This is a different twist to our typical December profiles, and one that you will find useful throughout a cold winter. Shari Miranda brings you her Winter Solstice Profile, with all songs pertaining to “light” and “sunshine.” This profile is perfect for those who prefer not to do a holiday-themed ride. You and your students will enjoy this journey to the light!
Flying 40s is a high-intensity, short-duration, lower-cadence interval profile with an aim to increase muscular strength and power output. This drill is also known as “40/20s.” This profile will guide you in explaining the physical sensations your riders should experience in order to achieve the desired adaptations.
It’s the 30th anniversary of this iconic film, so get your boosters ready because your class will blast off with this high-octane master class by ICA contributor Robert Baldi. Robert was inspired by the 3D re-release of Top Gun, and as he watched the movie again realized it had the perfect ingredients for an amazing interval ride. Oh, and a popular playlist to boot!
It’s almost “Roctober”. Are you ready? Rock ’n’ Roller Tempo Climbs is an interval workout consisting of short efforts with progressively higher cadences. Cyclists would call this a hill repeat workout at a tempo pace. We give you the science behind the benefits of tempo climbing and provide the cues (including some humorous ones) so you can easily describe this to your riders. The benefits will have them chomping at the bit to do more of these types of profiles more often!
This profile and playlist are on fire! I originally created this ride for the Tokyo Olympics and refer to Olympic athletes throughout, but it doesn’t have to be a profile you use just during the Olympics. Use it anytime you want a motivational, empowering ride. It makes a great “master class” for a special event.
Buckle up, folks, because this one will challenge you in a different way than our profiles with longer intervals! Encore means “again” in French, and we are going to do these short intervals again, and again, and again. I’ve provided a video of me teaching this ride to give you tips and tricks on how to teach it. This one demands a lot of focus!
This interval profile is based on the concept of negative splits, a training and racing strategy that involves completing the second half of a training effort or race faster than the first. This profile uses song pairs where we set a baseline in the first song and then we “beat” the baseline in the second song.