How Tri Veterans and Fitness Rookies Can Exercise Together

How to Survive a Day With a Fitness Rookie

Tip No. 1: Remember Your First Training Session

That hilly 10-kilometer trail run might be a leisurely adventure for you now. But try to remember a time when such a run would have been more challenging. Remember the pain and sense of accomplishment of finishing it.
Now, try to think about how annoying it would be if your running partner kept exclaiming how easy the trail was or how they'd be forced to get in another workout. No one wants to be reminded of their shortcomings. Keep it positive and don't make it about you. 

Tip No. 2: Keep It Fun and Interesting

It's your first big ride or run together. Don't forget the power of an interesting route. A boring path or barren street can make the pain seem worse and the miles seem longer.

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As an uber-athlete, you've probably taken your bicycle through half of the city and know the best running trails. Pick the route that's full of interesting sights and isn't just one giant slog uphill. Maybe the route is through a particularly neat neighborhood of funky homes or an off-road trail.

Whatever the route, consider breaking it up with a few well-timed breaks. That coffee shop located at the top of a steep hill; the park at the mid-way point; a scenic outlook; or even a caf? in the last mile will give your fitness rookie small goals to shoot for.  

Don't talk about how you would normally not stop so much. New athletes are already insecure enough. The outing should be one-part training and two parts sightseeing. The more fun the ride, the more likely the rookie will want to join you again.

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Tip No. 3: Pick the Day Wisely

You're an endurance athlete, so it's reasonable to assume that you have a workout schedule. That outing with your athletically-challenged loved one shouldn't do double-duty as your weekend long run or ride.

Your best bet? Pick a day, to exercise together, that would normally involve a light workout. You won't be worried about missing an important endurance training session and your partner won't feel guilty that they're holding you back.

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