Tapering and What to Do the Week Before Your Race

Training can be a lot like drinking: to have a great time you need to know when to stop. In the week leading up to a race or event, athletes can do more to undermine their training than they can to enhance it. Yet, just like that “one more” drink, it’s the prospect of getting a little extra something that …

Tapering for Ultrarunning: How to Prevent Taper Tantrums!

By Jason Koop, CTS Coaching Director, Author of “Training Essentials for Ultrarunning” For many athletes, tapering before a major goal event is a double-edged sword. On the one hand they are happy about the lightened training load, but on the other they are sometimes anxious or distressed by the reduction in training volume. Athletes have two primary fears during the …

Triathlon Training: DIY Insurance on Race Day: 5 Key Tips to Success

By Lindsay Hyman, CTS Pro Coach After working with thousands of triathletes for more than a decade, my coaching colleagues here at CTS and I have come up with a handful of mistakes we see competitors commit again and again that sabotage their races. Some are equipment related, some are connected with preparation, and some are mental. But the positive …