If you read my last post, you know I attempted an experiment to keep my fitness intact over an 11-day business trip. Well, I’m back, and I’ve got to admit that things didn’t go exactly as I’d planned. First off, my goal to drive myself into the ground before I left town with three straight days of grueling workouts didn’t happen. I didn’t have the time, and frankly, the hectic running around before my trip was exhausting enough. All I could do was stick to my regular workout schedule of an hour-long bike ride every other day with a 30-minute weight-lifting circuit on the off day.
Upon returning from my trip I saw that I’d gained 5 pounds (thanks, Italy), but I also came back feeling pretty good. Instead of feeling wasted from visiting five cities in 11 days, I felt recharged and couldn’t wait to jump back into my training plan. That was a revelation. I don’t know about you, but I usually have to fight a sizable amount of inertia to get myself back into the rhythm of a daily workout after a long break. Not this time.
So perhaps my attempt to use my trip as a lengthy recovery period did work. I may be a tad heavier, and I can’t say that I’m any stronger than before, but I’m chomping at the bit to hop on my bike and break a good sweat. Knowing that, I think I’ll now look at travel as less a of a roadblock or set-back to a training regimen and more as a vital break that will leave me refreshed and ready to rip for another month or more. —GD
Grant Davis has spent the last decade writing and editing articles about health, fitness, and nutrition. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.