||03-06-13 08:26 PM
I've used HIT and Carmichael's TCC plans. I would caution any junior against such plans. The nature of them is contrary to 'junior gearing' and building a base for future endavors. They're get rich quick scheme's that without careful supervisioin could result in a junior injuring themselves quite easily. When I came back into cycling they served my purposes, but, required all my body awareness and maturity to respect the feedback my body was delivering and adjust accordingly.
I recall the OP mentioning that he had a copy of Time Crunched. By all means read it and learn from it. But, I would caution against diving into it at your age. Do the same with Friel's Cyclist Training Bible. They are two very different approaches. One is based on the idea that some individuals do not have more than 9 hours per week to devote to training and want to get as much as they can out of the hours they do have available. The other is based on the idea that a peformance athlete has as much time available for training as will make a measurable improvement and if needed will find more time.
As a junior you're going to be learning. Lots! Bike handling, race strategy, tactics, training principles, how your body responds to training, how you recover, etc. And, chances are reasonably good that your body is going to be changing a fair bit during all this, thereby, requiring you to relearn some of what you thought you knew about yourself.
Find a good local coach. A patient one. Be patient yourself. Ride, pay attention, learn, enjoy the journey. If you learn to enjoy listening to your body, when it will allow you to push it, when it needs to rest, how to read your own internal fuel gauge, how to use your unique combination of levers and muscle composition, you'll be on a path to success as a cyclist. Regardless of race wins or not.
Junior gearing exists for a reason. There is a progression that you need to work through. Some one local, who knows you, and can see how you are responding will be infinately more successful at assisting you to achieve results than a bunch of well meaning dudes on the other end of the interwebz.
Just my thoughts.