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How I taught the STEEPEST stage of the Vuelta – stage 15

By Jennifer Sage On September 3, 2011 3 Comments

Stage 15 Vuelta a Espana 2011

This is Stage 15 of this year’s Vuelta, which will take place tomorrow, September 4th, 2011. I taught this in my class on Thursday, and posted it as a detailed profile for ICA members this past week. The way the climbs are laid out makes for an excellent and exciting profile to teach in your indoor cycling and Spinning┬« classes.

But….there is something very ominous about this stage. You see that final climb? There is NOTHING, nothing like it in any tour de France stage. It has an average grade of 10%, which is pretty dang hard as it is. But there is one segment that is 23.5%!

 

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On suffering and pain – two great quotes

By Jennifer Sage On August 11, 2011 No Comments

suffering in spinning class

A recent post on the Indoor Cycling Association website described my own journey through pushing through suffering (on a steep, hard climb just out of my ability level at the time) and the tools I used to get me through it. In the post I challenged you as an instructor to make sure you visited that place on occasion so that you can remind yourself from time to time what it feels like to wonder if you are going to succeed, to battle the thoughts of doubt, and learn how to overcome them. Read “Mind Over Misery: when was the last time you allowed yourself to suffer?”

Well, today I found two quotes that are perfectly apropos to this subject. As a cyclist, you know exactly

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