An old training partner of mine from Norway used to always say that it wasn’t a good idea to rely on music while training. That was in the day of minidisc and tape players. Then came the iPod and now everyone, it seems, is heading out for their run or bike with something plugged into their ears cranking their favorite tunes. There’s even a growing industry of iPod-compatible training mixes and choreographed workouts. The Norwegian’s point was more about the philosophy of training than about safety.
However, with the recent tragic death of a jogger struck by a crashing propeller plane in South Carolina, we are forced to consider the distinct danger that cycling and running with our hearing impaired because of an iPod or any other portable device presents. In short, we must consider leaving those devices at home for a time when our total concentration is not necessary.