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Weekend Reading: Workout and Tips to Holiday-Proof Your Training

  Since I’m in Costa Rica racing La Ruta de los Conquistadores, I’ve turned the Weekend Reading blog over to Jim Rutberg this weekend. Most of you know Rutty – as we call him around the office – as my co-author on “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, “Time-Crunched Triathlete” and several other books. He’s also a Pro…

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How to Perform at Your Best in Every Decade

  By Chris Carmichael Just as in golf, when it comes to fitness and health you have to think about your short game and your long game. Getting out to exercise today or losing 10 pounds in the next three months is your short game; adding years to your life and – just as important…

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Weekend Reading: The Key to Making it to New Year’s Without Getting Fat

  Welcome to Fat Season! Let’s face it; the stretch from Halloween through New Year’s is a minefield of dietary indiscretions. It’s hard to avoid packing on an extra few pounds with everyone shoving high-sugar, high-fat foods in your face in the name of love. And to make matters worse, these months usually coincide with…

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Weekend Reading: 6 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday on Your Bicycle

  Yesterday was my 54th birthday, and I will be the first to acknowledge that I’m a very fortunate man. I have a wonderful family, a thriving business I’m passionate about, and I’m still enjoying cycling and endurance sports without any significant restrictions. One of the best parts of celebrating my birthday this year was…

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Open Mic

Gallery and Caption Contest We hope you enjoyed the Open Mic podcast with Chris Carmichael and Mike Creed. If you haven’t listened to it yet you can find it here or on iTunes. Then check out the gallery below and enter the contest! Click any image for slideshow and captions. Caption the photo at the…

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Weekend Reading: Group Rides Part II – How to Avoid Being “That Guy”

Return to page 1 DON’T… … pull so hard you drop yourself Social group rides tend to wait for dropped riders, which is great, but try not to make them wait for you because you were riding like an idiot. If you take monster pulls at the front and then get dropped, you’re not making…

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Weekend Reading: Group Rides Part II – How to Avoid Being “That Guy”

  Last week’s post about how to “win” the local group ride got a lot of people talking, but I realize many athletes participate in much more civil and social group rides. So this week let’s take a look at some etiquette and skills so you don’t end up being “that guy”. Flat tires suck…

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Weekend Reading: Mastering 3 Advanced Group Ride Skills

  Local group rides are the heart and soul of amateur cycling. These Saturday morning and Tuesday evening rides are where new riders learn to draft, where juniors cut their teeth, and where local bragging rights are earned. Most of all they are a ton of fun, without the pressure and expense of pinning on…

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Weekend Reading: I Want to Do This, And So Will You!

When I created the CTS Bucket List, the idea was to provide athletes with opportunities to compete and participate in life-changing challenges. To make it onto the list, an event has to be extremely challenging, unique, and outrageously fun. Haute Route Pyrenees was a great fit for 2014, and in 2015 we’ve included Haute Route…

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My Favorite Workout and Tips for Preparing for Epic Challenges

  As years pass it occurs to me that the beauty of endurance sport is that as we move through life there’s always a niche that resonates with our goals and lifestyle. For years I sought high-intensity, close-quarters racing in criteriums and road cycling races. But now I’m older and I’ve fallen in love with…

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