Rolling and working out with a buddy can really help boost your motivation to skate, and if that person is your significant other or life partner, it gives you a chance to spend some extra quality time together. But, it's not always easy to work out with someone who is very close to your heart, so here are some tips for making it an enjoyable experience:
Consider your partner's goals.
If you are the weaker skater, you must make sure that skating with your life partner does not cramp his or her personal training level. Respect for each other's degree of commitment to training will build a better bond than non-productive quality time.
Your personal goals are very important, too.
If you are the stronger skater, you must make sure that skating with your significant other doesn't compromise your own roller sports training plans either. If you are training for an important marathon and he or she is not, it may not be a good idea to try training together. On the other hand, you can always consider skating together when there are no big events on the horizon, so you do not lose important training or quality time.
Let someone else train your partner.
If your significant other needs training, it is usually a lot easier to take a class, invest in lessons or visit workshops, than to try teaching him or her yourself. The investment in time and money will be well worth it, your partner's sense of pride will stay in tact and the complete ownership of their skating techniques will be a benefit, too.
Always read your partner's skating mood.
Try to pay attention to your partner's reactions to you, the environment and your skating. Sometimes he or she will want to focus on scenics, technique or speed - not talking. And at other times conversation may be an option, because there is no need for speed. Feel open to express yourself about these things to keep the roll pleasant for both of you.
You can always make skating a family project.
If rotating parenting duties keep you and your life partner from skating at the same time, work on getting the kids involved in roller sports. If you have tots who are too little to skate along with you, invest in one of those wonderful jogging strollers and take turns pushing it along. Older kids are easy to add to your rolling session. After investing in a few beginner classes, you can take the whole family out for gentle and appropriate skating activities. If your children are not interested in skating along, they can always bike, trike or scooter along, if you skate on multi-use trails.
Be inventive with your skating.
If your roller sports training plan does not sync up with your significant other, you may need to get a little creative. For example:
- You can warm up as a team, do your own skating session and meet up again for the last leg of the trail, if a complete skating circuit together is not possible.
- On long distance skates, your partner can be the pit crew and follow on a bike or in a vehicle or even meet you at pre-determined pit stops to provide support, ecouragement and companionship.
- If you do a spectator-type competetive skating sport, a personal cheerleader in the stands is always welcome.
Be supportive of your partner.
It is important to make your significant other feel good about his or her skating and training effort. Remember that criticism will not boost their performance during a skating session. All comments need to be positive, supportive and/or motivational when you are skating along. And it will help the cause if good news follows the skating session, too.
This is not show time.
If you skate much faster than your significant other, have a lot more endurance or know more tricks, together time is not the time to prove it. In most cases, your partner already knows who is the stronger skater. Too much emphasis on your skills will frustrate your partner, and he or she may not want to try a skating adventure with you again. Do not try to show off superior skills to your partner - unless he or she is "showing you off.".
If skating with your life partner or sweetheart is not a good plan, do not despair. Virtual workout companions can also help you stick to a skating plan. Try using iPhone skating apps or Android training apps to virtually keep track of your workout pace.
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