In the scheme of things, very few people have raced an iron distance event. Fewer still have performed at a major international music festival like Glastonbury.
I’d be pretty sure that Charlotte Cooper is a community of one who have done both.
She’s been the beating heart of her band The Subways, touring all across the world at some of the most incredible venues and auspicious company for 10 years. More recently she been bitten by the ironman bug and it turns out she’s not to shabby at that either.
“I’m still pretty new to ironman world, but I’m hooked! I did Challenge Roth in 2013, Outlaw in 2014 (won my age group hurray – I don’t like to show off, but I’ve never won anything before so I’m pretty proud of that!) and I’ll be doing Challenge Weymouth next year.”
And so it seemed more than perfect to ask Charlotte to take over our Spotify playlist – the top 10 tracks are hers, and here’s what they mean to her.
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
I’ve been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac while we have been recording our 4th album and they’ve become one of my favourite bands. It seemed quite poignant that at a point where I was really struggling in The Outlaw this year, I ran past a boat that was blasting out this song. Every time I ran past a different Fleetwood Mac song was playing!
Paramore – Misery Business
This is my favourite treadmill song. It’s perfect for a tough threshold session, inside or outside. I can’t help but run/dance during the solo!
Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue
I’m a huge Kylie fan and she’s been my favourite artist since I was old enough to know what music was. This song from the new album was the soundtrack to my Outlaw training this year.
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
I do love songs on my training playlist that relate to swim, bike, run – could there be a more perfect hill rep song?!
Garbage – Run Baby Run
Shirley Manson has always been a hero of mine and Garbage one of my favourite bands. I love to train to this running related tune!
Muse – Plug In Baby
My favourite band as a teenager – I had posters all over my walls! Origin of Symmetry was always my favourite album, so one of those tracks usually features on my playlist.
Chvrches – We Sink
My favourite new band! I’ve been obsessed with this album this year!
Bleech – Here I Am
These guys supported us on our recent UK tour. I set myself a challenge to cycle 1000 miles over the month long tour and I was always singing Bleech songs while I was out on the road!
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
Quite simply an awesome tune! I like songs that make me smile and want to dance when I’m training!
Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
I grew up in the Brit Pop era, so bands like Supergrass will always have a huge influence on me. As a bass player too, I love Mick Quinn!