Performance on the Trail

Share This Learn how to acclimate, hydrate, and avoid bonking with this guide to performance on the trails.

Performance: Bonk Bustin?

Performance: Bonk Bustin'

Feeling fatigued is not always an indication of muscle failure. Learn why your brain underestimates what your body is capable of, and how you can trick it into thinking differently.

Eat This, Feel Good

Eat This, Feel Good

Find the right balance of nutrients. The leading edge of sports nutrition targets the needs of outdoor athletes.

Elevation Gains

Elevation Gains

Beat down altitude sickness with tips from alpinist Steve House. Also, four easy peaks to ease yourself into climbing high.

Altitude Training for Athletic Success: Part I

Altitude Training for Athletic Success: Part I

Working out at a high elevation is often considered a guaranteed performance booster. So why does it make some people feel worse? Here's a look at the science behind altitude training.

Altitude Training for Athletic Success: Part II

Altitude Training for Athletic Success: Part II

Altitude training isn't as simple as going up a mountain to workout. Let's examine some of the strategies used to benefit from an elevation gain.

Performance: Total Liquidation

Performance: Total Liquidation

Keep your water intake in check--know when to drink water, when to choose sports drinks, and when to just stop drinking.

Performance: Nutri-lize This

Performance: Nutri-lize This

Skip the three dollar energy bar and eat natural for endurance--plus six foods that will boost your health and provide the energy needed to stay in peak form.

Got Carbs?

Got Carbs?

Thanks to research revealing the true power of glycogen, the question is no longer whether to eat carbs, but how much to take in for your level of activity.

Acclimating to Altitude Before a Race: Part One

Acclimating to Altitude Before a Race: Part One

Racing at altitude is a major turnoff for some endurance athletes. Others find it wildly challenging. But competing at high elevation is only half the battle. Acclimating can take a lot out of an athlete as well.

Acclimating to Altitude Before a Race: Part Two

Acclimating to Altitude Before a Race: Part Two

Active Expert Gale Bernhardt's mini-experiment on altitude acclimatization takes her on a 100-mile mountain bike race through the Rocky Mountians.

AP Photo/Peter M. Fredin

Understanding Heat Exhaustion

Understanding Heat Exhaustion

A six-mile hike turned desperate for this New Yorker. Now he wants to help you plan ahead, recognize the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and learn how to treat it.

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