What we love this week // Endurance Rides & Good Tunes
We hope that all of you had a wonderful Fourth of July Holiday! Now that we are less than 2 weeks away from the beginning of RAGBRAI, our Moxie rides are getting longer than they were in early spring and our cycling legs are definitely back in prime shape. Unavoidably though, the thrill of the scenery on these long routes has begun to fade after so many rides since the spring showed up earlier than usual. Which is why we should not take the beats of the Black Eyed Peas forgranted. If you’re at all like me, a little Fergie and dance beats can give you the extra energy boost to add a few miles to your favorite out-n-back ride.
Myself sans Music – “It’s pretty toasty today, I should probably just turn around and make a slip-n-slide in my yard.”
Enter Fergie – “What you gon’ do with all that junk? All that junk inside your trunk?”
Myself – “I’ma get, get, get, get, you drunk! Get you love drunk..” etc etc.
I guess you can say I’m easily distracted, but sometimes music is the perfect addition on the solo rides. Here’s some fun facts from the article Music in Sport and Exercise : An Update on Research and Application in The Sport Journal which reviews past studies on the combination of music and exercise:
- During submaximal exercise, music can narrow attention, in turn diverting the mind from sensations of fatigue
- Music alters emotional and physiological arousal and can therefore be used prior to competition or training as a stimulant, or as a sedative to calm “up” or anxious feelings
- Synchronizing movements with music also enables athletes to perform more efficiently, again resulting in greater endurance. In one recent study, participants who cycled in time to music found that they required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as compared to cycling with background noise
Basically, music makes exercising more enjoyable. I would have never gotten through this past winter using the treadmill if I hadn’t I relied on some mixes from Rock My Run which you can filter by Beats Per Minute to find your perfect pace. Here’s a chart that helps you get an idea of the right BPM you’d want to use:
Any song above 125 BPM would be a good choice for endurance cycling. Whether you are bored of the scenery, need to beat the heat, or are just trying to lower you time, music can be a good enhancement. But on a bike, traditional earbuds or headphones are not the best solution since sounds in the environment are necessary for safe biking, but here is an excellent option to get around that and give you your beats, the SOAP MP3 Players:
As reviewed by GizMag:
For cycling enthusiasts, this MP3 player from Korean manufacturers, Soap, is one of the most versatile we’ve seen. It weighs just 30g, has 2GB of memory, clips into a Soap beanie (with built-in headphones) for personal listening or via ear-buds under a helmet. It even attaches to a Soap bike headlight/speaker box for sharing your tunes (even though it’s directed at the rider). At only 1cm wide and 5cm in diameter, it doesn’t take up much space either.
There are many similar options available that will get you on a bike and singing in no time. Time to build the playlists! What would your cycling playlist include?