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The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Bike Maintenance Skills

By Arleigh Jenkins (@bikeshopgirlcom) I’ve worked in bike shops and the bike industry for a lot of years and I firmly believe that of the most important relationships you’ll ever have in cycling is with your local bike shop, and more specifically, with a mechanic you trust. But out on the road and in between trips…

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Posted: March 1, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Cycling

Truth or Myth: Are Ice Baths and Antioxidants Great for Recovery?

Over the past two weeks I have used this blog to discuss myths related to post-exercise recovery, including endurance athletes’ over-emphasis on protein supplementation and whether or not elevating your legs will enhance recovery. This week we’re going to talk about two more recovery methods: ice baths and antioxidants. Do Ice Baths Work? For many…

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11 Surprising Mistakes Cyclists Make When Getting Back in Shape

We asked CTS Coaches to share some of the common mistakes they see athletes make early in the season when enthusiasm is high and athletes are motivated for the season ahead. Our coaches came up with 11 mistakes they see pop up year after year that disrupt athletes’ training, and they offered these easy solutions to…

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Posted: February 24, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

13 Easy Wake Up Tips For Early Morning Workouts

By Cory Bruno Waking up for an early morning workout before work can be difficult, and during winter when the mornings can be bitterly cold it can feel like an impossible task. But for some athletes, the early morning is a golden opportunity to work out so you can maintain greater training consistency and stop…

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Posted: February 22, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Truth or Myth: You Should Elevate Your Legs for Post-Workout Recovery

Last weekend’s article on the top 3 myths about post-workout protein and recovery started a lot of discussions between our athletes and their coaches. Those conversations revealed even more myths that people still believe about post-workout recovery. This week let’s look at the age-old idea of elevating your legs after workouts. Truth or Myth: You…

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Posted: February 19, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

3 Ways to Maximize Your Workouts With Limited Training Time

By CTS Coaches Adam Pulford with Jim Rutberg With all your commitments, work, family, and unexpected problems that arise how can you get the most out of your limited training time on the bike? Whether you are the recreational cyclist with a busy life schedule or the racer who wants to hone in on the specifics…

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4 Mistakes that Women Make When They Start Training

Arleigh Jenkins is a new mom living in Denver and a veteran of the bike industry, with 15 years of experience in bike shops, cycling advocacy, and a range of other roles. You can see more of Arleigh’s work by following her on social media, where she goes by @Bikeshopgirl on Twitter and Bike Shop…

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Posted: February 15, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

Top 3 Myths about Post-Workout Protein and Recovery

  Grinding an athlete into the ground is the easiest thing a coach can do, an something athletes are great at doing to themselves. In the entire scope of the training process, piling on workload is the easy part. The trickier parts are knowing how much workload to apply, at what time, addressing what system,…

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Do You Need to Drink as Much During Cold Weather Workouts?

  One of the data points we monitor with a lot of athletes is how much fluid they consume during workouts. When temperatures drop, we often see a decrease in the amount of fluid they consume per hour and per workout. When we point it out to the athlete, the response is often a question:…

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Start Boosting Your Running Speed Before Winter Is Over

By Rebecca Kurtz, CTS Expert Coach Triathletes and runners are familiar with Fartlek intervals, but many reserve them for periods of the year that are closer to their goal races. They are often seen as race-specific or race-prep workouts, but they can also be used to build your energy systems. These intervals are above-threshold running…

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