So I am just now deep into week 2 in Tucson. From 5am-9am the weather is absolutely beautiful; high 70s, sunny, and dry. At 9:01am though it goes from 79-110F in matter of seconds. It is strange. I have adapted to the conditions though and I am making it work. I feel like I am on the same schedule as the rattle snakes. I am certain that the raw conditions of the desert will make any athlete mentally stronger. The road conditions are terrible, the wind is high, the sun is strong, and the terrain is hilly.
Unfortunately, the past 13 days have been pretty lonely. I did not personally know any other triathletes living in Tucson for the summer upon moving here. I find myself talking to myself in the condo sometimes, but I am sure it will get better. I have been swimming with swimmers, riding with local roadies, and running alone. I have learned many skills in each discipline and cool training spots from the people I have been fortunate enough to meet in the past week. I have appreciated every second people here have spent helping me settle in.
Other than my awkward speedo tan, my sore wrists from squeezing the brakes on the descents down Mt. Lemmon, and my sunscreen scented sheets I am really enjoying my time here. If anyone wants a challenge then come live in the desert for the summer and train. Actually, it is probably a dumb idea, BUT I am determined to make the most of it!
Also, thanks to everyone who took a look at the inaugural LG newsletter. I will be sending these out monthly with brief updates, off the wall recipes, and training sessions. Next month I will be giving out some First Endurance stuff so make sure to subscribe =) You can always unsubscribe if you get bored. No offense taken 🙂