Endurance sports can be a lonely road for some. For others, it can be a social gathering. It can be a get-a-way, an escape. Last Friday, I wanted to get other peoples insight on what they prefer when it comes to running/biking with a group or without and with an ipod or with out. It seems this was a pretty hot topic in the tweet world. Below is what they said:
"Alone(with my dog, Abbey)"
"Im a fan of training with a partner, but also my headphones on other days"
"all 3, depends on my mood"
"Alone, without an ipod"
"I train alone, no music, sometimes meet coup people to ride but at own pace, only go together for safety"
"I almost always train with my husband. I like my ipod if Im alone"
"Train alone,music on bike over 50mi, and group stuff rules-pushes the pace"
"Id rather have a group, Im learning to like music, and i miss my old training group in TN. I need a Jersey one!" - @MS_MLove - Jersey peeps help this girl out
"depends on my mood! Usually I train alone & with my ipod but i do like having a running buddy"
"Mostly alone b/c its easier to do specific workouts on own & family time constraints, No music, and I like group rides"
"Alone w/ an ipod if running and without if riding."
"Alone fo sho! Music too unless im biking"
"Definitely an ipod, group workouts are fun"
"Alone although I incorporate races into my training, and def w/ ipod"
"I like training alone w/ my ipod- my ipod has been dead yet I will keep my ear buds in- do not talk to me! I am in my zone!" - @jkrissyontherun (I love the zone)
For me, I like the lonely road. Most of the time with out an ipod as well. Biking long, I like a group. And Running long i like a partner or the ipod. But other than that, my thoughts gives me enough distraction as it is. Its crazy where my mind goes, but I really do try and control it when it comes to focusing on the workout at hand. However, my say on the topic would be that it doesnt matter in the end. As long as you get out and get your workout in- its all good. I thought the answers above were pretty interesting though. Thanks tweeps for the help and hopefully this shows some of you that training alone is not a bad thing and the same can be said with training with a group. Just Get It Done!