It dawned on me this last trip I took how much planning goes into me being able to travel while maintaining my strict eating and training schedule. I thought it might be helpful to some of you to hear some of the things I have learned over time. A lot of my trips require that I either do not gain or that I lose weight to make weight for a competition. Also, I rarely take time off from weightlifting, so I must locate a place to continue with my training. I know most of you do not go through this, but if you are on a nutritional path to better health, these tips will help you. I will do several posts on the topic over the next few weeks. The first topic will be about hotel choice.
The hotel can make a huge difference with staying in the game. I spend lots of time looking on the internet for the right place. My first requirement is a place with a fridge and microwave. If you aren’t sure, call ahead to see if they have these in each room. They may have them for a daily fee. Next, the hotel must have a simple gym at the least. This way I can do accessory work and/or cardio to work off any errors in judgement. It’s also a bonus to have a place with breakfast included because they typically have decent fruit and sometimes meat or eggs. Then I start looking at proximity to things I will need, like a facility to train, good grocery stores, restaurants, etc. If you rent a car, this isn’t such a big deal. If you stay near airports a lot and don’t rent cars, a place with a shuttle is great because they will generally take you wherever you want to go within 3-5 miles.
Once you’ve determined the hotel, then you can see what restaurants are nearby and which grocery stores are nearby or at least on the way from the airport. Save the addresses of these on your phone or print the directions if you won’t have cell service.
Next week we will discuss getting your training set up and some very easy meals to eat while traveling. Let me know if this is helpful.
Weighted Pull Ups: 5×3-10. Choose the weight and reps based on your ability. If you are on the band, do the most challenging band you can or complete the pull up progression workout.
8 Ring Rows
*Keep your running pace up during all the rounds.