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Riding with wife or a slower rider

Old 04-24-13, 03:12 PM
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Riding with wife or a slower rider

My wife has started riding with me the last couple months and I love it! Except for one small thing... I am only able to ride a few times a week. When I ride with her, I try and adapt to her speed so I can pull her up hills and enjoy the ride. At the end of the ride, my average power, heart rate and speed are significantly lower. The lower speed does not bother me, but I would like to still get a good work out in heart rate and power. I hold sodium like no other and need to sweat when I ride.

To try and get my heart rate up, I have tried taking 5 hour energy before my ride and it has barely helped. I have multiple layered clothes to increase my body temperature and heart rate but that too has had little effect. Any other suggestions? I like riding with her and I feel safer with her riding knowing I am there... I appreciate the input.
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Old 04-24-13, 03:16 PM
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Elevated heart rate / body temperature in the absence of elevated effort will not bring results. If you need to ride faster, you're going to have to ride without her or leave her in the dust.
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Stop doing that stupid stuff and just ride harder when you're solo.
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Old 04-24-13, 03:23 PM
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When I'm riding with slower riders, I focus more on technique such as pedal stroke/cadence. I ramp the cadence up until it gets a bit uncomfortable and maintain it, smoothing out the stroke and working the CV system. (My 'comfortable' RPM has increased by 10 this year due to this).
But, you're not going to get more power based workouts with slower riders, you could ride before or after the slower ride to carry on by yourself at your chosen pace with a few more miles, using that slow ride as a cool down or warm up.
Last option is to drop her...
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Sorry to say not much you can do.But its great that you and the wife ride. My wife started last year and we had a good time ,however it affected my ride in that i had to adjust to her speed.The one thing i would do that helped was hard short efforts. This year she is confident on the bike and wants to find other ladies her speed to ride with.Hang in there and as long as its all good go with it.
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I don't think artificially increasing your HR by taking stimulants has any training benefits. If so, we could all sit on couch and train. In any case, do intervals w/ her. Turn around, , ride the opposite way for 5 mins, mins, then turn back around and go like hell to catch her. Ride w/ her for a bit then repeat. Or, get a tandem.

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Old 04-24-13, 03:37 PM
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Get a fixie.
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Originally Posted by CrankAndYank View Post
I don't think artificially increasing your HR by taking stimulants has any training benefits. If so, we could all sit on couch and train. In any case, do intervals w/ her. Turn around, , ride the opposite way for 5 mins, mins, then turn back around and go like hell to catch her. Ride w/ her for a bitt then repeat.
haha, right because the wife will love that.

OP, just go for a ride with your wife. Maybe talk a bit. Enjoy being outside.
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Old 04-24-13, 03:43 PM
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Tighten those brakes until they rub. Heart rate through the roof.
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I ride with my wife often. She is picking up speed as we go, so the pace is much less leisurely than it was at the end of last summer. She hats hills, though. She encourages me to go ride to to the top, turn around, go back down and then catch her again. Used to work well. However, she's getting faster and it's changing the timing a bit. It's all good though. I love riding with her!
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Old 04-24-13, 03:47 PM
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No joke...add drag. Don't try a lighter bike and go faster, you dump your wife. Dumping the new guy isn't OK but you have to sleep with your wife. I have to sleep with mine. Put up a flag or something to catch the wind and slow you down. I used to pull a trailer with my kids. If this is training for you get your tires filled with water. Get fatter tires. Put a rack and bags on your bike and load it up. Make it so you have to work harder to keep up with your wife. The supper light bike and going really fast is for race day. Get your work out with your wife too.
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Old 04-24-13, 03:50 PM
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Ride with her and when ride is over, go ride solo, or vice versa. I do this when my kids want to ride with me. I either take them for a ride first and then go do my ride or go do my ride and hold back a bit so that I can ride with them after.
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Old 04-24-13, 03:55 PM
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I have no sympathy. If my wife would share my cycling interest we would be much happier. Pull a parachute, buy a rack and strap on weight, carry a backpack with a semester's worth of law books, carry a rucksack and fill it with whatever... Or go out 3 hours earlier and hammer and view your time with her as a nice stroll.
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Old 04-24-13, 03:57 PM
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I think, just forget about getting a workout when riding with a significantly slower rider. Consider it social, or base miles. The advantage of having this perspective is that it doesn't matter if the pace is slower vs just slow - 6mph, 10mph, 12mph etc all the same because you're not getting a hard session anyway, so you never get frustrated.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Stop doing that stupid stuff and just ride harder when you're solo.
Worth repeating. What he said.
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Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller View Post
Tighten those brakes until they rub. Heart rate through the roof.
Kinda like an Free Range Exercycle, eh ?
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get a 40lbs vintage cruiser. those things will wear you out no matter how slow you go.
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Do one-foot drills.
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Put a heavily weighted backpack on your back and problem solved. Whenever I do this the ride goes from pleasure to punishment real quick.
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Drop her. And then get yelled at. (Guilty.)

Or make it harder:
1) use the heaviest bike you own
2) use your heaviest wheelset
3) get the heaviest and widest tires you can fit on your bike, with a tread pattern
4) get the heaviest tubes you can find
5) inflate to the lowest psi you can get away with
6) ride only the highest or lowest gearing your bike can achieve (whichever works better)
7) ride as tall as you can
8) pull the whole way
9) do occasional one legged drills
10) fill a camelbak (or backpack with crap) and wear it

If you do all those things simultaneously, it should slow you down quite a bit!

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I been there. My wife has been riding for the past 2 years. And she significantly faster, actually a lot faster. Never adapt to her speed, I would do intervals and dial it up and would slow down and she would eventually catch up. I have routes we do and have it programmed on her cyclemeter app and as time went by, she saw a lot of improvements. Our favorite route after work is a 17 mile route we do 3 times a week. Her first run was about 14mph average and now she's averaging about 17-18. When we go to the bike trails, I set up rendezvous, I just tell her ill wait for her at the spot. One thing I never did, is I never forced her to ride. She wanted it on her own. And sometime she goes out solo. 2 years later and 4 bikes later, last one being a S-Works Amira, quite a few metrics. 20 pounds lighter. She's Hooked! Set small goals for your wife, believe me if she sees improvements, she'll stick to it.
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My rides with the old woman yeald better results than my solo training rides on the same route. How can that be you ask? I divide the route into intervals according to topo. Mostly shorter steep climbs and and few speed intervals. At the end of each interval I wait for her and I'm completely recovered to hit the next interval full out and finished it full red. I compare bike score results in Golden Cheetah which rewards intensity. We stop for lunch at 2/3 distance and then she drafts me home and I set the pace at a power level that she can hold. Works for me you just have to train them right.
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I been there. My wife has been riding for the past 2 years. And she significantly faster, actually a lot faster. Never adapt to her speed, I would do intervals and dial it up and would slow down and she would eventually catch up. I have routes we do and have it programmed on her cyclemeter app and as time went by, she saw a lot of improvements. Our favorite route after work is a 17 mile route we do 3 times a week. Her first run was about 14mph average and now she's averaging about 17-18. When we go to the bike trails, I set up rendezvous, I just tell her ill wait for her at the spot. One thing I never did, is I never forced her to ride. She wanted it on her own. And sometime she goes out solo. 2 years later and 4 bikes later, last one being a S-Works Amira, quite a few metrics. 20 pounds lighter. She's Hooked! Set small goals for your wife, believe me if she sees improvements, she'll stick to it.
We posted almost the same thing at the same time. Glad it works for you as well but I'm not buying her a new bike. I gave her my old Roubaix, I'm rockin the S-Works.
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get a home trainer/ rollers for the workout, ride a mountain bike while she is on a roadie
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I ride with my girlfriend about half the time. I enjoy our time together and don't even think about how much exercise I'm getting, or not getting, as the case may be. It's something we share and I savor it.

The other half of the time is when I push myself a little harder. It all balances out. Take things for what they are and don't look back.
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