I love endurance profiles. Maybe it’s because I am one of those people who has to do things in an organized, step-by-step fashion; I really appreciate the value and necessity of building blocks. Endurance rides are just that and so I teach them often.
Today’s profile is just as the title implies: The simplest endurance profile ever created. Here are the steps:
1. Pick out some fun tunes that inspire you and hopefully your audience. Here are some new releases I’ve been experimenting with (sorry, iTunes only this post due to time constraints!! Don’t worry Napster fans, I’ll post these albums soon!)
2. Get on the bike and find your stride with a very comfortable flat road.
3. After 2-4 minutes, increase your resistance and your cadence ever so slightly.
4. Repeat step 3 until your workout or class is almost over, standing when desired or necessary.
5. Slow down, then safely exit bike for stretching.
Viola! The simplest endurance profile ever! I’m almost tempted not to post it because it is such a no-brainer. However, since it is so easy to forget how great a very simple profile can be, I’m taking this opportunity to provide a reminder. I’m also providing some “Talking Points” which you can use to convince yourself to use this profile, or to cue your students:
- Slowing down and taking time to be attentive to ourselves not only improves our outsides, but our insides as well.
- There is enough noise and chaos surrounding us in our outside worlds. Today, let’s focus on growing in a peaceful, sensible way.
- “Inner peace” is not some random Eastern saying. It is a place that we achieve when we focus on what our bodies need by listening attentively.
- “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius
- “The simplest things are often the truest.” ~ Richard Bach
- “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
- “Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time.” ~ Greg Lemond