A few months ago, I took on a new role at work. This role requires me to travel fairly regularly. Most of my trips typically last less than a work week and aren’t so frequent that they usually disrupt my training too much. That said, over the next four weeks I’ve got to travel quite a bit. In fact, most of the weeks in the next month, I’m traveling more than I am at home.
Why is traveling a problem? C’mon – expense account eating, sleeping in hotels, flying on packed planes, the opportunity to get lost driving around unfamiliar cities…what’s not to like? In all seriousness, travel is a problem in that it limits my training. It’s tough (and expensive) to fly a bike around the country. Swimming laps in a hotel pool is painful – three strokes and a turn. In the past, the way I’ve accommodated traveling during heavy training periods is that I’ve just manipulated my training plan. Traveling so much in the next month will make that difficult to do. I’ve got 2 races coming up in the next 60 days (an Olympic and a half-iron). I’m concerned that the frequency of travel coming up might impact my ability to be sufficiently trained for my races. Given that, you can see why I have some angst.
Have you had this issue before? What steps did you take to accommodate travel & training? What suggestions do you have for me?
Coming up later this week or next week: (1) Product review of First Endurance’s ULTRAGEN product, and (2) a product giveaway contest – more details to come!