Posts By: CTS

Let’s Get Real About Your Weight

  I generally try to be diplomatic when I talk about training and weight management, but perhaps it’s time to stop being polite and start getting real (sorry, I couldn’t resist the MTV reference…). We can talk about incremental increases in power at lactate threshold or optimizing pedal stroke, but if you really want to…

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What’s Really Going on With The 2016 USA Pro Challenge

  Shortly after the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, I had lunch with Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge stage race in Colorado. Only a few weeks earlier the USA Pro Challenge had announced that the Schaden family was stepping down as the backers of the USA Pro Challenge and…

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5 Tips to Finding The Perfect Time of Day To Train

  There are two times of year when we get the most questions about the best time of day to work out: the weeks surrounding the start and end of Daylight Savings Time. In the spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), the hours of daylight reach the point where either early morning or late afternoon/evening training…

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The Most Underrated Training Tips That Really Work!

  The biggest trap athletes and coaches fall into is making training too complicated. We’re not trying to launch a mission to Mars here, folks. The problem starts with the amount of information we all have at our fingertips. We know more about the science of performance than ever before and we have access to…

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4 Things Smart Athletes Do In the Fall

  From a coaching perspective the fall is perhaps the most important time of year. Sure, we can help athletes make big improvements in performance during the spring and summer, but there is so much more than can be achieved during this period because you are not actively preparing for upcoming events. Now is the…

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Is Perceived Exertion Accurate or Meaningful to Your Training?

  Even as technology delivers remarkably accurate data about an athlete’s true workload, a seemingly archaic measure of intensity refuses to disappear. Rating of Perceived Exertion, or RPE, is the ultimate in simplicity: It is nothing more than a scale of how hard you feel you are exercising. There’s not one single piece of data…

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Try This World Championship-Inspired Workout

    The Road World Championships are here! It’s been nearly 30 years since the UCI Road World Championships were held in Colorado Springs but starting tomorrow the world’s best will be duking it out for rainbow jerseys in Richmond, Virginia. World Championship races are unique, very difficult to win, and can forever define a…

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Cyclocross Training for The Time-Crunched Cyclist

  Of all the disciplines within cycling, cyclocross is one exceptionally well suited to time-crunched athletes. The events are intense but short, and the season is relatively short as well. This means a Time-Crunched Athlete can use the principles described in “The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 2nd Edition” to create race-winning fitness for the upcoming ‘cross season!…

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Here Is How You’re Sabotaging Your Own Training

  With 15 years of experience coaching more than 15,000 athletes, CTS Coaches have compiled a ton of data about what makes athletes faster and stronger. We use that information in our Coaching College and continuing education program to teach coaches how to efficiently achieve big performance gains with the athletes they coach. We also…

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