Ask Martin Vol. 22: Travel Tips

Suitcase-with-travel-stic-002Question: Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of jet lag? -Greg

It’s the traveling time of the year again. Collegiate athletes in America are starting to make trips across the country for the various rounds of the NCAA Championships. The best throwers will then start their international season, demanding trips to Europe. While travel is fun, it can only hurt your performances. In the best case scenario, the travel takes nothing out of you. In the worst case, it can ruin a competition. And jet lag is just one of the things that can affect you. After more than a decade of international competitions I have a few tips that I can share that should reduce its impact.


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2 replies
  1. Dave Ratcliffe
    Dave Ratcliffe says:

    I totally agree with the ‘don’t just assume there will be a place to train and implements to use there’.

    Often a good idea to take at least two hammers with you and arrange a plan B and C for alternative training sites. You can usually find them via Google Earth. By the way does anyone know of any quiet training throwing facilities in the Kazan area, Russia?

  2. Jim Haberkorn
    Jim Haberkorn says:

    Great article, Martin. I don’t travel as an athlete, but I do travel a lot for my job, and you hit just about every tip I’ve discovered over several decades of long haul flying. Here’s a few more that I’ve picked up. Drink lots of water. The air is very dry in a plane, and it’s easy to become dehydrated. The air is also not very oxygenated, and, according to tips on adjusting to higher altitudes, the water helps with that too. But here’s the really important one. Over the last several years, many airlines have cut back on the airflow in their economy cabins. The air is stale and germs are left to settle. I know several people who frequently pick up chest infections when traveling. Obviously, the best choice is to sit in business class, where the airflow is the same, but is breathed by far fewer people. Next best is to sit as close to business class as you can. If you’ve ever sat in a bulkhead aisle seat close to business class, you can still feel the fresher air. Finally, my last suggestion has nothing to do about jetlag, but about simple comfort. When you check in, you can ask the agent if there are any seats with an empty seat next to them. If the flight’s not full, they’ll be happy to give you that seat and in most cases block the one next to you so it remains empty. Oh, and letting them know you are athlete needing to arrive in tip-top shape probably won’t hurt either – might even get you an unexected upgrade to business class!


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