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The New—and Not So New—New Year’s Resolutioners

There is something very powerful about a new year, a new month, even a new week, which marks a point in time for people to “change” something in their lives. The diet and fitness industry is replete with a sense of revision and metamorphosis, especially around the new year. What values will you communicate to your participants this year to assist them in creating a physically fit foundation in their life?

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What’s So Great about Steady State?

Why is teaching longer, steady-state efforts so challenging for some instructors? Why are they important? How will your riders benefit from learning to settle into longer, sub-threshold efforts? Find out here.

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Creative Visualization and Imagery, Part 1: The Power of Visualization

Using visualization and imagery coaching techniques to inspire your students allows you to connect with your students on a much deeper level. Part 1 discusses the immense power of using visualization. Part 2 will provide colorful examples of expanding your coaching language. Parts 3–7 will give specific cues for flats, climbs, high-intensity efforts, and warm-up and cool-down. You will never run out of things to say again!

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Mantras for Tempo and Endurance Rides

One of our more popular series on ICA is a set of articles with various strategies for inspiring your students up long climbs. The series was called Strategy for Strength, and is one of the favorites we’ve done on ICA. One of the strategies was to inspire students to come up with a mantra that they repeat over and over to themselves as they climb. Of course, mantras aren’t just for climbing. I was inspired recently to come up with some for sustained tempo pace.

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Cueing: To Associate or Dissociate?

Dr. Perlus explains when associative versus dissociative cueing is more appropriate to help guide your students to either focus on what they are doing and feeling, or to take their minds away from it. There is a time and a place for both methods, based on many years of research.

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How Big Is Your Why?: ICA’s Signature Inspirational Profile

How Big is Your Why? is a motivational ride to help inspire your students to set a big goal and to understand the steps needed to successfully accomplish that goal. It is one of the signature inspirational profiles at ICA, one you can do any time of the year.

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Setting Goals: Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

This is a post I wrote back in 2008 on my former blog Reach Your Peak. It explains why New Year’s resolutions generally don’t work and examines the best ways to achieve success by retraining the brain and overcoming the doubts and fears that plague us. My New Year’s profile “How Big is Your Why?” references some of the concepts I wrote about here, so I am resurrecting it from the archives.

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Strategies for Strength: Benchmarks and Rewards, Pt. 1

Creating benchmarks and rewarding yourself for completing them is a classic strategy to get through a long and challenging event. I bet you have used a version of this outdoors, whether on a bike or in a 10K running race or triathlon. I use it all the time when on long climbs as it helps break up the distance or length of time into bite-size chunks. Here are some photos to use to inspire your students to break up the challenge into manageable segments.

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Strategies for Strength: Projection into the Future

This strategy is a mind game you play with yourself. But it works, and it takes your mind off of the current discomfort you are feeling and allows you to experience the joy of accomplishment even before it’s completed.

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Strategies for Strength: The Wisdom of Yoda

What if there weren’t any other options? This famous character has a very important lesson we can tell our students: listen to the man! This article also gives you some tips on knowing whether or not you might be pushing your students beyond their limits (hint: you probably aren’t)!

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