Zwift Monday Canyon Ranch Ride
from Mari Holden
I just got back from a trip with InGamba and USA Cycling to watch the Giro Lombardia last week.
It was an incredible experience and extra special for me because my Dad decided to join us and was able to use an ebike. E-bikes can be a game changer. He was able to keep up and we could ride together in Italy which is something we have wanted to do for a long time but not sure it could work out. I also want to add that the motivation to go on this trip helped my Dad lose 40 pounds and ride his “analog” bike every day to be prepared for Europe. The e-bike helped him be able to keep up and do the longer amounts of climbing necessary for the trip.
Now he has decided to do the MIke Nosco ride on November 3rd.
I’m so happy.
The most important thing that watching my Dad go through this process has been that I'm reminded how important goal setting is to motivation. And motivation helps emotional attitude and well being. The Nosco ride has inspired many people in my life. I’m going to talk a bit more about it but I would love for anyone who wants to join to sign up. All links will be in our post after the ride, and you can also DM Jack Nosco on this ride for more information.
Yesterday I did a meet up with an athlete I coach who has also set the Nosco ride as her goal. And Her husband is one of our sweeps :-)
They are incredible people and it’s going to be incredible to ride IRL. It has motivated us to really step things up a gear because the Nosco ride is no joke. I have done the ride many times and it’s super challenging. I told her that there is the option to cut out the first climb which is very difficult, and then do the rest of the ride. But, she is motivated to do the whole ride. And if she is committed to doing it then I’m going to be there to help her. Jack has people on the ride that he calls “sherpas” and they help people get to the finish.
Charlotte is going to be one of the Sherpas on the Nosco ride…
This kind of buddy system helps people get through the ride. It’s about having experience and insight about how to approach and get through difficult sections.
It’s about knowing when to push and when to take it easier.
The most important thing is that sometimes the buddy system helps people push for a higher bar then they set for themselves.
Melinda and I are ramping up the training and riding together more and it’s going to be a great adventure to get through it together.
I thought I would check out some studies about the benefit of working out with friends.
3 Reasons to Work Out With a Friend
You and your workout buddy can cheer each other on. When you work out with a partner, you’re likely to:
Feel more motivated. When you and your buddy encourage each other, you’ll work harder (and get better results!). And there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.
Be more adventurous. It’s easier to try new things with a buddy. You may just find an activity you love, one that feels more like fun and less like a workout. Be more consistent. When someone else is counting on you to show up, you won’t want to let them down. To enjoy all those benefits, you’ll need the right workout buddy. Look for someone with the same goals, schedule, and commitment you have. Someone who makes you feel positive and inspires you to hit the trail or treadmill on a regular basis.
How do you find the right fit?
Talk to friends, co-workers, neighbors, people at the gym.
Or find a buddy closer to home: What about a hike with your dog, who thinks every walk is the best walk ever? Now quality time is also fitness time. Good move! You could also try a workout app to connect with friends and others that share your goals and can help keep you motivated.
I’m a STRAVA addict and if you haven’t tried Breakaway you should give it a try! Even if you like to work out alone, changing things up with a buddy every once in a while can help you work out harder and learn new things. You can always switch back to solo workouts at any time.
We wish you a happy week and as always,
Be Kind, DO Fearless