You’re Not the Athlete You Used to Be, And That’s Okay

By Mara Abbott, Olympian, CTS Contributing Editor I have been terrified to race for almost three years. I’m not talking about bike racing. I am talking about any athletic competition. I finished my professional racing career in 2016 with an absolute sense of finality. When people asked me about a comeback, or even when I …

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Expert Advice for Surviving a Desk Job as an Athlete

By Mara Abbott, Olympian, CTS Contributing Editor As a professional racer, I struggled mightily to comply with constant pleas from team managers, my coach and a variety of ubiquitous-yet-unsolicited advice-givers who all desperately wanted me to sit down and put my feet up as soon as I got off the bike. That was not my …

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Goal Setting: Who to Keep or Kick Out of Your Support System

By Mara Abbott, Olympian, CTS Contributing Editor The pre-tour pundits took note of Simon Yates at this year’s first Giro d’Italia press conference, after the Michelton-Scott rider gave a one-syllable answer when asked who was the number-one favorite at this year’s race: “Me.” Fans immediately lined up, as fans will do, to categorize Yates’ analysis …

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Retired Elite Athletes Open Up About Post-Career Battles

By Mara Abbott, Olympian, CTS Contributing Editor Last week, a Seattle Times article revealing that 1980’s cycling legend Rebecca Twigg is now homeless ricocheted around Bike World social media. In many of the posts that crossed my feed, it arrived adorned with a single word: “Shocked.” My only shock came upon reflecting how wholly unsurprised …