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Optimizing Workout Nutrition for Hot Weather

It’s Saturday morning and it’s going to be 85 degrees by 9:00AM, or maybe you have a workout or race scheduled for the afternoon when it will be really hot. It’s nice to say things like “exercise when it’s cooler”, but sometimes busy athletes have to get out there when they can, even if that…

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How to Master the Mental Side of Winning

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Anytime you see a group of athletes lined up at a starting line it’s important to realize that large percentage of them have already lost the race. It has nothing to do with their fitness or nutrition, but rather what’s going on in…

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4 Triathlon Mistakes That Are Keeping You From Performing at Your Best

By Nick White and Chris Carmichael The complexity of triathlon is one of its most alluring attributes. You can get started simply, but then your engagement with the sport continues to grow and develop along with you. For time-crunched athletes the complexity sometimes needs to be trimmed back; there’s only so much time and focus…

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6 Gear Shifting Tips That Still Matter

  The folks from Zwift recently visited CTS in Colorado Springs and at the end of a very productive meeting they stopped to admire the Murray-branded steel Serotta we have hanging on the wall. It was the bike I rode in the 1985 Giro d’Italia, complete with a 53/42 crankset, 12-23 freewheel, and friction downtube…

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Pacing for Endurance Events: 6 Things You Need to Know

With more athletes entering extremely long endurance events, we spend a lot of time educating athletes on pacing strategies. Last weekend, one of CTS Coach Renee Eastman’s athletes provided a master class on long-distance pacing as he rode his way to a second-place finish in the Solo Men category of the 18 Hours of Fruita…

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8 Techniques to Be Faster, Safer, and More Confident in Corners

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” For a long time, petrol heads derided American muscle cars for being great in a straight line and utterly useless when they encountered a corner. European performance cars, they argued, were designed for drivers. They had power for speed but also advanced suspension, steering,…

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11 Key Beginner Triathlon Tips From Top Coaches

With swimming, cycling, and running combined into a single competition, there’s a lot for beginner triathletes to learn. Each discipline within a triathlon is not the same as swimming, cycling, or running as standalone sports. Not only are there some rule differences, but your cycling leg will be affected by the swim before it, and…

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Does Perfectionism Help or Hurt Endurance Training?

At CTS, we coach a wide variety of athletes with an even wider range of personalities. Some athletes derive value from the feelings and sensations of being fit. Others can only perceive the value of training by analyzing every bit of data they generate. Endurance sports are a good place for the more obsessive among…

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4 Common Mistakes That Wreck Your Workouts

At the start of training ride or an event, all things are possible. You could have a ride that puts a smile on your face or a performance that exceeds your expectations. But you can also screw it up, and a lot of cyclists do that on a regular basis. Here are four ways I…

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Triathlon Training: Power Pacing for Winning Performance

By Nick White and Chris Carmichael We’re in the age of power, and on-bike power meters have forever changed the landscape of triathlon training. But while more athletes are analyzing their workouts, many stumble when using a power meter during competition. In training you rely on your power meter to ensure that you’re challenging yourself…

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