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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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Strategies for Strength: What’s Your Mantra?

Have you used mantras to inspire your students up epic climbs? Do you know how they work? Here are the reasons behind why mantras help focus athletes on the task at hand, as well as 85 different mantras you can use in your coaching, and tips on how to personalize them and to inspire your students to create their own.

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Strategies for Strength: A Sprinter’s Take on Climbing Strategies

Before I contribute a few of my favorite climbing strategies, I want to share my perspective on climbing. Because I’m mostly a sprinter, one might wonder what climbing strategies I have to offer. Well, if anyone has strategies for climbing, it would be a person who knows suffering is always involved.

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Strategies for Strength in Your Spinning Climbing Classes

Climbing big mountains is a rite of passage for cyclists. Getting you and your bicycle up that hill in defiance of gravity is one of the most difficult aspects of riding a bicycle, but it is also one of the great attractions to cycling. Overcoming the mountain challenges you—it bares your soul; it asks you to perform beyond what you thought was even possible. Over the next few weeks, Tom and I will be giving you our favorite strategies—both physical and mental—to get you and your students over that hump. We’ll be drawing from our own experience climbing long, hard mountains.

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Taking Stock of the Year So Far

We’re a little more than halfway through 2016. Time to check in and take stock of the year so far. The questions in this article can help you with your instructing goals for the rest of the year.

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