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Chris Carmichael Blog: New Routes Offer New Challenges

Endurance athletes are creatures of habit. We ride, run, hike and traverse the same routes over and over again, sometimes for years on end. For the most part it’s a matter of necessity; we gravitate to the routes that are the safest, quickest, most fun, or simply those that are available. But if you’re finding…

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Tips to Having a Safe and Successful Charity Ride Experience

By Chris Carmichael I’ve talked to thousands of cyclists before they’ve embarked on challenging journeys, and in addition to questions about training, nutrition, and pacing, the subject of safety always comes up. And it should, because with thousands of cyclists on the roads together, riding safely is everyone’s responsibility. Despite the importance of rider safety,…

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CTS Coach Blog: Patrick Valentine at Xterra South Central Championships – Waco, TX

Round 2 in the Xterra Championship series landed us literally in the middle of Texas. The event was held in Cameron Park which is a beautiful 410 acre park right the middle of downtown Waco. Liz and I drove down from Colorado Springsin the trustyElement and covered just over 800 miles in 12 hours to…

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Posted: April 18, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Letter from Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates to Colorado Springs Mtn Bike Community

The following letter was sent out by Jim Schwerin of Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, regarding recent actions by irresponsible and downright stupid members of our local mountain bike community who are jeapardizing everyone’s ability to ride on the great trails in and around Colorado Springs. We join Medicine Wheel and all other conscientious mountain bikers…

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Posted: April 14, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: CTS News

Coach Blogs: XTERRA West Championship with Patrick Valentine

Well first stop for the race season has come and gone. Officially started off the 2011 race season with the Xterra West Championships in Las Vegas, NV. I was very excited to not only get the race season started but to compete in my first race as a pro. I got my race kit about…

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Athlete Blog: Xterra West Champ Josiah Middaugh

Race Report: XTERRA West Championship The XTERRA race season is off to a good start with a win at the West Championship in Las Vegas today. I knew it would be tough to come out with a win this early in the season, but my winter preparation has been good. Las Vegas was under a…

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Posted: April 11, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Using a 70.3 to Optimize Your Ironman

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach Whether you’re getting ready for your first Ironman or your fourteenth, a half-Ironman race is a great competition to include in your race preparations. But it’s not just a matter of finding a 70.3 race in your area; it has to be the right race, at the right time,…

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Chris Carmichael Talks USA Pro Cycling Challenge with KOAA News First 5

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Posted: April 6, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: CTS News

CTS Field Test Instructions and Training Intensity Calculations

The download link below will enable you to download a .pdf document containing: A detailed description of the CTS Field Test. Instructions for calculating you personal power and heart rate intensity ranges from your field test results. Detailed workout descriptions, including intensity ranges as power, heart rate, and rating of perceived exertion. Download “The Train…

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Does Sweating More Mean You’re More Fit?

  Chris, I’m relatively new to triathlon and to serious training. Over the past several months I’ve been making steady progress, and recently I’ve noticed that I’ve started sweating more. The conditions (temp and humidity) are about the same as they’ve been, but I’m sweating a lot more. Does that mean I’m getting more fit?…

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