Keeping It Real During the Holidays


The off season provides time to relax and let the body recover from the strenuous racing season.   As triathletes, we live a lifestyle full of activity, healthy food and awesome friends & family.

But, during the winter when the weather is cold, wet and dreary, we tend to focus our activities indoors at the gym and around the house.  To add another layer of complexity, the holidays tease us with a variety of scrumptious foods like pumpkin pie, egg nog, turkey, sweet potatoes, ham and cranberry jelly.   The holidays usually come and go with an increased waist line.

But, you can keep it real during the off season and actually get a head start on the new racing season with a few simple tips:

  1. Pack bands and other small home gym equipment when you travel.  With a body weight workout supplemented by a few bands, you would be surprised how good  of a workout you can get in within the hotel or guest room.
  2. Pack warm clothing and run when it is sunny.  Early morning runs can be breathtaking during sunrise. By wearing thermal gear and layering, those early morning runs don’t have to be cold too.
  3. At dinner, eat the sweets in moderation and have a larger helping of vegetables.
  4. Enjoy every moment you can with your friends and family.  Let go of your goals, the coming season and training.  Spending time with those important to you now will pay off dividends during the new season.

From Aric In Training, Happy Holidays.   I hope everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable holiday season!

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2 Responses to Keeping It Real During the Holidays

  1. bgddyjim says:

    I did a post on winter weather gear (http://fitrecovery.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/for-winter-weather-its-all-in-the-gear/). I hail from Michigan where the winter weather is a touch colder than California so winter gear is a must. Best purchase I ever made for outdoor winter workouts was my cycling jacket. It’s perfect for running too.

    • Michigan is a wee bit colder than Santa Barbara. For me, the purchase of arm and leg warmers was a revolutionary breakthrough in winter gear. The wind-breaker shell is another great purchase that can be used while running. It is similar to the one in your post. Cheers!

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