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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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Power Burst Workout: The Speed You Need for a Great Swim

By Colin Izzard and Jim Rutberg After long hours of diligently staring at the black line at the bottom of the pool, you’re finally getting ready to break out of the natatorium and get into competition. But do you have any speed, or are you just a slow and steady diesel engine? Well, even though…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-10-30

2011 "Tour of California: The Workout" DVD shipping next week! You can still get in this great pre-order deal, though: http://t.co/iCBCzkG8 # From CTS Coach @jimlehman Post Colorado Cross Classic with race winner, CTS Athlete @ryantrebon http://t.co/7wOq5rBw # Coaching, Ironman Camps, Apparel, and DVD Deals from CTS – It's all here, take advantage of it…

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Posted: October 30, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

La Ruta Recon Camp 2011: SRM Power Data from the Jungle

By Adam Pulford, CTS Senior Coach Day 1: Come Prepared An experienced mountain biker will show up to a race with all of his gear, equipment, and nutrition dialed. Part of my job is to help athletes develop into experienced mountain bikers. Although you can read detailed packing lists of what to bring, you need…

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