Who doesn’t remember the old adage “April showers bring May flowers”? Did you know that saying has been traced back to the 1500s poet Thomas Tusser, who wrote, “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers”? He lived in England, which has long been known for its wet springtime, but many other places in the world enjoy the occasional gentle showers in April as well.
You can use the flowers bucket playlist below (with over 150 songs about flowers!) to create a theme ride based solely on, well, flowers (as in the profile below), or you can mix in songs about rain to combine the showers and the flowers into one theme ride that matches Tusser’s poem.
Or, create a flower-themed profile in the winter when you are dreaming about the joys of spring and summer! We’ve got you covered no matter which way you choose to go.
Last month we gave you the April Showers playlists with two rain-themed profiles.
We also have this profile below in our archives called “The Language of Flowers” by Christine Nielsen.
This coaching in this profile is unique. Christine encourages her riders to self-select their intensity, with some gentle guidance from her and the energy of the song. She explains that this tactic is most successful after a period of more structured classes in which your students have been guided through a variety of intensities. If you are uncomfortable with allowing your riders to do this, you can certainly add more intensity cueing.