Friday, June 27, 2008

Non-ultra songs

The Western States 100, scheduled for this weekend, was canceled due to forest fires and smoky air conditions. I think it was totally the right choice, but I sure feel sorry for the 400+ people who were trained, ready, and in some cases, even up at Tahoe already, acclimating to the altitude. This post is in honor of them.

The TRT 50/50/100 that I'll be doing next month doesn't allow headphones, to comply with the USATF blah blah whatever... I don't really mind, with or without is OK with me. I only really listen to music on the treadmill at the gym, anyway. The other morning, though, a song came on that I realized would have been a TERRIBLE song to have on a mix for an ultra-marathon, especially at the beginning. "Twenty twenty twenty four hours to go - I wanna be sedated." Kinda made me laugh. Surprisingly, that song had a really good tempo for the pace I was running at the time, though. Any other songs that would be inappropriate for an ultra race mix? All I could come up with was the Beatles' "Long and Winding Road." Anyone got any more?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a long long way to tippy canoe? (roll eyes now)

Turi said...

Consider eyes rolled - thanks, Dad. That and "Long way to Tipperary" aren't so readily available in MP3 format, I'd guess..

nevadamtnbear said...

Pear Jam's "Rival". Chet was running the first TRT 100, on his second Red House loop, in the middle of the night, he's running listening to my iPod. He hears this growling, snarling animal. He started to freak out, looking around for a wild animal on attack.

Then ... the music starts. LOL. It was the opening of Rival. I had never paid attention to the song and didn't believe him. I thought he was delusional from all the running in the middle of the night.

A couple years later, I was listening to my iPod in complete silence while working on the road and *BAM* I hear it. I was busting up.

Turi said...

That's excellent. Kind of like those annoying songs that have sirens in the background and make you look around while you're driving. Scarier, though...