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11 Key Beginner Triathlon Tips From Top Coaches

With swimming, cycling, and running combined into a single competition, there’s a lot for beginner triathletes to learn. Each discipline within a triathlon is not the same as swimming, cycling, or running as standalone sports. Not only are there some rule differences, but your cycling leg will be affected by the swim before it, and…

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Does Perfectionism Help or Hurt Endurance Training?

At CTS, we coach a wide variety of athletes with an even wider range of personalities. Some athletes derive value from the feelings and sensations of being fit. Others can only perceive the value of training by analyzing every bit of data they generate. Endurance sports are a good place for the more obsessive among…

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4 Common Mistakes That Wreck Your Workouts

At the start of training ride or an event, all things are possible. You could have a ride that puts a smile on your face or a performance that exceeds your expectations. But you can also screw it up, and a lot of cyclists do that on a regular basis. Here are four ways I…

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Triathlon Training: Power Pacing for Winning Performance

By Nick White and Chris Carmichael We’re in the age of power, and on-bike power meters have forever changed the landscape of triathlon training. But while more athletes are analyzing their workouts, many stumble when using a power meter during competition. In training you rely on your power meter to ensure that you’re challenging yourself…

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Forget About Weight Loss Unless You’re Willing to Do This

I was talking with an athlete earlier this week and our conversation turned to the issue of weight, as it has during nearly every coaching conversation we’ve had in the past year. The athlete I was talking to is probably not that different from you. He has worked hard and improved significantly over the past 12…

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How to Go From “Fat and Slow” to “Lean and Fast”

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach Truth be told, I’m writing this as much about and for me as I’m writing it to hopefully help you. I am my own example. I’m that guy who got fat and slow over the winter and is now staring down the ever-shortening runway toward a goal event. I…

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4 Recipes to Fuel Your Training From Michelin Star Chef and CTS Athlete Matthew Accarrino

I’m happy to be spending this weekend riding in beautiful Napa Valley, California at the Bottega Gran Fondo. It’s a great event unlike any other that brings together world-class culinary leaders and cyclists for a weekend of stunning rides, farm fresh food, and some of the finest Napa Valley wines. Even though many of you…

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Press Release: Jason Koop Leads an Ultramarathon Training Revolution

VeloPress Press Release: Koop’s New Book, Training Essentials for Ultrarunning, Reveals His Unique Training Approach Boulder, CO, USA – April 21, 2016 – When elite ultrarunners have a need for speed, they turn to coach Jason Koop. Now the sport’s leading coach makes his highly effective ultramarathon training methods available to ultrarunners of all abilities…

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Master These 3 Advanced Race Tactics at Your Next Group Ride

Last week I talked about proper group ride etiquette and skills that make you a welcome rider in the group, but this week we’re tackling advanced skills you can utilize to drop your new riding mates on race-like group rides and eventually your competitors in races. I want to emphasize these tactics are meant to…

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Tips for Cyclists and Triathletes Adapting to a New Aero Position

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach There are a lot of new bikes and new aero setups being rolled out of bike shops and garages around the country right about now, and business is brisk at the nation’s growing number of wind tunnels and specialty bike fit clinics. At CTS we’ve been providing bike…

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