Members of the Baton Rouge-based triathlon training group Group3 know the difference a dedicated and supportive network of fitness friends can make. Adrien Gingles Busekist, a founding member of the group, says the group transpired from a chance encounter during The Louisiana Marathon in 2014. During a conversation on the course that lasted 2-3 miles, Adrien and new friend Jennifer Macha decided that a triathlon training group was essential.
Members of the newly established group with go for long cycling trips together, not only to support and to motivate, but also for added safety. The group quickly grew as original members invited more friends and acquaintances who were interested in running, cycling and swimming to join in on the fun.
Adrien says, “We’re always looking for people to train with. We keep everyone updated through our Facebook page because you will always find someone who will run or ride with you.” She adds, “I love running, but sometimes if you’re doing long runs and don’t have a set pace that you need to keep, you can get bored. It’s nice to have someone to talk with. I’ve had some of the best conversations with friends while running because it just comes naturally.”
She has advice for those interested in training with a group for the first time: “Don’t be afraid to be social. If you show up, you will always know or get to know someone. People that are into endurance sports love to have someone come in and join the fun. They are very inviting and hospitable, and they can’t wait for someone else to be as crazy as them. We have a weird idea of fun.”
We have to add that Adrien is no stranger to endurance events. She took up cross country running in middle school and found that she really loved running long distances. Adrien completed her first full in 2008 during the New York City Marathon. She says, “You can run your entire life. I’m a lawyer now and I train, but I also run because it helps me think more clearly.”
Thanks so much for sharing your running story with us Adrien! We can’t wait to see you at the finish line in January.