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Last weekend, I competed in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The bulk of the past five days have consisted of 24 hour travel days, which at times can be more of a challenge than racing.
After six years of racing around the world as a professional triathlete, I have learned a few tricks for smart travel and how to minimize your travel stress. I would like to share with you what I have learned to help prepare you for your next trip across the country or perhaps across the world.
Five tips to favorable travel:
Arrange your flights so your layovers are not less than one hour. This will help ensure that you will make your connection due to any short delays from your previous flight (which frequently happens). It also gives you peace of mind not to stress out if your flight is running 15 minutes behind schedule. Of course, sometimes missing your flight is unavoidable due to weather, cancellations, etc., but try to take a proactive approach in your planning.
When flying across the Atlantic, try and book a flight that departs later in the evening or late afternoon and try to get a least a little shut eye on the flight. Once you arrive in Europe, stay up all day, even though you will be tired, but you will sleep great that night and be right on track. When traveling west, (Asia, etc.. leave early in the morning and stay up the entire flight until you reach your destination and go to bed at your normal bed time.
Flights with a duration of four hours or longer, I recommend wearing compression socks, and this goes for everyone of any age. Sitting for long periods of time on the plane creates poor circulation on your lower limbs and compression socks help to circulate the blood back to your heart. It is not fun trying to put on your shoes with swollen feet and hobbling off the plane once you land Find some at www.linsocks.com or at any Walgreens.
Make sure to get up and walk around every few hours to keep the blood moving around the body while in flight. Do a walk around the plane, stretch, keep your body loose.
Planes dehydrate your body while traveling. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids. In addition, it is best to eat healthy, light meals. When traveling it can be a challenge to find healthy food options, so I often pack my own food and for the long hauls. I be sure not to forget my Pure Bars! They are a perfect combination of carbs, protein and fat to keep my energized and feeling good. Airline food is usually not healthy and loaded with sodium, so be prepared and don’t forget your Pure Bars.
Next time you have a long trip, follow these simple guidelines to get you to your destination feeling PURE, refreshed and ready for your trip! Enjoy!!