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Try to pack some resistance bands (ie surgical tubing). These are great for hotel room door knobs. These are great for strength training.
1) Forget about cycling and running - too complicated and time consuming from my experience when travelling for business. Just take the running gear. Great thing about running is you can run literally anywhere any time with a minimal amount of gear and planning. Sometimes it can be a real adventure, running in a strange place, but that's part of the fun of it all.
2) Use the travel time as active rest , yea right, rest - you know when you recover from harder training and actually get fitter. This has to be planned out a bit more so that going into a travel stint you are wrapping up a few hard days.
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1. I am a member of an IHRSA health club and a local YMCA, both of which give me reciprocal privileges (weights, pools, traeadmill, spinning) at a boatload of IHRSA clubs all over the country. I've yet to find a city where I can't find a place to swim, bike and run. Getting up early is the hard part. :)
2. I always take: Old bike shoes w/SPD cleats (the most popular cleat on spinning bikes), running shoes, and tri top & shorts (can be used for both bike and run) and either hit a treadmill or spin class. A good hint - if you explain you are in from out of town, a lot of health clubs can wiggle you into a "full" spin class.
3. Swim gear - swim suit, goggles and Zoomers all fit easily into a carry-on (along with trainers and bike shoes for that matter.)
Would taking a bike be better - yeah, probably but also a huge pain in the butt. I've found the above to work for me very well in maintaining 100% completion of my scheduled workouts. Even one of those lame-o Lifecycles is better than nothing (IMHO anyway). Good luck!
"To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Pre
Biking: I suck it up and use the trainer, level 12, hardest program I can find.
Running: I run like a fiend as well. Perfect opportunity to see the city and get outside. I usually ask at a running shop or ask my clients if any of them are sporty types. I usually have no problem finding routes or people to run with.
Jet Lag & Food: These are my nemeses as I travel to the UK a lot. Jet Lag I just deal with, and I do my best to avoid pasties, fried pub food and greasy curries. I usually offset this by drinking too much dark, warm beer, but what the hell.
- spinning class, at least 2 a week. sometime I'll pull a spin bike out of the class and set it up elsewhere in the gym, put in 45 min to an hour. I use an old pair of cycling shoes with SPD cleats
- lots of running during lunch. when the weather is good I run outside, and at least once a week doing a treadmill hill workout
- swimming, 3 sessions a week
It's been working great for me. Both my running and swimming have improved significantly, my cycling has started to level off a bit. I also make sure to get a really long tough ride in on the weekend (~100 miles /w hills), a long run (11+ miles), a group swim workout.. and sometimes I brick the long ride with a short run.