Yes; it’s true. A cruise may be just the thing you need to help you rest and re-charge for an upcoming fall event. although it sounds counter-productive in the grueling world of training for a triathlon, doesn’t it?

We’re not saying throw all that hard work out the window and sit on the cruise ship deck sipping margaritas all day. Far from it. But you can use a cruise to your advantage as you prepare for your next race.

Why take a vacation now, you may ask? An excellent article on IRONMAN.com, makes a great point that a family vacation:

fits the bill for fun and training opportunities to polish up performance before those fall races.

Yes; there are many training opportunities you can easily fit into your vacation. Here are some ideas from the article:

Fitness Center on the Star Princess (Photo: Princess)

  1. Plan workouts into your cruise schedule

Make sure the cruise ship you choose has a gym onboard. Many do. In fact, as the article on IRONMAN.com points out:

Princess Cruises offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility onboard their ship, with exercise and spinning classes, free and machine weights, treadmills with ocean views, fresh-air yoga sessions and an outdoor track on the upper deck.
Onboard ship isn’t the only possibility for training, however. On a scheduled beach day, you can take a run on the beach. And some ports-of-call offer bikes you can rent. Check your ship’s itinerary before you’re scheduled to embark so you’ll know what’s available and can plan accordingly.

Training can be incorporated anywhere. (Photo: Ruslan Zagidullin)

  2.  Polish your basic body-weight skills 

The IRONMAN article reminds us to think about incorporating these easy-to-do-anywhere exercises into our schedules:
Push-ups, lunges, squats, crunches, planks, and more. Your body IS your gym if you know what you’re doing. Arm yourself with new moves that challenge the body using its own resistance by heading to YouTube and surfing for new ideas and inspiration.

A Private Cabana in The Sanctuary onboard a Princess cruise ship. (Photo: Princess)

    
3.  Plan time for rest and relaxation
After all, your body needs to recover from all that exercise. And not only that, this will help you to mentally re-charge for any upcoming race. Onboard ship there are spas, and of course the pool deck. Most ships provide adults-only retreats so you can really unwind.
As you pack for your trip, you don’t have to pack extra sets of clothes for exercising, either. Think double-duty articles of clothing:
Look for clothing that can quickly dry so it can be worn, washed and re-used (and you can pack less). Garments that can go from land to sea and still be comfortable are key.
In summary–yes, you CAN go on a vacation while training physically and recharging mentally. So go ahead and plan that cruise-getaway. (By the way, did you know that Princess Cruises is the Official Cruise Line of the North American IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 series?)
To read the rest of the excellent article go to:

Ironman.com.

To schedule a Princess Cruise, visit: Princess.com.

Main photo courtesy Princess Cruises.

Bon Voyage!

Yes; it’s true. A cruise may be just the thing you need to help you rest and re-charge for an upcoming fall event. although it sounds counter-productive in the grueling world of training for a triathlon, doesn’t it?

We’re not saying throw all that hard work out the window and sit on the cruise ship deck sipping margaritas all day. Far from it. But you can use a cruise to your advantage as you prepare for your next race.

Why take a vacation now, you may ask? An excellent article on IRONMAN.com, makes a great point that a family vacation:

fits the bill for fun and training opportunities to polish up performance before those fall races.

Yes; there are many training opportunities you can easily fit into your vacation. Here are some ideas from the article:

Fitness Center on the Star Princess (Photo: Princess)

  1. Plan workouts into your cruise schedule

Make sure the cruise ship you choose has a gym onboard. Many do. In fact, as the article on IRONMAN.com points out:

Princess Cruises offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility onboard their ship, with exercise and spinning classes, free and machine weights, treadmills with ocean views, fresh-air yoga sessions and an outdoor track on the upper deck.
Onboard ship isn’t the only possibility for training, however. On a scheduled beach day, you can take a run on the beach. And some ports-of-call offer bikes you can rent. Check your ship’s itinerary before you’re scheduled to embark so you’ll know what’s available and can plan accordingly.

Training can be incorporated anywhere. (Photo: Ruslan Zagidullin)

  2.  Polish your basic body-weight skills 

The IRONMAN article reminds us to think about incorporating these easy-to-do-anywhere exercises into our schedules:
Push-ups, lunges, squats, crunches, planks, and more. Your body IS your gym if you know what you’re doing. Arm yourself with new moves that challenge the body using its own resistance by heading to YouTube and surfing for new ideas and inspiration.

A Private Cabana in The Sanctuary onboard a Princess cruise ship. (Photo: Princess)

    
3.  Plan time for rest and relaxation
After all, your body needs to recover from all that exercise. And not only that, this will help you to mentally re-charge for any upcoming race. Onboard ship there are spas, and of course the pool deck. Most ships provide adults-only retreats so you can really unwind.
As you pack for your trip, you don’t have to pack extra sets of clothes for exercising, either. Think double-duty articles of clothing:
Look for clothing that can quickly dry so it can be worn, washed and re-used (and you can pack less). Garments that can go from land to sea and still be comfortable are key.
In summary–yes, you CAN go on a vacation while training physically and recharging mentally. So go ahead and plan that cruise-getaway. (By the way, did you know that Princess Cruises is the Official Cruise Line of the North American IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 series?)
To read the rest of the excellent article go to:

Ironman.com.

To schedule a Princess Cruise, visit: Princess.com. 

Main photo courtesy Princess Cruises.

Bon Voyage!