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Traveling and Training

A love for competition and adventure mean athletes are continually forced to deal with traveling and all the interesting side effects it has on one’s body. I am no stranger to such journeys and during my recent trips I utilized these little tricks all athletes should be aware of the next time they are jet-setting for their next big adventure.
Never underestimate the power of a packed lunch:
Airlines are cutting back on snacks for passengers, and I feel ill just thinking about shelling out for overpriced airport food. Doesn’t everyone know you are an athlete with extreme metabolic needs?! Simple solution, no matter how long your trip, over pack food.  I know, you don’t want to take away any more space than your overly stuffed carry-on, but trust me, its worth it. You will be the envy of all your fellow passengers as you sit munching on your bag of trail mix, apples, and homemade pb&j, as they either fight hunger headaches or pay $6 for a bag of pretzels.
Hydrate:
This is key, especially if you don’t want to feel like poo the next day when you start exploring your destination.  If you are poor like me, but still cave to your wanderlust, chances are you are using one of those discount airlines that might not even give you any type of hydration, let alone snacks. Don’t rely on the in flight complimentary drinks, bring your kleen kanteen or whatever awesome eco friendly bottle you have so that you don’t have to be limited by those silly single use plastic cups.  Just be sure to have the thing empty when you go through security.
Compression Socks:
I tested the usefulness of these when flying to the 2010 Boston Marathon, knowing that I didn’t have much recovery time before I needed my legs to perform. These socks can be expensive (average pair about $40) but they are sooo worth it. No more swelling of the feet and legs, these snug suckers promote blood flow and make your legs feel like a million bucks. 

Now feel free to roam about the world feeling awesome 🙂