Chef Jeff Mahin’s Banana Espresso Cookie Dough Energy Bites

  We love a little of everything out on the road or trail, and diversity is the spice of life. So, one of our favorite chefs and athletes, Jeff Mahin, sent us this incredible Banana Espresso Cookie Dough Energy Bite recipe that satisfies our passion for healthy real food ingredients, our very real need for carbohydrate energy during endurance workouts, …

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 …

Gummi Bears and the War on Sugar

Moments after winning Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in Belgium, World Champion Peter Sagan double-fisted Haribo Gold Bears before making his way to the podium. Innumerable gifs and video clips immediately started circulating, as his post-race nutrition choice was a virtual kick in the teeth to every “marginal gains”-loving food pseudoscientist convinced simple sugar is the root of all evil. Here is a guide to …

Which is More Important: Pre- or Post-Workout Nutrition?

One of the problems I see with modern training is the pursuit of perfection over priority. With the ever-increasing range of products and theories on training, nutrition, recovery and other areas, some athletes get caught up in the minutia of perfecting every nuance of their training life. It becomes overwhelming and you can lose the sight of the big picture. …

5 Things Athletes Need to Know in Your 40s, 50s, and Into Your 80s!

By Chris Carmichael I am a cyclist in my mid-50s and I spend a lot of time riding with athletes up to 30 years younger and 25 years older than me.  People ask me about the impact of age on endurance athletes, and here’s what I tell them: [blog_promo promo_categories=”coaching” ids=”” /] Your potential declines, but your ability to maximize your …

What Time-Crunched Athletes Need to Know About Altitude Training

One of the reasons CTS headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado is that there are a ton of smart sports science folks here. And those who don’t live here typically come through here for conferences or events, like the US Olympic Committee’s International Altitude Training Symposium. CTS Coach Dean Golich was one of the presenters and several CTS Coaches were …

Jason Koop’s Secret Rice Ball Recipe: A Go-To Favorite for Endurance Athletes

[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/VKDG2_Usc1Q?rel=0″ align=”center” autoplay=”yes”] One of the greatest truths about sports nutrition is that even the best foods are useless if they stay in your pocket. You have to put those calories, electrolytes, and fluids into your body for them to do you any good. That means you have to like how they taste, how they smell, how they feel …