Become training partners
Amanda and Michael Lovato are one of the sport’s most recognizable couples. Both accomplished professional triathletes, the pair can often be spotted biking and running on the trails of Boulder, Colo., with their dogs, Luna and Blue. They train together in some way almost every day. If they are joining a larger group workout, each will train with other athletes who match their speeds. When it’s just the two of them, Amanda will start her track repeats 10–20 seconds ahead of Michael with the goal of not getting caught (Michael’s goal, of course, is to catch her). On longer rides, whoever is doing hard intervals takes the lead while the other uses the advantage of the draft to stay on the wheel.
The dogs are also very much a part of this training family—Luna, a Jack Russell, runs four to five times a week with Michael or Amanda. “The dogs actually do a great job of adding extra motivation to get out the door,” Amanda says. “Luna is not afraid to coax us out the door.” Michael adds, “It’s one thing to give up on your own session, but to deprive an adorable 12-pound ball of muscle and fur the chance to run? Unthinkable.”