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Why Heart Rate Is Not a Good Training Tool for Ultrarunning

Book Excerpt From Jason Koop’s Training Essentials for Ultrarunning If you are going to use interval training to accumulate time at intensity and target specific areas of your fitness, you need a way to figure out how hard you are working. In some sports this is simple. As mentioned earlier, a cyclist with a power…

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Posted: May 8, 2017

Author: Cory Bruno

Categories: Blogs, Training

Breaking Barriers: How to Achieve More Than You Think is Possible

While most of America slept last night, Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge and Zersenay Tadese attempted to run a marathon in 1:59:59 or faster. The official International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF) World Record for men is 2:02:57, set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. Sports scientists and the running community have long debated…

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Do These 8 Things To Be Faster, Safer, and More Confident in Corners

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author “The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 3rd Edition” For a long time petrol heads derided American muscle cars for being great in a straight line and utterly useless when they encountered a corner. European performance cars, they argued, were designed for drivers. They had power for speed but also…

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Practical Tips for Cycling in a Lightning Storm

  Lightning season is fast approaching in Colorado, even if I am writing this while heavy spring snow is falling in Colorado Springs. Although Colorado is not the most lightning-prone state (Tennesee takes that honor), more people die from lightning strikes in Colorado than in any other state. With some major endurance events coming up…

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Were you fast once? Here’s how to get your speed back!

  I often talk with my Coaches and Athlete Services staff about trends and themes they’re seeing with athletes. At times there’s an interesting convergence of ideas from athletes despite not knowing each other and living all over the world. Sometimes the commonality makes sense: athletes converge on the idea of weight loss in January….

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Three Tips for Worry-Free Marathon Training

A good training program is an essential part of preparing for a marathon, and fortunately there are a plethora of sound and effective programs available to runners of all ability levels. But preparing for a successful 26.2-mile run takes more than a schedule of workouts, and the coaches at CTS got together to provide three…

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Posted: April 24, 2017

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Running

Press Release: Topical EDGE Partners With CTS

For Immediate Release Topical EDGE Partners With CTS To Offer Athletes Greater Performance and Recovery Potential (April 24, 2017) Topical EDGE and CTS have announced a multi-year agreement beginning immediately that will give CTS coaches, athletes, and camp participants an opportunity to train harder and recover faster with the first and only athletic performance lotion…

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5 Ways to Add Life to Your Years

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and blogs about adding years to your life, and to be honest most of the advice is downright obvious: Don’t smoke, reduce stress, drink alcohol in moderation, eat better and exercise more. That’s all wonderful advice for the general population, but it got me thinking about our…

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Top 3 Advanced Cycling Skills for Group Rides and Races

I have talked before about proper group ride etiquette and skills that make you a welcome rider in the group, but there are more advanced skills you can utilize to drop your new riding mates on race-like group rides, and also drop your competitors in races. I want to emphasize these tactics are meant to be practiced at…

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