Start a Training Tradition with a New Year’s Day Workout

By Chris Carmichael Progress. It’s what we’re all after, what athletes train hours, months, and years to accomplish. You might have personal or competitive goals driving you forward, but behind all of those there’s the necessity to make progress. And so we test ourselves. We do field tests, lab tests, test ourselves against our buddies, and of course test ourselves …

Tips for Boosting the Impact of Your Indoor Triathlon Bike Workouts

By Chris Carmichael I’m writing this article as wind-driven snow pelts the window of my office, reminding me more than ever that this is peak indoor cycling season! I’m a firm believer in utilizing relatively short and hard indoor training sessions, as opposed to mind-numbing endurance sessions staring at the wall or watching the entire “Lord of the Rings Trilogy”. …

Chris Carmichael Blog: “What should I be doing now so I’m ready for a Spring Training Camp?”

By Chris Carmichael, One of the biggest questions I get at this time of year is, “What should I be doing in the dead of winter so I’m ready for a Spring Training Camp in February or March?” For many athletes, a CTS Spring Training Camp is the start of the season and they come in without much fitness. That's …

Understanding the Challenges of High-Altitude Racing at the Leadville 100 and USA Pro Cycling Challenge

By Chris Carmichael It’s good to be back at a relatively “moderate” elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level after spending the weekend in the even-thinner air up at 10,200-12,600 feet in and around Leadville, Colorado. I was in Leadville to race the Leadville 100 mountain bike race – “The Race Across the Sky” – for the sixth time, and …