Today was techno day! Fast beats = fast swimming, so I arranged the music in a pyramid, starting and ending with slower beats, and peaking in the middle of the workout with some crazy fast stuff.
From the time the first song started and people got the gist of the mix, they commented that it was like being in a nightclub, which is appropriate because at 6am there's probably somebody somewhere just finishing up the night. There were a couple of cries from swimmer-clubber imitators for more RedBull.
This was an A+ workout mix for everyone except the one guy who hates everything, and Coach. Techno must be used sparingly with caution around him. He's more of an Opera guy. The Dancing Banana goes to "Born Slippy" from the Trainspotting soundtrack, which sounded fast and great.
Test Four, Sweet Exorcist, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Take My Breath Away (Techno Remix), Berlin, Top Gun Soundtrack
Deeper Underground (Godzilla), Jamiroquai, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
9th Symphony (Ode To Joy) Remix, Beethoven,
One More Time, Daft Punk, Discovery
Cysex, Pornotanz, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Digital Love, Daft Punk, Discovery
LSD Is A Bomb, Radioactive Goldfish, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Right Here, Right Now, Fatboy Slim, You've Come a Long Way Baby
Water From A Vine Leaf, William Orbit, Northern Exposure (Disc 1)
Poing, Rotterdam Termination Source, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
50,000 Watts Of Power, Servants of Power, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Walking On The Moon (Tecno Cover), The Police, Regatta De Blanc
Born Slippy (Trainspotting), Underworld, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
Basket Case, Eon A, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
James Brown Is Still Alive, Holy Noise, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Playing With Knives, Bizarre Inc., Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Obumbratta, Apotheosis, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Metaforce, Art of Noise, Essential Selection V.1 (CD1)
Adrenalin, N-Joi, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
Dominator, Human Resource, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
And the workout was:
3x200 S, K, P
4x100 kick, right, left, swim, IM order
8x125, sprint last :25 on 2:00
150 EZ backstroke
150 EZ backstroke
Good workout for me. The 8 125's hurt muchly in a good way, and we added the last part ourselves when we ran out of workout.
I can't do too much here on these blogs to give swim or workout advice because I'm still learning so much. But I can give you advice on how to use a cell phone camera for more than just cute pictures of your pets and kids! Our coach writes the workouts on a dry-erase board, and sometimes they get a little complex (today was not that case.) Also, I'm bad at addition but I want to keep my FLOG honest. So after practice, I photograph the dry-erase board with my camera phone, and transpose it to the site during my lunch break, and lately, write a little blog about it, too.
You just have to be careful to transpose before falling out of a sailboat in the Hudson with your cell phone in your pocket, as I did this weekend.
The music's back this week!
Also, for those of you waiting with baited breath since my last post to hear about my 200 free, it was a 2:57.76. At first I was kind of "meh" about that, but then I looked at my times for the LCM 200 Free in:
2009 ~ 3:07.10
2008 ~ 3:26.82
I took 10 seconds off last year, and 30 seconds off from my swim career debut year. In that respect, I think I'm doing OK, and I'm eager to find out how much more I can take off that. I hope I can slice off a little more time at the end of the month if I'm properly shaved & tapered, and wearing a suit that isn't streched out...
Coach and the music came back yesterday. Someone else brought in an iPod on Monday, and it started out with some country-esque stuff that I didn't know. The volume was quiet, so I didn't mind. Eventually, it shuffled into some rock, including [ame="http://vimeo.com/7925128"]Tweeter and The Monkey Man[/ame] by The Traveling Wilburys, which was good to swim to. (Took me forever to figure out that this song was not called "When The Walls Came Down" and was not just Tom Petty and/or the Heartbreakers.)
Today's selection was all live recordings, because I feel nothing gets you motivated like hearing a crowd of thousands applaud for you. Most of it was from "Queen Live at Wembly Stadium," which is pretty good workout music. I recommend "Radio Ga Ga," and "Another One Bites The Dust." Somehow, I also put a live Tori Amos song in mix. That was a bad choice, and it garnered some nasty looks from the lane that was trying to go fast, and from the swimmer who asked me why I was playing Mariah Carey, and at every wall asked me the difference between the two.
Both yesterday and today I just swam 2000 yards, real slow, real sore from the meet and the week before. Tomorrow's R&B day, maybe some James Brown will get me going...
Today started off with a guy outside the pool door complaining about not liking the music selections. I told him that the problem is that I use Tuesday/Thursday lap swim days to try out new mixes to see how they'll work for team practices on M/W/F. And not to worry because today is Beatles day, and who doesn't love the Beatles? I'll tell you who. That guy. He likes "alternative." I'll have to scour demo tapes from local garage bands to make him happy.
Thoday was simple. I played the "Love" soundtrack straight through. It was not very peppy, but good for my mood today. I'm trying to sort out a bunch of different stuff in my life, so I just swam a slow 2000 yards to try to clear my head. This was good music for that. Probably won't bring it to the team swims. The playlist goes:
All You Need Is Love
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
A Day In The Life
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Back In The U.S.S.R.
Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry [Transition]
Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light [Transition]
Octopus's Garden/Sun King [Transition]
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows
Strawberry Fields Forever
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter
Something/Blue Jay Way [Transition]
Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing
I Want To Hold Your Hand
I Am The Walrus
Eleanor Rigby/Julia [Transition]
...and since that's only 60 minutes of music, I tacked on:
Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
Under My Thumb, Rolling Stones
Play With Fire, The Rolling Stones
19th Nervous Breakdown, The Rolling Stones
Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No Satisfaction, Rolling Stones
Ruby Tuesday, Rolling Stones
Paint It Black, Rolling Stones
Start Me Up, Rolling Stones
You Can't Always Get What You, Rolling Stones
Today was 80's day. And upbeat 80's at that. I created the playlist order somewhat chronologically, starting with some classic rock and ending with what is really a 90's song. It didn't matter, because we were 20 minutes into practice before Coach stopped talking to a swimmer and turned on the sound system, so we didn't get all the way through this mix.
Workout wise, this was a good one. We swam some sets of 150 FAST KICK, and it coincided with "Maniac" and "Jump." I started doing a little Monica Seles-esque grunting to get through it, which possibly alarmed one of my lane-mates. I'll include the workout below, after the playlist.
Another lane-mate announced she had to leave early, so I told her to "Beat It" to the rhythm. She looked at me oddly.
Any Way You Want It, Journey, Departure, 1980
Beat It, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Greatest Hits HIStory Volume I, 1982
Down Under, Men At Work, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1982
Karma Chameleon, Culture Club, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1983
Thriller, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Greatest Hits HIStory Volume I, 1982
Maniac, Michael Sembello, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
Jeopardy, Greg Kihn Band, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
Talking In Your Sleep, The Romantics, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1983
Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
What A Feeling (Flashdance), Irene Cara, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
Owner of a lonely heart, Yes, 1983
Born In The U.S.A, Bruce Springsteen, Greatest Hits, 1984
Jump (For My Love), The Pointer Sisters, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1984
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
Hells Bells, AC/DC, Back in Black, 1980
Caribbean Queen, Yes, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1984
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1984
Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsten, 1984
Borderline, Madonna, The Immaculate Collection
The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis And The News
Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leopard
You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, 1995
Livin' On A Prayer, Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, 1995
Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters), Ray Parker Jr., The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
Take on Me, a-ha, Hunting High and Low, 1985
Everybody Wants To Rule the World, Tears For Fears, The No.1 Eighties Album Disc
Sweet Child Of Mine, Guns n' Roses
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams, Waking Up The Neighbours, 1991
Workout designed for a SCY pool to practice for a LCM meet (Middlebury, coming up in a month!) Written by Coach Ron.
3x200 S, K, P
12x25 kick, drill, swim
4x225 (2 free, 2 stroke)
150 KICK HARD
6x125 (3 free, 3 stroke)
150 KICK HARD
150 KICK HARD
**** (that's as far as I got in 90 minutes, 3850 yards. The rest...)
150 KICK HARD
200 choice swim
150 KICK HARD
200 warm down
Updated May 27th, 2010 at 09:48 AM by swimmerb212
Today was the first day that Coach was back from Nationals. We had to swim without music on Monday with the substitute lifeguard who didn't have a key to the room with the MP3 hookup.
Monday was very quiet.
Today wasn't much different. I didn't have the chance to create a mix, so we just listened to the full CD of The Red Hot Chili Pepper's "By The Way," which I recently obtained from the library.
It was mellow.
There was no workout on the board, so we all did our own thing, which included a lot of chatter. In 90 minutes, I swam a paltry 2,700 yards, which at the very least keeps me on goal for one mile a day, but did not justify the two donuts I ate on the way to work. (I swear I just went there for the )
I swam the yards in sets of 200's, which I counted by moving my water bottle over one row of tiles on the deck each time I finished the set.
In the future, I'll use songs from this CD for warm up or warm down, or distance day. When it comes to sprinting music, however, I gotta go with earlier pre-rehab generation Peppers.
Updated May 25th, 2010 at 09:50 PM by swimmerb212
As the women's team captain, I got asked to ask if we could have music at practice. Coach said "yes. If you bring it." And for the past 6 months, I've been making mixes for our team to swim to 5 days a week. When my collection started getting old, I started picking up music from the library, and taking requests.
The following playlist is titled "Get Jonathan pumped for Nationals" and played on the day before he left for Atlanta and swam some incredible races. I hope this too will get you pumped. It inspired me to swim about 1,000 more yards than I usually do.
Drive, The Cars, The Cars Greatest Hits
Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison, Poison's Greatest Hit
Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
We Will Rock You, Queen, Greatest Hits
Back in Black, AC/DC, Back in Black
Hey Ho, Lets Go, The Ramones
Sabatoge Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
What I Like About You, The Kinks
Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction
Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane, The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Beastie Boys, Licenced to Ill
The Distance, Cake, Fashion Nugget
California Sun (Cover), The Ramones
My Sharona, The Knack, Reality Bites
American Idiot, Green Day, Grammy Nominees 2005
Last Night, The Strokes, Is This It
I Want To Break Free, Queen, Greatest Hits
My Generation, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
Rock N Roll High School, The Ramones
I Fought The Law (Cover), Dead Kennedys, Give Me Convenience or Give...
Sheep Go To Heaven, Cake, Prolonging The Magic
Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol
Radio Ga Ga Queen, Live at Wembley 86 (Disc 2)
You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC, Back in Black
Crazy, Aerosmith, Get A Grip
Stacy's Mom, Fountains Of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers
I Want To Be Sedated, The Ramones
Under Pressure, David Bowie & Queen, Changestwobowie
Another One Bites The Dust, Queen, Greatest Hits
We Are The Champions, Queen, Greatest Hits
Updated May 27th, 2010 at 09:49 AM by swimmerb212