Topic: Blogs

ADAPT: A 5 Step Plan for When Everything Goes Wrong

By Jason Koop, author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” —Mike Tyson If you do one single thing at a high enough intensity for long enough, every once in a while everything goes wrong. As much as you have trained and prepared, you will eventually…

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Tracking Training for Trail Runners

  By Jason Koop, author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Prescribing and tracking workload and work rate are essential components of effective training, for any endurance sport. Cyclists have it easiest because power meters directly measure mechanical work. Runners who stick to generally flat and smooth terrain have well-researched calculations for workload and work rate…

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Lactate and Cancer Risk: The Role of Strenuous Exercise

  Twitter isn’t all bad. This week I was scrolling through my feed and came upon a post from Inigo San Millan, an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Director of the Sports Performance Program at the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado. The headline that caught…

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Support Tips for Cycling Events

  Great race support can be the difference between finishing and chalking up a DNF, or the difference between having an incredible experience and a forgettable one. In the next few months CTS will be supporting athletes at a variety of events, including Breck Epic, Haute Route Rockies, Leadville 100 (MTB and Run), Rebecca’s Private Idaho…

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Why Heart Rate Is Not a Good Training Tool for Ultrarunning

Book Excerpt From Jason Koop’s Training Essentials for Ultrarunning If you are going to use interval training to accumulate time at intensity and target specific areas of your fitness, you need a way to figure out how hard you are working. In some sports this is simple. As mentioned earlier, a cyclist with a power…

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Breaking Barriers: How to Achieve More Than You Think is Possible

While most of America slept last night, Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge and Zersenay Tadese attempted to run a marathon in 1:59:59 or faster. The official International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF) World Record for men is 2:02:57, set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. Sports scientists and the running community have long debated…

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Practical Tips for Cycling in a Lightning Storm

  Lightning season is fast approaching in Colorado, even if I am writing this while heavy spring snow is falling in Colorado Springs. Although Colorado is not the most lightning-prone state (Tennesee takes that honor), more people die from lightning strikes in Colorado than in any other state. With some major endurance events coming up…

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