Hey guys! I was MIA this week because I was in Chicago for my first week of training for work. I flew out on Sunday morning EARLY so that I could do a little exploring before the work week started.
I went to the Bean and the Skydeck at Willis tower. I went to Chicago a few years back for another work training, so I have already done a lot of the tourist attractions. Still – it was fun to go back. And since it was Easter Sunday, the lines were minimal.
I wore my boot to make sure I protected my foot as much as possible while walking around. The people who took pictures for you at the Skydeck wanted me to do a jumping picture, but I only had one foot haha!
After the Skydeck, it started pouring, so I treated myself to sushi for dinner. So good!
I did keep up pretty well with my training while traveling. I didn’t have a pool, so it was all bike and elliptical. I just made sure to keep my foot flat on the elliptical and not bend it.
Monday – 60 minutes bike, 40 minutes elliptical and chest/core
Tuesday – 60 minutes bike, legs, finished off with 30 minutes elliptical
Wednesday – 60 minutes bike, arms and core
Thursday – 20 mile bike (took about and hour and half), shoulders and core
Here are my tips for training while traveling:
- Do your best. Hotel gyms aren’t always going to have what you need to do your particular lifting plan. That’s ok. Just sub things out.
- Something is better than nothing. Don’t have time to do your run, lift and stretch? That’s ok. Just do a shorter run and stretch. Or just do the lift. Anything is better than nothing. With corporate trainings, you are going to spend most of your day sitting and eating, so just doing a little something is better than nothing.
- Plyometrics. Burpees, jumping lunges, anything that is using explosive muscle movements and body weight is very efficient.
Friday – I was back home and swam and easy 3000 meters at lunch. I had a fever on Thursday night, so took it easy. This normally would have been my “long run” day. However, with my stress fracture and getting sick – it didn’t feel like a good idea to push myself hard this week.
Saturday – 30 minutes off “sprints” on the bike – 1 min on, 2 mins off, followed by back.
Sunday – REST 🙂
For nutrition when traveling, I really try to LET IT GO. Here are my rules of thumb:
- Eat a good breakfast – it is probably the meal you will have the most control over. My hotel had an omelet bar, so I had an egg white omelette and peanut butter toast with a banana and coffee every morning – just like when I’m home.
- Protein is king – At home, it is so easy for me to get enough protein. However, when traveling and eating food that someone else picks, protein is not quite as easy. When you have the opportunity, go for high protein choices.
- Carbs and fats are going to be easy to find, minimize them when you can – ask for double veggies instead of a side of mashed potatoes and veggies with that steak at dinner. Sauce on the side, light dressing.
- LET IT GO. You might not be able to do any of this stuff, and you know what? That is just fine. Be mindful of your portions, listen to your hunger cues, and don’t freak. Having peace with your body and food is worth much more than you can imagine. The more you practice this, the easier it gets.
What are you go to survival strategies when traveling?