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20 July, 2014 0 comments

Cycling with a partner


Cycling with a Partner

Having a cycling buddy is not only the best cure for motivational problems it is also a way to get so much more from exercising than you thought was possible! Cycle UK suggest that two people cycling together can easily achieve what is difficult for one. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced cyclist, there’s a lot to gain from exercising with a partner. The opportunity to share the adventure is priceless and each ride is different and people will notice different things. Furthemore depending on the road you can ride alongside each other and talk. This will increase opportunity to engage in conversation which may even help in other psychological ways too.

A late night ride is less scary and a lot safer, and talking of safety riding with a buddy can also be effective and aid support with any mechanical problems. Moreover riding with a buddy is a chance to deepen friendship and develop camaraderie with like-minded people. Want to cycle and have positive goals then surround yourself with positive cyclists. There is something about sharing the challenges and accomplishments of exercise that creates a sense of connectedness. Being in it together can increase your confidence in overcoming any challenges, and ultimately have a positive effect on performance. Researchers from Oxford’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology have studied the advantages of training together as a team and claim that this can have actual physiological benefits. The results of their research demonstrate that “being in it together” can produce a higher level of endorphin levels in the brain– these hormones that bring about a sense of well-being also raised the pain threshold of the subjects training in teams to twice as high as of those who did an identical workout alone. This is likely a result of shared goals and group bonding, the authors of the study suggested.

Along with this positive research when exercising together with a cycling buddy, you will probably spend less time looking at your watch and more time interacting. The distraction of interaction will keep your mind off muscular fatigue and make miles go by faster. It is just more fun when you’ve got someone to share your exercise time with! Training with a partner can hold off boredom and tiredness, thus making your cycling routine easier to keep up with. There is no more effective way to become a motivated cyclist than finding a good group ride or having a regular training partner. Riding with others has several other benefits including improved safety and efficiency from slipstreaming. When you have a cycling partner, there are two pairs of eyes and ears that are attentive to the surroundings, making sure that any dangerous situation is noticed more quickly. In addition, when cycling on streets or country roads, two cyclists can be noticed more easily than one. This means that you can feel a bit more relaxed and concentrated on your training than you would be able to do alone. Moreover, if something unexpected were to happen, it is good to have someone present to help and resolve the situation.

Sky Ride UK suggests that as a general rule try to limit solo training to between 10% and 50% of total miles. With or without a club, group training is vastly more effective than individual training. The same intensity that can make solo training a challenge comes naturally in a good group. Ever notice how easy a smooth a ride with a buddy appears until you arrive home to find a surprising soreness in the quadriceps.

Cycling with a partner can encourage you to find that motivation that powers you through your workout. When a partner is involved a sense of pride, determination and self-fulfilment plays a role in you staying strong. The opportunity to have someone next to you increases your efforts, your chance in working harder and the chance to learn and develop from one another.

A study within Michigan State University’s department of Kinesiology looked at exactly this with their subjects. Their subjects, who were paired with virtual training partners, kept going on their bikes twice as long as those that were riding alone. What is more, it turned out that cooperation is a better motivator than competition, suggesting that subjects who exercised as part of a team with their partner ended up training longer. Also, interestingly for this article the subjects exercising with a partner had no decline in motivation during the study period that comprised six training sessions, while those riding alone showed a decline in intent to exercise. Exercising outside with a real buddy obviously has additional benefits, helping you to power through rough bits of the training, and ride longer or with more intensity, as switching positions will help you conserve energy when you need it. Bottom line…having a cycling buddy is a truly great way to unleash your potential.

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