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Insider Course Details and Tune-Up Workouts for the 2015 US Cyclocross National Championships in Austin, Texas

  By CTS Coach Josh Whitmore By this time of year, regional cyclocross races are winding down and many of you have season ending goals to peak for the Cyclocross National Championships January 11-17th, hosted this year at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. The few week lull in racing over the holidays offers a great…

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Posted: December 17, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Weekend Reading: Why Base Training in Winter Will Never Make You Fast

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” and “The Time-Crunched Triathlete” I would love to build a huge aerobic base the old fashioned way, but I love my wife and I’m pretty fond of my kids and my career. To ride 12-20 hours a week these days I would…

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Posted: December 16, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Uncategorized

Weekend Reading: Do You Need to Drink as Much During Cold Weather Workouts?

  One of the data points we monitor with a lot of athletes is how much fluid they consume during workouts. When temperatures drop, we often see a decrease in the amount of fluid they consume per hour and per workout. When we point it out to the athlete, the response is often a question:…

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Weekend Reading: Do These 4 Things in December to Have a Great 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…

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Weekend Reading: Thanksgiving Weekend Message

I hope you are all enjoying a safe and active Thanksgiving weekend, and that you got a chance to spend the holiday with your family and friends. Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite holiday, not necessarily because of its historical beginnings but because it makes me remember big Thanksgiving family gatherings and look forward to more…

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Weekend Reading: A Special Challenge and Tips for Thanksgiving Week

It’s Thanksgiving Challenge time! I’ve been pleased to see this off-the-cuff idea from a few years ago starting to gain some momentum and I hope you’ll join me in using this holiday week for a great training block and spending time with family and friends. To go along with the challenge, I also have some…

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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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Weekend Reading: Side Effects May Include…

For the first time since the inception of the CTS Endurance Bucket List in 2010, I failed to reach the finish line of an event. Thirty of the 32 CTS Athletes who traveled to Costa Rica for La Ruta de los Conquistadores completed the race – a finisher rate of 94%, compared to the race’s…

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Posted: November 14, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Uncategorized

How Detraining Works and 3 Steps to Avoid It

  Coaching is almost entirely about motivating and inspiring athletes, and there are a number of ways to accomplish that. Personally, I prefer to emphasize the positive by inspiring athletes to achieve lofty goals. Sometimes, however, athletes respond better to the desire to avoid negative consequences, like losing power, gaining weight, and getting slower. So,…

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Weekend Reading: Workout and Tips to Holiday-Proof Your Training

  Since I’m in Costa Rica racing La Ruta de los Conquistadores, I’ve turned the Weekend Reading blog over to Jim Rutberg this weekend. Most of you know Rutty – as we call him around the office – as my co-author on “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, “Time-Crunched Triathlete” and several other books. He’s also a Pro…

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