Train Your Brain for Championship Success in Endurance Sports

  Earlier this week we published a blog that featured a post-race letter from an ultrarunner who finally finished the Leadville 100 Run on his eighth attempt. A few days later I received the following email from a long-time CTS Athlete, Fred Rica, from New Jersey. I’ve included the email below, with Fred’s permission, because he mentions a few things …

Chef Jeff Mahin’s Kale Kimchi Avocado Toast with Eggs

  Jeff Mahin is Chef/Partner of Stella Barra Pizzeria, Summer House Santa Monica, M Street Kitchen and Do-Rite Donuts. He is also a strong and avid cyclist and ambassador for Chef’s Cycle, a fundraising endurance event featuring award-winning chefs fighting childhood hunger outside the kitchen. Jeff and over 100 other chefs from around the country have raised over 1 million …

The 3 Things That Separate Failure From Success in Ultrarunning

We had a training blog ready to go for today, and then we got an email that changed everything: Koop, I’ve been dreaming of finishing Leadville for over thirty years and I’ve failed seven times. That’s right… seven times. But then I came across your book, hired CTS and was connected with John Fitzgerald. I entered the race this year knowing it …

The Perfect Intervals to Boost Late-Summer Speed

  Being a strong athlete and being a fast athlete are not necessarily the same thing. There are a lot of athletes who have great endurance and can maintain a hard and steady pace hour after hour. This is especially true late in the summer when athletes have months of spring and summer miles in their legs. But frequently these …

3 Fixes for Flagging Motivation

By Andy Jones-Wilkins, CTS Coach No matter an athlete’s experience level or talent there are invariably times when motivation wanes, focus is lost, and discipline sidelined.  Many times this is a perfectly normal reaction to training load and can be easily remedied with a bit of time off to regroup and recharge. But what about those times when motivation wanes …

Change These 6 Behaviors That Slowly Destroy Your Training

  The worst changes often happen gradually and almost imperceptibly. I was at the opening stage of the Colorado Classic yesterday (great race, BTW!) and had the opportunity to catch up with several old friends from pro cycling. One patted his belly and commented he didn’t remember gaining 15 pounds, but there it is! And that’s true of a lot …

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Training

  With 17 years of experience coaching tens of thousands of athletes, CTS Coaches have compiled a ton of data about what makes athletes faster and stronger. We use that information in our Coaching College and continuing education program to teach coaches how to efficiently achieve big performance gains with the athletes they coach. We also have data to show …

Truth or Myth: Runners Should Elevate Their Legs For Recovery

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director and author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Raising your legs above your heart used to be post-workout dogma, and even standard practice during downtime at any running practice or workout session. I have no idea how many hours I spent during high school and college lying on my back with my feet up on …