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Developing Power, Fitness, and Agility to Climb Hills Fast

It’s a very special day in a cyclist’s life when the prospect of riding uphill is met with a smile instead of a sense of dread. It’s special because a great deal of work is required to reach this day, and because it means there are no remaining obstacles to having a great ride every…

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Posted: June 24, 2014

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

Weekend Reading: Learn how this female executive lost 75 pounds and transformed her life!

  Inspiration can come from anywhere, and different athletes draw inspiration from different things. This week I want to introduce you to Tribby Warfield, a C-Suite corporate executive who has completely transformed her body and lifestyle over the past two years. As you’ll see in the video at the end of this article, Tribby personifies…

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Workout and Tips for Better Pace Line Performance

A few weeks ago we were driving back from the Dirty Kanza 200 and I saw the road sign for Ellicott Highway as we approached Colorado Springs. My mind instantly went back to the early 1990s and Jiri Mainus’ tortuous – but effective – team time trial workouts. This week’s blog was inspired by those…

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Weekend Reading: 5 Lessons from Riding 200 Miles on Gravel

    The longer the event the more likely it is that you will have to fight your way through a rough patch. In 10k runs and 45-minute criteriums you may avoid them altogether. But in marathons, Ironman triathlons, 100-mile ultra marathons, and 200-mile gravel races you are all but assured of a moment where…

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7 Things You Should Do When You Crash Your Bike

Whether you’re a road cyclist, mountain biker, or triathlete, if you spend time on two wheels you will inevitably crash. Experience helps make crashes less frequent, but even the most experienced riders sometimes fall. I was reminded of that just last week when longtime CTS Coach Jim Lehman – one of the most experienced cyclists…

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Practical Hydration and Sports Nutrition Advice for Summer

If ever there was an event where sports nutrition could make or break a group of athletes, it was the 2014 ATOC Race Experience. Including the coaches we had more than 20 amateur cyclists on the road, with an average age of 50 years old. We rode more than 730 miles in 8 days in…

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Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Cramping

By Chris Carmichael  Endurance sports are all about pushing yourself and testing your limits. Sometimes your brain has to step in and protect you from yourself, like when you bonk and your brain conjures up nausea in an effort to get you to slow down and address the problem. Other times your body skips protection…

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Weekend Reading: Pros vs. Joes at the Amgen Tour of California

Who does this kind of thing? Who signs up to ride more than 730 miles in a week, including killer climbs like Mount Diablo and temperatures well over 100 degrees? As I sit in my hotel room after another day on the road with the incredible athletes who make up Team CTS, all I can…

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Weekend Reading: Bob Roll, Mount Diablo, and the Giro d’Italia

Growing up in south Florida in the 1960’s and 70’s California always seemed a world away, and going out there for races was always an experience. But by the mid-1980’s I was spending more time in California, especially in the East Bay area, and that’s where I met Bob Roll. In 1985 I was racing…

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CTS Field Test: Why two 8-minute efforts instead of one 20-minute effort?

(Excerpted from “The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 2nd Ed.” by Chris Carmichael) There are numerous methods for field testing, involving efforts of varying durations. The CTS Field Test consists of two 8-minute, all-out time trials separated by 10 minutes of easy spinning recovery. If you have read my previous books, you’ll notice this is different from the…

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