You are 70 miles into a 100 mile sportive, shelled from your mates and feeling dejected.
Your legs have deserted you and feel detached, already stretched out on that settee three hours earlier than you had promised them.
Pedaling squares is an understatement, you feel like your stuck in a thick bog of molasses with each movement sucking the very life out of you.
You have already had that trusted gel, isotonic drink and contemplated prayer.
There is very little left.
Its a popular event on a warm summers day.
There are crowds.
The hollowness depicted in your eyes is hidden by your reflective sun glasses.
Thank heaven for little mercies
In desperation you reach for your chest and press the rectangular object clipped to the top of your bib shorts.
The introduction is slow with a soft rhythmic beat. Your legs twitch.
Your brain activates the muscle memory from all those hours you spent in spin class.
The beat picks up and as your cadence increases, the drum and base kick in.
You smile in anticipation and goosebumps appear on your arms.
The energy now reverberates through your body and your legs begin to purr.
Rotating as a disc on vinyl with the glorious sound.
Your out of your woods and can see the road stretched out before you.
You gobble up the remaining miles like a hungry teenager.
The Power of Music
Work conducted at the School of Sport and Education within Brunel University has scientifically proved that Music can enhance your endurance capabilities by 17% whilst providing you with an antidote to combat the negativity associated with fatigue.
Dr Karageorghis explains: "The synchronous application of music resulted in much higher endurance while motivational qualities of music impacted significantly on the interpretation of fatigue symptoms right up to the point of voluntary exhaustion"
I know some people think that its dangerous or anti social to listen to music whilst you ride.
I think that depends. If both ears are receiving enough decibels to wake a drunk then they could be right.
I personally ensure that when i chose to use music that I can hear both my music and cars/other cyclists at the same time
Picking your favourite Music is always tough, but what I listen to on my bike is not always my favourite music - Its whats works for my legs and that is Dance music
I have never been to a rave, or taken ecstasy but I do know what it feels like to ride down Sa Collabra listening to The Lindstrom Mix of Lana del Rey's 'Blue Velvet' - Pure Heaven.
The following links are my current catalysts, Would love to hear your comments on what makes your legs turn.
Changing - Sigma - feat: Paloma Faith (Majestic Remix)
Coming Home - Sigma & Rita Ora (Life Delux)
Peanut Butter Jelly - Galantis Pharmacy
Waiting all Night - Rudimental: feat Ella Eyre (Delux Edition)
Higher - Sigma feat:Labyrinth (Grades Remix)
Tell me Why - Supermode (Radio Edit)
Greyhound - Sweedish House Mafia
Liquid Spirit - Gregory Porter
Need your Love - Calvin Harris - feat: Ellie Goulding
Pushing On - Jimi Jules & Oliver Dollar (Radio Edit)
Insomnia - Faithless (Fredde Le Grand Remix)*
Blue Velvet - Lana Del Rey (Lindstom Remix)*
Reference. Terry, P.C., & Karageorghis, C.I. (2006). Psychophysical effects of music in sport and exercise: An update on theory, research and application.