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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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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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