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Training with a slower partner(8 posts)

Training with a slower partnerRickS
Apr 1, 2001 7:33 AM
I'm fortunate that my wife shares (at least some of) my passion for riding. We both have committed to do several events this year (STP, RAMROD, etc.). Although we have friends we train with, it's important and fun for us to ride together as a couple.

Here's the rub: what are ways that a faster rider can train with a slower partner and still ride together? (I know a tandem fits the bill but we both like our own rides). Some of the strategies I've used to date are: to climb in a smaller rear cog (really works my legs); Let her get about 100 yds ahead and sprint to catch her; Work on spining at a higher cadence.

I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have...
re: Training with a slower partnersimstress
Apr 1, 2001 7:43 AM
I use all the techniques you mentioned when I'm with slower riders. If you're not already, try riding with her on your recovery days so you're not tempted to hammer. Also form drills like single-leg pedaling and "walking on nails" may slow you down too.
Tricks and realityKerry Irons
Apr 1, 2001 8:00 AM
The thing to recognize is that unless you are going to head up the road, and then come back, your average speed and total distance will be the same as the slower rider. Further, are you really "riding together" when you're jumping ahead or falling back while your partner pushes on in the middle of all this? Many people find it annoying to have someone else "riding circles around them" while they are training. So, perhaps your training rides should be separate from your "together" rides. One other possibility is to ride together for a distance (you leading, her drafting) and then separate with a plan to meet some distance up the road at a rest stop. If your route allows it, you can hammer an extra 5 miles while she gets an extra 15 minutes rest. You then depart from the rest stop together, and perhaps do the same thing on the way home.
RealityAlot of variables here
Apr 1, 2001 8:38 AM
That's the ticket. I really depends on how big a gap there is between both your abilities. If it isn't to great then you can basically pull your SO around. However if there is a big gap then your only option may be riding together on your recover days. Noticed I said your not there's. That is because your recover pace still may be to much for your partner. Good luck I've dated a few girl that cycled and most of them we agreed that we would not try to ride together. Trying to ride together put to much stress on the relationship. We where both much happier riding with people of our own ability. We did plenty of other activities as a couple.
You run while she rides ...Breck
Apr 1, 2001 10:20 AM
Works for me.
re: Training with a slower partnerdoc (the real one!)
Apr 1, 2001 11:21 AM
or you could just do 5-10 miles before you get back to the house and you go back out with her so that youre whipped from a harsh ride and you'll want to go at her pace....so go around the block once or twice, get it out of your system, and then pick her up like its a date!
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