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Beat the Heat Series: How to Prepare for Exercising in the Heat

CTS Beat The Heat Series Introduction: Heat is the enemy of endurance performance and an underlying cause for diminished performance, dehydration, heat stress, gastrointestinal distress, and impaired recovery. In this 3-part series we will provide you with the tools and information you need to PREPARE for training and events, PERFORM at your best, and RECOVER…

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6 Ways to Descend Like A Tour de France Cyclist (And Not Die)

Descents are free speed. You spend almost every second of a bike ride pedaling and working to move forward, but the descents are your reward and your opportunity to make up time. For professional cyclists at the Tour de France, however, descents aren’t always free. Many times they are stressful and fraught with extreme risk….

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4 Quick Triathlon Transition Tips That Will Save You Time on Race Day

By CTS Expert Coach Scott Wrigley Triathlon is a time intensive sport. Fitting in training for three sports takes dedication and planning. This is especially true when you are a time-crunched athlete. You get up early and train for hours each week. You do things like intervals, track your sleep, calculate your race day nutrition…

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3 Lessons from the Best Tour de France in Years

Have you been watching this Tour de France!? After years of formulaic racing this is a real old-school race! I haven’t been writing daily updates like I have in years past, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to take a closer look at the Tour de France up to this point. That Downhill Attack…

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Everything You Need to Know About Power to Weight Ratio

This is a good time to explore the idea of power-to-weight ratio, or PWR. In simple terms, PWR is a way of comparing two riders of different weights to predict which one has the potential to go uphill faster. When the pitches get steep and the mountain passes get long, the riders with higher PWR…

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Should You Include Downhill Repeats in Your Ultrarunning Training?

Excerpt from Jason Koop’s Training Essentials for Ultrarunning Downhill running is important in ultrarunning. As the old adage goes: What goes up must come down. Add to that the fact that between uphill and downhill running, downhill is much sexier. Go ahead, check out YouTube and gawk at the Salomon videos of young, fearless athletes…

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Three Unvarnished Truths About Sports Nutrition

  Recently a journalist asked me what has had the greatest impact on performance in professional cycling in the 30 years since I was a pro. A lot has changed in sports science, training, equipment, and technology since the 80s, but I think the advances that have had the greatest impact on improving athletic performance…

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How to Come Back From the Dead on Climbs

This year’s Tour de France features some tough mountain stages with 56 categorized climbs over the three weeks, and one of the major highlights of the race will be on Stage 12 when riders will climb to a mountaintop finish on Mont Ventoux. On a long stage that features big climbs, the distance and the…

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Patriotism and Nationalism Racing for the USA

  I’ve been thinking a lot about patriotism and nationalism recently, based largely on the confluence of the current political election in this country, Brexit and European Union overseas, the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, and the fact that today’s first stage of the Tour de France finishes at Utah Beach, one of the D-Day…

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8 Training Fundamentals Every Ultrarunner Needs to Focus On

Book excerpt from Jason Koop’s Training Essentials for Ultrarunning In order to keep focus on your fitness, it is important that training be oriented toward the fundamentals. Athletes and coaches are quick to add extraneous stuff to training programs. They want to try the latest equipment, experiment with the newest diet, or start sleeping in…

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