Chris Carmichael Interview
Thomas Valentinsen talks to Armstrong?s trainer Chris Carmichael about his new book and Carmichael Training Systems.
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At CTS we basically help individuals try to achieve there goals, whether to win their age-group, complete a century ride, run a 5k or just beat there buddies in a group ride. We deal with athletes of all levels and abilities and in many different sports. Our members are cyclists, triathletes, adventure racers, mountain bikers, swimmers, runners, Indy car drivers, hockey players, SuperCross racers, etc.
It would be great for all cyclists to have you as their personal trainer, but naturally there?s a limit to your availability. Who else at CTS provides support and training to top athletes?
At CTS we have over 70 coaches. After an extensive questionnaire about a persons physical abilities, available training time and personal goals, we assign a coach who is best suited to meet their needs. Some of our other coaches include Dean Golich (coach of Olympic Silver Medalist and World TT champion Mari Holden and MTB World Champion Alison Dunlap), Craig Griffin (a 5-time national champion and 3-time Olympic coach), Jim Lehman (Former OTC resident coach) and Lance Watson (coach of Olympic triathlon Gold Medalists Simon Whitfield and Brigitte McMahon as well as Ironman Champion Lisa Bentley).
What steps do you take in order to transfer your coaching skills to other CTS employees?
Our new coaches are required to attend our coaching college where they are guided under the tutelage of our senior coaches and receive 2-4 hours per week of continued training during their term.
CTS training is a specific science. What do you do in order to manage uncontrollable variables such as weather, emotions, and media?
As specific as it is, you still need to be flexible. There are some variables you can control and some you cannot. You must learn to coach the person, not just the athlete. Family obligations, work requirements and the like can cause athletes to miss or change workouts around; we just adjust schedules for individuals as necessary.
What aspects of CTS involve nutrition? To what degree do you monitor nutrition?
Our athletes can choose to have a nutritional analysis and diet prescribed for them if they desire. It all depends on what the athlete is looking for from their coach. Many of our coaches are registered nutritionists so we are able meet their needs.
You recently published a new book ?The Ultimate Ride?. Tell us about this book.
The Ultimate Ride
gives riders of all abilities an inside look to maximizing there workouts and helps build a strong foundation for incremental leaps in fitness, times and techniques. It also offers nutritional advice, goal-setting methods and mental exercises to compliment the physical training.
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