Whether you’re taking a family vacation for a week or conducting monthly overseas business for work, balancing travel and training can be a difficult task. Four age-group triathletes who log frequent flyer miles and training days share their secrets.
Sarah Morrison, who spends approximately half the year in the skies as a co-pilot for Skywest Airlines and a c-130 pilot for the Air Force Reserve, manages to train for 70.3 and Xterra triathlons on a very light suitcase. Her packing list includes a Garmin 910XT, which serves as a training tracker as well as an online travel journal (“It’s fun to log runs in different locations and post them for my friends to see!”)
Morrison also packs a grid foam roller, which is hollow in the middle, providing extra packing space for clothing. The refillable ice pack in her lunch kit doubles as icing for sore spots after a workout. Finally, she packs one kit, which she washes in her hotel sink and lets dry overnight before wearing again the next day.
“Take a hotel towel and lay it flat, place the wet clothes on the towel and put another dry towel over the top. Roll it up and kneel on it to squeeze out as much water as possible. Then hang on hangers to dry overnight. You can find Tide sink packs in the travel goods at most department store, or just go cheap and use the hotel shampoo or hand soap for detergent.”