I finally feel like I am starting to get some of my creative playlist mojo back. I don’t know why (could be the 5mo old boy), but I am flat out exhausted these days. Being creative is much more difficult when you don’t even want to move. Tired or not tired, I have classes to teach and playlists/ride profiles must be made. No rest for the weary!
This past Saturday I had an hour class to teach. After teaching so many 45 minute classes, coming up with an hour playlist seemed quite daunting. No need to fear though, I had a theme ride up my sleeve.
We all remember family road-trips as kids: some were great, some were not so great. I have to say that I was always jealous of the kids that got to ride backwards in the Volvo’s. You know, the way-way back seat where you could make faces at people driving. I don’t even know if these seats were in Volvo’s, but I am assuming they were. Anyways, our family had a van, so I didn’t get to sit backwards. I did, however, get to torment my brother. I think my most famous line was, “Mom, he’s looking out my window.” Yeah, that went over well.
On Saturday, I took my class on a little road-trip. As I aged, I grew wiser and realized that the best part about a road-trip was the music not sitting backwards making faces at strangers. There are songs that still take me back to driving from college to home and back again. Actually, a couple of those songs made this playlist. After this playlist was done, I was really stoked on it, but as always, I get nervous that no one is going to like it. Thankfully my class did like it! If you take classes, it’s always nice to say a little something to the instructor. I love it when I get feedback.
Summer isn’t over yet, so whether you are going out on a bike ride or traveling by car, here is my road-trip playlist for you!
I just learned that you can make you own playlists in Spotify, but I was too lazy/didn’t have the patience to get this one in there. I know. I suck. Hopefully I will get my act together soon so you can actually listen to these lists.
Here is the ride profile if you are interested:
- Add a bit of resistance in the saddle, up for jumps, sit and go faster (x2)
- Fast flat, surge in 3rd on chorus, stay in 3rd, surge in saddle & repeat
- Rolling hills
- Flat road switching between the saddle and 3rd.
- Springs: 15 on/ 15 off
- Seated hill. Start on small hill and work to medium. Stand for last minute.
- Medium to heavy hill in 3rd, sit for last minute and take a bit of resistance off
- Flat road, play with speed
- Run in 2nd, sit & sprint
- Jumps on a hill
- Heavy hill in 3rd, sit & surge
- Recover for 60seconds, then sprint pyramid 10/20/30/30/20/10 (20 seconds of rest between each sprint)
- Cool down
- Stretching continues
I really teach along with the music and this playlist had me in a groove. I really hate when teachers don’t teach with the music. For example: playing a slow song and telling you to sprint. One of my big pet peeves.
I want to know what you guys think! Do you like this playlist? What would be your road-trip songs? Obviously, there are a lot of great songs that I didn’t use. I tried to use all new songs and none that I have repeatedly used in class (like Down Under by Men at Work). I’m thinking there will need to be a 2.0 version of this playlist.