This morning while I was doing my morning lower body lift, I ran into my friend Mike, who also works out super early in the morning. He knows pretty much everyone, and this morning wanted to introduce me to a woman he knows who wanted to join up with a workout partner and possible do a race of some sort. I am looking into doing a triathlon, but I wasn’t really planning on getting a workout partner. I am torn because I know a workout partner is something lots of people have when they first start out, but I’m not starting out….I’ve been lifting for almost 8 years and swimming since I was born (literally, my mom swam while pregnant with me until the day I was born). So, being the mathematical and analytically person that I am….I made a pro-con list of having a workout buddy.
Always someone to talk to, get new workouts from,etc
Meet new people (I tend to be a bit of a loner)
Maybe have someone to race with in a triathlon
I work out really early in the morning, and not everyone is up for that. I am NOT an afternoon exerciser, so this is my non-negotiable
I really like to zone out when I do my workout. Turn music on, get my body going and just forget about the world. I am not a social exerciser
Being stuck to a rigid training schedule. I like to do the exercise that my body feels like doing on whatever day it is. I may have grand plans to go swim for an hour, but if my body is telling me it would rather run, then I do it. Not a big fan of planned workouts
Having different skill levels and skill sets: I know I am a stronger swimmer and this women in a much stronger runner- this could be awkward!
So….do I just go for it and give this partner thing a shot? I’m thinking its not a bad idea for a few weeks, see where it goes, and then go from there. However, if its really not for me, I don’t want to insult or disappoint this woman, because I can tell she really wants someone to be a workout buddy and if thats what works for her, I don’t want to be the person who drops her! Advice time: what do I do???
Its going to be a dreary day here in the lab. Lots of clouds and nice stiff, chilly fall wind. Bundled up and ready to get to work!