As the season picks up, there's a lot more traveling, more training and more racing. When athletes train a lot and their fitness improves, their immune systems actually weaken. This is why it's even more critical to assess your health status often and take extra steps to protect it by packing wisely and being aware of your surroundings.
Especially while traveling in the midst of lots of other people, it pays to be overly cautious about protecting your personal health. Here are few tips to help ensure your wellness and keep you riding at your best:
1. Be a loaner
Avoiding lingering in crowded areas within airport terminals and train stations such as long lines, etc. Minimize your usage of public handrails and doorknobs. Whenever possible, push doors open with your elbow.
2. Wash your hands
Do this often, especially before you eat. Carry hand sanitizer and re-apply after contact with other people. Avoid touching your face - especially areas near your mouth, eyes or nose.
3. ID what you eat
If it's a packaged product like ProBars, Honey Stinger or PureFit Bars, you're going to be much safer from food borne illness. Choose bottled water whenever possible when traveling abroad. Remember (again!) to always wash your hands before eating anything.
4. Choose wisely
Dress warmly. Wear a scarf, hat and gloves to protect the areas of your body where most heat is lost. Get lots of rest and take a nap whenever you can. If someone is sneezing or coughing, avoid getting too close and don't hug them. If you suspect any illness at all, just avoid contact with that person. Stay hydrated, but definitely don't drink too much alcohol.
Love, Peace and Bicycle Grease,
Matt & Julie