With the Healthy Results (HR) training camps in Las Vegas coming up quick, I wanted to write about what can contribute to a successful training camp. Here are a few tips:
Don’t get sick!: Sometimes this is out of your control, but when travelling (and especially when flying) take the necessary precautions to prevent getting sick. This includes getting lots of sleep, washing your hands, and eating well.
Plan ahead: Travelling will always be hectic. Between unforeseen travel delays or just the stress of making sure everything is set before you leave for a week, there are always unexpected issues. Make a list of things you need to do and check them off one at a time. It will reduce stress and make for a more enjoyable experience.
Pack a “smart” carry-on: If you’re flying, there’s always a chance that your bag will get lost or something will get damaged. In my carry-on, I always make sure to pack my helmet, pedals, cycling shoes, cap, goggles, and one pair of clothes for each sport. I’ll also wear my running shoes when travelling. If the worst case scenario happens and your bag ends up in Denver, this approach will have you covered ‘til your’re reunited with your bag, or if you need to rent a bike locally.
Stay out of the sun: I know it’s tempting to catch some rays, especially since we haven’t seen the sun in months, but this can be one of the things that derail your whole camp. Lying in the sun will quickly dehydrate you. If you are out in the sun during training, then you should make sure to wear sunscreen. The energy used to repair after sunburn will be much needed during those big training days and the recovery that follows.
Bring proper gear(ing): Make sure you bring everything you’re going to need. For example, during one of the HR rides we climb to 1,800m and the temperature can be quite different at that elevation. If your camp has a ride like this or a night time workout, make sure to pack some warmer clothes such as arm warms and gloves. Also, make sure you have the correct gearing. If your camp has a lot of climbing, consider a compact crank or a wide range cassette.