3-Step Guide to Evaluating Performance (AKA: What I Learned As An Event Promoter)

  Last weekend was the first CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo, and like any endeavor that takes you outside your comfort zone, I learned a lot about being an event promoter. The feedback I’ve received about the event has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am immeasurably proud of my coaches and staff, especially Event Director Dave Priest and Santa Ynez …

Do Cyclists Benefit From Strength Training?

  This is the time of year when a lot of athletes ask about strength training. Should they? Shouldn’t they? Should they lift heavy or light? Free weights or machines? And what about Crossfit? Coaches have been debating the effectiveness and necessity of strength training for endurance athletes for many years, and even my own view has evolved considerably. Ten …

6-Step Plan to Make Your Goals Your Reality

  I have been waiting and planning for this weekend for years, and it’s finally here! November 11 is the first annual CTS Figueroa Mountain Gran Fondo and I am out in Santa Ynez, California surrounded by friends, athletes, coaches, and former 7-Eleven teammates. We had an incredible Legends Dinner last night, we’re riding a great route today, and enjoying …

Tips to Boost Training After Daylight Savings Time Ends

  Darkness is coming! Saturday night we turn the clocks back an hour, gain an hour of sleep, and lose an hour of sunlight at the end of each day. For early-morning exercisers, the return to standard time is a welcome change. For those who rely on afternoon or after-work for training, earlier sunsets make training more challenging. As Daylight …

Top 6 Success Tips for Parent-Athletes

  Balancing a career, home life, and training can be difficult, and then adding children to the mix further increases the degree of difficulty (and joy). Creativity and flexibility are essential for success as a parent-athlete – defined as the ability to continue achieving your competitive or non-competitive goals – and we have compiled some of the best tips we’ve …

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 …

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 …