What We Can Learn From People Training in Remote and Isolated Locations

she still trains for triathlon there—polar bears and lack of pools be damned.

Her workouts

Indoor training is the basic way to go: stationary bike, a treadmill in her cramped gym room at the station, and some yoga and dryland swim training. If she wants to run outside, she has to have someone guard for polar bears.

“You just need to brace yourself and go through your training sessions in the usual way,” she says.

Her tips

Training inside can quickly become boring — though in many ways it’s the same as if it was winter anywhere. “Long indoor training is harder mentally than it is physically,” she says. To that end, she’ll mix it up by putting up photos of forests and mountain trails. She also watches movies and listens to music.

Communication can be one of the hardest things for people stuck at home right now, but she says staying connected through online messaging apps and emails is entirely possible — and even Skyping with training buddies for a virtual training session. “Recently, I got the idea of asking the ‘Women for Tri’ Facebook group for some support. The girls are sending me short movies from their trainings, and I put them in one long movie and have a beautiful, engaging trip through different corners of the world.”

“The most important thing is to not lose faith and not give up on training,” she says, even if races are being canceled. “Staying on track is vital for good spirits, energy levels, for oneself in general.”

Military Base in Afghanistan

Lots of soldiers, all over the world, have figured out ways to get training in on active bases. Brad Williams, who now competes as a pro triathlete, was deployed to Bagram Air Base for a few months and was able to get in regular triathlon training—somewhat modified.

His workouts

Williams was actually able to train quite a bit while deployed, using a treadmill in the base and his bike and trainer he brought with him. All he had to do was set up a fan and a laptop in front of it. There were also a couple of small half-mile loops outside he could run around and still consider it safe, meaning if there were inbound rocket attacks it was easy to take shelter. (The bigger perimeter loop technically could be run, but left you too exposed.)

The hardest part was just not knowing what any day or even any hour might look like and not being able to plan. A run could be interrupted by inbound rockets and everyone would go on lockdown, or something might come up that he had to deal with and the workout wouldn’t happen. “There were also days that you would question your sanity and if it was really worth going out for a run, given the recent inbound rockets,” he says.

His tips

“Be cautious of burning yourself out from too much indoor training,” he says. If you’re new to indoor trainer riding, then just be careful not to overdo it right away. It could burn you out either mentally or just by going too hard on Zwift every day. “The worst thing you can do is come out the other side of all of this exhausted, mentally and physically, and not be ready to ramp things up when you are able to.” While you want to stay fit and healthy and sane, there’s also an opportunity to treat this as a mini-off-season. “Focus on things that may be weaknesses, and focus on things outside of sport that you have been neglecting,” he

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