Between these fun weekends I had to get back into some serious "work". I had a few meetings and some projects I needed to bang out last week and a huge geography to cover. I made the call to not fly back and forth and make it a road trip. Between the working week and driving down to Lake Hodges I rolled in over 2,000 miles on the road driving this week. Not cool! However, I took the projects, meetings and travel as a challenge and learning experience.
I started to work out a travel and keep track of my stuff strategy so I thought I would share some of the stuff that has worked for me. Here is where you may think I am a little weird but I needed to come up with some type of system so I would not loose my mind along with my stuff. Every time I get up from where I am at (I am at a dozen or more coffee shops per week) I use my five finger count system. Only five because I count on my hand but it has worked.
1-keys, 2-wallet, 3-phone, 4-laptop, 5-bag
Food is another big area that is hard to get right when traveling. Pack it in and pack it out works best for me so I try to shop before I get out of town. I also "graze" all day long so it makes it easy to have something within reach. A problem I usually have is hanging out at coffee shops a bit too much when I am on the road and that had my good sleep going out the window. I was averaging less than 5 hours of sleep last week. Something to work on the next go around...
Before I left I also posted something about this on the EC forum(I hope they are ok with me sharing it). Here are some other good ideas to make the miles a bit more tolerable for those long road trips.
- 1-2 bike bottles with water to stay hydrated and force you to take pee stops
- Healthy snack food - when I'm on the road I need all the nutritional help I can get!
- Invert/evert your gas pedal leg to keep your piriformis/hips happy (important if you are like me and don't have cruise control)
- I hear some people sit on a tennis ball with their "drive cheek", again for the piriformis
- Treat the traffic around you like you are on a group ride (kidding!..... kinda)
-download some podcasts/music or get a new book on tape(digital)
-If it is an "all day drive" I plan a workout after a short bit of driving (~90min) in the a.m. and something when I get "there" to shake out the drive
-find stops that have internet along the way in advance
-try to avoid drinking too much coffee... i already make too many stops at starbucks
-swimersguide.com -find a pool anywhere in the world! Love that site!
-i bring a foam roller and stick but never actually use it
-if I can arrange it with work I will schedule some con-calls or make the calls that I have been putting off for work, etc.
-I try not to cram a huge training session in before I drive anything over 4 hours. The drive goes a lot better if I am fresh.
-If I really get restless or sleepy I will pull over at a rest stop and take a nap or get out and walk around.
-I try to stay away from coffee as well.
-Use GPS. really takes away the stress if you are time crunched. They are cheap too.
-taper in / taper out
-Compression socks, really seem to help
-Plan meals in advance, drive with prepared dinner salad and prepared fruit salad - saves from eating road food
-Plan short training stops in advance
-Stop every 90 minutes for a short break
Hope it helps and hope to see you out on the road (not driving!) or even better I hope to see you on the trail!