Team Teaching

Looking for something to spice up your class? Try team teaching! If creating and delivering a class with another instructor is something you’d like to try, here are a few tips for a smooth process. First up is logistics. Ideally, you’ll have access to two microphones that pair via your sound system. If not, you…

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The Art of Setting “Clear” Goals

Have you set goals for yourself as an instructor? Before you do, you might want to read “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and/or listen to Brene Brown’s interview with him on her awesome Spotify podcast called Dare to Lead – I loved it! Why? Clear offers a reframe for achieving what you want that instantly…

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How to Challenge All Rider Levels

To set and achieve the goal(s) of a ride, I select from seven “challenge levers” and then adjust them to various levels depending on the make-up of the majority of riders in a class: Ride at high RPMs Ride at high resistance loads Combinations of both for varying durations Movements Hold a steady cadence Proper…

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How to Create a Ride Series

A cycling ride series is like a limited Netflix show – six or seven episodes focused on a central theme start to finish. If you have a consistent group of riders, creating a ride series is especially effective. The first ingredient is a goal. What do you want your riders to achieve, learn or experience…

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What’s Awesome?

Besides being my tagline, awesome is something that you get to define. Everyday. Some days, especially during this past year, awesome can be getting out of bed. Taking your dog for a walk. Doing a workout you didn’t want to do or stopping at one glass of wine. The list of small things goes on.…

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Do You Coach Breath?

Heart rate. Zones. Intensity. Rate of Perceived Exertion. As cycling instructors, these words are as familiar to us as our own names. They are the foundation for ride profiles and account for much of our coaching and cuing. We can coach them in our sleep. But do you coach what is at the heart of…

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Yes, I Miss Teaching In-Person

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I watched an interview with Jimmy Buffet the other day and the interviewer asked him if he missed performing in front of a crowd.  He politely said, “Well, yes, sure I do.” They cut to a classic Parrott Head scene, thousands of Buffet fans singing Margaritaville and having the time of their lives while he…

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After Your First Ride Back

What do you have planned for your riders beyond that highly anticipated, special first ride back?  Have you thought about it? I have, even more than my “return ride”. I am working on creating an experience that will unfold over a three-month timeframe, peaking with a special theme ride.  My riders vary in age, but…

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Windows

My life, I’ve realized, is like a bank of windows opened at various heights. This is not my preference. I’d like each window to be either fully opened, fully closed or decidedly in the middle. But that’s rarely, if ever, the case. Except for cycling class. After one of my classes last week, I asked…

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Clarity 2020: Phone a Friend

I love the start of a new year. Everything about it (except staying up late on New Year’s Eve) aligns with my personality. I’m turned on by goal setting. I thrive on change and second chances. Completing financial spreadsheets to evaluate the year? Love it. But my favorite ritual is carving out quiet time to…

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