Decked out for interviews and after a 4 am workout in Vancouver
Hello from beautiful Victoria, BC! I flew in this morning from Vancouver (bumpiest. ride. ever. I am so glad to be on solid ground). This CaRMS tour for me is:
- 23 days
- 10 flights, 5 car trips and 3 train rides
- 11 cities
- 21,000 km
- 1 carry-on bag + 1 briefcase
If you’re still catching up on what CaRMS is and why Canadian medical students are running all over the country right now, check out my post about it! Oh yeah and world championships? That’s going to be 154km of swim, bike and run, and it’s happening in 5 months, 1 week and 4 days! Not a lot of time to slack off :).
One of the first things that people ask me when I tell them that I’m a full time medical student and an elite athlete is, to be blunt, “how is that possible?”. Honestly, there are a few key things about this combination. The first is that no matter how you slice it, both roles take a lot of time. So there isn’t a ton of room in my life for many other things, but I make this work. Once I’m back in KW, hopefully I can write a “day in the life” post to show you!
Mostly, though, it’s about being organized, prepared and disciplined. I schedule things pretty obsessively. I actually used to be much more rigid about this, but life in medicine has given me a lot more adaptability. I still have my normal schedule of workouts listed in TrainingPeaks for the next three weeks. The difference is, I’ve given myself permission to miss a few and be okay with it. My goal for all this travel is to get in at least one workout every day that it’s possible. I splurged a tiny bit and only booked hotels with some basic fitness equipment.
This morning I snuck in a quick strength session in my hotel room at 4 am (thank you, jet lag!) and then went for a beautiful run on a trail when I got to Victoria. Tomorrow I’ll interview and head to Edmonton – better enjoy this warmer weather while I can :)
Over the next few weeks, I hope to share some more of the tips and tricks that I use to stay fit on the go. Stay tuned for posts about workouts, the challenges of packing for a trip like this, and navigating the nutrition. If I can do it, anyone can!
What’s the hardest part of fitting in workouts for you? Do you wish you had strategies for training while travelling light and lots?