Right before we left Tucson last year I became friends with Sion Lupowitz. We never really hung out when I lived here, but we gradually became better friends via text and Instagram while I was in Ashland. Since moving back we've trained together 4 times per week. He's funny as hell and as fast as I am. I can safely say he is one of my best friends, which doesn't seem to happen often as you get older.
It took about 10 days until I could run well in the heat and even now (2 weeks later) I'd say that it slows me down quite a bit, but it's getting better. And I actually don't mind it. There's something gratifying about suffering in the desert heat. There's something satisfying about running up a rock strewn trail at 4 p.m. with pockets of 100+ degree air smacking you in the face. It's a special kind of suck. And I love it.
We live one mile from Sabino Canyon (my training grounds) which is awesome. If you don't live somewhere where you can run out your front door to the mountains, you don't know what you're missing! My wife, of course, loves being pool side and being able to lay out everyday, as well as having great restaurants to dine at. And we are super stoked to be close to her parents again.
All in all. Things are pretty perfect down here under the Southwest sun.
I will leave you with some photos and a video Sion threw together from one of our runs. Cheers!
|First time back on top of Blackets|
|Monsoon rolling in over Thimble Peak|
|Sion descending Bear Canyon Trail|
|Aspen Trail on Mt. Lemmon (7,500 ft)|
|Back side of Bear Canyon (100+ that day)|
|Switch backs on Bear Canyon Trail descending to 7 falls|
|Sunrise on Phoneline Trail|
|Sion making his way up Aspen trail to the Mt. Lemmon summit|
|Running along the top of Lemmon with the city below|
|Wilderness Of Rocks|
|Pearl Izumi Trail N2, which I believe will be my weapon of choice at the MOG100|
Here's that video. We apologize for the generic EDM.