Our guard dog Maxx keeping watch over Murph.

"Dad, how am I going to learn to drive this?" was the question asked by my older daughter Abby, while I was negotiating the purchase of a well-cared-for Mazda 626. She would soon become know as "Murph" as in "Murphys Law" after the brakes failed - with Abby skillfully guiding her into the ditch to avoid rear-ending the car ahead of her.

But that was weeks after our initial lessons on driving a manual transmission car. Day-one ended at a stop sign with Abby jumping out and slamming the car door. After expressing some expletives that translated to; "Dad, I'm not ever going to be able to figure this out." Abby had flat refused to learn anymore.

But au contraire young daughter. You can (and will) learn to drive and shift... or Murph will sit in the driveway and you'll walk, or (worse for her) ride your long neglected bicycle to your job.

So Abby relented and soon she was shifting like a NASCAR PRO.

Her sister Carly followed a few years later, and with some gentle instruction, she too became proficient driving a car that required her to both steer and shift to get where she needed. Both my girls began to enjoy driving Murph, especially after learning how few of their friends could even get out of the driveway with a manual transmission car. Beyond enjoyment, it actually became a source of pride in them, reinforced through frequent episodes (and the hilarious stories that followed) of trying to teach their friends (boy and girl alike) how to drive a car with a manual transmission. It continues today. Just last Sunday night Carly was the designated driver back to school in Fargo, because the girl who was driving still isn't comfortable driving her own car (a manual) on the highway back to school.

What prompted this post was a comment I received to an earlier post;

In the last year, the 2 clubs I teach cycling at have switched over to the Keiser M3”²s, and, as you said, that was where it ended. A few of us, because of how we approached our instruction, understood what could be done with those computers. Those same few of us have, at our own expense, sought out information and training. It feels like when my dad bought me a manual transmission car when I turned 16, and said “there you go, Punkin!” without a bit of instruction regarding the gears. Except my only victim was a hunk of metal, not 30 people trusting me not to steer them wrong.

When instructors don”™t know how to use the equipment, it makes us all look bad, and it”™s very confusing to the members. Unfortunately, it”™s all about money when you work for a chain.

We've devoted a lot of posts and Audio PROfiles toward teaching with Power here at ICI/PRO, and for good reason. Like Abby and Carly, we believe that those of you teaching on any of the brands with power, are capable of teaching with Power!

I have to admit that it was with a considerable amount of pride that I would listen to one of my daughters tell me a story that began with; "he thought he was so cool driving his dad's Mercedes and yet he turned out to be such a dork." "He was talking smack; driving a stick is no big deal..." and so I said; "here you go... give it a try." After he stalled Murph five times I said; "get out of the way and let a girl show you how it's done!"

It's no secret that teaching with Power or Heart Rate takes skill, an understanding of the training concepts and some dogged determination. There's a very good chance that you will be alone, or among a very few, in your club willing to make the effort.

Our goal here at ICI/PRO is to provide you with the knowledge and confidence you need to effectively teach an Indoor Cycling 2.0 based class - incorporating Power and/or Heart Rate - that truly demonstrates your competency as an Instructor.

There's no guarantee that your classes will ever be the fullest or the most talked about, but as a Professional you aren't looking for guarantees. If you're anything like me you are only looking for ONE student to come to you and say "I really appreciate your class... it must be hard, feeling like you have to compete with all the other nonsense... Thank You."


Parenting suggestion for all of you with soon to be teenage drivers. Both our girls reported to us that driving a manual transmission required more of their attention, which kept them much more focused on driving, than when they drove an automatic. Then there's the natural deterrent to texting while driving that comes from needing both hands to get anywhere 🙂    


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