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Chris Carmichael Blog: New Science for Understanding What Makes Endurance Go – and Stop.

I’m tired. Really tired. And this morning while you’re reading this I’ll be on my bike tackling the hardest stage of the Amgen Tour of California: Stage 7, Claremont to Mt. Baldy. The route is only 75 miles, but it climbs Glendora Ridge Road twice, and then the second time continues up to the summit…

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Posted: May 20, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Gut Check: Techniques to Keep Your Gut From Ending Your Race Early

By Jason Koop, CTS Premier Coach and 100-mile Ultramarathon Racer ‘This race will take all of the grit, guts and determination you have’. I can remember these words being belting out over the loudspeakers by Leadville Trail 100 race director Ken Chlouber in front of a packed gymnasium of nervous ultra runners. While Ken was…

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CTS Athlete News: ‘Junior’ Neko Mulally Wins Men’s Downhill at Pro Gravity Tour Race

16.5.2011      (republished from Trek World Racing Email Newsletter. Neko Mulally is coached by CTS Premier Coach Colin Izzard) It was a 1-2-3 for Trek World Racing's Downhill Men at the 2nd round of the Pro Gravity Tour in the US. The race took place at Highland Park in New Hampshire, and despite the dire wet…

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Posted: May 17, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: CTS News

Clearing Common Sports Nutrition Hurdles

By CTS Coaching Staff We spend a lot of my time counseling athletes on their nutrition choices during training and competition, especially as part of the “Race Day Nutrition Planning” service offered by CTS. After doing several hundred of these planning sessions with athletes, common threads have emerged. Some of the most common hurdles we…

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Chris Carmichael Blog: Pre-Race or Event Taper Tips

On Sunday, May 15 I will embark on the 2011 CTS Amgen Tour of California Race Experience. We’re going to ride every stage of the Tour of California, and I’ve been working very hard to make sure I’m ready for what I think will be the greatest endurance challenge I’ve tackled in the last 20…

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Chris Carmichael Blog: Speed Counts

This weekend’s email/blog is going to be short and to the point, because the weather here in Colorado Springs is tremendous and I’m going out to take advantage of it! I hope the spring weather has turned beautiful in your area as well. But before I head out, a few tips and an article link:…

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Video Training Tip: Consistency is Key

Produced through our partnership with Aquaphor, this is the first of 15 video training tips that will appear on www.mapymyride.com as part of the Aquaphor Le Tour Challenge. Go to www.mapymyride.com to check out the Challenge. Sign up and become eligible to win weekly or grand prizes just for riding your bike!

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Perfecting Your Flip Turn: How to be smooth, graceful and avoid cracking your heals on the wall.

By Natalie Bojko, CTS Senior Coach Even the most experienced triathletes can benefit from flip turns. Learning to manage and balance your body in different positions as well as incorporating other strokes into your weekly workouts can benefit as much as wearing your wet suit. Learning to flip turn also requires breath control and will…

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Chris Carmichael Blog: A Recipe for Adding Quality Calories as Training Workload Increases

With the Amgen Tour of California Race Experience coming up very soon, I’ve been spending as much time as possible on the bike recently. This may very well be the biggest endurance challenge I’ve participated in since I retired from professional cycling. La Ruta was hard, but there wasn’t a field of professional riders coming…

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Using a 70.3 to Optimize Your Ironman, Part II: Training Between Your 70.3 and Ironman

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach Completing a 70.3 Ironman race should be a positive and encouraging experience, one that helps provide confidence in your abilities as a triathlete. As I mentioned in Part I of this article, during a pre-Ironman 70.3 you can learn a great deal about how your body responds to competition,…

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