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Getting Started Strength Training Workout for Endurance Athletes

  In the past few blog posts I’ve talked about why endurance athletes – especially aging endurance athletes – need to incorporate strength training, and discussed some of the principles endurance athletes should keep in mind. Finally, it’s time to talk about how to get started! Based on the comments sections, some of you are…

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4 Things Cyclists Need to Do in December To Be Fit in January

January is traditionally when endurance athletes in the Northern Hemisphere dig in and recommit themselves to goal-oriented training. The months of November and December are often less structured, even for time-crunched athletes who rely more heavily on shorter, higher-intensity workouts to maintain and improve fitness. It’s a smart idea to think of the next three…

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Why Every Workout Counts Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s

This is the time of year that defines an athlete. Anyone can get excited about going for a ride on a sunny, 75-degree day in the spring or summer. It takes quite a bit more dedication to bundle up and head out the door on a cold morning in November/December/January. And when the weather keeps…

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How to Choose Between Hub-, Pedal-, and Crank-Based Cycling Power Meters

By Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Article originally featured on powertap.com If you’re on PowerTap’s website you are probably already interested in training with power, so I’m not going to spend your time telling you about all the ways a power meter can make your training more effective, time-efficient, and fun. Instead, let’s take a look…

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Posted: November 21, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

5 Things Cyclists Don’t Understand About Strength Training

In a recent blog post I made the case for why endurance athletes, particularly cyclists, should incorporate strength training into an active lifestyle. I got a lot of great feedback from readers, and a common theme I took from those comments and emails was that endurance athletes have very disparate ideas about what is required…

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Posted: November 18, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

The Key to Staying Lean Through Fat Season

  Welcome to Fat Season! Halloween was a few weeks ago, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and then it’s party time through New Year’s! Let’s face it; this stretch of time is a minefield of dietary indiscretions. It’s hard to avoid packing on an extra few pounds with everyone shoving high-sugar, high-fat foods (and alcohol)…

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How to Adjust Training in Response to Air Pollution and Forest Fire Smoke

By Reid Beloni, CTS Coach The southeastern United States is on fire. A drought and unseasonably warm weather have resulted in numerous forest fires in the Appalachian Mountains, and air quality throughout the southeast ranges from moderately bad to unhealthy depending on which way the wind is blowing. The CTS Coaches and athletes living near…

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Posted: November 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

Do Cyclists Benefit From Strength Training?

  This is the time of year when a lot of athletes ask about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? Coaches have been debating the effectiveness and necessity of strength training for endurance athletes for many years, and even my own…

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Night Riding: Skills and Tips for Great Mountain Bike and Gravel Night Rides

  In November in the United States (except Arizona), we all set our clocks back one hour. We get an extra hour of sleep on one night, but pay a hefty price for it over the next four months with cold mornings and early sunsets. I may be biased, but as you can tell I’m…

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The Proven CTS 9-Week Holiday Cycling Training Plan

Three Workouts, No Excuses. I talk with busy athletes juggling cycling goals with full-time careers and families pretty much every day, and when it comes right down to it you fall into two primary categories: those who figure out how to get it done, and those who rattle off a litany of circumstances that prevent…

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