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Weekend Reading: The Top 5 Articles You Should Read Now

One of my struggles at this time of year is finding blog topics that address the challenges and questions that athletes have right now. In the summer athletes are pursuing goals and improving their fitness and performance. In a few weeks we’ll all be thinking about indoor training and the Holiday Season. And in January…

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Power Analysis and Race Report on 2013 La Ruta Champion Pua Mata

A power meter is an incredible tool for a coach and athlete to monitor the training and racing over time. It's consistent, it's accurate, and it's reliable. But is life that way? Is any race that way? Not at all. In life and in races you have deal with situations as they come up.  An…

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Upcoming Event: SoCal Cycling Summit in Foothill Ranch, California

Don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to see, Chris Carmichael, author of The Time-Crunched Cyclist, in this informative seminar about how athletes can stay engaged with their training and improve their performance, while still having the time to keep up with the hustle and bustle of life’s everyday responsibilities. This is a “Can’t Miss”…

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Weekend Reading: Feeling Pura Vida After La Ruta!

“Pura Vida!” That’s the phrase you hear over and over from kids and grownups as you either zip by or creep past them during La Ruta de los Conquistadores. It’s a Costa Rican saying that literally means “pure life” but is used more as an expression of enjoying life and being happy. It’s a perfect…

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Press Release: Athletes Coached by CTS Dominate 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores Mountain Bike Stage Race

For Immediate Release Athletes Coached by CTS Dominate 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores Mountain Bike Stage Race (October 27, 2013 – Colorado Springs, CO) Athletes coached by Carmichael Training Systems dominated the 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica (October 24-26), winning the Men’s and Women’s Pro races,…

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Weekend Reading: 4 Things Older Athletes Need to Know

I turned 53 this week and celebrated my birthday by riding Stage 1 of the 2013 La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race (Photos from La Ruta). People ask me about the impact of age on endurance athletes, and here’s what I tell them: Your potential declines, but your ability to maximize your…

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What Time-Crunched Athletes Need to Know About Altitude Training

One of the reasons CTS headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado is that there are a ton of smart sports science folks here. And those who don’t live here typically come through here for conferences or events, like the US Olympic Committee’s International Altitude Training Symposium. CTS Coach Dean Golich was one of the presenters…

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Posted: October 19, 2013

Author: CTS

Categories: Blogs

Weekend Reading: Should Endurance Athletes Incorporate Strength Training?

This is the time of year when a lot of athletes start asking their CTS Coaches about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? The answers to the questions vary from athlete to athlete, but let me give you some guidelines I…

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Weekend Reading: 3 Reasons to Schedule a Challenging Event Every 3 Months

This week I was talking with one of the CTS Athletes who will be joining me for the La Ruta de los Conquistadores race in Costa Rica later this month. We were talking about his preparation and I mentioned that his performances in training and competitions have been remarkably consistent over the past 18 months….

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Weekend Reading: Why You Should Do Physiological Testing at the End of the Season

Everybody seems to understand the rationale for lab testing or field testing at the beginning of a training program, but I also think that testing at the end of a season can be extremely valuable. At the beginning of the season, the purpose of field testing was to get a snapshot of your fitness and…

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