Caffeine is one of the oldest and most accessible performance enhancing aids. It is a metabolic stimulant that affects the central nervous system and decreases the perception of fatigue; studies suggest that caffeine may even enhance muscle contractions. Fat is known to slow sugar absorption and digestion, allowing you to feel satiated longer and have […]
Fuel and Hydration…Just Do It!
How many of you neglect to eat and hydrate adequately during or after a run? How many of you simply forget to drink your sports solutions and sip water at aid stations? Hydration and fuel for your event are fundamental concepts, yet they are often discounted or repudiated. The key to optimal performance and adaptation […]
Who Doesn’t Like to Win?
Inside Trail Racing Team member, Victor Ballesteros, dominated the illustrious Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50 miler this past weekend in Sacramento, CA. The course is a flat and somewhat monotonous 5-mile loop of paved and dirt path that delivers some of the fastest 50k and 50 mile times in recent US history. Such a race […]
I think, therefore I am…
Animals didn’t develop to consider long-term consequences and long-term planning even though it may be written in our DNA to behave in ways that will secure a future existence. We have to remind ourselves that we are animals and we act according to an ethical code and to the hormonal ebb and flow within our […]
The miles we travel and those we meet along the way…
This story has been nesting in my mind for months. It’s long, but hopefully entertaining… at the least… interesting. The miles we travel and those we meet along the way By Victor Ballesteros In January of 2012, I got an email from Palo Alto’s running superstar, Gary Gellin, asking me if I had any interest […]