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Training While Traveling


I’m only on week one of my triathlon training and already I’ve hit a speed bump: I’m out of town and without access to all the things I need to follow the 12-week plan Scott Berlinger created for SHAPE. I’m in Atlanta with no pool and no bike. Hmmm… kinda makes getting ready for a triathlon a little difficult. 

Based on the date of the New Jersey State Triathlon (July 21), yesterday should have been the official start of my training. Since I’m in the peach state for my cousin’s bachelorette party, which took place over the weekend, I gave myself the day off on Sunday. And because SHAPE’s plan dictates two non-consecutive days off each week, I figured that was fine—except it means that I have to hit the gym today. Week one, workout one is a 500 yard swim and a mile run. How do I do that without water in sight?

So I decided that it was OK to adjust the training to meet my needs, especially considering race day isn’t around the corner. I got up this morning and went for a run in Piedmont Park—a lot like NYC’s Central Park—with my friend Allie, who’s hosting me here in Atlanta and is also a fitness fiend (we ran our first half marathon together and she’s doing a tri herself in a couple of weeks). I’ll tack the swim workout I should have done today onto tomorrow’s biking session and be back on track by Wednesday. I’m disappointed that I’m not starting out just the way I should, but I’ve promised myself that I won’t make a habit of it. And hey, something’s better than nothing, right?

What do you do when you’re on vacation and can’t train properly? Send any tips my way in the comments or let me know on Twitter @DaniSMcNally.

Danielle McNally is the associate fitness editor at SHAPE magazine, where she reports on the latest news, trends, and gear in the exercise world, along with the occasional travel and pop culture piece. She was previously an assistant editor at Food Network Magazine, but left shortly after completing the ING New York City Marathon, when she realized her passion for working out. She’s run seven half marathons, and regularly practices yoga and pilates. This summer she’ll be competing in the New Jersey State Triathlon (her first!) and blogging about it here!


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