Topic: Chris Carmichael

Does Perfectionism Help or Hurt Endurance Training?

At CTS, we coach a wide variety of athletes with an even wider range of personalities. Some athletes derive value from the feelings and sensations of being fit. Others can only perceive the value of training by analyzing every bit of data they generate. Endurance sports are a good place for the more obsessive among…

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Forget About Weight Loss Unless You’re Willing to Do This

I was talking with an athlete earlier this week and our conversation turned to the issue of weight, as it has during nearly every coaching conversation we’ve had in the past year. The athlete I was talking to is probably not that different from you. He has worked hard and improved significantly over the past 12…

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5 Tips to Becoming an Expert at Drafting

  Financial advisors will tell you that the way to get (or stay) rich is to not just make more money, but also avoid wasting it. The same is true with how athletes get faster. It’s not just about how much power you can produce or how high you can push your lactate threshold pace….

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Interval Training: Knowing When Enough is Enough

  It is crucially important for an athlete to know when enough is enough. And that holds true whether you’re talking about completing one more interval in today’s workout, or deciding whether you need an extra day of recovery after a hard workout or race. I wrote about this in “The Time-Crunched Cyclist “, and…

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4 Ways to Win by Being a Smarter Athlete

By Chris Carmichael The end of March is a great time of year for endurance athletes. There’s so much enthusiasm in the air, so many incredible goals being set, and so many early-season triumphs to cheer about. For coaches, this is the time when we get to talk about race tactics and strategies, in addition…

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