Triathlon by its very nature is a lonely, solitary sport. However, during race weekends triathletes come together with spectators, friends, and volunteers and it seems the entire world revolves around swimming, biking, and running. This was the case this past weekend at Ironman Maryland. It was wonderful to see all the athletes, volunteers, and spectators supporting each other in lofty, ambitious, superhuman goals.
As I reflected on all the people that contributed to me being there on race day, I considered the team each athlete has around them which brings them success. There are spouses and families, physical therapists and chiropractors, and of course training partners. And while I as a coach caution about training exclusively in groups, there are some significant advantages to working out with others.
Whether it be group fitness classes, meeting a buddy for an early gym session, or doing the Saturday morning group ride, training alongside others has some significant benefits. And while I generally train alone, I join up with others ever so often for a myriad of reasons. In fact, there are many benefits to training with a partner or group. Here are a few of my favorites:
So, the next time you’re struggling to stay motivated during a workout, faltering a bit on your goals, are stagnant in your training, or find your workouts just plain dull, grab a friend and give it a go together. See how you do. If you’re like most people, you might see an uptick in your performance or simply find it just a bit easier to hit the pool, gym, or trail at 5am.