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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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OCD: Face of the Clock

The Face of the Clock is the foundation of all pedal stroke drills and should be a part of every instructor’s coaching repertoire. The way you present this drill can mean the difference between confusion and lightbulb moments for your riders. We provide you with 12 cues that should become part of your stockpile for the rest of your coaching life.

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OCD: The On-Ramp

Riding the line. Riding the sustainable limit. Riding on the edge. Statements like these give me the warm fuzzies – like a pair of warm fuzzy slippers for your heart. Just as important as knowing your limit is the ability to arrive or ramp up at the intented intensity. If we step on the gas too hard too soon, we risk blowing up; if we take too long to build to the target intensity, we risk short-changing the effort. Welcome to The On-Ramp: A fun way to learn how to approach crueling, leg grinding, lung searing sustainable efforts.

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Why Do You Bounce in the Saddle?

You may have noticed how some people seem to bounce in the saddle on an indoor bike. But do you know why this happens and what you can do about it?

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OCD: The Bounce Test

Over the course of our OCD series, we will be introducing you to different cadence drills to implement in your classes. This first one is great for beginners and those new to cadence-based coaching. But that doesn’t mean it’s not applicable for more advanced cyclists who may not yet be in tune with their cadence.

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OCD: The Stairs

We are Obsessed with Cycling Drills! This drill is pulled from one of my most popular profiles I ever created called Loop de Loop, a mountain bike simulation. But it is so much fun, and so challenging, that there is no reason why you can’t incorporate it into many other profiles. I’ve got three song suggestions for you; I’d love to hear what songs you would use for this drill!

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OCD: Pressure Cooker

Welcome to our first installment of our newest series: OCD—Obsessed with Cycling Drills. Yes, we are definitely obsessive about everything to do with indoor cycling drills including the music, cues, and objective. Pressure Cooker does exactly what the name implies: it places the body under continuous and increasing pressure. You get to choose whether to put the muscles or lungs in the pressure cooker.

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