Life in Durango, CO is anything but hard. Something about this place that makes even work enjoyable!
Maybe it’s the scenery. Maybe it’s the fact that within seconds I am riding world class mountain bike trails. Maybe it’s that I can raft the Animas River-Durango, Colorado is my home away from home. Alaska is home for me and I will always go back, but right now Durango has my heart. I love it here.
I have been here for a little over 4 weeks. Settling back home in Durango is nice because I am able to sleep in my own bed. Training back at altitude has taken its toll on me, but I'll eventually get used to it. The day I got back to Durango I went to my favorite coffee shop where I used to work and they gave me a job starting the next day. Having some cash flow into my pocket was a relief-especially after my radiator cracked in my truck for no reason at all.
Now that I'm training at altitude, I had to adjust some things to not over train myself. The normal routine of Raw Protein meals in the morning, and the new Raw FIT supplements right after rides. After rides I'm generally not hungry at all, and the only thing I can stomach are liquids. The new Raw Fit protein powder works great for post workout recovery to help eliminate the crash associated with post workouts. I usually just mix it with some water and almond milk, and sprinkle it with some cinnamon for added flavor.
My workouts start out with long easy rides of about 3+hours on the road, trying to get my body used to the altitude. I then jump right into threshold work the next week, going to the local group road rides and trying to hold on for dear life. I followed the next day with more local rides like the Durango Devo Short Track Series races. Local legends like former Olympian Travis Brown and Todd Wells and many other seasoned pros come and “cool down” there with a hard 30 minute race effort. So after my one week of basic training, it’s been back to intensity training and stays just as hard throughout the week with rest days on Monday.
When I am not training or working I am working on my house. I have done a lot of spring cleaning and some garden work which can be surprisingly relaxing to do. Of course I do the general maintenance of my bikes- which I love. My Cannondale Lefty suspension that I got from Project 321 and Project 321 wheels have been running smooth! They have taken a beating and are still running strong and tight. I have to thank Jake Lieles from Project 321 for helping me out, such a great guy and company. I have to give another big shout out to Gabe Schroder from Smith Optics. Smith has been with me for some time, and I love the support they give me with high performance optics, helping me see straight and clear so I can ride as fast as humanly possible.
Last but not least is Garden of Life. The Garden of Life team has helped me stay healthy and fit with amazing supplements to train hard day after day. They have been a great help to the start of a great season and it’s only going to get better!
My next race is the Nationally acclaimed Iron Horse Classic here in beautiful Durango Colorado. Stay tuned!!!!!