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Tips for maximizing your indoor training

Indoor training season is upon us and although I’d rather we’d all rather be riding outside, the truth of the matter is you can make huge gains with relatively short workouts on the trainer. Below I’ve included a few tips for maximizing your time on the trainer. I’m excited for the winter because two days…

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Veterans Day Giveaway 2011

As a way of saying thanks to the men and women who proudly serve in the US Military, we're giving a veteran and an active-duty member of the US Military an autographed copy of either "The Time-Crunched Cyclist" or "The Time-Crunched Triathlete", as well as the Trainright Performance Series 3-DVD Set. Leave a comment on…

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Posted: November 11, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: CTS News

2011 La Ruta de los Conquistadores Video Recap

Chris Carmichael and a crew of CTS Coaches and Athletes traveled to Costa Rica to race the 2011 La Ruta de los Conquistadores. The race is billed as the world's hardest mountain bike stage race, and with 39k feet of climbing, 30+% grades, mud chutes, hornets, crocodiles, and a host of other challenges, it lives…

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Triathlon Training: Benefits of High-Gear, Lower-Cadence Cycling in Flat Triathlons

By CTS Coaches Nick White and Jim Rutberg Two of the Ironman races in the US feature relatively flat and fast courses, and the terrain can have a significant impact on your strategy on the bike. Neither Ironman Florida nor Ironman Arizona have hills to match those in Lake Placid, Wisconsin, or St. George. Instead,…

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La Ruta Journal: Stage 4 – Truly an Adventure Race, with SRM File

By Adam Pulford, CTS Senior Coach (Click here to view Adam's previous post from La Ruta) The last stage of La Ruta has the least amount of climbing as we head to the flat coast of the Caribbean, but don’t think that makes it any easier. What we encountered today was nothing short of epic….

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-11-06

RT CTS Coach @StevenBrandes: Congrats to CTS Athlete Robin Politowicz, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN! First timer, very proud of you! # http://t.co/iU3RoL97 http://t.co/sTj2Ho1O # Congratulations to Chris, Adam, Jane, and all the CTS Athletes who finished La Ruta today! Great job everyone! # Weekend reading material from CTS, plus a deal on CTS Progressive Power…

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Posted: November 6, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

La Ruta Journal: Stage 3 – Climb all the way up. Climb all the way down.

By Adam Pulford, CTS Senior Coach Every day of La Ruta starts with climbing: steep climbing. Stage 3 was no exception, but what was different today was that instead of steep descending after steep climbing, there’s more climbing… yeah, awesome, right? Take a look below: 4:34 ride time; 3005kJ, Normalize Power 224W, Average Power 181W,…

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La Ruta Journal: Stage 2 – Shorter Doesn’t Mean Easier, with SRM File

By Adam Pulford, CTS Senior Coach (Click her for Adam's previous entry from La Ruta) During our La Ruta Recon Camp, the race director Roman Kilun brought us on the new proposed route of day 2 and promised there would be more climbing than last year. He didn’t disappoint. In talking with other racers that…

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La Ruta Journal: Stage 1 – Make or Break Day, with SRM File

  Stage 1: Make or Break Day By Adam Pulford, CTS Senior Coach (Click here for Adam's previous entry from La Ruta) Whether you make it or not, I think there’s still some breaking for everyone. Breaking of chains, rims, cables, egos, and break downs: I saw it all today. It’s La Ruta’s toughest stage,…

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La Ruta Journal: Day 0 – Pre-Ride, with SRM File

La Ruta Race Reflections La Ruta: The Hardest Mountain Bike Race in the World   Let’s face it: if you’re looking for a challenge, that title catches your eye. Not only does it boast of 39,000ft of climbing, but you cross a jungle, hike through flowing rivers, ride over multiple volcanoes, and battle the heat and…

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