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How to Keep Your Climbing Power This Fall

At higher elevations around Colorado Springs, the aspens are beginning to turn yellow, which means there’s no denying that Fall and Winter are rapidly approaching. Many cyclists and triathletes are wrapping up their event seasons, which means we’re having a lot of discussions about short- and medium-term goals. One of the top goals: maintain climbing power….

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Top 5 Cyclocross Training Mistakes

By Jim Lehman, CTS Premier Coach Forget #crossiscoming because #crossishere! Cyclocross season is in full swing, but training doesn’t stop when the season starts. There is still time to improve your performance, increase your speed, and race up to your potential. As coaches my colleagues and I work with a mixture of elite cyclocross racers…

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How to Perfectly Wrap up Your Cycling Season in Two Easy Steps

Wow, August is over already!? This summer has flown by and hopefully you’ve made the most of it. It’s been an incredible summer for CTS Athletes. Throughout the summer I’ve tried to call out and recognize the accomplishments of many athletes, amateur and elite, but in reality, I’ve only scratched the surface. I wish all of…

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5 Ways Roadies and Triathletes Can Be Faster Mountain Bikers

By Jim Rutberg The idea for this article occurred to me as I watched a friend roll into T2 of an off-road triathlon in Colorado. Somewhere underneath the blood and mud was a strong and talented triathlete, but he had made the crucial mistake of believing superior fitness could compensate for poor mountain bike skills….

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Posted: August 31, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

The Performance Benefits of Lactate Threshold Testing and Training

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach Whether you are a triathlete, runner, skier, cyclist, or rower, as an endurance athlete you need accurate physiological data to guide and monitor your training by. Lactate threshold is one of the most commonly, and effectively, used performance markers used by many athletes and coaches. The point is to…

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Don’t Make These 6 Late-Summer Training Mistakes

As we reach the final weekend of August the bulk of the summer is in the rearview mirror. And while there are athletes who have big events coming up in the next several weeks, many of you are wrapping up your summer season. You have trained long and hard to get here and I hope…

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Are Marginal Gains Dangerous for You?

Everybody is after “marginal gains” these days. It’s been the buzzphrase for the past few years, with top pro teams using new technologies and increasingly intricate methods to pursue every possible avenue for improved performance. And it’s working, at least at the top level of the sport, so amateur athletes are eager to get in…

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Posted: August 24, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Essential Cyclocross Tips and Workouts for the Complete Beginner

By CTS Expert Coach Josh Whitmore Yes, the end to our hot summer is just around the corner. The bulk of the road and mountain bike season will soon be over and you’ll be wondering what to do with yourself through the fall. Cyclocross has been growing rapidly in the United States and generally there…

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Posted: August 22, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Beat the Heat Series: Hydration and Cooling Strategies to RECOVER After Exercise in Heat

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 optimally when temperatures soar. Quick…

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Prepare for a Great Cyclocross Season With These 3 Tips and Key Workout

Cyclocross is a wonderful way for road cyclists and mountain bikers to extend their competitive seasons and get a head-start on training for next season. The intensity of cyclocross racing provides a training stimulus that’s very difficult to replicate with standard interval training during the fall and winter, especially as the temperatures fall and athletes…

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Posted: August 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

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