Just a quick something, on the subject of exercise.
Y’know I was asking for new workout music? Well, I found a couple of things.
First up is this, which has just been the soundtrack to a personal best distance of 17.9km.
Yeah that’s right. Hardcore/Speedcore/Frenchcore/Gabba/Whatever you want to call it.
Shut up, I like it. It’s good. It’s also phenomenal workout music. Those kicks and that tempo, when turned up loud enough, block out any feelings of stopping you might have and allow you to zone out – at times during my workout this evening all there was in the world was the beat, the timer and my ever rising odometer. No pain, no stress, no sweat, no breathlessness – just a solid connection between me and the music. I felt like I was in that bit at the start of Akira where Tetsuo and his biker gang are powering through the streets of Neo-Tokyo fighting the Clown Gang.
But of course, I could just be high on endorphins, I don’t know.
The other band I’ve found work well are these hairy sods:
Red Fang are my new heroes (Apart from all the beer, that is). Mum, if you’re reading this have a nose at them – I know you used to like Black Sabbath and these guys feel like sort of spiritual successors to them.
The album that this track is off (Murder the Mountains) accompanied me to a 17.69 on Sunday – a personal best until about half an hour ago – so I think I’ve made a couple of good choices.
Interestingly (And not particularly scientifically, I must add), I’ve found that when I listen to music on the exercise bike, I get better results. Twice last week I watched an episode of Only Fools and Horses (“Slow Bus to Chingford” and “Cash and Curry”, if you must know), and pulled out very mediocre 16.8km sessions, whereas with the right albums I’ve achieved over 17km three times now – very nearly 18km today. Now, I’m not saying my test is in ANY way conclusive because it isn’t, but so far the only real change on each day has been what I’ve been distracting myself with.
Anyway, tomorrow is weigh-in number two, here’s hoping the graph continues to head south in the next post!
See you then, hopefully another little bit smaller than I was last week.