Before you even get out the door put together a game plan.
Pencil in some dates between now and Spring Challenge where you can all head out as a team for longer adventures on foot or on wheels, or both. This could be a weekend day out of town, or maybe an adventure during the day when the kids are at school. I would recommend proposing as many potential dates as possible because other things always come up. Sometimes only 2 of you can make it and that’s still beneficial.
Do your best to commit and make it happen.
These adventures are the times where you truly learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses so that there are no surprises on race day. You can also try to get out together regularly during the week for shorter sessions if you live in the same area. It’s certainly harder to get out the door in winter but with a headlight, a few warm layers, and top notch company you can still achieve a lot.