Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Stooges Trainer

Trainer set
10 minute warm-up
10 min hard/5 min easy for an hour

You want motivation?

That is Iggy Pop, for those of you not in the know. Iggy was born in 1947. This picture is maybe three year old. I will pause so you can do the math, then I want you to look at the man again. Yeah, I don't know how he does it.
Actually, that's not true. I have a pretty good guess.
He's insane. And he works harder on stage than any performer I've ever seen. We should step back so I can clarify. Yesterday was a trainer session and I've been using my laptop to watch whatever catches my eye while I'm working so that I don't want to slam my head repeatedly into the concrete out of boredom. I forgot that I had an Iggy and the Stooges DVD from 2004 called Live in Detroit so I decided to give that a spin. I am a big Stooges fan, but have never actually sat and watched the whole DVD. I guess I still haven't.
My trainer is not very quiet, and watching or listening to most things while really cranking requires some fill-in-the-blank on my part. I know the song, I can pretty much tell where in the song they are, but I can't hear everything going on. And, because I use my trainer out in the carport so Super Awesome Wife can nap after rough days teaching pre-k SPED kids, sometimes the sun is setting in a way that I can't really see what is going on. So this isn't a recommendation of Live in Detroit. Not because I didn't like it, but because I don't feel like I got enough of it to tell you to spend money on it.
I did get enough of it to tell you that if you like the punk rock, if you enjoy pure rock and roll, if a high energy madman older than your (my) dad writhing and breaking his ass to channel the music directly through his soul turns you on, you should be all about The Stooges and you should run out, or open a new window in your browser at least, and buy their stuff. Personally, Raw Power is my favorite album, but just go get you some.
Iggy live uses more energy in the first two songs than you used last week, including workouts. He doesn't perform so much as translate every note into pure energy. He's insane and I love it.
And it made me work hard. Best trainer session so far yesterday. I spent a lot of time concentrating on keeping my cadence between 90-100 RPMs, really spinning hard and fast. I can feel the clock ticking and while my run won't be great and my swim will only be acceptable, I think my bike is going to surprise me. If you can be surprised by a result you worked hard at for months.
Coming up later today- A Special Dirtbag Surprise! Woohoo! Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. That last pic looks like me after some of my trail runs! Some of the HURT gang call me "Blood and Guts"!