Music – the key to an erg test

I did my final 5k erg test of the season (I think / hope) on Wednesday. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I find music crucial for erging. This is even more true for an erg test; it’s not just the songs, but the order that matters too! So, here is my most recent erg playlist and reasons why:

  • We Found Love – Rihanna (feat. Calvin Harris): a fast paced and beat-y tune to really kick some energy in to the piece. Also nice repetitive lyrics so nothing too complicated to distract the mind from building a solid rhythm. Total Duration: 3:36
  • Domino – Jessie J: A less dancy track but a nice lively tune and some empowering lyrics, by the start of this song I am settled in to a rhythm and may well be starting to realise I still have over 16 – 17 mins to go. So this is one I can mentally sing along to. Total Duration: 7:28
  • Who’s That Chick – David Guetta (feat. Rihanna): Another lively one with a repetitive beat and lyrics. Slightly more ‘poppy’ than the first track so good for this tough middle part of the piece. After a more vocal tune, gives a few minutes to refocus on those splits. Total Duration: 10:47
  • Moves Like Jaggar – Maroon 5: A funky tune which I have seen the video to many times. So this is one that prompts me to visualise the video, giving a bit of mental respite. Total Duration: 14:08
  • All Fired Up – The Saturdays: A good mix of pop and dance – nothing too hardcore but has a pacey beat to help keep the power up as the end approaches and the legs really burn. Total Duration: 17:22
  • Sexy B*tch – David Guetta (feat. Akon): Slightly edgy language and a thumping beat, this song really helps me drive down the legs to the end. It’s tempo does change which could break rhythm for some, but by this time I am settled and like something which isn’t too repetitive to keep me focused to the end. Total Duration: 20:38
  • Only Girl – Rihanna: How much I hear of this track, if I hear it at all, depends on whether I started my erg as soon as I pressed play back at the start and whether I am performing well. Even my shoddy 5ks come in under 21 minutes but it’s good to err on the side of caution. You do not want the tunes to run out in those last few hundred metres. This song is an ideal candidate – I’m not sad if I don’t hear it, but I love it if I do! It reminds me of happy times so keeps those positive thoughts flowing through the pain. Total Duration: 24:34

So there we have it – that is the thought I put in to my playlists and I genuinely think it pays off. Some may not find a benefit, but if music helps you push yourself, then take 10 mins and pick some tunes and imagine how you want to hear them through that darkest of times!

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