Okay, I have no ode-writing skills whatsoever, but I liked the title so I'm sticking with it, even though this post is ode-free. If I could write an ode, though, it would certainly be to my iPod. I've been training and racing sans tunes for over six days now and I am so sick of hearing my own breathing!!
Last Thursday was a bike ride day and I never, ever wear my iPod for biking. The mean streets are dangerous enough when I CAN hear cars around me, I sure don't need to make myself any more vulnerable. Friday was a day of rest before Saturday's race. I chose to race on Saturday without my iPod and I definitely regret that decision, since I might have been able to muster up a little more ooomph with Gwen Stefani rocking my earbuds. (I'm over it. Really. I just keep thinking about it, is all.) Sunday I biked again, and Monday I swam. I know there are waterproof mp3 players, but I haven't forked over the money for one, so swimming is a (relatively) quiet activity, too. Yesterday I did a short bike-run brick, and knowing that I can't wear an iPod at my tri under penalty of DQ, I went about it tunelessly.
I couldn't wait to lace up my shoes this morning and pop that iPod into my arm strap. Woo hoo, sing it to me B.o.B.! Let's go Black-Eyed Peas! Your music is my drug Ke$ha! 3.1 miles later I had rocked a 7:42 pace.
40% of the responders to a poll on runnersworld.com say they're most dependent on their iPods to get through a run, and I would definitely put myself in that category. How about you: does music make you move it??