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Chris Carmichael Blog: Training Lessons Learned in 2010

The end of the year is a good time to look back and consider the lessons you’ve learned over the past 12 months. And while I learned plenty of lessons outside of training and sport, here’s what 2010 taught me as an athlete: Intervals trump experience: I’ve been racing bicycles since I was 9 years…

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La Ruta Reflections

One of the best parts of being a coach is having a postive impact on an athlete’s performance and quality of life. Sometimes the tables are turned and our athletes provide perspectives that make our day – and our mothers cry…

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CTS Athlete John Sagebiel’s La Ruta Race Report

(Reposted with permission from John Sagebiel. Originally posted here: http://www.teambaconstrip.com/2010/12/12/la-ruta-recap/)  “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” That quote will make more sense later. “La Ruta,” the short name for “La Ruta de Los Conquistadores” kicked my ass. There’s not much more I can say about…

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A new look for the CTS truck.

The CTS truck will be hard to miss in 2011 with its new wrap. We’re planning a bunch of road trips to endurance events all over the country, so keep your eyes peeled. We might be coming to your town!

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Posted: December 13, 2010

Author: CTS

Categories: CTS News

Chris Carmichael Blog: Don’t shy away from hard events, especially hard qualifiers for bigger competitions

There’s something odd about athletes who commit to one of the hardest endurance events in the world (Ironman), but then shy away from particular events (Ironman St. George) because they view them as being “too hard”. There’s no doubt that the St. George course in Utah is demanding, but there are some very compelling reasons…

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Coach Blogs: “Coach- I missed Tuesday’s workout… I’ll make it up tomorrow…”

By CTS Senior Coach Dave McIntosh  …no, you won’t. And most times, you shouldn’t. As a coach, I frequently get emails from my athletes asking and/or telling me that they’ll “make up” their missed workout on another date… and my response is always the same: you can’t make up a missed workout. I learned this lesson early on…

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Posted: December 7, 2010

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Coach Blogs: Winter Training for Spring’s “Big Hairy Audacious Goal”

(The following was originally posted at http://www.teamevergreenracing.com/?q=jonsey.) By Daniel Matheny, CTS Expert Coach Follow Jonsey….the Target! Well in Round 2, Jonsey ended the post with the question of “why” and a mention of his BHAG or “big hairy audacious goal”. For those of us Coloradan cyclists, this is sometimes one of the more difficult rounds…

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Posted: December 3, 2010

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Chris Carmichael Blog: Intensity now means greater effectiveness later.

I’ve been thinking about age and athletes a lot recently, so it’s fortuitous that I came across an article published in the NY Times on November 25 about a record-setting 91-year-old track and field athlete named Olga Koltelko. (Click here to read the article.) Researchers are studying her and the growing number of athletes over…

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La Ruta Journal from Francois Millard

Francois Millard is one of the 10 athletes who applied and was selected to train for and join Chris Carmichael at the 2010 La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race. Francois had plenty of endurance racing behind him, including the BC Bike Race, and he was consistently very strong in the training camps…

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