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How to Optimize Ultramarathon Aid Station Stops

  By Darcie Murphy, CTS Ultrarunning Senior Coach As you begin race day planning for ultrarunning events, you must consider aid station strategies. Where are the aid stations located? How can you best utilize them to manage the course and the race most effectively? CTS Coaches support athletes – from champions like Katie Schide to …

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What to Expect After a Professional Bike Fit

    By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside“, “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” Changes to your bike fit can happen gradually and inadvertently, until one day you just don’t feel right on the bike anymore. For me, it was a combination of travel and a slowly wearing saddle. As I repeatedly disassembled and reassembled …

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Defeating Give-Up-Itis in Trail and Ultra Running

  By Andy Jones-Wilkins, CTS Ultrarunning Pro Coach When I was coming of age in ultrarunning in the 1990s, I was fortunate to have very good mentors. Four, in particular – John Medinger, Tim Twietmeyer, Ann Trason, and Tommy Nielsen — all took me under their collective wings and fed me with knowledge and wisdom. …

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Perceived Exertion: How To Run And Train By Feel

  By Cliff Pittman, CTS Senior Coach & CTS Coaching Development Director Technology continues to profoundly impact training methods across the spectrum of endurance sports. However, a stubbornly low-tech assessment of effort and exercise intensity stands the test of time. Rating of perceived exertion (RPE) is about as simple as it gets: “On a scale …

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New Study Reveals Holes in Wearable Device Scores

  By Frederic Sabater Pastor, CTS Expert Coach, Associate Researcher at University of Perpignan Via Domitia In recent years the market has seen an influx of new companies creating wearable devices to measure sleep, recovery, breathing, blood glucose, blood oxygen, and more. They are developing innovative products and algorithms, and doing some fantastic marketing. Athletes …

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6 Things This Coach Won’t Do

  By Sarah Scozzaro, CTS Ultrarunning Pro Coach In my nearly 20 years of coaching, including more than a decade coaching ultramarathon runners, I have evolved as a professional. There are many ways to work as a coach, and I’ve made certain decisions to align my practice with my values and my approach to athlete …

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Success Strategies for Non Goal-Oriented Athletes

  By Darcie Murphy, CTS Ultrarunning Pro Coach Here’s my unpopular response to the “New Year, New You” voices: It’s okay to not be a goal-setter. If you have been living under a boulder, then maybe you’re unaware we’re expected to have goals for the New Year. And not just for athletic objectives, but also …