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Chris Carmichael Blog: Guiding athletes through and out of the darkness

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.” Well, the darkest point within an athlete’s training plan is often right about the time of their last big training block, which is typically about a month out from competition (sometimes closer, depending on the event). You’re fatigued and the workload of…

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Photo Gallery: USA Field Hockey Team Visits CTS in Colorado Springs

USA Field Hockey works with Carmichael Training Systems on hydration, heat acclimatization, and altitude training. The team was in Colorado Springs as they prepare for the 2011 Pan Am Games, and visited our training facility for a tour and some data analysis with CTS Coach Renee Eastman. FB-Album[10150476776684418]

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Photo Gallery: CTS Athletes Win 7 Titles at 2011 US 24Hr National Championships

Seven Carmichael Training Systems Athletes won Stars-and-Bars jerseys at the 2011 24Hr National Championships! Pua Mata won the Elite Women Solo National Championship, to go with her 2011 MTB Marathon National Championship. She also won the 2011 US Pro National UltraEndurance Series, and finished 8th at MTB Marathon World Championships. CTS Athletes Kelly McGrew and…

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Who knew wrappers were so multipurposeful

Who knew GU was so multi-purposeful by Amy Richards During the Harvest Moon half-ironman distance triathlon this year, my last tri of the season, I was clipping along nicely. I was very happy with how I had been riding and it was looking as though I’d be able to drop about 15 minutes from my previous year’s…

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CTS Athlete Race Report: 2011 24-Hour Solo Singlespeed National Champion Danielle Musto

I have just returned home from the USAC 24 hour National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am happy to report that I achieved, with your help, a season long goal of becoming a National Champion. I won the Solo Single Speed category, a result I have dreamed of for many years. It is a…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-10-02

Another National Championship for CTS athlete @moniquepua of @TEAMSHOAIR for 2011!! On her victory lap now at 24-hr national championships! # RT @Coach_AP: Morning magic for @moniquepua: back to 75min lap times, now 3 laps up on reigning 24 hr natl champ; gonna be a good Sunday. # And CTS Staffer Noemi Estella is 2nd…

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Posted: October 2, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Ironman Training: Don’t let hydration crisis derail your Ironman

By Chris Carmichael Coming into a major event like an Ironman triathlon, you have likely left very little to chance. Your hydration and nutrition strategy has been tested in training, your equipment has been scrutinized for optimal fit and comfort, and you’ve been focused on your training for many months. That level of preparation maximizes…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-09-25

RT @CTSCoachLindsay Congrats to CTS Athlete Kelley Cullen on her 4th place finish today @XTERRAoffroad US Championships! # RT CTS Coach @cizzard Congrats to CTS athlete Neko Mulally of Trek World Racing on 2nd place at Pro DS Nationals! twitpic.com/6q3diu # RT CTS coach @jimlehman: First round of USGP goes to CTS athlete @ryantrebon! #…

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Posted: September 25, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

7.3 things I learned from my first 70.3

  7.3 Things I Learned From My First 70.3 by Malia Crouse-Mullen Sunday, September 11th was my first half ironman distance triathlon in Aurora, Colorado at the 11th Annual Harvest Moon.  If you had told me last year that I would be racing a 70.3 (as they’re commonly referred to in triathlete circles), I would…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-09-18

Congrats to Liz Koop, CTS Coaching Director Jason Koop's wife, on winning the first 100-mile ultramarathon she ever entered! #p2p100 # RT CTS coach @jasonkoop: 100+ miles later… Tired but happy #p2p100 1st place woman! So proud of my awesome wife! http://t.co/UONdc6Ct # RT CTS Coach @jasonkoop: So proud of my wife Liz. First female…

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Posted: September 18, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs