Last month I was in Seattle and had a chance to take Shari Miranda’s cycling class at the Seattle Athletic Club downtown. Shari is a longtime passionate cycling instructor who I originally met through an online forum. She has long been a follower of my blogs and websites because she is always seeking to learn more about physiology, training, and being an inspiring coach. She also has excellent editing skills; Shari has been the editor for ICA since we launched over two years ago and has also edited all of my e-books! As I like to say, she waves her magic wand over everything we write.
But when I took her class last month, I discovered she also has a magic wand in her cycling class! She has an excellent rapport with her students and a powerful yet soft-spoken coaching style that makes you want to work hard. The clever climbing profile provided plenty of opportunities to push oneself. I enjoyed it so much I asked if we could record it for an ICA audio profile because it’s perfect for our audience here on ICA: realistic, fun, engaging, hard, and great music!
It’s a profile called Climb, Climb Again and involves four separate hills, each of which you ride twice (for eight total hill repeats). The first time you ride each hill, it takes you 5 minutes at a moderately hard pace. Then you visualize going back down and riding back up the very same hill, this time in only 3 minutes. You know what would happen if you did that outside, right? You’d have to push yourself to go a lot harder! So it turns this profile into a very real simulation of outdoor training.
Hint: If you are ever visiting Seattle and want a great workout, call the Seattle Athletic Club and find out when Shari is teaching. The SAC is right on the water near the famous Pike Place Market, very close to all the downtown fun attractions and one block from the original Starbucks. After your early evening workout, get cleaned up, go wine tasting across the street (there’s a great little place with Washington State wines), then go out for an amazing fish dinner at one of Seattle’s renowned restaurants. WHAT a great visit, and you get your workout in to boot!