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Weekend Reading: Should Endurance Athletes Incorporate Strength Training?

This is the time of year when a lot of athletes start asking their CTS Coaches about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? The answers to the questions vary from athlete to athlete, but let me give you some guidelines I…

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Weekend Reading: 3 Reasons to Schedule a Challenging Event Every 3 Months

This week I was talking with one of the CTS Athletes who will be joining me for the La Ruta de los Conquistadores race in Costa Rica later this month. We were talking about his preparation and I mentioned that his performances in training and competitions have been remarkably consistent over the past 18 months….

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Weekend Reading: Why You Should Do Physiological Testing at the End of the Season

Everybody seems to understand the rationale for lab testing or field testing at the beginning of a training program, but I also think that testing at the end of a season can be extremely valuable. At the beginning of the season, the purpose of field testing was to get a snapshot of your fitness and…

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Weekend Reading: 3 Training Tips for Frequent Travelers

This week I had to shuffle my schedule in a way that many career professionals will find familiar. I was in Colorado Springs Monday and Tuesday, and then I traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Interbike show Wednesday through Friday. And while Interbike is all about bikes, I knew I wasn’t going to get…

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Weekend Reading: 4 Hurtful Habits that Are Killing Your Training

Last weekend I was in Washington, DC for a great American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure event and I had a chance to talk with a lot of athletes. I love working one-on-one with the athletes I personally coach, but I also love getting out of Colorado Springs to ride and interact with athletes of…

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Weekend Reading: What it’s like to be part of Team CTS

People ask me all the time what it’s like to be part of Team CTS for the USA Pro Challenge Race Experience or the Amgen Tour of California Race Experience. For the athletes, they are a combination of a fantasy camp and an adventure race. You’re eating dinner with the pros every night and provided…

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Weekend Reading: The Best Way to Wrap Up a Great Racing/Training Season

Wow, August is over already!? This summer has flown by and hopefully you’ve made the most of it. It’s been an incredible summer for CTS Athletes, and I need to give a huge shout-out to Gregory Brenes of the Champion Systems Pro Cycling Team on his incredible performances for 6th place overall at the USA…

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CTS Athlete Results from 2013 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race

The 2013 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race was an extremely successful day for CTS Athletes! We had 63 athletes on the start line and 61 of them crossed the finish line, including Fred Schmid – the first 80-yr-old to ever finish the LT100! Overall that's a 97% Finishing Rate, which is a lot higher than…

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Weekend Reading: Results matter, and so does the journey

There are certain times of year when there’s a lot of work being done, but few results to seen. In the winter and the spring, athletes all over the country are working their tails off in interval workouts and long endurance sessions, frequently alone, with little to no recognition for their efforts. And there are…

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Weekend Reading: August Means It’s Time to Think Big

August is a bizarre time of year for a lot of athletes. A season’s worth of training has produced new heights of fitness of performance, but motivation to continue training – and even competing – begins to wane. Just as you have the power to do anything, you decide to do nothing. That’s just weird….

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