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Beating the Urge to Quit in Ultrarunning and Ultraendurance Events

By Andy Jones-Wilkins, CTS Ultrarunning Coach Anyone who has been running ultras for a while has, at one time or another, had to fight off the urge to quit. It is simply an inevitable fact of life that for most normal humans, after about 8 hours of running, hiking, crawling, limping, whining, and shuffling, the…

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The 6 Worst Pre-Workout Foods and Habits for Cyclists, Runners, and Triathletes

  As I travel around the country participating in a variety of events I am constantly surprised by the nutritional choices I see athletes making prior to workouts. If you want to have a great ride, hike, run, or strength workout, here are the 6 worst pre-workout foods and habits for cyclists, runners, and triathletes…

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How to Build Your Own DIY Ultrarunning Training Camp

By Jason Koop, CTS Coach and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Since the release of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” I have had the privilege to attend several book signings and appear on several podcasts, and one of the most frequently asked questions is: “What is the best thing an ultrarunner with limited training time…

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6 Things You Need To Do To Ride Strong This Fall

  As often happens in business, the best part about running CTS has turned out to be different than I originally anticipated. In the beginning I was focused on bringing world-class coaching to athletes of all abilities. It was all about performance. What I didn’t anticipate was that I would meet and build relationships with…

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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, 3rd Edition” to create race-winning fitness for the upcoming ‘cross season! The…

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Optimizing Recovery As An Ultrarunner in a 24/7 World

  By Adam St. Pierre, CTS Ultrarunning Coach I am an athlete 24 hours a day. I am also a coach 24 hours a day. And a dad 24 hours a day. And a husband. And a son. And a friend… Life would be easy if there were 120 hours in a day, but there…

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Death to America: Why Athletes Should Care About Obesity Rates

  The 14th Annual State of Obesity Report contains a mixture of good and bad news in the nationwide battle against obesity. The report, a project of the Trust for American Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, indicates the rate of increase in adult obesity rates is slowing, but still rising nonetheless. Overall, the…

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3 Steps to Turning Your Fears Into Your Advantages in Big Endurance Events

By David Henry, CTS Ultrarunning Coach This run wasn’t different from any others, as far as I could tell. Another normal loop on a normal day, just putting in the miles. I was in the midst of a section of quiet road in rural Oregon I’d run dozens of times when out of the side…

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Train Your Brain for Championship Success in Endurance Sports

  Earlier this week we published a blog that featured a post-race letter from an ultrarunner who finally finished the Leadville 100 Run on his eighth attempt. A few days later I received the following email from a long-time CTS Athlete, Fred Rica, from New Jersey. I’ve included the email below, with Fred’s permission, because…

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Chef Jeff Mahin’s Kale Kimchi Avocado Toast with Eggs

  Jeff Mahin is Chef/Partner of Stella Barra Pizzeria, Summer House Santa Monica, M Street Kitchen and Do-Rite Donuts. He is also a strong and avid cyclist and ambassador for Chef’s Cycle, a fundraising endurance event featuring award-winning chefs fighting childhood hunger outside the kitchen. Jeff and over 100 other chefs from around the country…

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