Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Travel Exercise Woes

Travelling really hurts when trying to establish a routine. I have something to log to my training records, but it has been far from stellar, but at least SOMETHING to keep momentum going this month. I can't wait to be home.

Preface - Reading this, you may wonder why the exercise room is such a constraint on this trip: Husband was concerned about me running outside in an unknown area (safety, getting lost, etc) so I promised him I would stay inside.

Monday, I didn't have to show up at the office until 9am, so I went to the exercise room at 7am and found it empty. There are two treadmills (one functional and one not), an elliptical trainer, and some kind of cycling motion machine. There is also a weight machine crammed in the corner. The temp in this little room has been set at 72 deg and there is no fan. I hopped on the treadmill and lasted about 35mins until I felt like I was overheating. The hotel has a little pool, so I jumped in to cool down. I made it a point to stop by the front desk to ask them why there is no fan in there and could they please turn down the temp. They scrambled around like maybe they were going to do something, but I don't think they made any changes.

Okay, so the little exercise room officially opens at 6am. This morning, I had to be in the office at 8am, so I showed up to the exercise room at about 5:55am. All the machines were already occupied. D'oh! Apparently early bird gets the worm and the official start time isn't enforced. Plan B. I happened to have goggles in my suitcase, so I decided to try to do something in the little pool. That turned out to be nothing more than frustrating. I tried swimming diagonally in the pool to make it worth my effort, but it mostly felt like a waste of time. 30mins later, I gave up and went back to my room. Sigh.

I have one more morning here. At this point, I'm thinking that I'll just do some core work in my hotel room and bypass any expectations of using the exercise room.
And if anyone has tips/pointers about what works for them when they travel, I'd be happy to hear about it. As you can tell, the situation on this particular trip just hasn't worked for me...


  1. I don't have any suggestions but good for you for trying so hard!! I'm very impressed.

  2. Getting there early is always important - I'm surprised you were shut out at 6 a.m. though. Sometimes if you wait a few minutes someone leaves. I also do more evening workouts when I travel than I do at home.

    Otherwise - I run outside, but I understand your husband's concern. If you can find a nice area it's a great way to get a workout and see part of the city. Without knowing where you are it's hard to make any suggestions - but you can try this website to find other runs that others use.


  3. I'm a firm believer in optimizing your chances for safety.... You should run on the treadmill while everyone else is drinking at happy hour. There's always a way...

  4. Not sure what is going on around here also, spring is in the air, and everybody wants to exercise now. Almost got shutout also.

    Just do some core exercises, step ups, lateral step ups (use a stool or bed), one-legged balance stuff. Helps build leg strength with no equipment necessary (functional training).

    Better be safe than sorry running around a unfamiliar area.

    Have a safe trip back home.

  5. you could always pull the fire alarm......send everyone scurrying...hey look, an open treadmill!

    just kidding, i couldn't help it....i'm impressed with your dedication!

  6. SHHHH... Would he really know if you just snuck out the door for one eensy-weensy little run? Just an out and back course all on the same street? ;)

    OR are you a Y member? I've been told my card is good nationwide. That would solve all of the problems. Good luck!

  7. I've had very similar experiences with hotel gyms...usually it's not worth the effort to try to use their fitness rooms or pools. I'd stick to the core workout and call it a day!

  8. I love seeing the little changes in our daily habits. Even down to the packing "I happened to have goggles in my suitcase." You should see the trunk of my car, its like a transition area in itself.