This month, Propel has been asking us to work out with a friend for our Add Flavor challenge. That’s not much of a challenge for me, since I love to work out with friends, but okay.
So far, most of my tri training has been solitary. This has definitely been a departure from marathon training, where my long runs were a chance to meet up with friends and chat for hours and hours. I don’t really know how you’d swim with friends, anyway…so.
One recent weekend, I had two bike rides on my schedule of 1.5 hours each. That’s a lot of time to sit and think about life by yourself. So, I grabbed Jen, and off to the West Side Highway we went. She stopped to rent a bike, and I brought my trusty buddy. (She still needs a name.)
I’m a much more confident runner than I am cyclist or swimmer, so it’s also about learning to feel comfortable letting others see my potential weakness in these two sports, as well as stepping outside the comfort zone. Next steps: finding stronger cyclists to ride with to help me grow as a cyclist.
And bringing my Propel flavor enhancers on those shorter rides so I can practice drinking and riding.
When I started working out, the idea of working out with a friend terrified me. They would see how weak I was, and they would get frustrated waiting for me. Once I started running and training for my first marathon, I met Ashley, and we discovered we were around the pace. We began doing most of our long runs together, and I became more confident not only in running with others, but with myself in general.
As I got a little faster, a friend pushed me to find faster training buddies to run with to get me outside of my comfort zone and increase my speed. I remember the first time I ran with Gia. The girl is a speed demon—but I could hang on! I also love working out with friends because it’s a great excuse to catch up in a healthier situation, and share a passion. My friend Lacey and I really like our wine, but when she discovered my favorite studio, it became something healthier we could do together.
We rode up to the Little Red Lighthouse and back. There is so much about cycling that I’m still learning, including how to drink and ride, so I used our turnaround point as an excuse to hop off and chug some Propel. Next time, though, I think I’ll put some of the liquid enhancer drops into a water bottle with some ice. And maybe be less of a weenie and try to drink on the bike.
She rented a heavier bike, and doesn’t bike a ton, so it wasn’t my fastest ride, but that will come in time. Especially with a new bike, time in saddle is really important right now, and I had 1.5 solid hours of friend catch-up time as well as butt-in-saddle time.
What’s your favorite workout with a friend? Do you like working out with friends who challenge you, or do you like to be the one challenging your friends?