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Should Endurance Athletes Go Keto? Ketosis and Ketogenic Diets for Endurance Athletes

  When it comes to weight loss and endurance performance, dietary ketosis is the strategy everyone is asking about this year. On the surface, ketosis or a ketogenic diet offers everything an endurance athlete could dream of: endless energy, freedom from bonking, and an efficient pathway to weight loss. The diet has been all over…

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Chris Carmichael’s List of the “Best of 2016”

  My social media feeds are full of people lamenting how horrible 2016 was, but from where I’m sitting the past twelve months were AWESOME! I am a big believer in taking time to recognize and appreciate goals you have accomplished and feats you have achieved. Some people are too quick to dismiss or gloss…

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How to Boost Your Old Man or Woman Speed

When it comes to pure speed and power, younger athletes usually beat out us older athletes, but that doesn’t mean they always come out on top. Many young cyclists don’t have the experience to put all that power to good use.  I’m going to share with you a few of the lessons I’ve learned over…

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Busting the Myth of Winter Aerobic Base Training

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Traditional aerobic base training needs to go the way of the dodo. Long, moderate intensity rides are fun and good to incorporate into training, but even if you’re a pro it is a fool’s errand to devote the winter to low-intensity training in…

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How to Eat and Drink for Cold Weather Workouts

  This is a great time of year to focus on the rider you want to be next season. We’ve already given you some advice on how to prep your bike for a harsh winter and how to dress for every condition, and now we are turning the focus to nutrition. However, in an effort…

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The Ultimate 2016 Gift Guide for Endurance Athletes

  Athletes are hard to purchase gifts for (just ask your significant other). Most people who are not athletes have no idea what you might need, enjoy, or actually use. That’s why you get things like runner wind chimes or a bicycle-shaped corkscrew. Those poor gift givers know you are into endurance sports and want…

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5 Tips for Getting Started With Treadmill Training This Winter

The short and cold days of winter are here, and so are indoor training days. Yes, there are those who will tell you to just “harden up” and get out there in any kind of weather, or those who say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only weak minds and poor equipment.” More power…

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Posted: December 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

5 Tips for Being a Successful Athlete in a 24/7 World

We live in a 24/7 world with constant demands on our time and pressure to do more and more. The nature of social media and the ever-present smartphone feeds this pressure, whether it’s work emails coming in at 9:30pm or social media updates exalting everyone’s latest achievements. Athletes face the same career, family, and social…

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Will Strength Training Weigh Down a Cyclist or Triathlete?

Whenever you suggest weight training to a cyclist or triathlete, one of the athlete’s first concerns is whether putting on additional muscle mass will hurt their sport-specific performance. Will more muscle make you slower by increasing you total bodyweight, or make you faster by increasing your strength and resilience? There are a few ways to…

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Stop Holiday Parties From Wrecking Your Fitness and Exploding Your Waistline

As the Arctic Blast thoroughly chills a large portion of the nation, you might need some added motivation to stick with your training. What if I told you that you can wake up on January 1st without the spare tire you normally strap on during the Holidays? It’s much harder to lose weight than it is…

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