Topic: Training

ADAPT: A 5 Step Plan for When Everything Goes Wrong

By Jason Koop, author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” —Mike Tyson If you do one single thing at a high enough intensity for long enough, every once in a while everything goes wrong. As much as you have trained and prepared, you will eventually…

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Why Heart Rate Is Not a Good Training Tool for Ultrarunning

Book Excerpt From Jason Koop’s Training Essentials for Ultrarunning If you are going to use interval training to accumulate time at intensity and target specific areas of your fitness, you need a way to figure out how hard you are working. In some sports this is simple. As mentioned earlier, a cyclist with a power…

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Top 3 Advanced Cycling Skills for Group Rides and Races

I have talked before about proper group ride etiquette and skills that make you a welcome rider in the group, but there are more advanced skills you can utilize to drop your new riding mates on race-like group rides, and also drop your competitors in races. I want to emphasize these tactics are meant to be practiced at…

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Don’t Make This Early-Season Mistake

  “Calories cannot create fitness.” That’s what I heard as I was passing by the office of CTS Premier Coach Jason Koop. Later in the day I asked him what he meant, and he replied that one of his athletes had jumped into a half-Ironman on a whim, well before he was prepared for that…

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A Workout to Pump Up the Benefits of Your Long Runs

  By Jason Koop, CTS Premier Coach While some athletes have trouble making the connection between complicated interval workouts and race-day performance, virtually everyone understands the basic concept behind long runs, long rides, and endurance swim sessions. Your event is a long endurance race; therefore it makes sense that you need some relatively long training…

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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 Benefits of Caffeine for Cyclists, Triathletes, and Runners

Caffeine is one of the world’s most widely used stimulants, with the average caffeine consumption in the United States around two cups of coffee (200mg) per day. Most of us are familiar with our afternoon coffee’s ability to help us through the workday and how strongly ingrained coffee is in cycling culture, but does caffeine…

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11 Key Beginner Triathlon Tips From Top Coaches

With swimming, cycling, and running combined into a single competition, there’s a lot for beginner triathletes to learn. Each discipline within a triathlon is not the same as swimming, cycling, or running as standalone sports. Not only are there some rule differences, but your cycling leg will be affected by the swim before it, and…

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