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anyone use carmichael training system?(5 posts)

anyone use carmichael training system?blownpupil
Apr 7, 2003 7:37 AM
i'm curious about whether a reasonably fit 40 year-old non-racer and infrequent sprint triathlete would benefit from CTS program. anyone using it?
re: anyone use carmichael training system?jbolam
Apr 7, 2003 8:34 AM
I used them last year when I started racing for the first time. I'm 47 and had been doing 100K club rides for nine years and was already fairly fit. I picked the option that assigned me a specific coach rather than working with the coaching pool. I told the coach what my riding goals were (crits and the 100K rides) and my training plan was created accordingly. Another advantage is that your coach can more easily tailor your workouts to your results and prevent you from overreaching and not recovering. My riding improved more during that time than ever before. I'd still be using them if I hadn't become a "full-time job seeker" recently. If you are looking to improve your riding performance whether or not you race, I'd say go for it. They have triathalon coaches too, if that's what you prefer.
Call Youngs Training Center before you make any decisionsnellie
Apr 7, 2003 11:18 AM
Before you make any decisions, call Roger Young at Youngs Training Center - http://www.youngstrainingcenter.com/. Late last year, I started looking for a cycling training program to help me improve my over all fitness and riding skills so that I could prepare to start riding in some local races this year. I did a lot of research and checked into CTS. It seemed interesting to me, but after doing some research, I came across a lot of neutral & negative feedback. Several of the people that I spoke to that had tried it came away unimpressed and suggested that I look elsewhere. I did more research and discovered Roger Young at Youngs Training Center, the best-kept secret in cycling! I asked several people that have raced at the national and international level that know both Carmichael and Roger. I also asked many people that are recreational cyclists that are in it just for fun like me- they all suggested that I go with YTC. Roger is an ex-Olympian, a current coach for USA Cycling and has a Masters degree in exercise physiology to back up his training philosophies. What impressed me the most is Roger's racing/coaching experience, education and knowledge of how/why the body reacts during training and the fact that he actually creates a personalized program for each and every student based on that knowledge instead of comparing you to a handful of different rider profiles, determining which one you are most like then plugging you into a pre-defined plan based on the profile that you are most like. If that is what I was looking for, I would save some money and just use Friel's Training Bible. I've been training with Roger for about 4 months now and have seen dramatic improvement in all areas of my riding (endurance, speed & power). I can not say if this is what you are looking for as people all want different things out of their own training programs, but I would definitely spend a few minutes and get him on the phone so that you can make the decision for yourself.

Good luck
Call Youngs Training Center before you make any decisionsSeth1
Apr 7, 2003 11:56 AM
What is the price structure for Youngs?
Call Youngs Training Center before you make any decisionsnellie
Apr 7, 2003 7:36 PM
I believe that it differs for each persons needs and level of interaction. When i originally got set up with him, i did a bike fit, fitness test and 4 month cycling program and unfortunately don't remember what i paid for each as i paid for it all in one lump sum. It's been a while since i did that, but i remember it being comparable to the prices at CTS. Give Roger a shout at YoungsTC@aol.com, he'd be happy to go through it all with you