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5 Things Athletes Need to Know in Your 40s, 50s, and Into Your 80s!

By Chris Carmichael I am a cyclist in my mid-50s and I spend a lot of time riding with athletes up to 30 years younger and 25 years older than me.  People ask me about the impact of age on endurance athletes, and here’s what I tell them: Your potential declines, but your ability to maximize…

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The Benefits of Caffeine for Cyclists, Triathletes, and Runners

Caffeine is one of the world’s most widely used stimulants, with the average caffeine consumption in the United States around two cups of coffee (200mg) per day. Most of us are familiar with our afternoon coffee’s ability to help us through the workday and how strongly ingrained coffee is in cycling culture, but does caffeine…

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The 6 Keys to Great Training and Big Improvements

There are a lot of athletes who do not train to win races. Many train because they enjoy being fit and performing at their best in non-competitive events like cycling tours, charity rides, or the local group ride. Still more train because of the role being fit and active and engaged in sport plays in…

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11 Key Beginner Triathlon Tips From Top Coaches

With swimming, cycling, and running combined into a single competition, there’s a lot for beginner triathletes to learn. Each discipline within a triathlon is not the same as swimming, cycling, or running as standalone sports. Not only are there some rule differences, but your cycling leg will be affected by the swim before it, and…

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The 2017 CTS Super Bowl Indoor Cycling Workout

The Super Bowl is this weekend and this year we have two workouts for you to choose from! As we have in previous years, we have an indoor trainer workout loosely styled after a drinking game. New for this year, we have downloadable .zwo, .fit, and .erg files you can use with a smart trainer…

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Do Altitude Training Masks Work for Endurance Athletes?

  By now you have no doubt seen bros running around, lifting weights, or even riding around at sea level or moderate elevations with altitude training masks. The idea is to simulate the hypoxic condition of exercising at altitude (about 5,000 feet above sea level and higher). With some products, there’s also a component of…

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5 Things You Need to Fix to Go Faster!

  I hate wasting energy and it bothers me to no end to see athletes do things that are self-defeating. You spend so much precious time and effort developing fitness and building your capacity to produce power, and then you waste that fitness through poor decision making on the bike. To go faster you need…

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2017 Amgen Tour of California Route Details

Women’s and Men’s Premier Stage Races Will Bring the World’s Most Talented and Popular Cycling Stars Back to California Former Champions Kristin Armstrong, Jens Voigt and Freddie Rodriguez Named Official Race Ambassadors LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Amgen Tour of California organizer AEG announced the 575-mile course for the 2017 UCI WorldTour race,…

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The Time-Crunched Ultramarathoner?

Excerpt from Jason Koop’s book Training Essentials for Ultrarunning How Much Time Do You Really Need to Train? Most of us are limited by time, with our training somehow crammed into busy lives. Taking an hour at lunch or waking up an hour earlier to get a run in is more often than not the…

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3 “Alternative Facts” About Diets and Nutrition

Forgive me co-opting “alternative facts”, the catchphrase popularized by President Trump’s advisor, Kellyanne Conway. I’ll leave political discussions to other blogs and – for those of you with a strong stomach – social media; I was amused by the phrase and thought it would be a new way to describe some myths and falsehoods in…

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Posted: January 27, 2017

Author: CTS

Categories: Nutrition

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