Fartlek Run (11k)

Even though there’s really no need to pursue my training plan anymore as my proverbial Ironman egg basket has been unduly turned upside down and the contents unceremoniously dropped to the ground and smashed, I think it’s still in my best interests to maintain this based I’ve worked so hard to get.  So I’m keeping up with the interval running workouts, although I might not need to do them quite as often.  In other words, I don’t need to necessarily build on this run base but I don’t want to loose it either so I’m going forward with what would have been a planned 11k fartlek run this afternoon.

My listening pleasure today while I complete the [5 x (2 minutes HARD/3 minutes easy), 10 x 30 seconds HARD/30 seconds easy] intervals is the ‘Sexplosion!‘  album by the industrial disco band My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.


Yes, “Industrial Disco”.  You completely read that right. I am a unique and beautiful snowflake after all.

‘Sexplosion!’  is the bands 3rd studio album released in 1991 on Wax Trax! Records and stands as the bands biggest commercial and critical success.  Oh, and that cool cover image by the way, is 50’s pin-up girl Bettie Page as photographed by Bunny Yeager.

When this was released, I thought it was the grooviest thing on earth.   It’s a hedonistic combination of lite-industrial music, house music, break beats and 60’s lounge music. This may sound like a mess but on ‘Sexplosion!‘  it all comes together to create TKK’s best album and possibly one of the best album WaxTrax! albums ever released.  It’s a campy romp that evokes a psychedelic funk groove, James Bond/John Barry themes and then stuffs them with fat n’ skanky bass-lines which would be perfectly at home in any 70’s era porn film (not that I’ve seen a lot of those, mind you).  It’s definitely marks the bands break from it’s former dark and creepy Gothy/Satanic wannabe attitude towards a more danceable, ultimately and, ultimately, entertaining sound.

The sampled sound effects are catchy enough to stick in your brain for awhile, especially the slap bass in ‘Leathersex‘  and the sleezy saxophone sample in ‘The International Sin Set‘.  ‘Sex on Wheelz‘, which appeared in the 1992 cult classic film ‘Cool World‘, is easily one of my fond favorites from this album and I remember it being the big hit on the dance floor at Phil’s Grandson’s Place back in university.

“Do my kisses burn?  Do they take your breathe?”

Everybody was instantly transformed into an instant ho’…albeit in a good way.

There’s no denying it:  it’s a catchy listen and ideal actually for keeping a pace up and strong through my 2 minute HARD intervals.

The weather was ideal today to boot, albeit a bit windy but not stupidly so.  Just enough to keep things cool without being cold while pounding the pavement up and down Thunder Bay in my t-shirt.  The goal going forward is to do one of these hard intervals workouts whether it be tempo, hills, speed or progression runs per week and continue building this engine I’ve started overhaul the past few months.  I have the whole summer now to do it, so one such workout should be efficient to keep that if I also mix them with an easy drill run and one 60 minute LSD “fat burning” run on the weekend.

That’s the tentative plan anyway.


About crazytigerrabbitman

I am a fat guy and always will be in the same way they say that “once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic”. Eventually I got upset about my poor health and ballooning body frame so I decided to change things for the better. Some people sign up for Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or whatever fad diet program it is that happens to be occupying the majority of air time on the boob tube. Other people prefer to run out and purchase the latest, fold away, piece of shit being hawked by some celebrity has-been. Me? I decided to take up triathlon. I had abused my body over the years with bacon cheeseburgers, pints of beer and double-dipped donuts, and the time had now come to abuse my body with physical exertion, perseverance and hard work instead; penitence in it's purest form. The time had come to kick my ass. I am Terry Nash and I am the “fat and the furious”.
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