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OCD: Fun With Fartleks

A fartlek is a Swedish word for “speed play” and implies unstructured intervals. There are many fun ways you can use these in your classes as drills to increase intensity, essentially “hiding” intervals into an outdoor riding simulation.

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The 3-2-1 Drill

This drill is designed to increase your body’s ability to process lactate in your muscles. The goal is to increase your maximum sustainable power, as the majority of the work is below threshold. Get ready, in 3-2-1…

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Obsessed with Cycling Drills: The Reverse Paceline Drill

The opposite of a regular paceline drill. The key to success is how you set the scene and describe the challenge.

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OCD: Canned Heat in My Heels

It’s close to the end of class and you know they’ve still got a little bit left in them. Here’s a drill that will help them expel that remaining “canned heat left in their heels” and push them to the finish line.

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OCD: The Olympic Rings Pedal Stroke Drill

I’ve been teaching this pedal stroke drill for almost as long as I’ve been teaching (20 years). I first introduced it at a conference in my session called The Anatomy of the Pedal Stroke at WSSC in 2002. It’s a fabulous visual to help riders connect with their pedal strokes.

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OCD: The Paceline Drill

Obsessed with Cycling Drills: Paceline drills are a fantastic way to simulate a group ride or racing scenario such as a Tour de France stage. They are also a fun way to do intervals. You can design an entire profile around this drill, or simply insert a paceline into any profile. You will be surprised how quickly the time passes when you keep your riders engaged in this manner!

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OCD: Get Yourself Connected

This drill is perfect for those who are just learning how to teach with power. It shows your riders very clearly how heart rate response can be very different at different cadences, even when output is the same. This drill may become a “light bulb moment” for your riders and their understanding of how power—and their body—works! For that reason, it may be the most important educational drill in your repertoire.

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OCD: Find the Time

We gave you the foundational pedal stroke drill the Face of the Clock. Once your riders are comfortable with that one, this is another fun drill you can add to the mix that reinforces how their legs move through the circle of the pedal stroke. Make sure to add a little humor to this one!

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OCD: Turbine Speed Intervals Drill

Obsessed with Cycling Drills! This high-cadence, high-powered drill can be inserted into any high-intensity profile, provided you have plenty of warm-up. This drill demands that the legs be primed, the heart be prepped, and the mind be prepared.

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OCD: Overload

Welcome to the quest for the edge of muscle failure. It is a quest that produces excitement and a weakening at the knees (even before the first interval).

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