High Altitude Rock Climbing: Benefits of training in a simulated environment

Mt. Hood, Portland Oregon Maximum Benefits out of Altitude Training In the last blog post, we talked about my introduction to training inside a room that simulates different altitudes by using machinery and filters to remove available oxygen from the room. Check out this link if you want to catch up on that [...]

High Altitude Rock Climbing: Training for a climbing trip in Peru

JUAN RODRIGUEZ JANUARY 11, 2019 Original story available, here. Planning trip to Peru A few months near the end of spring 2018, I was talking with my friend Matt from Stoneworks Climbing Gym about my upcoming trip to Peru. Inspired by Matt's slideshow about some high-altitude climbing he'd done with some friends the year before. [...]

The Art of Racing Underprepared

You Got Into Your Ultra Running Race, Now What? Getting into a popular ultra running race off the wait list is usually cause for excitement. But what if your training isn’t quite where you’d like it to be? Can you still have a good day? What are the chances you’ll actually ENJOY the race? I [...]

Does Coffee Fuel Your Day? Science You Need to Know

Coffee, Caffe, Kahve, Kafe No matter how you say it, coffee is everywhere. Portland, Oregon, is the third most caffeinated city in the U.S. with about 737 coffee shops(1). This is likely because coffee is the nectar of the gods (well it’s true). Even though that statement is NOT science, there is an absurd amount [...]

Performance Maximization

Have you been following your training plan to a tee but not meeting your goals? Here are a few crucial elements to add to your training plan to focus on performance maximization. Eat Real Food Follow a minimally processed diet for optimal health and improvement in your performance. Making that step alone and cutting back [...]

The Athlete’s Gut

Why is Gut Health Important? Gut health is critical for an athlete. Did you know that blood is shunted away from your gut during times of intense physical exertion? As a result, digestive processes take a back seat to your cardiac and respiratory functions that keep you going. The GI tract is crucial for keeping [...]

On Trying Something New; Swimming

As an ultrarunner, an 11-mile race should neither be scary nor inspire fear. Yet, since signing up I have not been able to shake the feelings of fear and doubt. The problem isn’t the number of miles. The problem is it is a lot of miles, of swimming! The Portland Bridge Swim is an 11-mile [...]

Three Common Mixed Martial Arts Training Mistakes

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, is an incredibly challenging sport. That’s probably an understatement, right? It’s mentally and physically draining, which is why it attracts some of the hardest working athletes you will ever meet. That toughness and tenacity can be a double edged sword. Every fighter has been there, the familiar story of mental [...]

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Altitude Training not Just Attitude Adjustment

Training is hard. It requires dedication. It requires motivation. It requires opting for getting sleep rather than going out. You need to mold your attitude much like a muscle, so that it isn’t the limiting factor in training or in racing. I’ve been training and competing at a high level for a long time (Pacific [...]

Getting High to Go Fast: Altitude Training

I’ve been altitude training-curious for some time, given that my coach, teammates, and other competitive cyclists/triathletes I know use the facilities at Evolution Healthcare & Fitness. Initially I struggled to justify the expense when I already belonged to a gym with a pool and to the gym at my office. I’ve been competing in Olympic [...]