Topic: Chris Carmichael

The Key to Being Extraordinary

As sports fans we’re accustomed to witnessing extraordinary performances across the entire spectrum of sports. But all those highlight reels are a double-edged sword. On one hand, highlight reels are inspirational. Many riders go out after watching an amazing cycling race like the Tour of Flanders, a stage of the Amgen Tour of California, or…

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The Inconvenient Truth About Coaching

I was talking this week with a group of athletes, some coached by CTS and others not, and the conversation turned to their experiences with coaching over the past several years. Most of them had at least one poor experience with a coach, and the most important point I took away from the conversation was…

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The 6 Keys to Great Training and Big Improvements

There are a lot of athletes who do not train to win races. Many train because they enjoy being fit and performing at their best in non-competitive events like cycling tours, charity rides, or the local group ride. Still more train because of the role being fit and active and engaged in sport plays in…

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Do Altitude Training Masks Work for Endurance Athletes?

  By now you have no doubt seen bros running around, lifting weights, or even riding around at sea level or moderate elevations with altitude training masks. The idea is to simulate the hypoxic condition of exercising at altitude (about 5,000 feet above sea level and higher). With some products, there’s also a component of…

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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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Top 3 Myths about Post-Workout Protein and Recovery

  Grinding an athlete into the ground is the easiest thing a coach can do, and 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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7 Tips for Mastering a Cycling Paceline

  There’s something special about a well-organized high-speed paceline. By sharing the work of pushing through the wind miles fly by at speeds no one in the group could achieve solo. A good paceline epitomizes teamwork and the notion of a group being better than the sum of its parts. On the other hand, a…

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Snowstorm Indoor Cycling Training Plan

Make the Most of Two Days Stuck Indoors Out west the Sierras and Rockies got pummeled by snow earlier this week, and this weekend it’s the East Coast’s turn. Across the northern half of the US, and maybe some parts of the south, a lot of cyclists and triathletes are going to be spending the…

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