desert RATS race series and small group tours we’ll also be hosting a new half marathon in Fruita in May and new multi-sport tours where small groups can run, hike, bike, and canyoneer all in one epic trip. We also have great discounts on nutrition and gear from […]

19 Feb 2016

Training – What Gets Measured Gets Managed

Training – What Gets Measured Gets Managed By Cindy Stonesmith Now that we are closing the door to last year’s racing and training season and as our 2016 season approaches, it is time to sit down and reflect what we did right and what we want to add or include into our 2016 training. Here is my evaluation list of 7 training elements. #1: Weight: Are you at your optimal race weight? If not and you are thinking of losing […]

19 Feb 2016

On the Trail – Junko Kazukawa: Grand Slammer, Leadwoman, 2x Cancer Survivor

On the Trail – Junko Kazukawa: Grand Slammer, Leadwoman, 2x Cancer Survivor *Originally published on the Ultrarunning Magazine Website by Tonia Smith Junko Kazukawa has always been a woman who is unafraid to make bold moves in life. Growing up in Japan, she knew that young women were expected to follow a traditional path: Go to college, take a job in an office for a few years and then get married and start a family. While that path was fine […]

17 Jan 2016

Gemini News – Kokopelli Running Tour Recap

Gemini News – Kokopelli Running Tour Recap    “I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before. Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.” Edward Abbey “Do you want to sleep outside,” asked Bear, as the cacophonous noises of tooth brushing and sleeping bags unrolling erupted into the quiet stillness surrounding us.  I studied him uncertainly.  I’d never slept outside before and, in fact, the idea […]

17 Jan 2016

Training – Heart Rate Training Tips

Training – Heart Rate Training Tips Running ability builds when you are always workout-ready-that is, able to fully meet the challenges on the day’s schedule. This obviously means from day-to-day your intensity will change, as a recovery day follows an intense day of speed-work, for example. As we’ve discussed in the past, if you are not running within a specific day’s goal intensity-wise, your gains will be compromised, or worse, you will become injured. One of the most effective ways […]

17 Jan 2016

On The Trail – Reid’s Top Running/Hiking Trails

On The Trail – Reid’s Top Running/Hiking Trails I don’t know that I really believe in New Year’s Resolutions but I do enjoy taking the time to plan out where I want to be in the upcoming year. Do I want to be in my usual routine or do I want to be in the desert, the mountains, or the jungle? I like to think about where I’ve been and set new goals. One of the most wonderful things about […]

12 Nov 2015

Training – Top 6 Foods for Post-Workout Recovery – Brendan Brazier US News

Training – Top 6 Foods for Post-Workout Recovery – Brendan Brazier US News Originally published in US News and World Report   Whether you’re an endurance or strength athlete, recovery is a crucial component of your training. During your workout you’re breaking down muscles; it’s after your workout that you actually get stronger. Feeling stiff and sore for days after training can significantly reduce your ability to train again and get even stronger. Active recovery techniques such as foam rolling […]