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Why Do They Come to Class if They Don’t Want to Work?

Do instructors need to chill? Izabela asks that question after recognizing that some of her riders have very different reasons for coming to her class, ones that she personally may never have considered. At first, acknowledging this went against her instincts as an instructor, but it made her wonder if she had it all wrong. This realization made her much more empathetic to her riders.

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RIP, Eddie Money

Eddie Money had a series of big hits in the late 1970s to 1980s. Throw a few of these tracks in your playlist this week as a tribute to this rocker.

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Friday Favorite: Not Your Same Old, Same Old Song

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite bands that I had the pleasure of seeing last Friday. This one’s especially great for the studio.

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Quick Profile: Progressive Dueling Intervals Redux—Pop vs. Rock

One of the foundational profiles in the ICA archives is Jennifer’s Progressive Dueling Intervals. Bill Pierce has taken this profile and added one more “dueling” element to it—pop versus rock songs.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Get Your Freak On!

Missy Elliot isn’t the only one that likes to sing about freaks or getting freaky. I’ve collected over 100 songs around this theme of freaks and geeks, from Superfreak to Freakshow so you can have some freakin’ fun! 

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: When a Song Causes You to Drift Away

This is a magical song overflowing with emotion and power. Use it sparingly—you don’t want anyone to tire of this song. Ever.

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Mainstream Music Monday: A Short, Hard, Fast Push

Everything about this song will push you: the beat, the countdown, and the words “Let’s go.” Perfect for a short, hard, fast (95 bpm) effort—an interval or the end of a time trial or FTP test.

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Friday Favorites: Hop on the Roller Ride

Get ready for two rolling hills that peak over multiple phases. Riders start with a seated climb, add resistance, climb out of the saddle, sit, and climb once more to reach the summit. Once over the top, they accelerate down the other side, where they get a brief recovery on a flat road before starting it all over again. What an exhilarating ride!

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Profile: Red Pill, Blue Pill—Intervals from The Matrix

In this profile you will set the stage with four intervals that reach into the VO2 max range. The final three intervals will be selected through audience interaction and a cruel twist of fate, what I call the “Matrix choice.” Be ready to ask your riders to make the choice of remaining in the blissful ignorance of illusion or embracing the painful truth of reality.

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Mainstream Music Monday: California Dreaming

Travel with me to California with this artist who is constantly evolving.

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