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A Celebration of Theme Rides: ICA Contest Winners!

Theme rides are all the rage these days. They are fun, they keep riders engaged, and they will inspire instructors to expand their song repertoire. Some riders will even ask for them. So we had a contest and have been posting them through the past 4 months. Here are the links and the winners!

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Friday Favorites: Just What You Need When Motivation and Strength are Fading

Recently I was doing a very challenging 60-minute steady state effort at threshold. I had 14 minutes left and my strength and will were evaporating. I had my playlist on shuffle, not really registering anything other than the time ticking down to my final efforts. My cadence was dropping and I was losing focus. This song saved me.

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Profile: The Language of Flowers

Christine does it again with another creative theme ride! This profile is perfect as we transition from April showers to May flowers, although you can present this ride any time of the year.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Vacation

As the Go-Go’s sang, “Vacation, all I ever wanted. Vacation, had to get away.” Whether you spend your downtime alone, with a friend, or with family, you can use this playlist to jump-start your summer vacation countdown. 

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Mainstream Music Monday: Use This One to Take it Home

One great song, two great options!

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Facebook Live Video: Cadence and Music Choices During Recovery

Here is the follow-up to my Facebook Live video on the importance of recovery within your interval-training sessions. This one comes with lots of great add-ons, including a 12-page guide on how to use music and coaching to keep riders engaged during the recoveries. It also comes with three Spotify playlists to help you choose both your high-intensity short interval songs of 1–3 minutes, and short songs that are good for your recoveries. You’ll never be lacking for recovery song options!

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Friday Favorites: A Hard-Driving Song That Doesn’t Let Up

From the first note of this track, it digs in strong and never lets up. There is no verse/chorus ebb and flow, which is what makes it so excellent for a sustained hard, fast climb at 75 rpm. Use it for intervals or for the final uphill push in a race.

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Theme Ride Thursday: You Bring the Guac, We’ll Bring the Tunes—A Cinco de Mayo Playlist!

Celebrate the Battle of Puebla with these Mexican artists.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Hey Mama—Songs for Your Mother’s Day Playlist

On Mother’s Day, celebrate all women who have played important roles in our lives with songs from this playlist.

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Quick Profile: A Tribute to Mom

This fun yet powerful theme ride is a special profile that honors all the mothers and mother figures in our lives. The objective of building muscular endurance and strength will be achieved by scaling two challenging mountains that are straddled by fast flats.

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