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Coaching endurance athletes is an art, a science, and a craft.

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Best Practices in Endurance Sport

Over a century of training and racing, coaches and athletes have continually experimented with the balance of volume and intensity. Today’s best practices look to maximize both a high volume of training and a small but potent dose of high-intensity work.

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The History of Run Training

The timely combination of running facilities and stopwatches gave running a leg up on other endurance sports, inviting more structured training and innovation.

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The History of Cycling Training

The early European cycling scene was convinced that more miles and more racing made champions. By the 1980s, a new generation of pros was redefining the goal and the roadmap to get there.

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The Evolution of Endurance Training

Coach Joe Friel recounts the relatively short history of endurance sports to identify the athletes and coaches that influenced how we train and race today.

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What Coaches Can Do to Be Relevant in 10 Years

Over his long tenure at CTS, Jim Rutberg has seen the coaching profession evolve amid an ever-growing industry. He identifies best practices for coaches, individually and collectively.

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Case Study: Gender Inclusivity in Coaching

Pro athlete Rach McBride and their coach Mateo Mercur discuss the importance of gender inclusivity when it comes to coaching, and how their relationship has been a source of support and inspiration.

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Rach McBride on Gender Inclusivity in Sport

Rach McBride is the first openly gender nonbinary pro in triathlon. They share their experience navigating elite sports and look to a future where nonbinary athletes are included and celebrated everywhere.

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A Primer in the Power of Data Analytics

By tapping into the power of data analytics coaches can make important decisions more quickly and better prepare athletes for the specific demands of any given race.