By Chris Carmichael
CEO/Head Coach of CTS
Endurance athletes are used to taking the long route, and with the accelerating COVID19 crisis we are all facing the most important endurance challenge of our lives. Like all endurance events, this one will have highs and lows, unforeseen challenges, opportunities to work together, and there will be a finish line. How long it takes to get there depends a lot on the choices we make as individuals, communities, and countries. We each play a role in determining our shared future, and this week my team and I created The CTS Quarantine Project, an effort to use our skills and resources to help people through a challenging time. Below I have included an overview of the program and the resources we are making available at no charge to any athlete who finds them useful and valuable:
CTS Quarantine Project
Prioritize, Adapt, and Overcome
We believe in the power of movement to improve lives, and ultimately the world. For 20 years, that has meant encouraging athletes to get outside, set audacious goals, and explore new destinations. For an unknown period of time, access to outdoor exercise, training, and events will be curtailed by the COVID19 pandemic. That doesn’t mean we cease to be athletes. Being an athlete is not about what you do, but who you are and how you live your life.
Health and safety must be the top priorities right now, and in times of difficulty and uncertainty, it is important to not lose sight of your identity and values. We will get through this, and we will ride and run and play together again. For now, we want to help our community the best way we know how, which is by keeping people moving and engaged in an athlete’s lifestyle.
The CTS Quarantine Project will make our coaching and content resources more accessible than ever, with the goal of helping athletes prioritize, adapt, and overcome.
Health and safety first, including doing everything in your power to flatten the curve. Within that context, however, we want to help you prioritize self-care, mental health, stress relief, exercise, and good nutrition.
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Adaptability is the hallmark of champions, and this is a time when we’ll need to adapt to new goals, the training tools on hand, the food available, and the reality of restricted movement. When being an athlete is how you live your life, there is always something you can do to feel like one.
This isn’t about gaining a competitive advantage so you can crush less fortunate athletes once events resume. It’s about rising to a challenge, staying true to yourself, and working toward better days. So, while we will help you face the challenges right at our feet, we will also help you keep moving toward the light at the end of the tunnel.
CTS Quarantine Project Resources
The following resources will be available at no charge to any athlete who finds them useful and valuable:
- Daily Cycling and Running Workouts (start date: Monday, March 24)
- CTS Coach-led Zwift Group Cycling Workouts (Coming soon)
- CTS Indoor Cycling Video Workouts (available now)
- TrainRight Blog (always free)
- TrainRight Podcast (available now and ongoing)