I’ve had a couple of conversations lately, one in person, and one here on my blog, that reminded me of a post I read back when I first started this blog. It was in a post from King of the Hills in which he asked the question, “Are you an externally motivated runner, or internally motivated?” The difference, in his opinion, was whether or not you needed music when you ran. He loves running for the running itself, and therefore doesn’t use music.
A good blog post, in my opinion, is one that you continue to think about long after you read it. I can only hope that I have at least one post that has someone out there thinking about it even now.
This one resonated with me because I have done many things to stay in shape. I was an avid runner for quite a while. My greatest accomplishment was finishing the Seattle Half Marathon.
I will guarantee to you right now though, I ONLY ran without music (discman or iPod) when the batteries were dead! And every time it was a lousy run! I didn’t run for the joy of it, I ran because I didn’t want to get fat. I don’t miss it, and I am not sure, even if my legs would let me, that I will ever run again. I like walking 5 Ks with my wife, but the running days are over!
However, not all exercise for me is like this. When I was a hiker I NEVER wore earbuds for music, I liked hearing the birds and water and wind.
Snow shoeing was the same thing, its way to peaceful out in the snow to ruin with music
With biking, it honestly depends on the ride. On the rollers in the shed, I’d be dead in the water without a movie to watch. I don’t have the concentration nor desire to focus solely on my riding. This is why I finished Game of Thrones season 2 tonight after riding 16 miles during the last episode.
Outside though? When I rode the Oregon Coast, I rode everyday for 5 days, and only used the iPod for the last 10 miles to my final hotel. I needed the boost! The STP, the first 120 miles, no music, chatted with other riders, and just enjoyed the ride. It wasn’t till I knew I had to kick it up some that I broke out the iPod.
My regular training rides, it just depends on the day, and whether I remember to grab it. I’ve had great rides without it, and sometimes I’ll even bring it and not use it. To me this means I ride for the joy of riding. It has the added benefit of keeping me from getting fat, but after all these miles, it’s still fun. Even on my training routes that I have done time and again, I still look forward to the rides.
I don’t need the music, it’s a nice to have(sometimes) but it is simply not a necessity! I don’t begrudge anyone who uses iPods while riding, to each his own! But, since I continue to have great rides without music, I can confirm that Biking really is right for me!
Ride it like you stole it folks!