One of my iTunes Ping buddies asked me a very interesting question recently. She wondered if all of my recent road riding has changed my style as a cycling instructor. I thought it was a great question and I have been thinking about it ever since. I honestly still do not consider myself a ‘road biker’, but I did get a real feel for what road biking was all about while I was training and riding in the 100 mile event in May. There are so many reasons I am grateful for the experience, and one of the perks was that it helped me to become a better cycling instructor.
I have quite a few road bikers that frequent my class, and although I feel like they were really enjoying the class to begin with, I think I am better able to coach them now that I can actually feel the difference between being on the road and being on a spin bike.
The big difference that I’ve noticed is that my cues and coaching points are more meaningful now for all of my riders. I use more imagery to take them out on the road with me. Getting to the top of a hill or ‘finishing strong’ on a flat really feels like we’re out on the open road.
I don’t know if my riders have noticed the difference. I certainly think that I was a good instructor before I become a ‘road biker’ (again, in quotes), and I think that there are plenty of amazing instructors out there that don’t ride on the road. But I am always trying to improve, and I think this has been one step forward for me as an instructor.
So what do you think as instructors/participants? Should your instructor be skilled as a road biker? Are you fine with taking a class/teaching, never having experienced road biking? Does it really matter???? Leave a comment-I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Here’s this week’s playlist:
I have also added: Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now (Killed It Remix)