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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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Being an Athlete in a 24/7 World

We live in a 24/7 world with constant demands on our time and pressure to do more and more. The nature of social media and the ever-present smartphone feeds this pressure, whether it’s work emails coming in at 9:30pm or social media updates exalting everyone’s latest achievements. Athletes face the same career, family, and social…

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7 Tips For Making Up For Lost Training Time

Given the numbers of snowstorms and polar vortices that swept across the US last winter it’s sometimes difficult to believe that big summer events are just around the corner for pros and amateur athletes, and many feel like the harsh winter has put their training a bit behind schedule. Have no fear; there is still…

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The Inspirational Athlete Who Will Change How You Think About Training

If you’re fortunate and play your cards right, you just might end up like Joe Downs. I’m sure hoping I do. Joe is 80 years old and this week he’s attending his third CTS Climbing Camp in Tucson, Arizona. He’s an inspiration to me and everyone here, and once you read more about him you’ll…

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Weekend Reading: Putting the Tour of Flanders in Perspective

Clear your schedule for tomorrow morning. Delay your group ride or training ride. Grab a cup of coffee find a way to watch the Tour of Flanders. This is a race that’s so special, and so full of history, that inside the pro peloton it’s considered by many to be the true World Championship. Winning…

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Weekend Reading: Spring Classics Inspired Tips to Help You Ride Strong and Smart

It’s Classics season in Europe. This is one of the best times to be a cycling fan, but not always the best time to be a pro cyclist. With the benefit of hindsight I have great memories of the Spring Classics. I loved the history and the fact I had the opportunity to race in…

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