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Many of us training for triathlons also have jobs. (Some of us might even need second jobs to pay for all the gear we’d love to have, but that’s another blog post). My job requires quite a bit of travel, and I’m sure I’m not alone!  If you are like me, you are often sent places with varying levels of input on where you are staying.  I’ve been to freezing Minneapolis in winter and sweaty St. Louis in the summer.  I’ve learned a few things about how to fit in training while travelling and I wanted to share them.

1) If you do have a say on where you are staying, do research up front!  Some hotels have great gyms, running tracks, even lap pools. Yes, even lap pools.  I stayed at the Westin in Kansas City and was able to get in a swim workout right in my hotel.


2) Even if you don’t have a say in where you are staying, do research up front. You’ll be able to plan workouts into your schedule better if you know your options.

3) Check into local Master’s swim groups.  One of our fellow brand ambassadors, Jessica,
joined up with a Master’s group while she was out of town for a few weeks.

4) Have access to a real bike? Check out local bike clubs for organized rides. I found a lovely bunch of cyclists in central Florida that let me join up with them for a 40 mile ride when I was training for my first Half Iron-man. They made sure I didn’t get lost, and taught me a lot about group riding etiquette.

5) Ask the hotel concierge about local running paths.  I had a 10 mile run scheduled
on a recent trip to Seattle, and I did it all on local paths with a view of the Puget Sound.


6) Use that fabulous invention call the Internet to see if there are spin classes nearby. Even if you didn’t pack your fancy bike shoes, you can still get a great workout.

7) Try cross-training. Staying in the northwest, I tried my first ever Bikram yoga class because it was right across the street from my hotel.  It was challenging for both body and mind.

8)  If all else fails, get a workout right in your hotel room.  Push-ups, sit-ups and air-squats can provide a hefty workout when you do enough of them. Plus they provide strength-training which will support your swim, bike and run.  For a little bonus, pack a jump-rope in your luggage.

9)  Staying over a weekend? Look for local races. A nice way to get an organized practice in, complete with water stations, cheering crowds and a cool t-shirt no one and home will have. I did a 10K in Albuquerque once that benefitted the local zoo. I still get comments on that shirt.

10) Embrace the rest time. If you have been training hard and suddenly find it hard to
train where you are, maybe that’s a good excuse to let the body recuperate and get in some rest.

Well that’s it, my top 10 tips for training while travelling. Feel free to share your ideas on the Nation’s Triathlon Facebook page!

Heather Butler

Heather is starting her 5th year engaging in triathlons. She has completed over 20 multi-sport events, including two half-ironman events. Her love of triathlons makes up for her lack of speed, and she subscribes to the philosophy of keeping it fun.