For some reason, while driving home from dropping the dogs at the groomer this morning, I was thinking about group training and my dealbreakers – things that make or break working out with other people. What are yours?
Swim: In a masters setting, it’s people who don’t follow the workout and don’t know how to use the pace clock, especially if they are the ones leading my lane! I’ve learned to just switch lanes if there’s a bunch of these. In the lap swim pool, it’s people who want to circle-swim when there are only 2 of us – that never ends well – or people who steal my swim gear. More than once, I’ve looked up and someone else was using my pull buoy.
Bike: This one is fairly easy - (a) wearing an ipod or (b) not wearing a helmet. I know there are people who say they can be safe with both and that’s fine, but I won’t ride with you. Period.
Run: Oh, just about anything here. I really don’t run well with others (put it in my report card, go ahead). I want to go my own pace, not talk much, and not smell anyone else where possible.