Topic: Chris Carmichael

The 5 Best Habits for Athletes Over 40

  Life is less forgiving after 40. It’s a myth you can’t gain fitness, lose weight, change careers, or change yourself past a certain age; but I do think those changes get harder. Your body doesn’t absorb and shrug off abuse as well as it did years ago. There’s more at stake when changing relationships…

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Exercise, Opioids, and the Cure for Chronic Pain

I’ve been thinking a lot about pain this week, mainly because I’ve been in a lot of it. In last week’s “Ode to my collarbone” I wrote about dealing with the immediate aftermath of a broken collarbone and briefly mentioned opioids, the very effective painkillers that can also carry a significant risk for abuse and…

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How to Keep Your Climbing Power This Fall

At higher elevations around Colorado Springs, the aspens turning yellow, which means there’s no denying winter is rapidly approaching. Many cyclists and triathletes are wrapping up their event seasons, which means we’re having a lot of discussions about short- and medium-term goals. One of the top goals: maintain climbing power. As great as it would be…

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6 Things You Need To Do To Ride Strong This Fall

  As often happens in business, the best part about running CTS has turned out to be different than I originally anticipated. In the beginning I was focused on bringing world-class coaching to athletes of all abilities. It was all about performance. What I didn’t anticipate was that I would meet and build relationships with…

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Death to America: Why Athletes Should Care About Obesity Rates

  The 14th Annual State of Obesity Report contains a mixture of good and bad news in the nationwide battle against obesity. The report, a project of the Trust for American Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, indicates the rate of increase in adult obesity rates is slowing, but still rising nonetheless. Overall, the…

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Train Your Brain for Championship Success in Endurance Sports

  Earlier this week we published a blog that featured a post-race letter from an ultrarunner who finally finished the Leadville 100 Run on his eighth attempt. A few days later I received the following email from a long-time CTS Athlete, Fred Rica, from New Jersey. I’ve included the email below, with Fred’s permission, because…

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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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