1) As a former math teacher (middle, high school and college), the numeric possibilities involved in designing a profile excite me. Pedaling fast during song choruses should not be the basis of every track. So I try to create profiles that veer away from predictability. Or at least require a little thought.
2) The Fibonacci sequence is created by taking the sum of the prior two whole numbers. 0+1= 1; 1+1-2, 2+1=3 . . . etc. This profile groups songs into ‘effort blocks’ based on the sequence. We start with a 21 minute block, and then work our way down to 0.
3) The playlist and the accompanying profile notes were inspired by cycling’s longest race: Milan San Remo.
4) At nearly 200 miles, it’s usually a race for the sprinters believe it or not. If you’re not a sprinter, which applies to most of us, the solo breakaway is the way to go. I often tell stories about the courage involved in going for solo glory and the fact that it usually ends in failure. I won’t spoil the end of the race, but here’s a look at a solo break from another spring classic:
5) Much like the solo attack, the ability to to commit to effort beyond one song or one spring is something we talk about often. A recent NYT article discussed how your strengths can sometimes become your weakness. So if you use your strengths too often and at inopportune times, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
6) From the article: “Aristotle argued that virtues lie between deficiency and excess, and there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that success doesn’t come from playing to your strengths. It comes from playing your strengths in the right situations.” Kinda like indoor cyclists who sprint, come out of the saddle, lose their breath and repeat for the whole class. By focusing on longer blocks of time, it forces you to adjust your strategy.
7) We’ve been using Jeopardy James as an exemplar on how new strategies can be disruptive. He’s won, 22 straight games (as of this writing) and is crushing opponents in the process. By using an aggressive strategy, the game is often over before the first commercial.
8) I forewarned my riders about the profile a couple of weeks in advance. So they had time to prepare. Interestingly, one contestant, who pushed Jeopardy James (JJ) the hardest, had a similar experience. Jeopardy films 5 times a day and invites 12 contestants (with 2 alternates). One of the alternates wasn’t picked and got to go home after seeing JJ win 5 straight games. He ended up losing by only $18. So be willing to adjust your normal routine, and try out this profile!
9) I’m a proponent of data. Equinox provides a post class summary of your effort. These stats can be viewed in greater detail if you use a USB stick to save your Stages bike data and upload to a third party website. Garmin, Strava and UnderArmour (MapMyRIde), all offer ways to upload your files.
Check out the article I wrote explaining the MapMyRIde file upload process.