You have saved up the money, taken the time off work, sorted the house out. Holiday time has arrived. Leisurely time relaxing on beaches and eating delicious food awaits. A couple of weeks away from training is probably what you need. But what if your travels are longer, months instead of days? With no races in sight and scant few training partners to work with. What then? How do you go about keeping fit while travelling?
I’m an Ironman and triathlete, my fitness is important to me and I need to keep in race shape while we travel. My best friend for keeping fit while travelling is Strava.
Using Strava For Keeping Fit While Travelling
One tool I, and fellow triathletes, use is an application called Strava. This app can be used through smart phones, i phones and Sunnto watches and equipment. Basically it will track your run or bike ride and give you feedback on stats such as speed, distance and route.
Now there are numerous apps that do this on the market, but what makes Strava stand out is the ability to actually race other people as well as challenge your own PBs.
By using the cycling term of KOM (King of the Mountain, Queen for the ladies) anyone can create segments with Strava which can range from a couple of hundred meters to hundreds of kilometres. Anyone who does these will go onto the leaderboard based on their best time. A busy area such as Sydney will have hundreds and hundreds on the leaderboard. Luang Prabang on the other hand, has very few segments and few participants on each. One segment only had the two of us, making the KOM very achievable.
Runners can choose to follow others, very much like other social media websites creating clubs to become involved with. This has two benefits in that training partners back home can track your progress and you can’t cheat by saying you are training when really you’re at the bar drinking.
Personally, I have found that Strava keeps me on my toes even if it is just running. In fact, two years after first using it I created my first segment, something I don’t normally do as it looks like you are trying to add to your KOM tally. It’s much more satisfying taking someone else’s!
As STRAVA will compare each and every run against your PBs across most common distances you can see improvement or decline after each run. Of course, with no race on the horizon, keeping the motivation is tough but I do love running and exploring new areas which is, of course, a must if you want to run. This post does use affiliate links which cost you nothing but do allow me to spend more time training.