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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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7 Things Cyclists Know to be True

I’ve been a cyclist for more than 40 years and the longer I ride the more I realize there are some truths that are simply inescapable. If you’re a cyclist you’ve undoubtedly experienced most, if not all, of these: 1. Flats Happen in Threes I don’t know why but I swear it’s true. Actually, I…

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Triathlon Training: Training for Ironman Is a 12-Month Process, Not a 12-Week Training Plan

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach The day after an Ironman race, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of athletes line up or go online to register for the next year’s race. That’s right, the race was asking people to commit a year in advance. In today’s last minute, just-in-time world, this is an anomaly. Undoubtedly,…

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6 Tips That Will Help You Survive the Toughest Moments of Your Event

Athletes spend countless hours preparing to be at their best, but we learn the most about ourselves when we’re closest to failure. As endurance athletes I believe we actually seek out tough moments. We push ourselves with longer events and harder challenges and more competitive fields so we can reach the point where failure is…

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Interval Training: Knowing When Enough is Enough

  It is crucially important for an athlete to know when enough is enough. And that holds true whether you’re talking about completing one more interval in today’s workout, or deciding whether you need an extra day of recovery after a hard workout or race. I wrote about this in “The Time-Crunched Cyclist “, and…

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The 5 Most Common Triathlon Rule Violations and How to Avoid Them

By Scott Wrigley CTS Expert Coach With three different disciplines covered in a day, there are many different rules that apply to triathlon racing. Accordingly, this article could be the size of a Master’s thesis, but I am going to keep it short and sweet. We’ll stick to the five most common triathlon rule violations and…

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Misery Is a Choice: Developing Mental Toughness in Endurance Athletes

If there was ever an actual secret to turning highly-talented athletes into champions it is simply this: toughen them up. Whether you’re trying to win the Tour of Flanders, get through a 200-mile gravel race, or hang with the fast group ride, it’s going to take more than talent, available training time, and hi-tech gear….

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How to Choose the Optimal Amount of Recovery Between Intervals

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach So, you’re all ready to go out for your workout. You have food in your pocket, your bike is gleaming in the warm sun with a bottle of water and bottle of sports drink, your Smith glasses are sitting in the Giro helmet draped over your handlebars, and your Joule GPS is…

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How to Improve Your Open-Water and Pack Swimming Skills

By Nick White, CTS Premier Coach Last summer, one of my athletes felt great going into the water at the start of her goal event, a half-Ironman at Buffalo Springs Lake in Lubbock, Texas, only to get stuck behind a pack of slow swimmers. A gap formed between her group and the leaders, but by…

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4 Ways to Win by Being a Smarter Athlete

By Chris Carmichael The end of March is a great time of year for endurance athletes. There’s so much enthusiasm in the air, so many incredible goals being set, and so many early-season triumphs to cheer about. For coaches, this is the time when we get to talk about race tactics and strategies, in addition…

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