Silent cycle-food for thought

This is a Cycling pattern from (pattern 15754)

This is trial by fire.

Last Tuesday, the stereo at the gym disintegrated and I had to teach the cycle class sans music. I know this has happened to many of you and not happened to a lot of you!

While it was disturbing for the class and frustrating for me, I just didn't want to surrender to technology, so we cycled 50 minutes with no music.

What I found was, a deeper layer of coaching and a higher level of focus for my class (and this was not an elite class...very mixed, beginner-intermediate at best) THEY WORKED HARD! Perhaps harder than usual.

Having taught cycle for 6 years, average 8 classes/week, I had memorized many rides & simply pulled components as we went. Don't misunderstand me: I was sweating bullets. but I realized I had discovered another way of challenging my members.

I have about 15-20 rides that I switch back and forth with and know pretty intimately. The next time I want to really challenge my class, we may do a familiar ride without music and see how they fare!


Added by Kyle at 6:37 PM on Friday, March 17, 2006 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
From: New York City (USA)
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