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2011 Holiday Survival Guide: Stay sharp and avoid the seasonal weight gain in 5 easy steps

By Chris Carmichael There’s a good reason the biggest diet books of the year are released right after the new year; despite our best intentions to eat less, exercise more, and maintain some sense of restraint during the holidays, the endless gauntlet of party trays, buffets, and family feasts beats us into submission. Nearly all…

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Team Trainright Blog: Test results after 8 months as a CTS Athlete, by Bill Plock

By Team Trainright's Bill Plock On November 5th I was tested at Carmichael Training Systems for the first time since becoming a CTS athlete in April. There is no question coaching has helped. Was there ever doubt? How could it not? But confirmation is good. I took the same tests earlier this year in April,…

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-11-13

Tips for getting the most out of your indoor training http://t.co/zW5XLPRF # Veterans Day Winners: Congratulations to Don Geer (USMC ret) and Ryan Cox (USMC), who will each receive a signed… http://t.co/3vrkaWGc # Newest CTS workout DVD now in stock! Builds power at VO2 max and LT. Preview: http://t.co/wZ5jvRsa Order: http://t.co/SM3S9BKu # 11/11/11 Deal 3…

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Posted: November 13, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

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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