Topic: Training

7 Secrets to Pre-Event Weight Loss

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Losing weight – or reaching your optimal weight – can have a profoundly positive impact on your performance. Being lighter with the same fitness improves your power-to-weight ratio, making you more competitive when the road or trail tips skyward. Weight loss improves economy…

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Lactate: Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

  Several years ago I became more interested in lactate, particularly because both research and experience were suggesting that coaches and sports scientists had been wrong about the stuff. Recent years have seen a renaissance for lactate, but out on the road and in the blogosphere I still hear misinformed people railing against the evils…

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Which is better: Training With High or Low Carbohydrate Stores?

  By Chris Carmichael Coaching is a push-and-pull between tradition and innovation, between “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” and “Newer is better!”. During my coaching career I’ve been on both sides of that divide, always seeking innovation but wary that innovations that sound good don’t always lead to improved performance. Training when you’re…

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4 Tour of Flanders Tips All Cyclists Can Benefit From

  This Sunday I strongly suggest you find a live video feed of the Tour of Flanders. It’s always a race worth watching, and if watching the Ronde van Vlaanderen doesn’t inspire you to get out there and put in a storming Sunday ride, I don’t know what will. I raced Flanders with 7-Eleven and…

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Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Cramping

  By Chris Carmichael  Endurance sports are all about pushing yourself and testing your limits. Sometimes your brain has to step in and protect you from yourself, like when you bonk and your brain conjures up nausea in an effort to get you to slow down and address the problem. Other times your body skips…

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Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Ride Rollers

  By CTS Premier Coach and Kinetic Performance Director Jim Lehman If you’re looking to add a valuable new component to your indoor training, then it’s time to learn how to ride Kinetic Z rollers! Here’s a quick how-to guide to getting started. Why ride rollers? Before learning how to ride rollers, let’s talk about…

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Why Base Training in Winter Will Never Make You Fast

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach and co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” and “The Time-Crunched Triathlete” I would love to build a huge aerobic base the old fashioned way, but I love my wife and I’m pretty fond of my kids and my career. To ride 12-20 hours a week these days I would…

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