Posts Tagged ‘outdoor rides’

What Are You Riding For? Awesome Video Everyone Should Watch!

By Jennifer Sage On May 3, 2014 No Comments

A video not to be missed…What are YOU riding for? Leave your answer in the comments!

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The Mental Benefits of Riding a Bike

By Jennifer Sage On April 21, 2014 No Comments

IMG_3848Riding my bike is one of the best medicines I can possibly take. I’m sure you would agree, and there are scientific studies that prove it, too. More on that in a moment…

This is medicine I could have used the past month…but I’m sad to say I only got on my bike for the first time this season yesterday. Even though I live in the high country, and the nearby ski station of Vail (30 miles away) only closed for the season yesterday, we’ve still had some warm days and clear roads and trails (at least in Eagle, where I live) for the past 3–4 weeks. I’ve been watching cyclists ride up my street from my office window for the past month.

What kept me off my bike?

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Attack Those Rollers

By Jennifer Sage On March 23, 2014 No Comments


The blog I Love Bicycling has a short article on how to attack rolling hills on a bike outside, but there is some good advice for your indoor climbs as well. The author, Lee Agur, gives these tips:

The key to rollers is maintaining your cadence and gearing!

Stay in the gear that you started the hill climb for as long as possible. Shift only when your cadence starts to slow below 75. A cadence between 70 to 90 [rpm] is ideal. If you shift too early you will lose valuable momentum; however, if you shift too late then you might stall out.

Attack the bottom of the roller and gradually increase effort as you climb the hill until you must shift. Short rollers are like mini intervals. Just remember

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Practicing Mindfulness While Climbing

By Jennifer Sage On May 13, 2013 No Comments

Tina Centofante is an ICA member and cycling instructor from Burlington, Vermont. In addition to teaching cycling classes, she is an avid outdoor cyclist. The following article appeared in the Muscles not Motors blog this week, and I thought it would be perfect for indoor cycling instructors around the world to see an example of how what we teach in our indoor cycling classes can translate to improving our experiences outside.

The Muscles Not Motors Blog has as its mission:

Muscles Not Motors supports physically, intellectually, emotionally and ecologically-minded individuals who are committed to activities that build healthy lives, sustainable communities, and a reduced carbon footprint though Movement = Action.


Practicing Mindfulness While Climbing
By Tina Centofante

As a mountain biker, I live for the adrenaline rush of going

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Easter Sunday ride at Colorado National Monument

By Jennifer Sage On April 11, 2012 1 Comment

My second outdoor ride of the season was a gorgeous one in Colorado National Monument near the Utah border. Colorado is such an amazing and beautiful state, I feel so grateful to live here!

I took my first full weekend off in over a year this past weekend, so if you were expecting more blog posts or content pages on ICA, you can blame my husband – he wouldn’t allow me to do anything on my computer except BRIEFLY check emails! It was s a combination belated birthday present for me plus Easter weekend getaway, and we stayed in Glenwood Springs on Saturday night at a very historic 120 year old hotel, had some massages, went to a fantastic dinner in Basalt, Colorado to a Spanish restaurant for tapas. The next morning after a wonderful lazy breakfast, drove 80 miles to the border of Utah to ride Monument National Park. It

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Keep learning from endurance coaching methods and coaches

By Jennifer Sage On November 8, 2011 No Comments

Read, read, read. Anything you can get your hands on that will help your understanding of training, physiology and even nutrition for athletes. For your own benefit, as well as for the benefit of your students who look to you for advice. If you are teaching Spinning® and indoor cycling classes, and helping your students improve their fitness and/or performance, then I believe you are working with athletes, regardless of their goals or level of fitness.

Many coaches in the endurance world – which includes cycling, running, triathlon, swimming and rowing, are seeking to be on the cutting edge, pushing the limits of their knowledge of performance. As much as possible, endurance coaches look to science to answer questions, but also realize that they must modify the information to match the individual

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One rider’s journey from suffering to triumph – the REAL thing!

By Jennifer Sage On August 29, 2011 2 Comments

What a rider looks like as he emerges from the Pain Cave

“One rider’s journey from suffering to triumph”

That is the tagline for my Alpe d’Huez ride that I’ve presented at numerous conferences and Master Classes since 2003. It is coached as if the instructor is the voice in the rider’s head, and the students are the rider, a young domestique in his first Tour de France. The dialogue describes his thoughts as he suffers after dropping off the back of the peleton, and then as he climbs Alpe d’Huez and experiences doubt and pain, and wonders why he is doing this, why he chose this sport, and he thinks about quitting….and then of course, he finds his legs again

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Epic Aspen follow up – George Hincapie waved to us!!

By Jennifer Sage On August 23, 2011 3 Comments

This week is the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, the inaugural weeklong stage race through the mountains and towns of Colorado. This is VERY exciting to say the least! I’ll be going to three stages, Stages 2, 3, and 4 one Wed, Thur and Fri and will report back to you. But the biggest news for now….

Allen Jones of Epic Rides was here in Colorado this past week to film two new virtual rides. The first one was Epic Mount Evans, which goes to the highest paved road in the US. I had no desire to be in that video – pedaling at anything over 12,000 feet is not my own idea of fun, and Mt Evans goes over 14,000 feet (4,270m)! But it will be a beautiful and challenging virtual ride, that’s for sure.

However, and maybe I’m a little biased, I think the Epic

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Training for the Epic Aspen virtual ride!

By Jennifer Sage On August 15, 2011 No Comments

Epic Planet is coming to Colorado!

Last year, Allen of Epic Planet and I were planning on filming one of his virtual rides here in Colorado, but we were unable to make the timing work. So I guess you can say this has been a full year of planning! Being that Colorado is a cycling mecca, and the scenery is so incredibly beautiful, I have a very strong feeling that our Epic Aspen ride that we will be filming will be the BEST of their entire library!

Or…maybe I’m a tad biased…. 😉

Allen arrived today to film another Colorado virtual ride up Mount Evans this Wednesday, the tallest paved road in the US – to 14,000 feet (4,267m) – not my idea of a lot of fun! Anything over 12,000 feet (3,657m) and your legs turn to lead. I think I’d rather watch that one on the DVD! We have our

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