Any thoughts on training while on vacation. I can't run due to a strained calf about 2-3 weeks ago. Probably can get some open water swimming in and I know weights are available. Any ideas on short intense workouts? Thanks!
Depending on where you are you might want to look into renting a bike for a couple of days. You might not necessarily be able to or want to go out for a hammer session, but where ever you are, it could be fun to check it out by bike.
Stinky situation not being able to run but access to a bike will definitely help in exploration as well as training. My favorite way to learn my way around is to run the area. +1 to renting.
Well, it really depends where you are going on holiday, doesn't it?
I had a bum calf on holiday in Cancun, so I swam a lot and rented a bike too.
- they say wrestling alligators is quite intense.
Of course if you're going on an Alaskan Cruise..
Training on vacation is good, but just don't have high hopes or a set routine that you plan on doing. I made that mistake last year and ended up not having a great of a time as I should have. This time around I plan on doing just enough to keep my body fresh and feeling good until I return home.
Where you going?
I've become a big fan of exercise bands and P90X to work out with limited resources and time. The bands can be used for just about anything, but one that's useful is swim simulation. Loop one over something up high, back up, bend at your waist and do a freestyle stroke. 2-3 minute sets with even a light resistance band will have your arms burning, and then you can switch your motion up a little to target some of the stabilizing muscles. Best part is the bands pack up small so they're easy to take with you even if you're going somewhere that will have no facilities. I've got a copy of P90X as well, which I use largely because the workouts don't usually use any equipment and can be done with light weight/high reps to target the type of strength that endurance athletes are after. They have a 15 minute "Ab Ripper X" which I think actually works your hip flexors more than your abs, but for a triathlete that can be a good thing.