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2013: My Year In Review and My Favorite Cycling Tunes!

24 Dec

It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I wrote my last ‘Year In Review’ post! It’s been a pretty quiet year, but I have definitely found some highlights to share.:)

It’s been a busy year for this little blog. I know it may not be the most popular indoor cycling blog out there, but I’d say it does pretty well considering it’s just my hobby. Here are some interesting stats:

*The majority of my referrers are search engines. People are always googling ‘Chrispins Music Blog’ or some other form of it. After search engines, I get a lot of traffic from Facebook.

*There were 70,620 visitors to the blog in 2013 (so far), and my busiest month was November. The average per day was 198 visits. (November had 324/day). My highest traffic day was November 25 with 500 views. My husband almost died when I told him my blog had that many visitors in one day. He couldn’t comprehend that so many people even care about spinning music!

*After my homepage, my most visited post was my Figure 8 Profile post

*Top clicks from my blog this year goes to….you guessed it! Spotify!

*My top commenter of 2013 was Jessica from FitTalker. 🙂 She’s got two great blogs you should definitely check out! ( Here’s the link to her food blog.)

Now onto my music highlights. If you are a Spotify user, you can generate your own ‘Spotify Year In Review’ by clicking here. I had some trouble with the link not working at first and then wasn’t able to share to any social networks (most likely because I’m using a Mac), but I am able to share the screen shot with you. Here ya go:

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Looking at the top ten tracks, I have to say, I’m not surprised at the outcome. How funny is it that number nine is a Tabata song! And I think Train is my top artist because my husband just decided he likes their music and he has hijacked my Spotify more than a few times!

In more Spotify news, check this out:

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As of today, I’m up to 809 followers! (812 since writing this post!) Wow!!I’m truly blown away by that number and I am getting new followers every day!

Speaking of Spotify, Here is the playlist that I used to commemorate some of my favorite songs of 2013. I chose songs that I loved for different parts of my ride, so of course some didn’t make the cut. I think I have a pretty good list here, and my riders agreed. We had a lot of fun with this ride!

Teaching notes:

San Francisco: It was a toss up for warm up song between this and Michael Franti’s ‘I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like). Today, I was just feeling this one more. Warm up

Pompeii: I think what I love most about this song is that it sounds like it could have been written in the 80’s. Continue to warm up and bring it out of the saddle for a light climb

Counting Stars: Hands down, this one comes from my favorite album that came out this year. So many great songs on this one, and this song has to be my favorite. Alternate seated/standing climb

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up): My absolute favorite on this playlist. Great for accelerations on the chorus. Seated accelerations @ :44(30 seconds), 1:40 (30 seconds) and 2:33 (40 seconds)

Timber: Truthfully, this might be my least favorite of the bunch, but I couldn’t NOT put a Pitbull song on the playlist! I do like it for a standing flat

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody: I love many of the songs from the Gatbsy album. This one is no exception. It’s old fashioned and modern at the same time. Seated fast flat

Timeless: I fell in love with this song the very first time I heard it. It’s so beautiful and we used it as a heavy standing climb, adding gear every 45 seconds or so.

Best I Ever Had: Another great one for seated accelerations on the chorus. :36 (30 seconds), 1:40 (30 seconds) and 2:44 (45 seconds)

Wake Me Up: Come on. This one MUST be on your list for favorite spinning tunes of 2013. It’s that good. I never tire of it. We started in the saddle and then came up for a standing climb.

Rebel Beat: Love me some Goo Goo Dolls! Seated climb

Heart Upon My Sleeve: At first listen, you may not think this song is so special, but I love when I find songs that have tempo changes where it makes sense to change from seated to standing climb and it just seems to fit with the music. :00-1:10 Seated climb; 1:10-2:19 Standing climb; 2:19-3:43 Seated climb and 3:43-4:43 Standing climb.

Gone, Gone, Gone: This song just makes me happy. Jumps on the chorus.

#That Power: This song keeps my riders motivated with a strong beat. #ThatPower=#onekickasscyclingsong – We used it as a standing flat.

Zorba’s Dance: A little off the beaten path, but my classes ALWAYS love this one. We start out on an easy flat road,and as the tempo increases, so does our cadence. And we finish with a juicy sprint at the end.

Say Something: So, so pretty. And sad. But I love it for a cool down.

Auld Lang Syne: Well, because it’s almost New Years!

I hope you liked my favorites of 2013. How did I do? Did I miss any? What songs are on your list this year?

And what would a year in review post be without telling you about the highlights from my year? Here’s the short list:

2nd Ride for Missing Children:

This is the second year that I participated in the Ride For Missing Children. You can read about the day of The Ride in this post. It was another incredible day and I was so proud to again be a part of such an amazing event. I was able to train riders indoors until the weather allowed us to get outside, which was a lot of fun. I loved seeing my riders do so great when they hit the road with the help of my training classes. I will not be participating in The Ride this year, but I will continue to support the mission of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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ICI Pro Profile:

I have been a contributor at ICI/PRO for over a year now and have written several articles there. This summer, I was lucky enough to be invited by ICI/PRO founder John MacGowan to record an audio-profile to be featured on the site. The profile and playlist along with our audio profile can be found by clicking the link below. It was a lot of fun and I hope I’m able to contribute more audio profiles in the future!

Click the picture to check it out on ICI/PRO (member content)

Click the picture to check it out on ICI/PRO (member content)

LiveFit Trainer:

I found this program on bodybuilding.com right before the beginning of summer. It’s a 12 week program and I have the whole summer off, so I figured I’d give it a shot! The end result? I loved it and saw some amazing results! I gained so much strength and I now feel completely comfortable going into the weight room at my gym by myself. I kept readers up to date on a weekly basis with my progress, so if you missed any of my posts, click the picture below:

Click the picture to see my Livefit posts!

Click the picture to see my Livefit posts!

Yoga:

Ok, this is a pretty recent development. I tried my very first yoga class a few weeks ago. And guess what? I really liked it! I’m going to try to get to Yoga once a week after the start of the new year, so I will keep you up to date on how that’s going soon!

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Well, that’s my year in a nutshell.:) I’ll be back next week with my New Year playlist. If you’re thinking about putting one together, here’s a collaborative Spotify playlist for you to check out:

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