I recently traveled from Ireland to Maui to ride the Cycle to the Sun race. I’d wanted to do this since visiting Maui a few years ago, so set the goal to ride it this year.
It’s not an insignificant journey to get there and I wanted to give myself a little time beforehand to acclimatise as the climates in Ireland and Maui are vastly different, so I traveled out a week before. For info, we went direct from Dublin to San Francisco (11 hours flight approx.) with a three and half hour layover before flying direct to Maui (approx. 5 hours).
We rented a condo rather than stay in a hotel. I also rented a bike from Maui Cyclery in Paia (can highly recommend them), as bringing my own bike would be more trouble than it was worth, in my view.
I took the normal precautions, drank plenty of water and kept alcohol to a minimum but a couple of days after landing, I developed a sore throat which turned into a head cold. I should point out that despite trying to sleep with the aircon switched off in the condo, it was too warm and humid, so I ended up switching it on as I really needed to sleep!
I did ride the event and finished, but I didn’t achieve anywhere near the time I’d hoped for.
To get to the point (eventually, sorry), does anyone have any advice on how to manage traveling for an event in a warmer climate and avoiding getting sick and impacting performance?
Thanks in advance!