We all have a pump-you-up song. And that tune can change with the times. When I was captain of my high school basketball team, for home games we always ran out to "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. It was so in cadence with our movements—from the flinging open of the locker room door during the intro of the song, to the dribbling of our Spalding balls just as the guitar and drums come in, to the launch of our passing drill when you first hear, "I can't stand it I know you planned it." It was harmoniously kick ass.
Over the past several weeks, I have been comprising my ultimate triathlon playlist. Certain songs I sing in my head as I practice in the pool. As for others, I pop in my earbuds, press play on my iPhone and draw speed or that extra breath from as I run or bike. Here are 15 of my favorites:
- H—Livestrong Soundtrack (for the warm up)
- Intro—The xx
- Bitter Sweet Symphony—The Verve
- Radioactive (or Demons)—Imagine Dragons
- Come As You Are—Nirvana (MTV Unplugged)
- The Great Beyond (or Find the River)—R.E.M.
- Alive—Pearl Jam
- Wading in the Velvet Sea (or Free)—Phish
- Yellow Flicker Beat (or Tennis Court)—Lorde
- Touch of Grey—Grateful Dead
- I Shall Be Released—Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder, Zach Gill
- Life and Death—Paul Cardall (for the cool down)
I also wanted to do a shout out to the folks who put pep in my step or make me feel in sync with training.
- Al Olivetti—You truly love this sport and are excited and supportive for those who also "Go Tri."
- Laura Fromdahl—Your infectious smile, your encouragement, and your achievements are an inspiration.
- Miho Kinnas—Thank you for coming to my Essential Yoga class. You prove that the relationships we make while training go beyond the track, road or ocean.
- Amanda Walton—You make life fuller with wine swaps, funny posts and food insights.
- Leslie Esposito, Miki Shimada, Sheri Prud'homme, Barbara Prudhomme, Jenny Hayek-Bonomini, and all the other awesome fit chics I've trained with—You bring a sisterhood to this sport and make it an all-inclusive rite of passage.