Travelling, training and working
I am visiting Vicenza, right next to Fontaniva, where Elite is. Will spend a day planning Elite work with Alessio. Tomorrow our goal is to meet Ashleigh and her husband Carl at the Malpensa airport in Milano, at noon.
In the mean time Conrad has taken few days to spend with his family on his farm in South Africa. And work a bit on his pool. Aleksandar is in Grand Canaria and Graeme was stuck in Inverness due to bad weather and wedding planning. Martine is also visiting Italy for a training camp.
We are all starting to move around a lot, maybe few 1000km total of travel for all of us in the past few days. Lots of climate, time zone, culture and food shocks. Bodies have to absorb all this while we struggle to maintain the routine: sleep, eat, train, work and even blog for Elite Ciao.
I am always amazed at elite athletes who travel so much and are able to maintain their fitness and even build it. Here are some tips that I picked up in past years:
Make a plan, but do keep in mind you will probably not stick to it. Improvise. Travel is unpredictable.
Make a priority list in your training. It is best to work on something which is your highest priority, if you race in endurance events than keep your endurance. If you do not have time to maintain or build endurnace with long runs or rides then do tempo or longer intervals. Try to do something relevant every second day but no pressure. Keyword is: relax.
Do not panic. A week is not relevant. In case you miss training it is good rest. If you gain a kilo, relax, you will loose it. It could be just body dealing with different food and climate. Body is not a metronome. Allow it some “up and down”.
Enjoy. Travel is not something that happens often. Allow yourself to get a lot from it emotionally and culturally. Training is not the most important thing. Try to combine training with sightseeing?
Hope this helps…