Weekend Reading: Your Thanksgiving Challenge!

This week I struggled to find the motivation to get out and ride. The weather wasn’t bad; actually it was pretty good for November in Colorado. But even with the sun out and temps in the 40s, I just didn’t feel like going out. Even though I’m typically the one doing the motivating around here, this week I was fortunate to have a great support network around me. By the end of the week, not only had I gone out on three training rides, but I’ve now committed to a Thanksgiving Challenge!

Here’s the deal: We’re going to ride 250 miles between Monday, November 19 and Sunday, November 25. That’s 7 days to ride 250 miles. Some of you will do it 3-4 rides and could probably do 350 in 7 days without much trouble. But the point of this challenge isn’t to go for some extreme number. The point is to have a good reason to make training a priority during a holiday week when it’s so easy for training to be eclipsed by everything else going on.

I also want you to think about the 250 miles a different way. Let’s say you average 600 kilojoules an hour as you’re riding (which is about average for moderately fit, average sized athletes riding at an moderate/challenging endurance pace), and 250 miles takes you 13.75 hours (roughly 18mph average). That would work out to approximately 8250 kilojoules of work. If you’re typically riding 8 hours a week at 600kj/hr (4800kj/wk), this challenge could mean an increase of 3450kj in workload. That’s important because kilojoules of work done on the bike are approximately equal to the kilocalories burned to do the work. What better week to increase your caloric expenditure by 3450 kilocalories than during a week when your caloric consumption is likely to be significantly higher than normal!

There’s no registration required to take part in this challenge. There are no prizes or patches. Just get it done because it’s a good thing to do. I’m going to do it, and I’m sure plenty of my coaches will too. It’s achievable, simple, and it’s going to be fun! And if you’re so inclined, I’d love to see you spread the word about the challenge telling your friends or liking/sharing this post on our Facebook page.

As we head into Thanksgiving week, I also want to give you a heads-up. Stay tuned to your email, Facebook, Twitter, and Trainright.com in the week following Thanksgiving. You won’t have to do anything stupid like camp out in front of our locations, but we’ll have some incredible deals available for you between Black Friday and the following Friday!


  • Performance Series Video Downloads: Newly Released! “Threshold Power”, “Max Power”, and “Race Power” workouts now available as 60-minute video downloads!
  • Winter Power Package: Get a PowerTap G3 wheelset, Joule 2.0, Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer, a DVD 3-pack, and 3 months of full-service coaching for just $1999! (plus tax and shipping) Upgrades/substitutions available.
  • Trans Andes Challenge: The best mountain bike stage race I’ve ever ridden. Come race it with me in January 2013.
  • Go Back to School with CTS: Another great article from Triathlete Magazine on the new CTS Triathlon School in Tucson, AZ.
  • Spring Training Camps: Lots of options so you can choose the camp experience that’s perfect for you. New ‘Gran Settimana’ option for alumni and advanced riders, and a Women’s Spring Training Camp.

Have a Great Weekend,
Chris Carmichael
CEO/Head Coach
Carmichael Training Systems

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