Tips for Riding and Training with People Who Challenge You

with SAVILIA BLUNK, Liv Racing Athlete

We have all been in situations riding with people more experienced than us in some way and people who challenge and push our own limits. Maybe you are stuck at home during this pandemic with your older sister who’s natural talent on the bike tops yours, or maybe your boyfriend is begging you to be a new riding buddy.

I try to seek out these challenges and find people who will push me in different ways. I believe this challenge makes me a better rider and a better person. However, riding with people who are better than you can be mentally tough. I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to make each ride a positive learning experience when I ride with people who have greater skill or fitness levels. Most of the time I train with my guy friends because they are who I live closest to. Sometimes I will get dropped on a climb or struggle on a technical section of trail. I’ve come up with ways to avoid frustration and make each ride with people who challenge me into a positive and fun experience!

Tips for staying positive and having fun when you’re riding with people who are “better” than you:

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