The Confluence Countdown is scouting the Catamaran Resort (we’ve got your back!) and has discovered the following key pieces of information:
–Yes, there are coffee makers in the rooms. These are of the pre-packaged filter drip variety. Coffee is of the utmost importance to The Confluence Countdown team, so we will be bringing our own espresso maker.
–All the rooms have balconies and/or patios, so you can roll out your rugs and mats to dry between sessions.
–There is a hot tub. I repeat: There is a hot tub. It’s by the pool. There’s also a hot tub and a sauna in the spa.
–The fridge is the typical mini-bar type, but we’re told once emptied of $5.00 bottles of water, you should be able to squeeze some supplies in: juice, fruit, etc.
–Be aware that the Pacific is a bit chilly this time of year, so bring your wetsuit if you plan on surfing. It rained like the dickens yesterday–great for the wildflowers, bad for the beach. Pack your fuzzy hoodie.
Tim Miller tells great stories about being just wiped out after practicing in the early days in Mysore, lying down for 10 or 15 or 20 minutes in Savasana until Guruji’s wife, Amma, would stick her head into the room and quietly ask, “Tim? OK? Coffee, Tim?”
There might be something to it.
A trio of recent studies are suggesting that Guruji was right about coffee — or more specifically, the caffeine contained therein. It does help boost physical performance, up to and including ones governed by acute mental focus. (I’m waiting anxiously for studies to prove that sugar makes you flexible.)
One study was done at the Coventry University in England. It had 13 “fit” young men repeat a wight-lifting sequence. Before one workout, they’d have a sugar-free energy drink with caffeine. Before another, the same drink sans caffeine. They performed more reps, reported less exhaustion and — this apparently catches researchers’ attention — said they were anxious to do it all again when they’d had caffeine.
Another, from the Journal of Applied Physiology, put subjects through a series of grueling physical tests meant to simulate a soccer or basketball game. Performance was 16% better if the person had had a caffeine pill 70 minutes beforehand. Build-up of potassium also was less, and researchers think that contributes to fatigue.
Finally, a third study — this one from the British Journal of Sports Medicine — suggests that caffeine has a positive effect on mood and motor coordination. Test subjects, soccer players this time, did better dribbling and heading soccer balls if they’d had caffeine.
But a few cautions. Researchers note they have zero idea what the optimal “dose” of caffeine is. (Can I suggest the more, the merrier?) And they aren’t sure how a steady stream of the stuff — i.e. swilling coffee or tea all day — affects performance.
That seems like small qualifications to me, though. Fire up the espresso machine!
For more, including links to the studies noted above, check out this link.