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Pros and Cons of Training with Low-Carbohydrate Availability for Ultrarunning

Coaching is a push-and-pull between tradition and innovation, between “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” and “Newer is better!”. During my coaching career I’ve been on both sides of that divide, always seeking innovation but wary that innovations that sound good don’t always lead to improved performance. Training when on a low carbohydrate (CHO) regiment…

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Ice Ice Baby: Controlling Core Temperature Before, During, and After Exercise in Hot Weather

  “All right stop, collaborate and Listen, Ice is back with…” No, no, no. Not that “Ice Ice Baby”. Exercise generates a ton of heat; about 75% of the energy you expend to propel a bicycle is lost as heat and only about 25% of it actually produces work. A hot summer environment only exacerbates the…

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Should Cycling Power Ranges Be Adjusted For Temperature?

  Heat is an endurance athlete’s biggest enemy. A human on a bicycle only achieves 20-25% mechanical efficiency, meaning the majority of the energy you produce is lost as heat. And when the air temperature rises that heat leads to a well-documented drop in lactate threshold power output. But the question is: how does this…

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5 Ways Endurance Athletes Can Get More (and Better) Sleep

  In some ways, our glorification of entrepreneurial culture has sold you a bill of goods. “Be the first to arrive and the last to leave.” “Live for the grind.” “You can sleep when you’re dead.” “While you were sleeping, this guy was winning.” You know what successful people do? They sleep. They sleep soundly,…

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4 of the Worst Summertime Training Mistakes Cyclists Make

  Summertime is fun time! Strong rides in the warm summer sun are your reward for the spending months bundled up in winter cycling gear or pedaling furiously in the basement. But it’s not uncommon for athletes to make a series of summertime training mistakes that either cut short their fun or limit their peak…

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3 Tips for Beating Back the Urge to Quit

Endurance sports are beautiful and cruel. Even in the middle of the biggest races in the world, at some level every athlete is alone. You’re the one doing the work and making the decisions about how hard to go, what risks to take, and how much you can take. It’s that experience of surrounded isolation that…

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Jason Koop’s Ultrarunning Training Presentation from 2017 Western States Endurance Run

By Jason Koop CTS Coaching Director Author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” I had the pleasure of sharing the stage at the Western States Endurance Run with Dr. John Diana and Dr. Tracy Hoeg, and I wanted to share the video with all of you. Talking about training right before the start of an ultramarathon is…

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Put an End to Midseason Weight Gain

  By now you’re likely well into your summer training and competition season, so how the hell are you gaining weight?! Midseason weight gain is surprisingly common, especially for endurance athletes. Sometimes it’s perfectly normal and may actually improve your performance, but often it’s caused by simple misconceptions about training, fueling, and recovery. Whether you’re…

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Tapering and What to Do the Week Before Your Race

Training can be a lot like drinking: to have a great time you need to know when to stop. In the week leading up to a race or event, athletes can do more to undermine their training than they can to enhance it. Yet, just like that “one more” drink, it’s the prospect of getting…

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7 Steps to Recovery After Running 100 Miles

By Jason Koop, CTS Coach and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” I just returned home from supporting athletes at the 2017 Western States Endurance Run, and I’m tired. I need a recovery week and I didn’t even run the race! Congratulations to everyone who toed the start line, fought through their individual rough patches,…

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