Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Racing Music

Okay, I finally have a topic to which this blog will actually serve a purpose. All of my other posts are questions that arise at random times and give me a topic to write about. For once, this entry goes out to all you reporters, hopefully I don't have to say this too many times from here on out. (I only wish people would actually read my blog.)

Alright, I'll get to it already.
SO.....within hours after the Official announcement of the 2006-07 US National Bobsled Team on Monday I was flooded with phone calls. Yes, I was actually overwhelmed with calls! Anyway, I was mostly bombarded with questions that I honestly didn't have an answer to, and quite frankly didn't want to answer. However, there was one question in particular that was quite popular, and I'm sure its because of the technology revolution, so being the geek that I am, I would love to answer!

"What songs do I listen to on my iPod to prepare for a race?"

First off, I don't have an iPod. I have a 60GB Zen Vision:M and I love it. It blows my old iPod out of the water.

Second, I don't even take an mp3 player to the track.

People ask me all the time what I listen to when I compete and here is what I answer. I listen to the same music that I train with. Obviously the next question is, "And what music is that?"


I can't have my mp3 player blasting in my ears as I drive down the track. Why?
1. I can't hear the cadence at the start. The star is very important, there is a rhythm, and I have to know exactly what is happening at that moment in order to be competitive.
2. ITS WAY TOO DISTRACTING!!! Trust me when I say this. I thought I could have something playing as I navigated my way down a steep, slick, icy chute at 90mph. It seems like a great idea, and the thought process has logic however, here's the reality. Music has a beat, a rhythm; and so does the track. Rarely, and I mean RARELY................no wait, there is no track in the world that has a song to compliment it's rhythm. Honestly, a bobsled track would sound terrible if it were music; something like: Da.......Da......Da..Da.DaDadaDADADA....da.da. ........DA.da....da.da....ADDAD. ...dfladflakjds..Dear god........da...da..... holy cow..........da.dee...

See, not good.

So I don't listen to music.

The second reason (and it plays off of the first), is that since I can't race with music I should avoid training with music. When you teach yourself to perform with your favorite music playing you most likely wont be able to perform when the track falls silent like it does in a race. Basically, it comes to this old saying, "You race like you train, so train like you race."

If you race like you train, and your training includes music, then your racing should include music as well (the same music). But, like I said, you can't race with music, so by this rationale you shouldn't train with music

Does that make sense? I hope it at least help you to understand the difference between training with music and training with no music at all.


David Hater said...

Houlke, you are hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve.

How's it going? No clue if you remember, but I am that chick from Barnes and Noble Gateway.

I'm jealous about your mp3 player. I have a creative, but it serves its purpose.

Keslie said...

I think you should create a song that compliments the rythm of the track... make sure around curve 6 and 11 you add an angry person screaming F*@K, S%*T, DAMN!

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