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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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Chris Carmichael Blog: Tips for Windy Rides

There’s nothing like a good training week to get my spirits up. Plus, the applications for the CTS Trans Andes Challenge are starting to pile up and I’m starting to get excited about the prospect of another major endurance challenge. For those of you who don’t know, I’m going to follow up my 2010 experience…

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Coach Blogs: CTS Coaches Brady and Daniel Hit it Hard in the Texas Hill Country

Austin Camp Last Tuesday fellow CTS coach Daniel Matheny and I headed to Austin, Texas for a private camp with six CTS athletes.  We arrived in Austin at 2:00pm and hit the ground running.  We had 46hrs before the first ride of the camp started and a fair amount of reconnaissance to accomplish before we…

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Posted: March 23, 2011

Author: Jim Rutberg

Categories: Blogs

Chris Carmichael Blog: Too Much of Good Thing? Hardly.

Here’s the inevitable problem with citing research studies: you can almost always find a study that will “prove”, “indicate”, or “suggest” the exact opposite of the point you’re trying to make. And thus it was with great chagrin that I read the recent NY Times Blog “When exercise is too much of a good thing”….

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The Great Gluten Question: To go gluten-free or not?

By Ryan Kohler and Jim Rutberg To go or not to go, gluten-free that is. For many people that seems to be the question right now. We’ve all seen articles about gluten and fluten-free diets, and as a sports nutritionist, we get the question all the time – should I go gluten-free? Is it healthier,…

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Athlete Blog: Talk Sports with Jesse Kurtz – Fit to Ride

I’m about three weeks into my training for the Tour de Cure and I feel like I’m getting stronger…. a LOT stronger.  I get more comfortable each time on the bike.  However, I was beginning to notice some knee pain every now and then.  I brought the issue to Ryan’s (my trainer) attention and he…

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Posted: February 18, 2011

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Get it Together with Brick Training

By Chris Carmichael and CTS Premier Coach Nick White Brick workouts. Most triathletes are familiar with these multi-discipline workouts, but too often, athletes only utilize brick workouts in the final preparation for racing. That’s unfortunate because using them throughout the year can be very beneficial to your triathlon-specific fitness.    Why do “Bricks” need to be…

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