How do you all go about training? Do it all on the tandem? Train individually on half-bikes? Other approaches?
We would like to ride the periodic Century and at some point try some tandem touring. Some of the supported tours sound very cool and the credit card touring thread gives all kinds of ideas. And so far about 30 miles of relatively flat is our comfort zone for distance.
I have done most of my riding on half bikes with a riding buddy. This worked really well because sometimes I could chase him and sometimes he could chase me. This motivational trick kept us pushing our own limits and expanding those limits in a fun way rather than making it a lot of work. Then there is the occasional "let's catch and hook that guy", I have been known to go way faster than I should while chasing squirrels
In this experience I have learned a lot about physical capability and HR and find my HRM a key resource. But while I may feel great riding with a 140 BPM all day and peak sometimes up at 170 BPM, my stoker seems to ride at more of a 115 BPM pace (I use the same model wireless bike computer for the tandem as I use on my half bike so we both have heads but only one HRM sensor). Thus I suspect we have different and conflicting ideas of what constitutes a full effort. I might mention that one of her favorite attributes of the tandem is she can always keep up with me.
So how do you sync up expectations and training?
If the team is only as strong as the weakest link, how do you build that link up constructively?
And if your riding buddy is behind you what do you chase?