Topic: Chris Carmichael

Let’s Get Real About Your Weight

  I generally try to be diplomatic when I talk about training and weight management, but perhaps it’s time to stop being polite and start getting real (sorry, I couldn’t resist the MTV reference…). We can talk about incremental increases in power at lactate threshold or optimizing pedal stroke, but if you really want to…

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5 Tips to Finding The Perfect Time of Day To Train

  There are two times of year when we get the most questions about the best time of day to work out: the weeks surrounding the start and end of Daylight Savings Time. In the spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), the hours of daylight reach the point where either early morning or late afternoon/evening training…

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The Most Underrated Training Tips That Really Work!

  The biggest trap athletes and coaches fall into is making training too complicated. We’re not trying to launch a mission to Mars here, folks. The problem starts with the amount of information we all have at our fingertips. We know more about the science of performance than ever before and we have access to…

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Try This World Championship-Inspired Workout

    The Road World Championships are here! It’s been nearly 30 years since the UCI Road World Championships were held in Colorado Springs but starting tomorrow the world’s best will be duking it out for rainbow jerseys in Richmond, Virginia. World Championship races are unique, very difficult to win, and can forever define a…

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Here Is How You’re Sabotaging Your Own Training

  With 15 years of experience coaching more than 15,000 athletes, CTS Coaches have compiled a ton of data about what makes athletes faster and stronger. We use that information in our Coaching College and continuing education program to teach coaches how to efficiently achieve big performance gains with the athletes they coach. We also…

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What I Learned In A Coma – A Weekend Reading Exclusive

  Many things in life follow a natural progression. You train, then rest, and get stronger and faster as a result. You start a job knowing very little and become an expert over time. Even declines in performance and health are often gradual and progressive. Where you could recover from a hard ride in a…

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5 Tips to Defeat Self-Doubt Before Your Event

  Two weeks before USA Pro Challenge I got dropped. It happened about 60 miles into a 70-mile “Coaches Meeting” ride, but the trouble started long before that. I felt fine and took some strong pulls in the first 90 minutes of the ride, but started feeling flat and empty not long after that. I…

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What To Do and Not To Do in Aid Stations

  This is a big week for CTS Support Crews. We have athletes racing the Breck Epic MTB Stage Race in Breckenridge, and then this weekend we shift over to support a ton of CTS Athletes racing the Leadville 100 MTB Race. And then next week we head off the USA Pro Challenge Race Experience!…

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