Road Tripping to Races


Posted by Coach Amanda Leibovitz

The past year or so has been full of fun and exciting races in beautiful and challenging venues... Meaning one thing: I've been doing a lot of traveling. On a student budget and without a bike box, this means my primary mode of transportation has been by car.


Though I highly recommend NOT driving more than 14,630 miles to and from races in one calendar year... If you do find yourself on a race-related road trip, here are five simple tips to help you stay on track:

1. Don't go alone! Find a friend who is willing to make the trip with you, especially if you are packing in several hours of driving into one day. Sharing the driving responsibility allows you to change your body position in the car and also relieves some of the mental burden that comes with spending a whole day behind the wheel (not to mention, it's just safer!).


2. Eat well, relatively speaking. One of my biggest struggles on the road is finding food that doesn't make me feel like crap! I've learned that packing snacks is a huge help, as is doing a little bit of research before leaving so I know where I can stop and get some healthier options.

3. Plan your rest! I'm all for "powering through" to get to my destination faster, but not at the expense of getting some decent sleep. Sometimes, it's just worth it to stop at a hotel, motel, or Air BnB to break up a long drive. Your mind and body will thank you on race day!

4. Do your research. Find out if the road trip will actually save you money and if that savings is worth the physical and mental cost. Most of my road trips have been financially justified, though a few could have easily been traveled by plane for roughly the same amount of money. If you're like me and don't have the equipment to travel by plane look into renting a bike box or borrowing one from a friend.

5. Finally, schedule enough time to recover before the race! Trust me. If you're making the journey to get to the race, you want to be able to perform well enough to meet your goals. Sometimes this means recognizing the amount of time your body needs to shake off the travel.

Taking the "show on the road" broadens our horizons as athletes and allows us to experience weather, terrain, and competition that varies from what we are used to in our hometown, but we also need to be mindful that traveling can take its toll on our bodies and minds and have an impact on how we perform.

Hopefully these tips will come in handy when planning your next event!

~Coach Amanda Leibovitz

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