WHY DO I RIDE? (Careful, this may be deep) This digs deep into the lyrics, song titles and meaning behind the playlist I recently created for a class at Urban BODY Fusion.   Why do you Ride? 

ADRENALINE: Isn’t Life Such a Thrill

"BECAUSE…. In Life, we all face obstacles both big and small, but it can seem impossible to master them all. We strive for “Some Happy Nights”, but our “Demons” come out and challenge us to these fights. We are faced with a challenge from within. “Survival” mode activates and we let the fight begin. It may seem we are chasing “A Light That Never Comes”, as these days fly by and bring us “Closer To The Edge”. We “Hold On” and brace the constant “Chop and Change”, for this “Summertime Sadness” just adds power to the already digging dredge. Life is but a “Beautiful War” and if we “Slow It Down” enough to notice, we’re merely rising like “The Phoenix” through each day full of all kinds of critics. We awaken each day, ready and armed for our fight searching for something from within.... maybe it's the Light. We are Alive, and I say, It’s “Time To Get Ill”, after all, Isn’t Life Such a Thrill." – Dana Urban

Time To Get Ill Beastie Boys
Escape 30 Seconds To Mars
Beautiful War Kings Of Leon
Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey 
Demons Imagine Dragons
Some Happy Nights (Fun. vs. C2C) Mighty Mike
Closer To The Edge 30 Seconds To Mars
Hold On Alabama Shakes
Chop And Change (Soundtrack Version) The Black Keys
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) Fall Out Boy
Survival Muse
Adrenaline Shinedown
The Phoenix Fall Out Boy
Slow It Down Goo Goo 

We Ride to "ESCAPE", we ride to feel ALIVE, we ride so that we may continue to THRIVE!  We Ride to Listen and we Ride to Feel, but sometimes we ride with hopes that our minds will just be still!
Whatever your goals are in fitness and in life, take on the challenge and just OWN IT!

That is exactly what we did in the spin room this morning.  With a very full class and many willing to take on the challenge, we owned the road today on an all terrain journey in the Interval Energy Zone.  I had a request for The Black Eyed Peas so we cranked it up with an awesome high energy R&B / Hip Hop playlist on fast flats, runs, and challenging climbs.  The motivation today was to OWN IT, own the road, own your own mind and own an uplifted spirit.  The sky was the limit with this energy packed playlist which started with our warm up to Own It (The Black Eyed Peas), a standing flat and slight incline to Everything is Wonderful (The Black Eyed Peas), and proceeded with This is My Life (Anna Bergendahi), The Sky's the Limit (Jason Derulo), To The Top (Gentlemen), Pump It (The Black Eyed Peas), Stronger (Kanye West), Cooler Than Me (Mike Posner), The Time (The Black Eyed Peas) and Fighter (Christina Aguilera).  We finished strong and still had time in the class for an awesome, spirit lifting recovery with our eyes closed in a completely dark room to Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson).  The riders all left with a feeling of accomplishment and self worth and ready for the beautiful weekend we have coming our way here in Tampa Bay.  For my calorie counters today, my heart rate monitor read 530 when we disengaged, so keep up the good work, get your fuel and drink that water.  You earned it and you OWNed IT!

Yesterday, I rode a double in the spin room, taking the opportunity to ride with another instructor and it was fabulous.  I had planned to stay on a flat road to prepare myself for a big ride this weekend, but I just couldn't resist.  She coached us through a profile of long runs and long climbs titled "Running with Wild Horses".  It was an awesome profile and great to be in the back corner and in my own zone for a change.  I loved every minute of it and got a great warm up in before my Thursday class began.

Tomorrow at sun up, I'll be out on the open road for Trek's MS Training Ride in Clearwater and Tarpon Springs.  Here's hoping my legs are still strong for the 40 mile group ride in the great outdoors.  I am feeling confident and ready to OWN the road.

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