It can be a race killer. You are mid pack about to burn some matches to pass the rider you have been tangoing with all morning. Your legs are protesting but you are committed. Just as you start to make your move, your mind wanders briefly and suddenly the music in your head does not match the required effort needed. Something mundane like “Seasons in the Sun” by Terry Jacks has somehow become the soundtrack to your effort. “I hate that song!” you exclaim trying to push it out of your head. Where is it coming from? When did you even last hear that song? And why is it showing up now? Before you know it, you have lost your mojo and your rival leaves you in their dust.
For such a high intensity sport like Cyclocross, I need to have some adrenaline pumping music in my head while I race to help keep me fighting. As important as the pre race warm up is, to me the pre race music is just as vital. I try to get at least one warm up lap, or at the very least some time on the trainer, with my favourite cx playlist to ensure that when the race starts, I have the right soundtrack playing along. With my fitness level, I need all the help I can get.
I tweak the playlist constantly, but here is what I have going currently. I throw this on shuffle and try to forget that I probably have my tire pressure all wrong for the current conditions.
- I Was Born – The Menzingers
- Tinfoil – Limblifter
- Drive – The Gaslight Anthem
- Banging Camp – The Hold Steady
- Indestructible – Rancid
- Sometimes – Sound of Guns
- I Was a Teenage Antichrist – Against Me!
- The Hardest Mile – Dropkick Murphys
- The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring
- Mr November – The National
Is music an important part of your pre-race ritual?
What’s on your playlist?