bike fit

Fixing Bike Fit Issues for Cyclists Over 50

  by Renee Eastman MS, CSCS, USAC Level 1, Retul Fit Level 1, CTS Premier Coach Bike fit issues affecting aging athletes are largely related to unrealistic expectations. For some, that manifests as a desire for a certain aesthetic, like the high saddle and low handlebar look they see from pros and limber amateurs just …

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How to Choose the Right Cycling Power Meter for You

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside“, “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, and “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” A cycling power meter is one of the best training tools a cyclist can invest in. A power meter offers a way to directly measure the work a cyclist is performing in real time. It is hard …

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Training for Leadville: From the Couch to the LT100 MTB in One Year!

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach Major life transformations are always bumpy, but Andres Small’s “Couch to Leadville” journey shows that the benefits of taking on ambitious goals extend way beyond race-day performance. His story is not a fairy tale where everything falls into place, which is why we think you’ll find it both inspirational …

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Substantial Fitness Gains You Can Make After 50 (and 60!)

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside“, “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, and “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Reviewed by Adam Pulford I have an important message to all Generation X and Baby Boomer athletes out there: It’s never too late to make meaningful and measurable gains in fitness and performance! Yes, there are …

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Should Cyclists Eat During 1-hour Workouts?

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside“, “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, and “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” Lots of cyclists rely on shorter rides, often indoors, throughout the year. During the fall and winter, this reliance on shorter indoor workouts increases even further. This leads to questions about fueling short rides. Do you need …

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Tips to Finding The Best Time of Day To Exercise

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “Ride Inside“, “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, and “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” As the number of daylight hours change through the fall and spring we receive lots of questions about the best time of day to exercise. Some people absolutely love training in the early morning. Others feel sluggish …

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How A Cycling Camp Makes You a Better Cyclist

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach, co-author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist”, “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning”, and “Ride Inside“ When we’re in the thick of season planning with cyclists preparing for personal goals, cycling training camps are an important part of the conversation. Whether your goals are focused on enjoyment and longevity, completing personal challenges, or winning …

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Knee Replacement Training Plan: One Year Post-Op Report

  By Chris Carmichael, CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer One year after a total knee replacement surgery on my right leg, and 21 months after surgery to replace my left hip, I am finally feeling strong and durable as a cyclist again. As I near my 63rd birthday, I know I am one of …

How to Overcome Cyclists’ Top 6 Fears

  By Chris Carmichael, CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer There have been times in my life when I’ve envied athletes and coaches in stick-and-ball sports like baseball, football, hockey, and basketball. Even combat sports like boxing and mixed martial arts. There are risks involved in all of them, but they’re also safely ensconced in …

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Top 10 Ways to Feel Better and Ride Faster Uphill

  By Chris Carmichael, CTS Founder and Chief Endurance Officer Over the years my coaches and I have written countless cycling workouts designed to increase riders’ fitness and power output for riding uphill faster. If you’re reading this blog you have probably done some of them, or something similar. But there’s a difference between being …