Detraining: How to Take a Break and Not Lose Your Fitness

  Coaching is almost entirely about motivating and inspiring athletes, and there are a number of ways to accomplish that. Personally, we prefer to emphasize the positive by inspiring athletes to achieve lofty goals. Sometimes, however, athletes respond better to the desire to avoid negative consequences, like losing power, gaining weight, and getting slower. So, as we enter the period …

How to Keep Your Climbing Power This Fall

At higher elevations around Colorado Springs, the aspens turning yellow, which means there’s no denying winter is rapidly approaching. Many cyclists and triathletes are wrapping up their event seasons, which means we’re having a lot of discussions about short- and medium-term goals. One of the top goals: maintain climbing power. As great as it would be for performance to improve linearly …

The 6 Worst Pre-Workout Foods and Habits for Cyclists, Runners, and Triathletes

  As I travel around the country participating in a variety of events I am constantly surprised by the nutritional choices I see athletes making prior to workouts. If you want to have a great ride, hike, run, or strength workout, here are the 6 worst pre-workout foods and habits for cyclists, runners, and triathletes to avoid in the 2-3 …

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 …