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Just Got Certified, Now What? Part 2: Profile Design Tips

Part 1 of our new instructor series focused on providing numerous coaching tips to ease you into your first couple of classes. This article will focus on profile creation tips, one of the biggest hurdles for new instructors. We provide you with the four rules of profile design and include dozens of ideas for profile objectives.

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Progressive Meritage (Redux)—9-Minute Interval Sets

This is an updated version of the very popular ICA profile consisting of four sets of 9-minute intervals that get progressively longer. I’ve added a practice round at the beginning and changed up the music—I have a feeling you’ll be pulling this one out frequently!

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International Women’s Day: The Diva Ride—Rolling Hills

Here is modified version of my original Three Divas profile (from 2013), this one devoted to female performers of all genres and eras, from Shirley Bassey to Lizzo, who guide you up and over four climbs.

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Leap Year Playlist and Profile: Grab That Opportunity!

Leap year comes once every four years. It represents an opportunity to do something you may not have otherwise had done if you hadn’t gotten that extra day, extra hour, extra moment in time. There are some fabulous songs that fulfill that theme. Here is a playlist of over 120 songs for your leap year ride as well as a challenging and fun profile with 4 long sets that offer an opportunity to push it a little bit longer or harder. Not to worry, you don’t have to wait four years to do this again—just make a few small changes to the profile and use it as a “Let’s Do This” theme ride.

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Roller Coaster Ride REDUX: A Mountain Bike Single-Track Ride

It’s time for a redo of one of my most popular rides, the Roller Coaster Ride, a fun, adrenaline-filled simulation of a mountain bike ride. This time, most of the songs have a roller coaster theme. You’ll also find a playlist of more songs that include “roller coaster” (25+ songs and growing) in case you want to create your own ride on this fun theme.

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not—An Interactive Valentine’s Profile

This interactive profile is composed of seven drills that you let your riders pick as if pulling petals off a daisy to see if someone loves them or loves them not. I’ve done all the hard work for you so you can look like the brilliant creative instructor—just grab some construction paper and get ready to have some fun (while working hard) with your riders! Songs are a mix of love and heartache, including some recently released tracks.

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Quick Profile: Groundhog Day (An Out-and-Back Ride)

It’s time for a déja vu of our Canyon Ride, this time with a Groundhog Day theme. This concept is perfect for an entertaining out-and-back ride where you use an original song on one direction of the ride and a remix or cover of that song on the return. Contributor Susan Lafond has done all the hard work for you in creating this playlist.

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Australia Tribute Profile

Three great reasons to do an Australian Tribute Ride. 1. Australia Day is January 26. 2. Raise awareness of the devastating fires in the country; perhaps even do a small charity fundraiser (I’ve provided links to organizations to donate to). 3. Australian artists rock! Here is my profile and playlist.

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Quick Profile: Periodic Intensity

This new Quick Profile by Elan McAfee exercises the body AND the mind! Riders will take a tour of the periodic table and get an opportunity to answer some trivia questions along the way.

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Quick Profile: Ride of a New Decade, a 90-Minute Ride

Our latest profile from Susan Lafond takes you on a 90-minute ride from 2010 through 2019. Hop on!

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