Chris Carmichael Interview

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09/21/2003| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen

Chris Carmichael Interview

Thomas Valentinsen talks to Armstrong?s trainer Chris Carmichael about his new book and Carmichael Training Systems.

books on the market. Why did you consider it necessary to add your title to the range? What justifies its existence?

We believe out methodologies and philosophy on training and racing are the best.   We haven?t published a book on how we coach so we felt now was the right time to put it out there.


Why should cyclists choose your book over its competition?

I?ll let this review speak for itself:

Carmichael, Olympic coach and trainer, is probably best known for training cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of four consecutive Tour de France Championships. Here,
Carmichael offers a sound approach for serious cyclists wanting to improve their abilities, compete more successfully and train without incurring injuries. The well-organized book begins with
Carmichael talking about his background and then explaining the
Carmichael Training System (CTS), a pyramid where people first set goals and then work through various stages of training. The chapter on diet will be useful to marathoners as well as cyclists; but the chapter "Tools of Training" on specific bike workouts such as HighSpeedSprints and FoundationMiles will be of interest only to serious cyclists. Illustrations are of Armstrong and other athletes coached by
Carmichael, and the writing is clear and persuasive without being excessively inspirational. For example, the author states, "Before you can chase your dreams, you must know exactly what they are and where you are in relation to them. You must also have the courage to make your own rules and not allow yourself to be governed by perceived or imposed limitations." This is a first-rate guide for cyclists who compete or race and should also appeal to professionals who work with athletes such as coaches or physical therapists.

Cyclists who read your books on training might find themselves in a situation where your advice is different from the advice they?re given by their personal trainers. In your opinion, how should cyclists handle such a situation?

They need to discuss this with their personal coach and decide what is best for them.


With the wide range of training advice available on the internet and in various books, cyclists might be confronted with conflicting advice on how to train. What is the best way for a cyclist to determine which way is the right to go?

Individuals have to learn what is best for them.   A lot can go into determining what works for them which could be a lot of trial and error. Working with a coach can help with what may be fact and fiction in training.


Thank you for taking the time to talk to us.


To learn more about Carmichael Training Systems and to order coaching visit the CTS Web site . writers Gerald Churchill, Dave Osborne, Ian Melvin and
Asplund, MD contributed to this interview.


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