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Exercise on holiday anyone?

BmanBman Posts: 442
Hi, I was just wondering what kind of training everyone else gets up to while away for a few weeks on holiday? Im about to head off for a few sunny weeks and I dont want to lose the base level of fitness I think Ive got to just before the season starts. How do serious athletes take time off to relax? Any suggestions? Thanks.


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    BopomofoBopomofo Posts: 980
    Get up early for a 30 minute run, maybe?

    If I'm on a beach holiday I'll often end up going for an hour swim while the family are snoozing. Last year we went to Northern France.... I took my wetsuit.[:D]
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    BlurredgirlBlurredgirl Posts: 292
    I'm blessed as my holiday location is a secret and astoundingly beautiful little spot in France where we own a small pile of stones.

    I take the swiss ball with me, and our bikes of course, and run every morning, bike every day and swim in the river. I probably do more training on holiday than at home!

    However, that doesn't really help you. On a beach holiday I imagine I would run every morning - maybe even hire a bike? And swimming, of course. I guess the trick is to do stuff at regular times, but try to relax and enjoy the holiday. A break from very rigorous training can't do too much harm.

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    BARNYBARNY Posts: 157
    I say do no trianing... just relax and enjoy your self... although I am sure that will involve hiring a bike to see the local things, going for a swim in teh sea and pool, a jog along the seafront once or twice, hire a sea canoe, climb the rocks and general active holiday activities. do stuf you woudl nt normally do and chill it with tri specific stuff.

    You will probably be more active throughout the whole day (If like me not sitting at a desk most days!)... and you will come back refreshed and ready to start back on it ... Your family/misis is more important so just go with the flow but just do an active beach holiday rather than just laying on the beach. (train like a mofo the week before/after!)
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    BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    Build it into the day, usuallty do a pre brekkie run, along the beach, maybe some stretching mobility work on the beach & home for brekkie, swim mid afternoon as the beach empties & home for dinner. Long run to scope out new beaches/shopping opportunities/walks etc. Always intend to rent bikes..never do.
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    JulesJules Posts: 987
    I'm off to France in August. I can't see me getting away with more than two or three short runs and maybe the odd swim.

    This is one reason I've gone for the Tatton Park tri over the Bala OD in September - Tatton Park is a week later so I have can come home and do a week or so proper training before I start tapering.
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    Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    It all depends on your circumstances. If you have to entertain a handful of kiddies, socialise with non-sporty friends, then it might be hard.

    If, like me, your Mrs just wants to sit in the sun and relax all day then you can organise your holiday into a training programme - especially if you find that your day job gets in the way of proper training when not on holiday. The problem I have is that the hot weather of abroad gets in the way of serious endurance work.

    Last summer, we went to a fancy new spa/sport resort. The Mrs could relax by the pool with wine + book, while I started learning to swim, went mountain biking (astounding the young staff by doing the route that was supposed to take 2.5 hours in less than one. Ho ho.), played loads of tennis (came second in a tournament!), canoeing in the sea. Pilates, sports massage (found out why I need to shave legs), early morning runs along the sand - absolutely knackering. Relaxing with archery, beach volley ball etc. I basically took all the technical clothing I needed, and hired the bikes/kit. It was a new resort, so the bikes were new and actually rather a good spec. And they had quite a good gym - no swiss ball or rowing machine though.

    We did a few of the sports together (tennis, archery), but otherwise we both had a really good time. I'm a big kid and can't sit still for more than 5 minutes - especially when it is hot.

    At the end of the week I was knackered, but a lot fitter (9 hours a day of exercise of some form or another, rather than 9 hours a day of desk job + driving).

    My idea of a holiday is climbing up a mountain in rain/blizzard, either on foot, or bike. We usually have to compromise and have a "his holiday" and a "hers holiday". But this was a good medium.

    This year, I suspect I will go on a swim workshop for my holiday, and possibly back to the same resort if we go abroad. However, I'm too attached to my dog (6 months old today!) to do anything that would mean leaving him behind at the moment.
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    just back from holidays myself[8D] knew there was a running track nearby so went for sprints one eve then did alot of running along the beach etc as mentioned above.water was a small bit cold to do much swimming as i didn't take my wetsuit also spent loads of time chilling out and recovering so went for a 70k cycle today.enjoy!
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    BmanBman Posts: 442
    Well the massage is booked for the holiday, so thats gotta count for something at least. Those early morning beach runs sound good, but not too sure about hiring bikes though. South African drivers arent as courteous to cyclists as UK drivers are, if the flashing memories of a car, lampost and handlebars serve me correctly..ha!

    I just missed it in Feb but if anyone is ever up for a good open water swimming race while on a sunny holiday in SA, check out the Midmar Mile. Worlds biggest apparently! Dunno about the speedo though..
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    jon_gjon_g Posts: 318
    midmar is amazing, thats where i learnt all my open water swimming skills. it's especially fun as the start is a sprint into the water, thats good for a few elbows in eyeballs!
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    treefrogtreefrog Posts: 1,242
    Why can you not just continue with your training whilst on holiday? If pool/bike are the problems then go running. If you want a break then don't train but you'll go slower
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    bennybenny Posts: 1,314
    Train more on holiday!!! Since the rest of the day you'redoing lots less then usual; grab the opportunity to focus on your way of life, with extra recovery: you're on a holiday!!!
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