Jennifer Lynn is a master at creating profile games for her students. She is bringing you a Back to School series using profile games. Of course, you can use them anytime, but the fall is an especially good time to engage your students, when you’ve most likely got a larger number of new or returning students in your classes.
This first profile is called the Color Game. There are seven colors—the colors of the rainbow—and each color represents a different drill. In this particular profile the drills are all climbing drills, but you can modify it to include a variety of terrain, or do all cadence and leg-speed drills. In this game, you call on a student to select a color, and based on their choice, you do that drill next. Students do not know what the drill is—they only pick the color. It is as if you are going out on a ride together on a route and you do not know what lies ahead!
Because of this unknown element, you as the instructor must be prepared to select your song very quickly—you will need access to your iPod or CD right next to you on the bike. If you have your profile and song list spelled out carefully, this should not take longer than a few seconds, so there should be no disruption to the flow of class.
You can of course forego the game element and take this same profile and do it as it is presented here, or mix and match the drills as you like. In that case, you would just call it climbing drills.