While I spent most of my Ironman training running without music, the last few long runs necessitated it. I was tired, I had spent enough time with my thoughts (I think 7 hours on a bike with just my own thoughts is enough) and I felt like I was ready to challenge all my mental demons on race day. Those last few long runs became about getting it done, so I brought in music that motivated, inspired and pushed me to the finish.
Here are my five favorite Ironman training tunes:
- Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5 – This song doesn’t have a workout theme, but I love listening to it when I start getting tired and it actually really gets harder and harder to breathe! Don’t ask me why, but for some reason singing it out loud makes it easier to breathe and it doesn’t hurt to visualize sexy Adam Levine’s face.
- Burn by Ellie Goulding – “We don’t have to worry ’bout nothing, ‘Cause we got the fire, and we’re burning one hell of a something. They, they gonna see us from outer space, outer space. Light it up, like we’re the stars of the human race” Sing that out loud and tell me it doesn’t pump you up?
- Titanium by David Guetta and Sia – This song has been my go-to half marathon training song ever since it came out and it has become one of my favorite IM training songs too. Ironman training = mental strength = being bulletproof. Enough said.
- Best day of my life by American Authors – Everyone needs an Ironman theme song and this is mine, because “I had a dream so big and loud” and from the day I signed up I knew I was “never gonna look back. Never gonna give it up” and my Ironman was absolutely the best day of my life!
- Hall of Fame by The Script featuring will.i.am – Best day of My Life was my Ironman theme song and this was Pablo’s Ironman theme song. With it’s amazing lyrics, how could it not be? Haven’t heard it? Check out the YouTube video, or even better, check out our Ironman Louisville 2014 video.
Both #4 and #5 played a big part in getting me to the finish line and both are part of our Ironman Louisville 2014 video.
If you’ve got about 15 minutes, check it out below! It brings me to tears every time I watch it. One disclaimer, if you’re on the fence about signing up for an Ironman, I’ve heard from a few friends who’ve watched it that it tipped them to the signing up side.