I just finished reading a blog "do-you-train-alone", where the question was asked if you like to train alone. When I saw the question, my first response is no. I would much rather train in a group. Someone to push you, conversation, competition, and camaraderie. There is almost nothing better than accomplishing a PR and having someone there to high five or to celebrate with.
But then I remember my training schedule. Is it realistic to expect anyone else to keep such a crazy schedule. My workouts are totally dependent upon my work schedule and the weather. My first workout of the day recently have been at 5:00 AM. P90X. Yippee. Lots of fun. But I think when this programmed 12 weeks are over, swimming or running at this time will definitely be doable. For cycling, I am still a little scared of riding this early.
I think that the best place for me to have a partner will be in swimming. Swimming makes me feel like a total loser. But I think with a partner I will not dread going and may be motivated to continue beyond my current frustration threshold.
The same blog also asked about hydration. This is another area of total weakness for me. I am not a big fan of running with a handheld or a belt. I have actually tried a handheld and it never felt comfortable. As far as a belt, I am too vain for that. Maybe once I start longer runs, I will have to face this issue and address it more seriously. But for now I will try to hydrate before and after. I am sure I will regret this strategy, but sometimes that is the best teacher for us vain runners.