Topic: Chris Carmichael

Change These 6 Behaviors That Slowly Destroy Your Training

  The worst changes often happen gradually and almost imperceptibly. I was at the opening stage of the Colorado Classic yesterday (great race, BTW!) and had the opportunity to catch up with several old friends from pro cycling. One patted his belly and commented he didn’t remember gaining 15 pounds, but there it is! And…

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5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Training

  With 17 years of experience coaching tens of thousands of 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…

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4 Ways to Accelerate Training Progress

  I got an email this week that really got me thinking. It was from a good friend and CTS Athlete, Irv Tremblay, about his son’s victory at a recent 100km gravel race in Saskatchewan, Canada. Now, in a week where fellow CTS Athlete Ty Magner won the first stage of the Tour of Utah…

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7 Ways Experienced Cyclists Prevent Crashes

Riding in a peloton can be intimidating and, at times, dangerous, but there are tried-and-true strategies you can use to keep yourself safe and in good pack position. Great handling skills, heads up racing, and years of experience prevent most dangerous situations from escalating into calamities, and you can use the same techniques pros use…

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4 of the Worst Summertime Training Mistakes Cyclists Make

  Summertime is fun time! Strong rides in the warm summer sun are your reward for the spending months bundled up in winter cycling gear or pedaling furiously in the basement. But it’s not uncommon for athletes to make a series of summertime training mistakes that either cut short their fun or limit their peak…

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3 Tips for Beating Back the Urge to Quit

Endurance sports are beautiful and cruel. Even in the middle of the biggest races in the world, at some level every athlete is alone. You’re the one doing the work and making the decisions about how hard to go, what risks to take, and how much you can take. It’s that experience of surrounded isolation that…

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Put an End to Midseason Weight Gain

  By now you’re likely well into your summer training and competition season, so how the hell are you gaining weight?! Midseason weight gain is surprisingly common, especially for endurance athletes. Sometimes it’s perfectly normal and may actually improve your performance, but often it’s caused by simple misconceptions about training, fueling, and recovery. Whether you’re…

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