Theme Ride Thursday: Water

World Water Day has been held on March 22 every year since 1993 and focuses on the importance of freshwater. The day is meant to raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. The initiative is spearheaded by the UN, alongside UNESCO, the World Water Council, and the World Wildlife Federation. Using the day as a basis for longer-term action, the UN aims to ensure that everyone in the world has access to safe water by 2030, while not impacting the environment.

World Ocean Day is held every year on June 8. This day has been celebrated since 1992 as a way to appreciate the world’s shared ocean, our connection to the sea, and to raise awareness of the role it plays in our lives. 

While these are wonderful excuses to plan a water-themed class, you can use this theme any time of the year. If you like to empower your riders with inspirational sayings, here are 43 water-inspired quotes to use in your class. 

I’ve got three water-themed bucket playlists for you to choose from: WATER/WATERFALL, OCEAN/SEA/WAVES, and RIVER. You can make a theme out of any of these three or choose a selection from each one as a representative for the many ways we enjoy water on planet Earth. 

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Water, Judah and the Lion, 4:43, 131 bpm
Push harder on the chorus as you climb. 

Bring Me Some Water, Melissa Etheridge, 3:53, 127 bpm
Because, of course you have to include this track! 

An Ocean Between The Waves, The War on Drugs, 7:11, 83 bpm
A delicious endurance pace or warm-up. 

Take Me To The River, The Talking Heads, 5:03, 101 bpm 
Break from the beat on the verse (about 80 rpm) then surge to 101 rpm on the well-known chorus.

Below are the three bucket playlists, currently with over 160 tracks (and continually growing).

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