A Workout to Pump Up the Benefits of Your Long Runs

  By Jason Koop, CTS Premier Coach While some athletes have trouble making the connection between complicated interval workouts and race-day performance, virtually everyone understands the basic concept behind long runs, long rides, and endurance swim sessions. Your event is a long endurance race; therefore it makes sense that you need some relatively long training sessions. Athletes are often much …

6 Tips for Overcoming the Intimidation Factor of Open Water Swimming

The expanse of open water that greets triathletes at the beginning of a competition is intimidating. That is an almost universally true statement from novice triathletes, at least those who didn’t come into triathlon from a swimming background. For runners, cyclists, and casual exercisers who are interested in triathlon, the intimidation factor of the swim portion is often enough to …

Tips for Cyclists and Triathletes Adapting to a New Aero Position

  By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach There are a lot of new bikes and new aero setups being rolled out of bike shops and garages around the country right about now, and business is brisk at the nation’s growing number of wind tunnels and specialty bike fit clinics. At CTS we’ve been providing bike fit services for more than …

Triathlon Training: Training for Ironman Is a 12-Month Process, Not a 12-Week Training Plan

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach The day after an Ironman race, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of athletes line up or go online to register for the next year’s race. That’s right, the race was asking people to commit a year in advance. In today’s last minute, just-in-time world, this is an anomaly. Undoubtedly, many of you don’t even …

How to Choose the Optimal Amount of Recovery Between Intervals

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach So, you’re all ready to go out for your workout. You have food in your pocket, your bike is gleaming in the warm sun with a bottle of water and bottle of sports drink, your Smith glasses are sitting in the Giro helmet draped over your handlebars, and your Joule GPS is quietly waiting to record every …

Start Boosting Your Running Speed Before Winter Is Over

By Rebecca Kurtz, CTS Expert Coach Triathletes and runners are familiar with Fartlek intervals, but many reserve them for periods of the year that are closer to their goal races. They are often seen as race-specific or race-prep workouts, but they can also be used to build your energy systems. These intervals are above-threshold running intervals, so you will produce …

Triathlon Training: Developing the Speed You Need for 70.3 – and 140.6!

By Chris Carmichael With the countdown to the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, I’m sure many of you half-IMers out there are wondering if you have what it takes to complete a full Ironman or qualify for Kona. The answer is yes, and the truth is that competing in half-Ironman events gets you into fantastic shape to make the …

Triathlon Training: Mid-Season Fixes

By Nick White and Chris Carmichael The complexity of triathlon is one of its most alluring attributes. You can get started simply, but then your engagement with the sport continues to grow and develop along with you. For time-crunched athletes the complexity sometimes needs to be trimmed back; there’s only so much time and focus you can apply to it. …

Triathlon Training: Avoiding Mid-Season Weight Gain

By Jim Rutberg, CTS Pro Coach By now you’re likely well into training for your next goal race, the one that will wrap up a great season in the next couple of months. And if you’re like many endurance athletes who measure their training in months, not just weeks, you may be dealing with an unwanted surprise: the sudden addition …