Topic: Chris Carmichael

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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7 Secrets the Pros Use to Stay Safe While Riding in a Pack

Riding in a peloton can be an intimidating, and at times, dangerous place 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 the techniques the pros use are…

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The High-Force Climbing Workout You Should Be Doing Right Now

A lot of cyclists are emerging from their basements, garages, and pain caves to put in more outdoor miles as temperatures rise and days get longer in the Northern Hemisphere. This period marks a transition for many cyclists and triathletes from shorter 60-90 minute indoor interval workouts to longer outdoor rides. Athletes who want to…

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Truth or Myth: Are Ice Baths and Antioxidants Great for Recovery?

Over the past two weeks I have used this blog to discuss myths related to post-exercise recovery, including endurance athletes’ over-emphasis on protein supplementation and whether or not elevating your legs will enhance recovery. This week we’re going to talk about two more recovery methods: ice baths and antioxidants. Do Ice Baths Work? For many…

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Top 3 Myths about Post-Workout Protein and Recovery

  Grinding an athlete into the ground is the easiest thing a coach can do, an something athletes are great at doing to themselves. In the entire scope of the training process, piling on workload is the easy part. The trickier parts are knowing how much workload to apply, at what time, addressing what system,…

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The 2016 CTS Super Bowl Trainer Workout

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday! For the past few years we’ve had fun with the Super Bowl by creating an indoor trainer workout that’s loosely styled after a drinking game. The first year we did it, the Broncos were playing the Seattle Seahawks and – since CTS headquarters are in Colorado – we were rooting…

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5 Things You Need to Fix to Go Faster!

  I hate wasting energy and it bothers me to no end to see athletes do things that are self-defeating. You spend so much precious time and effort developing fitness and building your capacity to produce power, and then you waste that fitness through poor decision making on the bike. To go faster you need…

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