Weekend Reading: USAPCC, Time-Crunched Cyclist 2nd Ed., and a September training tip

I had so much fun during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience that I’m still smiling nearly a week after it ended in Denver. What an amazing race! What an incredible experience to ride every stage, get cheered on by all the fans, and to be treated like the race’s 17th team by the race organization. I can’t wait to do it again in 2013!

Sometimes the best experiences we were able to arrange for the athletes at the USAPCC Race Experience was the opportunity to roll out of the official start house to begin their ride of the Stage 7 time trial. The riders didn’t know about it beforehand, and it was the kind of exclusive bonus that makes USA Pro Cycling Challenge such a great partner to work with.

As many of you may already know, we had a filmmaker along with us for the trip, and we released a four-episode series of web videos from the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience. I sat and watched all four episodes on Friday, and it was great to see how the riders’ evolved from having a sense of anticipation and even trepidation to a sense of monumental accomplishment. That’s the essence of the Bucket List, and I see that change occur for athletes during every one of these events.

Have a look for yourself, and then go to http://trainright.com/bucket-list/ and apply to see if you’re “Bucket List Qualified”. My coaching staff and I will evaluate your training history, background, and performance markers, and once you qualify you can join us for our 2013 Bucket List events:

I know that the Epic Endurance Bucket List isn’t for everyone, but I’m happy to see a growing number of athletes step up to the challenge. I’ve always been proud of the fact that there are a wide variety of ways that athletes can engage with CTS, from media products to personal coaching and camps, all the way to Bucket List Events. This week also marks the release of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 2nd Edition”. Everywhere I go I talk to athletes who have achieved more than they ever anticipated with the original TCC book, and I’m looking forward to hearing even more success stories from the 2nd Edition.

What’s new or different in the second edition? Well, I added chapters for Cyclocross, Commuting, and Endurance Mountain Biking, including training plans in each new chapter. Also, new with this edition, all the training plans in the book are available through Trainingpeaks. You’ll be able to load a TCC plan into your Trainingpeaks account (free account or premium account) so you can log your training data, receive workout reminders on your smartphone, etc. And Velopress assures me that the Kindle/e-book version of the book will be available soon.

Finally, a training tip. As we head into September, the racing season is winding down for many of you. Rather than hang up your wheels and sit on the couch, I encourage you to dial back the intensity of your training and find time in your schedule to ramp UP the volume. The next 6-8 weeks are a good time to gorge yourself on long miles, much like bears gorge themselves on berries in the late summer. The bears are getting ready for hibernation, but you’re getting ready for colder and darker months ahead, when long days in the saddle will be harder to come by. Most of us time-crunched cyclists don’t have the time to build huge aerobic bases through the winter anymore, but the fall – with its reduced demand for high-power, high-speed race performances – can be a great time to build up the bank account with moderate-intensity aerobic rides. The long miles now will help you as you transition back into shorter, harder workouts to maintain and improve your fitness in November.

Have a great weekend,
Chris Carmichael
CEO/Head Coach
Carmichael Training Systems

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