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Old 05-28-13, 02:13 PM
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Training while traveling 4 days a week, every week.

I travel every week, Monday through Thursday... I'm trying to see if I can rent the same bike I own (Felt z85) at my work location, but not sure if it's going to work out.

Does anyone have any training/nutrition advice for someone in my position?
- I live out of a hotel 3 nights a week, so I can't really prep my own meals.
- I have a membership to a decently equipped gym.

Thanks!
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People who really must train, like racers, travel with a coupled bike in a suitcase. I just run every day when I have to travel bikeless. Many hotels have gyms. Oriental or Mediterranean food is good. American breakfast works well for me.
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If you have just recently picked up cycling, there's no real benefit from training more than 3-4 days a week. Your problem is mainly that your travel days are consecutive, and it's bad for fitness to stay off the bike that long. 1 hour on a stationary bike in the hotel gym on Tuesday or Wednesday should do the job.
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Thanks for the advice. I've been doing a starting strength routine and an hour or so of elliptical on the off days (I have a bad knee, I was advised to stick no low/no impact exercise) while traveling. I'll swap the elliptical out for a stationary bike.

I also need to set a schedule for weekend rides. I've only had my bike for about 2 months and have used it mostly to move around town. I've only done two "proper" rides: a 12-mile and a 16-mile. Both of them went pretty poorly

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You have 3 days where you aren't travelling ... so ride on those days. Why did your two "proper" rides go "pretty poorly"?

Does the hotel have any fitness facilities?

Is your gym membership for a gym in the area where you are Monday - Thursday?
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Old 05-28-13, 09:18 PM
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@Machka, Yes, I have access to a gym at my work location (away from home). I do weights Monday (away), Wednesday (away), and Friday (home), and cardio on Tuesday (away), Saturday (home), and Sunday (home). I spend most of Thursday working and traveling, so that's my day off.

The two rides I mentioned went poorly were my first two rides ever. I used Strava on the second one: it was 16.3 miles with 970 ft of climb. It took 1h 44m and I had to stop fairly frequently to rest. I was riding with a buddy that was able to do it easily (he's been riding for some time now), so that's what I'm comparing myself to.
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As a rank beginner don't compare yourself to people who have been riding. There's a huge difference between zero training and even a little training. Go do some easy 5-8 mile rides on your own. When you can handle a 1.5-2 hour ride on your own, then do a 2 hour ride with your friend.
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@Machka, Yes, I have access to a gym at my work location (away from home). I do weights Monday (away), Wednesday (away), and Friday (home), and cardio on Tuesday (away), Saturday (home), and Sunday (home). I spend most of Thursday working and traveling, so that's my day off.

The two rides I mentioned went poorly were my first two rides ever. I used Strava on the second one: it was 16.3 miles with 970 ft of climb. It took 1h 44m and I had to stop fairly frequently to rest. I was riding with a buddy that was able to do it easily (he's been riding for some time now), so that's what I'm comparing myself to.
. I'm sure you will catch up to me pretty soon. I can help you train since I need to train myself as well. I am back to sub 20mile rides ...

PS. you can always get some PEDs at GMC
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@Machka, Yes, I have access to a gym at my work location (away from home). I do weights Monday (away), Wednesday (away), and Friday (home), and cardio on Tuesday (away), Saturday (home), and Sunday (home). I spend most of Thursday working and traveling, so that's my day off.

The two rides I mentioned went poorly were my first two rides ever. I used Strava on the second one: it was 16.3 miles with 970 ft of climb. It took 1h 44m and I had to stop fairly frequently to rest. I was riding with a buddy that was able to do it easily (he's been riding for some time now), so that's what I'm comparing myself to.
That's not poorly. You did good! Revise self-image.
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Guessing from your post that your travelling is to the same location each week. If you want to ride during mid-week, you might acquire a suitable bike (local shops, Craigslist, nothing $$$) and arrange with the hotel or office location to store it there. I would not try traveling with a bike - either the airline fees mount up, or a suitcase-packable bike is $$$, and there is always the risk of TSA or the airline damaging it.

DC Rainmaker has a recent blog post describing what he does while travelling to continue to train (he does tris, so running & swimming opportunities work well for him).
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Alright, how's this for a plan?

Monday: Squats, Leg Extension, Leg Curl, Calf Raise, 20 min walk
Tuesday: Stationary Bike, 1 hour
Wednesday: Bench Press, Incline Bench Press, Curls, Tricep Ext, 20 minute walk
Thursday: Nothing (work then traveling)
Friday: 8 mile bike ride
Saturday: Deadlift, Overhead Press, Chin-ups, Rows, 20 minute walk
Sunday: 5 mile bike ride

I should be able to do this while traveling.
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Alright, how's this for a plan?

Monday: Squats, Leg Extension, Leg Curl, Calf Raise, 20 min walk
Tuesday: Stationary Bike, 1 hour
Wednesday: Bench Press, Incline Bench Press, Curls, Tricep Ext, 20 minute walk
Thursday: Nothing (work then traveling)
Friday: 8 mile bike ride
Saturday: Deadlift, Overhead Press, Chin-ups, Rows, 20 minute walk
Sunday: 5 mile bike ride

I should be able to do this while traveling.
that sounds like a good fitness plan if u want overall fitness not bike specific. If u are looking to get better on the bike, maybe leg weights will help but the most important things are your core muscles, cardio and a lot of seat time on the stationary bike. The bicycle develops muscles that you wont necessarily develop on walks or weights. Just because you are fit in certain areas doesnt mean you will be a good cyclist and vice versa.
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I don't think it's a very good idea to do lower body weight training between two days on the bike. I would reorganize the schedule to put a rest day after the lower body strength training day..
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@hamster, I completely missed that; makes almost too much sense.

@lsberrios: I am looking for general fitness, with a bias towards cycling. Once I'm in better general shape, I can revise the routine and focus more on getting faster and better.

Revised schedule:
Monday: Bench Press, Incline Bench Press, Curls, Tricep Ext, 20 min stationary - low intensity
Tuesday: Stationary Bike, 1 hour
Wednesday: Squats, Leg Extension, Leg Curl, Calf Raise, 20 min walk
Thursday: Nothing (work then traveling)
Friday: 8 mile bike ride
Saturday: Deadlift, Overhead Press, Chin-ups, Rows, 20 minute stationary - low intensity
Sunday: 5 mile bike ride
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In the past, when I had a job for an extended period at a remote location, I just got another bike and kept it there. Going spinning, using the hotel gym, doing squats, etc. are all good, but it's not riding, and if you want to ride, you need a bike.

Look at it this way. You're putting yourself through the stress and inconvenience of working remotely, so getting a bike and being able to ride is compensatory.

I'm looking at situation right now where I'll be working remotely for 4-6 months, and am already noodling out what bike I'll buy when I get there. I'll likely call ahead to few bike shops and have one set it up for me so it's ready when I arrive.
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