Ice Ice Baby: Controlling Core Temperature Before, During, and After Exercise in Hot Weather

  “All right stop, collaborate and Listen, Ice is back with…” No, no, no. Not that “Ice Ice Baby”. Exercise generates a ton of heat; about 75% of the energy you expend to propel a bicycle is lost as heat and only about 25% of it actually produces work. A hot summer environment only exacerbates the challenge. Here are some ways …

3 Tips for Beating Back the Urge to Quit

Endurance sports are beautiful and cruel. Even in the middle of the biggest races in the world, at some level every athlete is alone. You’re the one doing the work and making the decisions about how hard to go, what risks to take, and how much you can take. It’s that experience of surrounded isolation that every amateur athlete – and every …

Put an End to Midseason Weight Gain

  By now you’re likely well into your summer training and competition season, so how the hell are you gaining weight?! Midseason weight gain is surprisingly common, especially for endurance athletes. Sometimes it’s perfectly normal and may actually improve your performance, but often it’s caused by simple misconceptions about training, fueling, and recovery. Whether you’re a cyclist, runner, or triathlete …

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 …