Since starting to cycle more regularly, I have become more aware of the factors that influence my ability to cycle quickly (or not as the case may be…). Nowadays, I generally make sure that I’m eating enough of the right things and not too many of the wrong things, drinking plenty (of water) and more recently trying to get enough rest and sleep.
However, on my cycle all the way home the other Friday, I knew I needed a bit of a pick-up for the extra effort. I don’t usually cycle with headphones in, but on a whim I decided to and was amazed at the effect that the right tunes had. I now have a playlist on my iPhone entitled “Power and Motivation!” which is compiled from the hardest rocking and motivational songs from my collection.
I tried it out the other night. Fuelled by a medley of Sabbath, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Skunk Anansie and Iron Maiden, I blasted home in what seemed like record time! I love rock music and find that hard-rocking, riff-based metal is just the job for pushing me on to greater efforts.
I even found the breath from somewhere to “sing” along and must apologise to the residents of one village who were subjected to my rendition of “Children of the Damned” at full volume! Fortunately, one village further on, I held my tongue during the chorus of “Killing in the Name of..” It’s a sleepy little place and I don’t think that they’d have got over it!
So keep your nandralone, EPO and other performance-enhancing drugs. All of our nation’s sportsmen and women should be boosting their results using the pure, unbridled power of metal!