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4 Hurtful Habits that Are Killing Your Training

At a recent Gran Fondo I had a chance to talk with a lot of athletes. I love working one-on-one with the athletes I personally coach, but I also love getting out of Colorado Springs to ride and interact with athletes of all ability levels at events around the country. I talk to a lot…

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How To Keep the Weight Off This Fall

I know cyclists who have summer and winter kits, not because one is warmer but because they fit into a medium jersey in the summer and need a large from October through March. Rather than reaching for the bigger jersey, here are proven steps I use to keep athletes from gaining too much weight in…

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Posted: September 23, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Uncategorized

Why Training Fails, And What To Do About It

We’ve arrived at the time of the year when athletes are wrapping up their summer seasons and looking forward to the next steps in their training and competition calendars. For the vast majority of coached athletes, these are great conversations about victories, personal bests, and great personal achievements. But there are also some tough conversations…

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The Top 5 Things Cyclocross Will Do for Your Fitness

By Jim Rutberg Cyclocross is enjoying a boom in popularity, which is wonderful because it’s one of the most accessible disciplines in the spectrum of cycling events. The events are short, venues don’t require closing streets, and it’s really spectator friendly. That, and a cyclocross bike is probably the most versatile bike you can buy;…

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Which is Better: Cooked or Raw Beets? (Free Recipe Included!)

I’m going to preface this by saying I don’t like beets. I know they are packed with nutrients, may improve cardiovascular health, and may even increase athletic performance by boosting nitric oxide levels, but I’ve never enjoyed eating beets. So when I reached out to CTS Athlete and renowned chef Matthew Accarrino, from SPQR in…

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Mastering the Fundamental Cyclocross Dismount and Remount

As the road and mountain bike seasons trail off, many athletes are left without a guiding purpose to be on the bike. If you’re wondering what to do with your hard-earned summer fitness and looking for a way to rekindle your childhood desire to play in the mud, then jump into Cyclocross! Cyclocross (CX or…

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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 time…

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Long Term Review: Kenda Kriterium Endurance Tires

One of the problems with product reviews from magazines and websites is the “N=1” bias. A writer or editor gets a product, uses it for a short period or even a long time, and then writes about the experience. That’s great, but it’s only one person and one usage case. In contrast, we’ve had 45…

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Posted: September 9, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

How to Keep Your Climbing Power This Fall

At higher elevations around Colorado Springs, the aspens are beginning to turn yellow, which means there’s no denying that Fall and Winter are rapidly approaching. Many cyclists and triathletes are wrapping up their event seasons, which means we’re having a lot of discussions about short- and medium-term goals. One of the top goals: maintain climbing power….

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Top 5 Cyclocross Training Mistakes

By Jim Lehman, CTS Premier Coach Forget #crossiscoming because #crossishere! Cyclocross season is in full swing, but training doesn’t stop when the season starts. There is still time to improve your performance, increase your speed, and race up to your potential. As coaches my colleagues and I work with a mixture of elite cyclocross racers…

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