Mike Caldwell, the mayor of Ogden, Utah, might be the fittest mayor in America, so it's only fitting (sorry) that he contributes to the Ultimate NPR Workout Mix.
"I've raced mountain bikes competitively now for 26 years, got into triathlons about eight years ago," Caldwell says. "Where we live in Ogden, Utah, we're right next to the mountains, got a big reservoir — it really lends itself to being a triathlete or mountain-sports person."
Before he became mayor earlier this year, Caldwell exercised at lunch. Now, with the demands of the job and family, he has to get up very early to get a workout in. He's given his scheduler strict orders never to book him between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m., when he goes to a Crossfit Gym.
"That is probably one of the most important things I do with my day," Caldwell says. "If I don't get exercise, I'm not as quick on my feet. The stresses of the day just seem to compound themselves. I'm less patient with my kids and my family. This job would be far too difficult if you didn't have some outlets and ways to keep your feet on the ground."
What gets Caldwell moving that early in the morning? AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" and Foo Fighters' "The Pretender" are among his picks, but he says "I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab for Cutie gives him that extra oomph.
"That's got a nice ramp-up and a real good rhythm, so when I'm out pedaling or riding, it's one of those songs that focuses me."