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Road Trippin’ Triathlete Tips

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Jul 19, 2011

Senior editor Jené Shaw recently drove across the U.S. to explore the thriving communities of triathletes in all parts of the country. If you ever plan to take a road trip, there are a few things she recommends for the drive:

Download a lot of stuff. Audio books, podcasts and music mixes from friends passed time a lot faster than repetitive Top 40 radio.

Buy a small cooler. Don’t be forced to choose between Arby’s or IHOP. Whole Foods made for a good stop, where I could stock up on prepared salads, long-lasting fruits (grapes, apples) and sandwich fixings.

Bring a ball. Sit on it. A tennis ball, softball or Trigger Point ball will work. During those looong drives it saved my aggravated piriformis/sciatica.

Find a bike shop and/or tri club in the area. Jump on a workout in the city you’re visiting—there’s no better way to see a city. (Plus triathletes always have great local food recommendations!)

Use your car to stretch. My Honda Fit was the perfect tool for hip flexor drives: Put one leg up on the back bumper and lunge toward the car while reaching arms overhead.

Invest in a GPS navigation device. My Garmin Nüvi 3790T ($349.99, Buy.garmin.com) took the stress out of navigating and also helped to avoid traffic and find coffee along the way.

Read all of Shaw’s blog entries from her road trip here.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a four-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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