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The 3 Best Sub-60 Minute Indoor Cycling Workouts

  By CTS Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Let’s face it; there are times when indoor training is a lot more convenient – and potentially more effective – than riding outdoors. As I’ve moved from being a bike racer with unlimited training time to a working parent and career professional I’ve learned to embrace indoor cycling…

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Weekend Reading: Meaningful Gifts for the Endurance Athlete in Your Life

As I’ve gotten older I’ve noted a shift in the way I look at gifts. Sure, I still buy little niceties like a sweater or bottle of wine for people, but these days I’m not buying as many wrappable items for the people who mean the most to me. I want my gifts for these…

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6 Tip to Improve Your Climbing Performance

Pretty much every cyclist we talk to wants to go uphill faster. And while we spend a lot of time focused on increasing power output and reducing bodyweight, these two things only give you the capacity – the potential – to go faster uphill. Actually riding faster on a climb comes down to applying your…

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Posted: December 18, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

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: 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