The prestigious Carmichael Training Systems program, founded by Chris Carmichael, the world-class coach to more than 10,000 endurance athletes since 2000, offers kick-ass camps for cyclists and triathletes of all levels and all ages across the country.
I signed up for my second intense three-day camp this year to take my skills to the next level. With a super-smart curriculum, attentive one-on-one coaching strategy, and a full support team, it's impossible to leave the camp without learning something new and game-changing—or feeling a little spoiled.
You ride twice a day, practicing with patient and super-talented coaches to hone your skills and pacing techniques, increase your speed, and improve your comfort and confidence on challenging, seemingly endless hills. This is the perfect (and safest) place to push yourself and test your limits, then talk to an experienced coach about what works and what doesn't work for you and your specific goals.
Here's a sneak peek at some skills and drills that I learned at the CTS climbing camp in Tucson this spring. If you can’t make it to a camp (the next one is in Colorado Springs this June!), start your own impromptu session with cycling friends at a park near you.
You'll Need: Your bike, a water bottle, and a friend or partner (for last exercise)