Regaining fitness after travelling

by Miles253   January 25, 2014  

Hey folks

So I'm off travelling the world for 8 months with my bike left lonely at home. Frankly I'm aware my fitness is going to be abysmal upon my return, I need some certified training gold to prepare myself for sportives and other events in the 6 months after I get back. Does anyone, perhaps recovering from an injury, have any great motivational and physical training methods that helped to regain fitness? Am I likely to get there quickly or is it going to be a slow slog, baring in mind I was Fairly fit previously.

Thanks guys

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Buy some running shoes.

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posted by don simon [55 posts]
25th January 2014 - 21:38

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Itll start slow but its important to be patient.start off on flat roads and keep a steady rhythm.build up your base miles,i think running really helps so i tend to do 5miles a day

posted by Shanefutcher [103 posts]
26th January 2014 - 0:28

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Running? Well that's not what I expected. Even despite all the harshness on your muscles?

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posted by Miles253 [111 posts]
26th January 2014 - 3:06

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Not quite answering your question but is cross-training during your 8 month travels an option? Depending on where you're going, in-line skating and cross country skiing will help you keep up your cardio as well as maintaining your quads and glutes so you'll have less of a decline to climb out of and in-line skates are pretty small, luggage space-wise. I also find that doing kickboxing year round helps not only with increasing my cardio but also lower extremity and core muscle strength (all the balance work and kicking) and it doesn't require any special equipment, just space to move around. Otherwise I suspect it will be a slow, steady slog back to your previous baseline. Just a thought.

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posted by movingtarget [99 posts]
26th January 2014 - 5:46

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Aye - running is a great idea. You don't need to thrash yourself, but a 5-10k run will allow the compensating muscles in your legs to develop and the slack upper body/core muscles a good workout. I find that running keeps my knees healthier and I just feel much better for it on the bike.

The great thing is that I can pretty much stuff shorts/t-shirt into my Asics Gel Kayanos and then cram them easily into my travel bag ready for a trip with no fuss. At a pinch I've done fire-escape stair climbs as pyramids (8/12/16/12/8 flights) when the weather has been too mental for outside and there's no gym nearby.

If you have not run before - please get yourself to your local running club and they'll get you to a local good running shop to make sure you get proper shoes for your feet - which will either be supinators, neutral or over pronators and you need different shoes for each type.

My local shop is Aberdeen's Run4It which is well recommended, you'll have to find your equivalent at your local club.

posted by Trull [44 posts]
26th January 2014 - 10:28

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Hmm well it's likely to be quite difficult whilst I am away as I'm moving about a lot, running shoes are a possibility, though I don't know if I could run a 10k at least I've never tried...

Thanks for the advice

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posted by Miles253 [111 posts]
26th January 2014 - 15:24

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Don't know where you're off to but a heart rate monitor driven program could soften the decline if you target the right zones. Could be out running, on a rowing machine or other gym kit if you have access to it. 2-3 hours a week could really help.

posted by arfa [352 posts]
26th January 2014 - 15:49

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