Music is Life - soozed

For the past several years, I’ve participated in a winter training program run by a local Cat 1 racer. Twice a week cyclists of all levels gather and ride trainers: two hours on Saturday morning, 90 minutes on Wednesday evenings. The program runs from December through March, and people like me go and torture ourselves, hoping to come out of the Chicago winter with some degree of fitness.  After the first class a couple weeks ago, I tweeted this: “Two hours on the trainer really has nothing to do with your legs #headtraining.”

Riding indoors is anything but fun. She mixes it up during the class to alleviate boredom and get the maximum intensity out of the time: we do sprints, intervals, long sections of endurance, and a few brutal chunks of threshold spinning. And during those long sections, she talks of setting goals for the upcoming season. But I’m often not listening; I’m not a racer, so my “goals” don’t have much to do with crits or road races. Rather, I’m just trying to maintain any bike fitness I gained over the spring and summer.

No, I’m listening to music. It’s the only way I can survive these sessions, and I need to have it blasting directly into my ears.

So, I thought I’d share my current playlist. I like a wide variety of music, old and new, from house to rock, metal to pop — whatever keeps me motivated in that moment. I’m always looking for new music…what do you listen to?

  1. The Russian March, Dirty South & Bob Sinclar
  2. Four Sticks, Led Zeppelin
  3. Moxis Sickness, Carlo Lio & Coyu
  4. Buckethead, Carbon/Silicon
  5. One Day/Reckoning Song, Asaf Avidan & The Mojos
  6. Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
  7. Glory Box, Portishead
  8. Ancient History, Tiesto
  9. Power of Music, Alex Roque
  10. Dashboard, Modest Mouse
  11. Private Life, Grace Jones
  12. Firestarter, The Prodigy
  13. Interzone, Joy Division
  14. Like You, Hot Since 82
  15. Psychotic Reaction, Count Five
  16. Applause, Lady Gaga
  17. Motorbike, Wooden Shjips
  18. Putting Holes in Happiness, Marilyn Manson
  19. Thank You, Tesla
  20. a.k.a. I-D-I-O-T, The Hives
  21. Woman, Wolfmother
  22. I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim Remix), Groove Armada
  23. Irresistible Force, Jane’s Addiction
  24. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
  25. Wake Me Up, Avicili
  26. I Know You Want Me, Pitbull
  27. Stranglehold, Ted Nugent
  28. Higher Ground, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  29. Midnight Rambler (Live), The Rolling Stones
  30. Howlin’ for You, the Black Keys
  31. Tightrope, Janelle Monae
  32. Too Close, Alex Clare
  33. See Mi Yah, Rhythm & Sound


– Suzanne

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4 Responses to “ #headtraining ”

  1. Darryl is Loving the Bike on December 27, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I know a lot of people argue with me, but as you’ve seen from a few of my posts….I think riding with music is awesome indoors or out. It would definitely be a necessity for me indoors.

    • suzanne deveney on December 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      No headphones for me outside : )

  2. Koifla on December 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I would add Aqualung, Surfing with the Alien, Cygnus XI, and Tour de France by Kraftwerk and then take it with you on your ride too.

    • suzanne deveney on December 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Great suggestions. Thanks! (Although I don’t ride outside with headphones, so these will stick with me indoors only.)


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