2010 Warm-Up

Normally when I go for a ride I put together a playlist of various podcasts to listen to. Typically these podcasts are a variety of CBC, NPR, This American Life, and Public Radio International podcasts. This makes for some good listening and I find I actually learn a lot while training. But yesterday I just wasn’t feeling any of the podcast options in my iTunes library. An audio book would have been nice, but I’m cheap and don’t want to pay to listen. I could have spent a lot of time dithering about what to listen to during my ride, but I was running out of time to get my ride done so I just went with whatever was on my iPod.

This is where I count myself lucky – running out of time to ride. This meant I couldn’t waste time fretting about a new playlist. Instead I went with a playlist titled: 2010 warm-up. I used this playlist for the entire 2009-2010 season – I listened to it before each race and often when out training. But I had forgotten what songs made up this playlist.

Well, what a treat to listen to 2010 warm-up. This playlist has everything in it with musicians like Against Me, INXS, Pat Benatar, Kings of Leon, Michael Jackson, New Radicals, Dixie Chicks, Jann Arden, and k.d. lang. Yes, a bit eclectic but it covers all the moods and emotions I go through before, during and after a cyclo-cross race.

All in all, this was the perfect playlist for Wednesday’s ride. It got me in the groove and found me singing (or yelling) out loud along with the musicians belting out their tunes. I feel sorry for anyone who heard me sing a long – being in tune is not one of my specialties. I used this playlist to help me get through my microburst intervals (amazing how hard 10 seconds can be) and to keep me focused on the end-goal. Songs came through the headphones that brought me back to the 2009-2010 season where everything just seemed to go perfectly. I met my goals, surpassed them in some cases and really had the dream season. Nothing quite like having these memories to fuel me through a challenging ride.

Inspiration and motivation can come in many forms – often from the most unexpected places. I’m thinking it is time to put together a new playlist for the 2011-2012 season – yes I’ve got that feeling back in my legs, lungs and soul.

(I haven’t done this in a while, so now is the perfect time. Speaking of motivation and inspiration – have you read my book An Unlikely Elite? It might just give you the spark you need to get through a rough spot or help you to set some goals for the year. Or maybe you’ll just find it an interesting insight into my life. Whatever you get from it will be good. So go download it an give it a read. Download the PDF here. Download the EPUB here.)

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