40,000-Hour Review of Bonk Breaker Nutrition

Sampling at event expos and swag bags is one of the primary ways sports nutrition companies get people to try their products, and while it’s a great way to get a sense for a product’s taste and texture, that’s about all it’s good for. The real test of a product is to use it consistently for a period of time …

7 Things Cyclists, MTBers, and Triathletes Should Do When You Crash Your Bike

  Whether you’re a road cyclist, mountain biker, or triathlete, if you spend time on two wheels you will inevitably crash. Experience helps make crashes less frequent, but even the most experienced riders sometimes fall. Recently I was reminded of this when Kirk Nordgren, a longtime CTS Coach and General Manager of our Santa Ynez Training Center, crashed and broke his …

Tapering for Ultrarunning: How to Prevent Taper Tantrums!

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director, Author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” For many athletes, tapering before a major goal event is a double-edged sword. On the one hand they are happy about the lightened training load, but on the other they are sometimes anxious or distressed by the reduction in training volume. Athletes have two primary fears during the …

Maximizing Hot Weather Training for Ultrarunning

By Jason Koop, author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Ultramarathon runners have to be prepared to compete in a wide range of weather conditions, from mid-day heat to late night cold, rain and even snow. It is important to recognize the difference, however, between preparing for the experiential challenges associated with weather and maximizing the effectiveness of purposeful training in …