I’ve never really been big on having a workout partner, mostly because I have commitmentphobia and don’t want to make a commitment I can’t keep. Also because my schedule has always been a bit crazy, thus maintaining a regular workout time has proven a bit difficult for me. However, I recognize the benefit of
having one or more workout buddies who help push you to the next level and get you through some difficult milestones. Many of my running and tri friends swear by their workout partner relationships.
This weekend, I went on the first of many training bike rides with my new partner in crime, a work friend who is also training for the River Roux half-ironman race this November. He and his girlfriend are doing the race as a relay team and he wants to train for the bike portion on the race course, which is ideal for me, since it’s so close to home. As a mother of two tiny tykes, this makes the commitment part a bit easier.
This Saturday, we met up at 6:40 to get an early start on our 25-mile bike ride. This doesn’t sound too long to those serious weekend riders who log 60+ miles every weekend but for my new biking buddy, Scott, and I, it’s a start in the right direction. We are both getting back into the sport of cycling after taking time off for different reasons; thus, are perfect mates for pushing each other to the next threshold on the bike.
This weekend’s ride was good. It was just the right amount of difficulty at this early stage of training. The course so far is looking to bit quite hilly. Luckily, gravity helps a little; after all, what goes up must come down, eventually. It was nice to ride with Scott as he had already ridden this part of the course and knew where the nasty hills were, where the good down hills were, and where we should be on the lookout for stray dogs. He’s also a seasoned cyclist who gave me good advice on how to maximize my energy efforts when climbing hills, which we did a lot of. We both agreed biking with a buddy is soooooo much better than biking alone. It makes you feel safer, makes you ride faster, and makes the miles fly by.
Here’s to many, many more bike rides with my new partner in crime. And here’s to the workout partners we all have that keep us going and help make us the best athletes we can be.