Training (or Chilling) with Music: What Moves You? By: Kelly Williamson

May 21st, 2015 - Posted by zoot
Music has the power to inspire. While people and events clearly serve as inspiration, something as simple as songs inspire me daily. Music works as a conversation starter; it gives you deeper insight into who people are; it can even spark a bond between two people. I’ll never forget when I met my husband Derick. I was 24 at the time, likely ruminating about some triathlon related event in my life which I am sure was “massive” at the time but in the big scheme, a small bump in the road. (He was working for a coaching company at the time). I said to him over one of our earlier conversations, “You have to laugh at yourself, because you’d cry your eyes out if you didn’t.” This dude was good. Without missing a beat, he replies, “You’re an Indigo Girls fan, huh.” Well, he sure knew how to win a girl over… a GUY who knew this line from a song? Spark. Bam. Done. Here we are, some 13 years later!


Every evening when Derick and I make dinner, we turn on a Pandora station and catch up on our day with some good tunes in the background. Some of the frequent Pandora stations you’ll find in the Williamson household include the likes of Robert Earl Keen, John Fullbright, Jason Isbell, Ray Wylie Hubbard; Brandi Carlile, the Highwaymen radio. Clearly, pretty mellow stuff for the evenings. The wonderful thing about music that you can always find something to suit your mood; and on that same note, music also has the ability to change your mood. I can find myself enjoying a beer, making dinner, my mind running through events from the day, stressing out; then I find myself singing along with a song and it seems worries can melt away. It can allow us to shift our focus often to a more relaxed state without even consciously realizing it.  


Seeing that I love music and a good many hours of my days are spent training solo, it gives me massive time to spend with my good friend, Kelly’s Ipod. While I love good company for a long bike ride, I also get excited as I prep for a 5-6 hour solo ride, getting the bike ready, the nutrition set up, rolling out the door, and putting my music in my ear (right ear only of course). While I can appreciate solitude and silence, it makes some of that alone time a bit more pleasant when I can cruise through the Texas hill country being serenaded by some of my favorites. Likewise, when I have to crank out a tough set on the bike or on the trails, I turn it over to those who can get me in the mood to shut off the pain and dig as deep as possible. It seems there’s always a song for the occasion, be it a mellow 5 hours or a hard as hell 6 minutes. There is something about focusing on song lyrics and averting your attention directly from your effort that can allow you dig a bit deeper and enjoy the experience a little more.


On that note, I wanted to share some of my top song choices; broken down into two categories. Long endurance workout favorites, and hard session choices. Of course these lists are frequently changing, but some are tried and true staples. Maybe you can find a new song or two in here. But ultimately, find what moves your mood and go with it!


Long Mellow Sessions
I Like Birds (Eels)
Follow Your Arrow (Kacey Musgraves)
Whim of Iron (Slaid Cleaves)
Happy (John Fullbright)
People are Crazy (Billy Currington)
Old Before Your Time (Ray LaMontagne)
Gone Again (Indigo Girls)
My Hometown (Charlie Robison)
Enjoy Yourself (Todd Snider)


Hard Sessions
Back in Black (AC/DC)
GDFR (Flo Rida)
No Church in the Wild (JAY Z & Kanye West)
Glory & Consequence (Ben Harper)
In the End (Linkin Park)
We Can’t Stop (Miley Cyrus)
Dani California (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Ni**as in Paris (JAY Z & Kanye West)
Lonely Boy (The Black Keys)
Mainstream Kid (Brandi Carlile)
Dark Horse (Katy Perry)


-Kelly Williamson

Survive the Time Vortex

February 26th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Photo:  @eturnertri

The bicycle trainer… it’s the group consensus at the office that this might be one of the most inhumane devices ever created. Time does not only slow down when you are riding a trainer, it comes to a complete stop. However, trainer time is a necessary evil, be it trying to get our workout in on a snow day or doing 2×20 efforts, it is part of our lives.

High-energy music is the key to our survival for these workouts, and for this we turn to dance music. The solid beats keep our legs turning over while the breakdowns provide us with either recovery time or out of the saddle intervals.

Give this playlist on Rdio a try and let us know if it helps you, too.

  1. Atmosphere (Extended Mix) ­– Kaskade, 123 bpm
  2. Soundtracks and Comebacks (Fedde le Grand Remix) – Goldfish  , 125 bpm
  3. Girls & Boys (Original Mix) – Inpetto, 126 bpm
  4. Million Voices (Original Mix) – Otto Knows, 126 bpm
  5. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey, 126 bpm
  6. Maneater (David Garcia & Morgan Page Remix- Edit) – Nelly Furtado, 128 bpm
  7. Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) (Sultan & Ned Shepard Remix) – Nelly Furtado, 127 bpm
  8. We’ll Be Coming Back (Michael Woods Remix) – Calvin Harris f./Example, 128 bpm
  9. Llove (feat. Haley) [Dada Life Remix] – Kaskade, 128 bpm
  10. Somebody That I Used to Know (Tiësto Remix) [feat. Kimbra] – Gotye, 128 bpm
  11. Pull The Trigger (Gladiator) – Sandro Silva & Oliver Twizt f./Elleah, 128 bpm
  12. Spectrum Feat. Matthew Koma (Deniz Koyu Remix) – Zedd, Matthew Koma, 128 bpm
  13. This Is What It Feels Like (feat. Trevor Guthrie) [Extended Mix] – Armin van Buuren, 130 bpm
  14. Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix) – Coldplay, 130
  15. Fire In Your New Shoes (Joachim Garraud Vocal Mix) – Kaskade, 130 bpm
  16. We Own The Night Feat. Luciana (Original Mix) – Tiesto, Luciana, Wolfgang Gartner, 130 bpm
  17. Ya Mama (Push The Tempo) (Moguai Remix) – Fatboy Slim, 130 bpm
  18. Human (Armin van Buuren Club Remix) – The Killers, 134 bpm
  19. Hold On (Fred Falke Remix) ­­– NERVO, 128 bpm



#LoveYourRun Playlist

February 7th, 2014 - Posted by zoot

Sometimes the right music is the key to dominating a workout.  Here are the songs that help us – we hope it will help you with yours.

#LoveYourRun on Rdio –

  • Always On The Run – Lenny Kravitz
  • Keep On Running – The Spencer Davis Group
  • Stand Inside Your Love – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Run Through The Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Run To You – Bryan Adams
  • Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Love Me Till The Sun Shines – The Kinks
  • When Love Comes To Town – U2
  • Fox On The Run – Sweet
  • Run Run Run – The Who
  • Finding Out True Love Is Blind – Louis XIV
  • Lovely 2 C U – Goldfrapp
  • Runaway – Andy Caldwell
  • Love Generation feat. Gary Nesta Pine – Bob Sinclar
  • Better Run – Tocadisco, Nadia Ali
  • The Fields Of Love (ATB Featuring York) – ATB
  • Love Will feat. Duane Harden – Ferry Corsten
  • Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina
  • Say Hey (I Love You) feat. Cherine Anderson – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Run On – Moby