I’ve got a couple of new cycling classes on the schedule this winter and I’m really enjoying the extra time on the bike. They’re morning classes (9:15 a.m.). I was worried about taking time out of the work day but I am finding I always leave energized (and hungry!) and ready to work. (I have a flexible schedule and work a lot of nights and weekends, so mornings are actually easier for me than evening classes.) After a couple of very poor lunch choices, I fixed the hunger problem by tossing an apple into my gym bag before I go. (Mmm… Honeycrisp.)
The extra time on the bike has given me the opportunity to think about Schwinn Master Trainer Chris Roche’s inspiring comments. (I just posted the sample ride he sent me, so be sure to head back to that post to check it out.) I’ve been teaching indoor cycling for five years but if I am totally honest with myself, I am in a bit of a rut. I need to grow. So I decided to challenge myself each month to do something that will improve the way I teach indoor cycling.
First up? Take other instructors’ classes. I used to do this all the time (back in the days before kids, when I had free time) and I found I almost always learned a new trick or two. I miss that. I miss being able to ride for me. So my February challenge is to go to two other instructors’ classes this month.
After each class, I’ll post what I learned. (Nothing like a little public accountability for one’s goals!) But the other reason I thought I’d post my challenge to myself is to see if anyone wants to join me. If you’re in, leave a comment to let me know. When you’ve attended another instructor’s class, drop by and comment again with what you learned (good, bad or ugly, but no names please.) By the end of February, we’ll all have a crop of new ideas to implement in our own classes.