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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

Survival of the Fit: How to Win When the Odds Are Stacked Against You

    This has been a very special week. We brought the entire coaching staff of CTS to Colorado Springs for a coaching education summit and to celebrate the company’s 15th Anniversary. We concluded on Tuesday night with a party and invited a lot of the people who played significant roles in the company’s history….

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Stop Holiday Parties From Wrecking Your Fitness and Exploding Your Waistline

I’m so happy to see so many readers taking on the CTS December Challenge I launched in last weekend’s post. If you haven’t gotten on board yet, there’s still time! All you have to do is ride 40 hours in the month of December. It’s not easy, but it’s a doable stretch goal for a…

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Winter Training Series: Sports Nutrition Tips for Cold Weather Workouts

  This is a great time of year to focus on the rider you want to be next season. We’ve already given you some advice on how to prep your bike for a harsh winter and how to dress for every condition, and now we are turning the focus to nutrition. However, in an effort…

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CTS December Cycling Challenge! Are You Up for It?

  Although I ventured out to walk the dog on Black Friday, I was holed up indoors most of the day because it was about 10 degrees outside and snowing. My hunch is that staying motivated to train through December is going to be pretty rough, so I’m issuing a challenge to myself and everyone…

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