Archive of CTS training stories

Information is power
As power-measuring devices become more affordable and user-friendly, it is important to investigate why and how this new technology can help make you a better cyclist.

Start at the core
Sure the legs are the primary engines that propell your bike forward, but they get a lot of help from the lower back and abdominals. Carmichael Training Systems has three ways to get your trunk up to speed.

Winter spin
The sun sets earlier, the weather is colder and the racing season is over. What's a cyclist to do? Spin classes can be a great way to maintain fitness, if you pick the right class.

Mix it up
Especially in warm-weather climates, cyclists tend to get into a rut, says Sara Balantyne of Carmichael Training Systems. "I always try and encourage my athletes to get out and experience some other 'aerobic' activity."

Coach for hire
With all the money you spend on "titanium this" and "cabon fiber that," perhaps the best thing you can buy is a little advice and direction. Find out why a coach should be on your list of must-have items.

Drop a sprinter
It's come down to the end of the race and all the big sprinters are still there, ready to play their high-speed game. But with some guts and a lot of pain, you can keep the speed demons at bay.

The lactate zone
In part two of this two-part story, Chris Carmichael explains how to use your heart rate monitor to determine and train within your lactate threshold.

You got the beat?
Sure heart rate monitors are great. But if you learn how to use them properly, you can turn this fun gadget into a cool tool. (Part one of a two-part story)

Climbing for flatlanders
Convinced only featherweight cyclists from hilly areas can climb well? Oftentimes, it's not the size of the rider, it's the techniques they use to make molehills out of mountains.

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