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Active Ingredient: Cashew Cream – The Athlete’s Alternative to Dairy Cream?

By Chris Carmichael “What the hell is cashew cream?” I have to admit that was my first thought when I first saw it listed as an ingredient in the Corn Chowder Recipe described below from Tal Ronnen’s cookbook, “The Conscious Cook”. It’s a vegan cookbook, and although I’m neither a vegan nor a vegetarian, I…

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Fat and Slow is No Way to Go Through Life: A Guide to Mounting Your Own Comeback

  “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” I always loved that line from Animal House. And when it comes to being an athlete, fat and slow is no way to go through life, either. But the truth is, fat happens. I know very few people who have stayed consistently lean and…

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6 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Performance

Pretty much every cyclist we talk to wants to go uphill faster. And while we spend a lot of time focused on increasing power output and reducing bodyweight, these two things only give you the capacity – the potential – to go faster uphill. Actually riding faster on a climb comes down to applying your…

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Posted: December 15, 2015

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Survival of the Fit: How to Win When the Odds Are Stacked Against You

    This has been a very special week. We brought the entire coaching staff of CTS to Colorado Springs for a coaching education summit and to celebrate the company’s 15th Anniversary. We concluded on Tuesday night with a party and invited a lot of the people who played significant roles in the company’s history….

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Stop Holiday Parties From Wrecking Your Fitness and Exploding Your Waistline

I’m so happy to see so many readers taking on the CTS December Challenge I launched in last weekend’s post. If you haven’t gotten on board yet, there’s still time! All you have to do is ride 40 hours in the month of December. It’s not easy, but it’s a doable stretch goal for a…

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Winter Training Series: Sports Nutrition Tips 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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CTS December Cycling Challenge! Are You Up for It?

  Although I ventured out to walk the dog on Black Friday, I was holed up indoors most of the day because it was about 10 degrees outside and snowing. My hunch is that staying motivated to train through December is going to be pretty rough, so I’m issuing a challenge to myself and everyone…

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The 3 Best Sub-60 Minute Indoor Cycling Workouts

  By CTS Pro Coach Jim Rutberg Let’s face it; there are times when indoor training is a lot more convenient – and potentially more effective – than riding outdoors. As I’ve moved from being a bike racer with unlimited training time to a working parent and career professional I’ve learned to embrace indoor cycling…

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Football Coach Bill Curry’s “6 Characteristics of Champions”, Adapted for Endurance Sports

One of the best parts about being a coach is the opportunity to compare notes with other coaches. While all coaches are charged with optimally preparing athletes for competition, how you do that varies widely as you go from sport to sport. As a result, I have always found it enlightening to learn from coaches…

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The Best Winter Cycling Clothing Tips

By Reid Beloni, CTS Expert Coach I want to follow up on our previous tips on equipment for outdoor winter riding with some winter cycling clothing tips. Your equipment can help keep you dry and safe, and your clothing will keep you warm and comfortable. We don’t expect you to ride in a blizzard, but if…

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