Throughout my seven-year professional Ironman athletic career, about one-third of my time was spent traveling to races. And today, about half my time is spent on the road. I love it. Traveling can be exceptionally liberating, but eating clean (avoiding refined foods) at the same time isn't without its challenges.
Here are a few simple lessons I learned along the way that can keep you well fueled, boost your productivity and performance, and get you home feeling fit and fresh.
Get a room with a refrigerator (or have one put in there).
If possible, stay at hotels that offer kitchenettes or suites, but even traditional hotels can accommodate you. Even if there isn't a refrigerator in your room, ask for one. For a fee – anywhere from $10-$35 – most hotels will equip you with a small fridge. Some will even do it for free (especially if you sign up for their loyalty program). A fridge can open up a whole world of possibilities, and makes grazing considerably easier when you have fresh fruit and vegetables at your disposal. And having access to fresh food whenever you need it reduces the odds of you being stranded and dependent on nearby fast- or junk-food. I usually stop by a grocery store before I get to my hotel and stock up on fresh produce.
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