Cycling is a fun and leisurely activity to do with your friends. It is immensely exhilarating. It is a sport that is indulged in by many, regardless if they are being serious and are aiming for the top, or if they are just following it as a hobby. One of the more concerning questions that a cyclist could ask is when to introduce a partner or family member or friend to the sport and how to do so. There is no specific route, nor is there an instruction guide to learning to love the sport, and also to introduce another member. Each person is different, and each person has their own skillset. This shows that the way that a person reacts to being introduced to the sport will be different.
Your Favourite Parts
Whenever a person talks about something that they like, they tend to list out the things that they like best first. The same applied when you are introducing your partner to the sport. First speak about the best parts of the sport, talk about your favourite trails, and the feeling that you had when you raced down the path. This is bound to get your partner interested and curious as to how it feels. However, if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry, there are many other ways that you can help your partner love the sport.
Relieve The Pressure
Usually, when a person begins a new sport or takes on a new hobby, there is a much higher chance of taking on too much pressure. This can lead to frustration and in some cases, rage quitting. In sports such as bicycling and other high activity sports, rage-quitting and other frustration related cases are common. This is due to the pressure accumulated at the beginning of the sport. A way in which that you can relieve your partner’s stress is through putting yourself in their shoes, remembering how your first felt when you joined the sport can help you understand. Also, try to make the tradition and introduction to the sport as smooth as possible as this will help in making sure that the pressure doesn’t rise too high.
Don’t Show Off
One of many mistakes a person makes when they successfully introduce a friend or partner to the sport is showing off. It takes time and determination to be able to get to a specific level of skill and showing off in front of your freshly joined and beginner level partner, is not the best of ideas. Although it is quite harmless and is only used as a jest. Showing off in front of your partner can easily result in the frustration build up and also cause them to become discouraged and stop joining in the sport altogether. Ensuring that you catch them up to speed at their own pace, instead of yours and also making sure to watch out for how you behave, is essential when introducing a friend or partner to the sport.