With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time for a Thanksgiving Challenge! I started this a years ago as kind of an off-the-cuff challenge to keep myself motivated, and it was very exciting to see how many people joined me. When Neil Bremner from Bike Barn reached out to see if I wanted to contribute to the Bike Barn Newsletter, I thought the Thanksgiving Challenge would be the perfect thing!
So here’s how the Thanksgiving Challenge is going to work. Between Monday, November 20 and Sunday, November 26, we’re going to ride 275 miles. There’s no registration, no uploading data to prove you did it, and no patches. Just do it because you should, and to motivate you to make training a priority during the holiday week.
Some feedback from previous challenges was that a duration target would be helpful in addition to mileage, for those athletes who have to do the majority of their riding on the trainer. So, if you’re going by hours instead of mileage, your challenge is to ride 15 hours between Monday and Sunday.
In addition to fitness, I also want you to think about the 275 miles in terms of bodyweight. 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 275 miles takes you 15 hours (roughly 18mph average). That would work out to approximately 9000 kilojoules of work. If you’re typically riding 8 hours a week at 600kj/hr (4800kj/wk), this challenge could mean an increase of 4200kj 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 4200 kilocalories than during a week when your caloric consumption is likely to be significantly higher than normal!
Have a Great Weekend and a Wonderful Thanksgiving!
Carmichael Training Systems