Happy Friday and welcome to the Friday Five! Are you currently training for a big event and have a Spring vacation scheduled? I am in the midst of Ironman Lake Placid training and recently spent a week traveling with my family. We had a wonderful time and I was able to get in some workouts while on the road. I learned a few things that I would like to share, here are five training tips for vacation.
Five Training Tips for Vacation
1. Safety First: Before heading out for a swim, bike, or run make sure to check and make sure the area is safe. Many resorts are wonderful only to find out once you leave the resort itself, there are areas known for “pick-pocketers” or other types of dangerous activity. If you are headin
g into the open water, ask about water safety: is the area know for any swimming dangers, such as riptides?
2. Use your Surroundings: Make the most of your destination by using the surroundings to train in after checking for safety. Go for a run along the beach or hop in the ocean for an open water swim!3. Cross Train: Sometimes while traveling, there just isn’t an option to do certain training. On our recent family vacation, I was not able to do any bicycling, so I opted to do extra swimming. I also did some hiking with my family around the island instead of a run to maintain my fitness.
Hiking at the Bath National Park in the British Virgin Islands was a fun family workout!
4. Be an Early Bird: For me, this works best all the time, but particularly on vacation. Get up a little earlier than everyone else to squeeze in a run or swim, so you have the rest of the day to enjoy with your family!5. Relax & Enjoy: Take a break from training and just enjoy your time! Missing a few days of exercise is not going to damage your plan if you have been sticking to it before your trip. Unless, you are a professional athlete or heading to the olympics, let it go and relax for a few days. Your body will thank you for the down time!Are you training for a big event this season and have a vacation scheduled? Do you train while on vacation? What is your favorite type of cross training? Where is your favorite place to train away from home? As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Have a Great Weekend!
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