I’ve got plenty of holiday profiles from past years for you to select from, so this year I wanted to add a different twist to our typical December profile. Shari Miranda, who has contributed an awesome profile in the past (and is the esteemed ICA editor and indoor cycling coach extraordinaire) told me about her Winter Solstice profile and I just knew we had to share it with everyone at ICA.
The winter solstice, December 21, is the shortest day of the year, and is the time at which the sun appears at its lowest altitude above the horizon at noon. The great news about December 21 is that then the days get longer and longer every single day until the summer solstice in June. If you are like most people, you are ready for more light, more sunshine!
That is what this profile is all about. The songs used all pertain to light or sunshine. Shari has a fabulous playlist, and has included a list of additional songs on the same theme if you want some other options.
This ride is perfect for those who may not want to teach a “Christmas” or “Holiday” themed ride this month, but still want to celebrate the season. The profile is versatile as it can be taught anytime during the winter, perhaps during a particular cold spell where you live, when everyone is wishing for more light and warmth from the sun. In that case, don’t call it a Winter Solstice ride, call it a Bring On the Light ride!
Note: The version of CeeLo’s “Bright Lights Bigger City” that Shari references is not available on Spotify, so you may need to rework the timing of the surges.
Also, if you like an interactive class, be sure to check out this article called 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Winter Solstice. You can add some of this trivia about the solstice to your cueing.