There is a fine line between people protecting their privacy and sharing their lives with the public. I think that line is that famous star athletes should be able to post about major things in their lives that are going to be on the news. However, when they post everything about every day, that seems to be a bit too much. Someone who I like to watch is Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. He is a very good pitcher and even threw a no-hitter and I think I would consider him a role model of baseball. However, there have been a few of his games I have watched where he wasn’t up to my expectations. But then I remember that he is only human and that everyone has their off days. Someone who is no longer a fan but simply idealizes the person would be someone who expects the player to play a perfect game and get upset because he/she wasn’t amazing.
There is consistent evidence supporting the ergogenic effects of caffeine for endurance based exercise. However, whether caffeine ingested through coffee has the same effects is still subject to debate. The primary aim of the study was to investigate the performance enhancing effects of caffeine and coffee using a time trial performance test, while also investigating the metabolic effects of caffeine and coffee. In a single-blind, crossover, randomised counter-balanced study design, eight trained male cyclists/triathletes (Mean ± SD: Age 41 ± 7 y, Height ± m, Weight ± kg, VO2 max 58 ± 3 ml • kg(-1) • min(-1)) completed 30 min of steady-state (SS) cycling at approximately 55% VO2max followed by a 45 min energy based target time trial (TT). One hour prior to exercise each athlete consumed drinks consisting of caffeine (5 mg CAF/kg BW), instant coffee (5 mg CAF/kg BW), instant decaffeinated coffee or placebo. The set workloads produced similar relative exercise intensities during the SS for all drinks, with no observed difference in carbohydrate or fat oxidation. Performance times during the TT were significantly faster (~%) for both caffeine and coffee when compared to placebo and decaf ( ± , ± , ± , ± min respectively, p<). The significantly faster performance times were similar for both caffeine and coffee. Average power for caffeine and coffee during the TT was significantly greater when compared to placebo and decaf (294 ± 21 W, 291 ± 22 W, 277 ± 14 W, 276 ± 23 W respectively, p<). No significant differences were observed between placebo and decaf during the TT. The present study illustrates that both caffeine (5 mg/kg/BW) and coffee (5 mg/kg/BW) consumed 1 h prior to exercise can improve endurance exercise performance.