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Press Release: Bonk Breaker® Teams With CTS to Fuel the Journey of Athletes at All Levels

Leading sports nutrition maker and coaching giant form multiyear partnership to benefit cyclists, endurance athletes and active lifestyle participants. SANTA MONICA (12 January 2016): Athletes can only reach their goals with proper nourishment and a smart training plan. Top-selling nutrition maker Bonk Breaker® and coaching experts Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) have inked a multiyear partnership…

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CTS Athlete Insight: What I Learned in My First Month of Coaching

We’re proud to announce the arrival of a new voice on the Trainright blog! Arleigh Jenkins is a new mom living in Denver and a veteran of the bike industry, with 15 years of experience in bike shops, cycling advocacy, and a range of other roles. You can see more of Arleigh’s work by following…

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How to Set Highly-Effective Goals

The Holidays are over! As much as love getting together with friends and family, having the kids home from school, and taking some time off from work, by January 1 I’m ready for the Holiday Season to be done. I love that refreshing feeling of starting a new year. The whole year is laid out…

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Fat Burning Myths That Hurt Cyclists and Triathletes

  With a few more pounds around our midsections thanks to the holidays, weight loss is a hot topic in January. And while many people start the new year with a “new” shortcut to shed pounds by Spring Break, smart athletes understand that a wise combination of nutrition and exercise will melt away those pounds….

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7 Mindfulness Tips Cyclists and Triathletes Need For 2016

By Paul Ruggiero, CTS Expert Coach   I promise this isn’t a New Year’s resolution article. I’m not even going to mention gyms or diets or Steve Harvey or Star Wars. That stuff is so 2015. Forty-five percent of Americans make resolutions and 88% of those resolutions end in failure. Let’s talk practical ideas to set…

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Posted: January 1, 2016

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

#Bestof2015: The Best Athletes, Events, and Happenings of 2015

I’m a big believer in reflecting on your past and then getting on with your future. Part of the reason we do season reviews with athletes is to reflect on what they accomplished, what they attempted, the successes and setbacks they had, and the challenges they overcame. And then we leave that in the past…

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Why Cyclists and Triathletes Need to Stop Talking About Base Training

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Traditional aerobic base training needs to go the way of the dodo. Long, moderate intensity rides are fun and good to incorporate into training, but even if you’re a pro it is a fool’s errand to devote the winter to low-intensity training…

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Posted: December 25, 2015

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs, Training

Active Ingredient: Cashew Cream – The Athlete’s Alternative to Dairy Cream?

By Chris Carmichael “What the hell is cashew cream?” I have to admit that was my first thought when I first saw it listed as an ingredient in the Corn Chowder Recipe described below from Tal Ronnen’s cookbook, “The Conscious Cook”. It’s a vegan cookbook, and although I’m neither a vegan nor a vegetarian, I…

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Fat and Slow is No Way to Go Through Life: A Guide to Mounting Your Own Comeback

  “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” I always loved that line from Animal House. And when it comes to being an athlete, fat and slow is no way to go through life, either. But the truth is, fat happens. I know very few people who have stayed consistently lean and…

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6 Tips to Improve Your Climbing Performance

Pretty much every cyclist we talk to wants to go uphill faster. And while we spend a lot of time focused on increasing power output and reducing bodyweight, these two things only give you the capacity – the potential – to go faster uphill. Actually riding faster on a climb comes down to applying your…

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Posted: December 15, 2015

Author: CTS

Categories: Training

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