For Instructors

Objectives

As I work with new instructors, one of the things I try to impress upon them is the need to have clearly stated objectives prior to the training phases of their rides. Each student should be informed of the primary class goals before the end of the warm up section.

Class objectives can be drawn from many areas, I recommend using a "terrain" definition if the instructor is new. Using terrains as stated objectives will provide a few advantages to people who are new to managing students.....believe me, that's what you are doing....managing a situation.

1: Terrain objectives like: hills, flats, rolling hills, steep climbs....etc, immediately provide visual connections for the riders. It doesn't matter what their level of fitness is, everyone understands these terms and they can immediately envision what it is that you are communicating.

2: Terrain objectives are easy to communicate even though they are general. I never recommend being overly detailed when you are new to teaching. Even though you may be fit, the skills of riding, speaking, leading, directing, and prompting...all at the same time.....are new to you. Don't put yourself in a situation where you are unable to change (or redirect) the intensity because you have already told the riders a step-by-step plan prior to beginning the ride.

3: Terrain objectives should help you communicate more clearly through music. When you can help students follow your intentions through music, instead of words, they are more appreciative of your environment. Talking at an endless pace, is tiring for you and the participants. Hills are: heavy, slower, stronger, and filled with bass. Flat roads are consistent, quicker, lighter, and more fluid.

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