I get asked all the time "Coach Jenny, how do I get faster?" One of
the fun ways to get faster or improve your performance is to train with
athletes that are faster or better than you.
I finally got my mountain bike out and rode about 20 miles at Chicagoland trail called Waterfall Glen
Sunday. It is a beautiful and rolling 10-mile limestone path and the
perfect place to ride. While I was getting my butt back in gear
(literally), a "jersey" rode by me. A jersey is one of those serious
cyclists with a fast, very light road bike and cool jersey to match.
The competitive side of me decided to tag along and ride the draft and
I had a ball doing so. It's been awhile since I rode my mt. bike or
road bike in "a line" and it was a great way to push that extra inch.
Gosh it felt great to be on the bike and even better to push a little harder than I planned.
IN my adventure racing days, when I needed to learn to paddle, I trained with my champion paddling
teammates. When I needed to improve my technical mountain biking
skills, I followed my professional mt. biking riding teammate. Although it was completely intimidating, training with stronger, more skilled athletes brought out the best that I had
to a whole new level I never thought I had.
World marathon holder, Paula Radcliffe
was once asked what her training secret was and she said, "I train like
a man." I guess for her since there aren't any women that are faster
than she is in the marathon distance, she'd have to train with men!
Men or women, train with your buddies that are faster, stronger, and especially more skilled than you. In most cases,
they are happy to teach you the skills or even happier to push you that
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