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Psych Up for Your Cycling Adventure

If you’ve planned a bike tour, you are probably psyched up to hit the road, but you’ll need to take some time to get ready. It takes approximately 12 weeks to get in optimum physical shape, so you can ride the roads easily during your trip. During those pre-journey weeks, you’ll need to commit to a weekly training schedule, eat the right foods, get enough rest, and gather your gear. Before you leave, you want to be rested, fit, and packed to go.

Plan to ride four days a week during your three months of pre-tour training. The length of your rides will depend on the intensity of your upcoming tour. If you will be riding 60 to 80 miles per day on your bike adventure, you’ll need to log more training miles than if you signed up for a moderate tour with 30 to 40 mile days. You should also cross train two days per week, and include exercises that will strengthen your core, such as planks, crunches, lateral squats, and lunges. One day per week should be devoted to rest, so your body can recover between workouts. With all that training, you’ll need to stay hydrated and consume foods and beverages containing sodium and electrolytes to replace what you lose through sweating.

There’s a lot of prep to be done before you hit the road, but it will be worth it! For more information on getting ready for your adventure, take a look at this infographic.

Psyched for Cycling: Preparing for a Bike Tour | Bicycle Adventures Infographic
Presented By Bicycle Adventures Bike Tours & Vacations

Prevent Yourself From Being Sick While Traveling

If you have health concerns, see your doctor before traveling.  Ask for advice and recommendations regarding your health issues to avoid major problem while you are on a trip or vacation.  If you are flying international, always secure an insurance.

There are many people who are, unfortunately, become ill while on travel.  Some may have gotten the sickness due to the irritants in the surroundings.  Others may already have been carrying an illness that is controllable.  But some of the illnesses just attack without warning.  Heart disease is an example.  So it is highly recommended to keep track of the blood pressure everyday.

Just recently I heard that two of my girl friends became widows.  Their husbands died due to blood clots in the artery.  It was extremely heartbreaking because my friend #1’s husband collapsed in the gym while they were doing workouts.  My friend #2’s husband was found lying in the kitchen floor.  Both died due to blood clot.

We cannot really tell what’s gonna happen. They said prevention is better than cure.  Yes, I agree.  To be able to prevent the illness from occurring or from getting worse, we should seek an advice from health professionals and be in the know about blood clot and it’s risks.

Traveling Can Be Exhausting Sometimes

Sometimes traveling can be exhausting especially if you are traveling for business. Stress and weakness due to long trips and late nights can cause our body to get over-fatigued.  A nice way to reduce stress and body aches is to have a massage.  There are massage places in the mall where you can walk-in for a massage service.  You can also set an appointment ahead of time.  Massage time can range to 30 minutes to an hour depending on the need.  There is a full body massage that is really great.  Do you like a hard massage? You can request that too.  I go for a gentle full body massage for 30 minutes.  It feels really great after.

 

Be Health Conscious When Traveling

I have been very busy for a while since the 4th of July.  Well, besides frequent out-of-town travels, my darling daughter and I have been sick.  Actually, she had cough and colds for about three weeks (thankfully she didn’t get any fever).  Within that three weeks we went to her doctor and was prescribed antibiotic for ten days.  Thanks God the medicine helped take away the cough.  I took cough syrup for mine and it’s gone.

It’s not comfortable to travel when you are sick.  Of course, if  you don’t feel really well there is no need to go or you just have to cancel all your travel plans.  We don’t want to compromise our health.  If you are taking prescription med, always take them with you as you travel.  And it is recommended to ask your doctor about health conditions before traveling especially if you will be gone for a long period of time.

Anyway, me and my darling daughter are taking it easy.  We don’t go out as much as we do before we caught cough and colds.  We are resting as much as possible.  But we do not forget to play outside the house for entertainment and exercise.