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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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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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Weekend Reading: 3 Training Tips for Frequent Travelers

This week I had to shuffle my schedule in a way that many career professionals will find familiar. I was in Colorado Springs Monday and Tuesday, and then I traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Interbike show Wednesday through Friday. And while Interbike is all about bikes, I knew I wasn’t going to get…

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4 Hurtful Habits that Are Killing Your Training

  At a recent Gran Fondo I had a chance to talk with a lot of athletes. I love working one-on-one with the athletes I personally coach, but I also love getting out of Colorado Springs to ride and interact with athletes of all ability levels at events around the country. I talk to a…

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Weekend Reading: What it’s like to be part of Team CTS

People ask me all the time what it’s like to be part of Team CTS for the USA Pro Challenge Race Experience or the Amgen Tour of California Race Experience. For the athletes, they are a combination of a fantasy camp and an adventure race. You’re eating dinner with the pros every night and provided…

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USA Pro Challenge Video and Gallery

View Videos from Previous USA Pro Challenge Race Experiences!   Image Gallery from 2013 USA Pro Challenge Race Experience   Complete Details of 2014 USA Pro Challenge Race Experience

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Weekend Reading: The Best Way to Wrap Up a Great Racing/Training Season

Wow, August is over already!? This summer has flown by and hopefully you’ve made the most of it. It’s been an incredible summer for CTS Athletes, and I need to give a huge shout-out to Gregory Brenes of the Champion Systems Pro Cycling Team on his incredible performances for 6th place overall at the USA…

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