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RIP Aretha, R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Queen of Soul

The Queen of Soul has left this world. Here is a Spotify playlist and a selection of some of our favorites and what to do to them in your Aretha tribute ride.

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Theme Ride Thursday: A Birthday Playlist for a Special Student

“They say it’s your birthday. It’s my birthday too, yeah. They say it’s your birthday. We’re gonna have a good time.” As soon as you hear these lyrics you know it’s the Beatles’ classic, “Birthday.” And while this is a favorite loved by many, you might be left wondering, “What other songs are there to choose from if you’re creating a birthday playlist?” Well, we’re glad you asked!

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Mainstream Music Monday: A Song with Swag

A 2007 hit from the 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women.

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How to Incorporate Long Intervals, Part 1: Why Longer Intervals Are Important

Incorporating longer intervals of 5 to 20 minutes can be the key to a higher level of fitness, regardless of what your specific goals are. For some reason, however, there is a reticence to the idea of longer intervals. Here are six reasons why you should teach your riders to love longer intervals in high Zone 3 to Zone 4.

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Friday Favorites: A Long Flat into Headwinds or Pacelines

This guitar-driven indie rock song has a retro sound to it. Its length, beat, and feel make it ideal for a long flat road into a headwind that keeps getting stronger. It’s also perfect for a paceline drill.

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Theme Ride Thursday: Sexy and I Know It!

Summer is the time of year where many of us get to show off those legs we’ve been developing all winter long. It’s time to feel “sexy” or, at the very least, marginally happy with the rewards of our hard work—ha! If you feel like “heating things up,” give this “sexy” playlist a listen and find what that appeals to you.

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Wednesday Timeless Classics: Climb On and On

This amazing song will guide you into the mountains for a glorious experience of climbing. It works best for a gentle, consistent, long climb in Zone 3 at 64 rpm. As the song starts, there is a full 2 minutes before the beat kicks in; it’s kind of an amorphous feeling, allowing you to pedal at whatever cadence you want. Use this built-in break as an extension of the warm-up, a downhill recovery between hill repeats, or as a plateau in the middle of an epic climb.

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Mainstream Music Monday: Another Song That Will Leave You Burning Up

Let this track be YOUR rallying cry.

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Friday Favorites: Getting What You Need with Drills on a Flat Road

Two-team intervals will hit the spot for your class with this remixed classic rock tune!

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Theme Ride Thursday: Are You Ready for Back to School?

It’s time for the kiddos to head back to school. While we’re all getting used to the new routine, we’ve pulled our favorite back-to-school profiles and updated our back-to-school playlist.

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