tough coach

What it Means to be a Tough Coach in 2019

  By Chris Carmichael, Founder/Head Coach of CTS The articles and responses about the toxic environment and abusive culture in the Nike Oregon Project have included a discussion about the line between tough and abusive. There is a benefit to holding athletes accountable to their goals, and to pushing them to reach further toward a …

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Should You Become a Plant-Based Athlete?

By Jason Koop, Head Coach of CTS Ultrarunning Every year around this time, athletes take a look at their previous training and start to scheme on better ways to improve their performance.  Some will point to doing more miles (to which I will say train smarter, not harder), others to equipment (Nike Vaporflys, anyone?), and …

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Do Your Worst To Be Your Best

  By Chris Carmichael, Founder & Head Coach of CTS One of the habits that separates champions from everyone else is the willingness to do what they are the worst at. Your greatest strength will not be enough to overcome weaknesses you neglect or refuse to address. To use cycling as an example, being the …

4 Running Pole Techniques Trail and Ultrarunners Should Master

By Jason Koop, Head Coach of CTS Ultrarunning This article is the fourth in a series of how to use poles in trail and ultrarunning. If you missed article one (when poles are beneficial and when they are not) and two (how to choose the right type and length of poles), and three (the science …

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Will We Ever Stop Arguing About Red Meat?

By Chris Carmichael Founder & Head Coach of CTS If you have even a tangential interest in nutrition news, you have undoubtedly seen recent headlines proclaiming there are no health risks to eating red meat after all. This, of course, represents a dramatic reversal of decades of nutritional guidance aimed at reducing consumption of red …

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Cross-Country Ski Training: 4 Tips And A Workout To Improve Fitness

By Pro CTS Coach Kirk Nordgren Later summer and early fall are the times that many endurance athletes start thinking about cross-country skiing as a winter alternative to their current summer sports.  Maybe you’re burnt out on cycling or running, or maybe you just can’t wait to hit the trails with your skis this winter. …

high achievers

The Art of Patting Yourself on the Back (but not too much)

By Mara Abbott, Olympian, CTS Contributing Editor It’s tough for athletes and other high achievers to self-evaluate performance. To prevent burnout, maintain motivation, and guard your mental health for the long run, it’s important to learn to celebrate yourself on occasion. We should pause to celebrate our own hard work and accomplishments. At the same …