Recovery after travel tips

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  1. Backhanded Compliment

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    Im a curator so I travel a great deal... and every time I do so my game takes 1-2 weeks just to regain its sharpness. Specifically, my legs feel unresponsive and mentally my clutch points just arent there. I play at a decently high level 4.5 (Im a former college 5.0 back in the early 90's, fit early 40's allcourter).

    I jump rope, do isometrics, do some footwork drills and bike at home and when away I jump rope and swim (if there is one at the hotel). I eat a lot of antioxidants after returning home too.

    Still it takes me 1-2 weeks to get everything firing again after travel (S&V especially, I end up hanging back till 1 week+). Any suggestions? The footwork drills seem to help but I'd like to shake the lead out after say 3-4 days instead of 1-2 weeks.
     
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  2. mikeler

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    That happens to me too and I also seem to lose some cardio. I try and bring my rackets along on trips whenever I can. The internet is great for finding players all over the world.
     
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    While the medical literature does not offer much support for using melatonin to treat insomnia, it does provide strong evidence that jet lag responds well to melatonin, especially if traveling east and across at least 4 time zones.
     
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    Last 12 months, I spent on average 50/50 between Dallas (Home) and Asia.
    Some of the trips are so packed that I cannot exercise or play tennis. Sometimes (my upcoming two week trip end of July) I take my tennis gear with me and play in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and places I know people.

    For me, the timing is affected the most. First 2-5 hours after the trip, I am late on most of my shots. Jet lag may have some to do with it, too.
     
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  5. Backhanded Compliment

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    all useful stuff... yes I feel like my timing is what goes awry. Im either to early or late and it is a strange "disconnected" feeling. Even when my cardio stays good I just seem to feel "out of it".

    Ive made a point to move my feet during flights... the melatonin is an interesting idea. I know niacin definitely helps for concentration.

    anyone have drills? Surely the pros deal with this all of the time and have it down to science... to me it sounds like a great interview question.
     
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