Topic: Chris Carmichael

CTS December Cycling Challenge! Are You Up for It?

  Although I ventured out to walk the dog on Black Friday, I was holed up indoors most of the day because it was about 10 degrees outside and snowing. My hunch is that staying motivated to train through December is going to be pretty rough, so I’m issuing a challenge to myself and everyone…

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#PeaceinParis

Normally I use this space to provide training tips or a recipe or something I think you will find useful in your pursuit of performance. I had an article ready to go for this morning, but the reports of another large-scale terrorist attack made it seem pretty trivial. I tend to “stay in my lane”…

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9 Ways Your Ego Destroys Your Performance

    Having a healthy ego is a good thing. You take pride in your abilities, have a solid sense of who you are and your place in the world, and generally positive self-esteem. Ego plays a role in an athlete’s level of confidence. It can be a factor in helping you sign up for…

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The Proven CTS 9-Week Holiday Cycling Training Plan

Three Workouts, No Excuses. I talk with busy athletes juggling cycling goals with full-time careers and families pretty much every day, and when it comes right down to it you fall into two primary categories: those who figure out how to get it done, and those who rattle off a litany of circumstances that prevent…

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How Detraining Works and 3 Steps to Avoid It

  Coaching is almost entirely about motivating and inspiring athletes, and there are a number of ways to accomplish that. Personally, we prefer to emphasize the positive by inspiring athletes to achieve lofty goals. Sometimes, however, athletes respond better to the desire to avoid negative consequences, like losing power, gaining weight, and getting slower. So,…

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Let’s Get Real About Your Weight

  I generally try to be diplomatic when I talk about training and weight management, but perhaps it’s time to stop being polite and start getting real (sorry, I couldn’t resist the MTV reference…). We can talk about incremental increases in power at lactate threshold or optimizing pedal stroke, but if you really want to…

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5 Tips to Finding The Perfect Time of Day To Train

  There are two times of year when we get the most questions about the best time of day to work out: the weeks surrounding the start and end of Daylight Savings Time. In the spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), the hours of daylight reach the point where either early morning or late afternoon/evening training…

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The Most Underrated Training Tips That Really Work!

  The biggest trap athletes and coaches fall into is making training too complicated. We’re not trying to launch a mission to Mars here, folks. The problem starts with the amount of information we all have at our fingertips. We know more about the science of performance than ever before and we have access to…

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