Tagged: training tips

Can You Actually Get Faster After 40?

A lot of the phone calls we get from new athletes start out with, “I’m [insert age between 40-65]. Do you work with athletes my age, and can you help me get faster?” The answer to the first question is absolutely yes. The vast majority of CTS Athletes are between 40-65 and we have a…

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Optimizing Your Pre-Event Warmup for Hot Weather

In hot weather athletes face a conundrum. A pre-event warmup is designed to increase muscle core temperature, start the body’s cooling processes, and activate energy systems. But elevating core temperature too high diminishes performance dramatically. So how do you warm up when it’s hot out? Here’s a step-by-step guide to walking the fine line between…

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Tapering and What to Do the Week Before Your Race

Training can be a lot like drinking: to have a great time you need to know when to stop. In the week leading up to a race or event, athletes can do more to undermine their training than they can to enhance it. Yet, just like that “one more” drink, it’s the prospect of getting…

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4 Steps to Get Bigger Benefits From a Cycling Power Meter

There is no doubt that the combination of quality professional coaching and a cycling power meter is the best way to improve cycling performance. Static training plans and self-coaching can be good introductions to training, but athletes quickly reach the limitations of both. And while many cyclists see the purchase of a power meter as…

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The Best Workout for Developing Speed

Winter was a good time to build aerobic and lactate threshold power with interval workouts and indoor training. But now it’s time to ramp up for the high-speeds of race-pace group rides, criteriums, and road races. It’s time to work on those snappy accelerations to close gaps and jump on a wheel. In other words,…

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11 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Athletes

Striking a balance between work, life, and athletic goals is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face as a working athlete. It can seem impossible to dedicate enough time to be successful at each of these aspects of your life and leave you feeling overwhelmed. While it’s certainly not easy and will take a little sacrifice…

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Does Perfectionism Help or Hurt Endurance Training?

At CTS, we coach a wide variety of athletes with an even wider range of personalities. Some athletes derive value from the feelings and sensations of being fit. Others can only perceive the value of training by analyzing every bit of data they generate. Endurance sports are a good place for the more obsessive among…

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4 Common Mistakes That Wreck Your Workouts

At the start of training ride or an event, all things are possible. You could have a ride that puts a smile on your face or a performance that exceeds your expectations. But you can also screw it up, and a lot of cyclists do that on a regular basis. Here are four ways I…

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5 Tips to Becoming an Expert at Drafting

  Financial advisors will tell you that the way to get (or stay) rich is to not just make more money, but also avoid wasting it. The same is true with how athletes get faster. It’s not just about how much power you can produce or how high you can push your lactate threshold pace….

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