Which is better: Training With High or Low Carbohydrate Stores?

  By Chris Carmichael Coaching is a push-and-pull between tradition and innovation, between “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” and “Newer is better!”. During my coaching career I’ve been on both sides of that divide, always seeking innovation but wary that innovations that sound good don’t always lead to improved performance. Training when you’re low on carbohydrate (CHO) is …

Weekend Reading: Four Tips for Acing Your Next Performance Test

  If progress is important to you then measuring and monitoring your performance is critical. We know, for instance, that in the first six months an athlete works with a CTS Coach, they can often see a 10% increase in CTS Field Test Power. Increased power isn’t the only way we measure success with an athlete, but it is certainly …

Three Key Climbing Workouts for Sustained Power, Surge Strength, and Winning Attacks

  By Chris Carmichael There are three main areas that need to be addressed when you want to become a better, stronger, and faster climber. First you have to increase your maximum sustainable power. This increases the pace you can sustain for prolonged climbs, and in the best case it also means you can ride more comfortably while others are …

4 Tips to Have Your Best Long-Ride Performance

  Performance is never just about fitness, or even determination. Your performance in specific events often comes down to how you use your energy. Many cyclists are used to riding 2-4 hours, but rarely get the opportunity to go really long and stretch themselves to 6+ hours. The important thing to remember is that you have the fitness to have …

Causes, Prevention, and Treatment of Cramping

  By Chris Carmichael  Endurance sports are all about pushing yourself and testing your limits. Sometimes your brain has to step in and protect you from yourself, like when you bonk and your brain conjures up nausea in an effort to get you to slow down and address the problem. Other times your body skips protection and moves straight to …

Weekend Reading: Meaningful Gifts for the Endurance Athlete in Your Life

As I’ve gotten older I’ve noted a shift in the way I look at gifts. Sure, I still buy little niceties like a sweater or bottle of wine for people, but these days I’m not buying as many wrappable items for the people who mean the most to me. I want my gifts for these people to be experiential and …

Weekend Reading: Learn how this female executive lost 75 pounds and transformed her life!

  Inspiration can come from anywhere, and different athletes draw inspiration from different things. This week I want to introduce you to Tribby Warfield, a C-Suite corporate executive who has completely transformed her body and lifestyle over the past two years. As you’ll see in the video at the end of this article, Tribby personifies the challenges all executives face: …