So this is something I probably should have mentioned earlier, but in early July I took a new job, which required me relocating to Denver, Colorado! This is a big change for me since my whole life I have always lived in Illinois. In fact, Illinois is where I got my start in the running and triathlon worlds. Say what you want about that state, but you will be hard-pressed to find higher quality people. I will miss my friends, family, and colleagues (you all had better visit or at least stay in touch). However I am completely stoked for a new adventure in Colorado!
I have already been out here a week and have had a chance to run and ride in the city, in the suburbs, and in different state parks. Each of these workouts has highlighted what I was looking forward to and dreading all at the same time…the altitude.
Now I am used to the nice, chunky Illinois air. Let me put it in perspective. When I was living in Illinois, every morning I would wake up and take a deep breath. Then I wouldn’t need to breathe again until about 7:30 or 8 p.m. that night. That’s how thick the air is.
Colorado is different. Here I get moving and instantly have to inhale air like a chubby kid gulping down candy from an unattended trick-or-treat basket.
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the air is definitely thinner up here. I felt it a few minutes into my first run. It was suddenly as if I had been running for miles. A week and many miles later, I still feel it, but I can manage it. I am excited for how it will affect my IM Louisville performance.
In the meantime, I will be hoping one of my suitcases turns out to be empty and instead full of some of that hearty Midwestern air I enjoy!