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Forget About Weight Loss Unless You’re Willing to Do This

I was talking with an athlete earlier this week and our conversation turned to the issue of weight, as it has during nearly every coaching conversation we’ve had in the past year. The athlete I was talking to is probably not that different from you. He has worked hard and improved significantly over the past 12…

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How to Go From “Fat and Slow” to “Lean and Fast”

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach Truth be told, I’m writing this as much about and for me as I’m writing it to hopefully help you. I am my own example. I’m that guy who got fat and slow over the winter and is now staring down the ever-shortening runway toward a goal event. I…

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4 Recipes to Fuel Your Training From Michelin Star Chef and CTS Athlete Matthew Accarrino

I’m happy to be spending this weekend riding in beautiful Napa Valley, California at the Bottega Gran Fondo. It’s a great event unlike any other that brings together world-class culinary leaders and cyclists for a weekend of stunning rides, farm fresh food, and some of the finest Napa Valley wines. Even though many of you…

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Press Release: Jason Koop Leads an Ultramarathon Training Revolution

VeloPress Press Release: Koop’s New Book, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning, Reveals His Unique Training Approach Boulder, CO, USA – April 21, 2016 – When elite ultrarunners have a need for speed, they turn to coach Jason Koop. Now the sport’s leading coach makes his highly effective ultramarathon training methods available to ultrarunners of all abilities…

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Master These 3 Advanced Race Tactics at Your Next Group Ride

Last week I talked about proper group ride etiquette and skills that make you a welcome rider in the group, but this week we’re tackling advanced skills you can utilize to drop your new riding mates on race-like group rides and eventually your competitors in races. I want to emphasize these tactics are meant to…

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Tips for Cyclists and Triathletes Adapting to a New Aero Position

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach There are a lot of new bikes and new aero setups being rolled out of bike shops and garages around the country right about now, and business is brisk at the nation’s growing number of wind tunnels and specialty bike fit clinics. At CTS we’ve been providing bike…

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Group Ride Etiquette and Skills Every Cyclist Needs to Know

  I love a great group ride. I was raised on them and they have been an integral part of my life as a cyclist for more than 40 years. The group ride is where you learn to draft, how to ride shoulder to shoulder so you can talk without yelling, how to gauge your…

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5 Tips to Becoming an Expert at Drafting

  Financial advisors will tell you that the way to get (or stay) rich is to not just make more money, but also avoid wasting it. The same is true with how athletes get faster. It’s not just about how much power you can produce or how high you can push your lactate threshold pace….

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ADAPT: A 5 Step Plan for When Everything Goes Wrong

Book Excerpt from Training Essentials for Ultrarunning “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” —Mike Tyson If you do one single thing at a high enough intensity for long enough, every once in a while everything goes wrong. As much as you have trained and prepared, you will eventually get punched…

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Use This Seated Acceleration Workout to Ride the Competition Off Your Wheel!

  Launching out of the saddle to attack the group you’re riding with can be very effective, but it’s also very obvious! No matter if you come from the back or accelerate from the front of the group, your plan is immediately apparent. You’re telegraphing your punch! A strong seated acceleration can be a huge…

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