Traveling tests you in a variety of ways.
It tests your patience… As you wait in the TSA line, as you wait to board your flight, as you wait for your baggage. And don’t even bring up delays, for weather, mechanical issues, etc.
It tests your energy levels… 6am flights, red-eyes, non-stop work, stresses associated with work, bad sleep due to abnormal environments.
It tests your nutritional discipline… Late nights, early mornings, not as many restaurants open, airport food, snacks at the arenas, team meals, late nights with friends.
My performance “on the road” is measured by statistics. The most important being wins and losses. I have to be at my best and can’t allow distractions to get the best of me.
During the WNBA season, we travel to 11 other cities. In the Eastern Conference, they are Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York, and Washington, DC. In the Western Conference, they are Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Antonio, Seattle, and Tulsa.
There’s a few things I do every single road trip:
- Research the location of our hotel prior to our trip. I like to know what are my food options within walking distance or a short cab ride.
- Research the location of the arena and the late night restaurant options because we often eat post game meals around 10:30 or 11pm due to our night games.
- I always bring healthy snacks from home and buy fresh fruits and vegetables upon arrival to the city.
- I bring my water jug with me on every trip as well. I take it through TSA at the airport empty and then fill it on the other side. Water, coconut water, fresh vegetable juice, or fruit/vegetable smoothies, are the only beverages I consume.
This is the beginning of a series of travel blogs to chronicle my successes and failures at finding healthy Vegan food (and on game days healthy Raw Vegan fare). Check back daily for updates on what I find and how I perform. Check the Sun schedule, if I’m coming to your city, tell me where to eat.