Push + Pull

Today has been a great day!

In my city, Winnipeg, Canada, the temperature rose to an unseasonably high 14° Celcius (57° Fahrenheit), compared to the March monthly average high of 0°C/32°F.

I took advantage of the day by hauling my bicycle out of the city to ride it in Birds Hill Provincial Park. The roads there are raised, slightly crowned and typically clear much sooner than the city roads and bike paths, so it’s a much safer ride not having to navigate ice and sand, and puddles that can hide potholes.

It was so great to be on my road bike again, though I can’t complain too much as my latest ride last year was December 8. So there were only 81 days from then to now… the shortest gap I’ve ever experienced between fall and spring outdoor riding.

I rode three laps of the main roads, or just over 33 kilometres (20.5 miles). The wind was quite strong out of the southwest, so in the northeast, where there is a slight, gradual climb, I really had to stand on the pedals and dig in. It reminded me of indoor trainer rides where there’s significantly more elevation gain than that and, on those rides, I listen to my Car Tunes playlist for motivation. “Push + Pull” by the Canadian alternative rock band July Talk is one such song I listen to when literally pushing and pulling to get to the top of a virtual climb. I really like the song’s driving drum beat, the guitar riffs and distortion, and the sound effects on the female background vocal on “this push and pull…” in the post-chorus. Thinking of the feeling I get from motivational music today helped me slice through the warm spring air.

In my happy place!

This past winter, I did a lot more virtual rides with climbs, and today I could feel the added strength in my legs! It added to the feeling of exhilaration at being out in nature, on my bike, moving in the sun. And despite the wind, I maintained an average speed higher than I did on calm days at the beginning of last spring. Like I said, a great day!

“Push + Pull” was the first single from the July Talk’s second album, Touch (2016), which received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2017. The band has toured extensively, supporting acts like Spoon, Alabama Shakes, Billy Talent, Arkells, Weezer, among others.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from July Talk’s official YouTube channel:

Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of AZLyrics.com.

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