7000 FEET

Hello from Flagstaff! A week after arriving here, my lungs are finallyyy beginning to adjust (I only sometimes feel like lungs are gonna explode) and it’s hard to believe I only have a few more days in the beauty of the southwest before heading back east for some racing FUN!

Nothing like hills to open up the lungs (and eyes -- love the view from the top!)

Nothing like hills to open up the lungs (and eyes -- love the view from the top!)

Making the adjustment to training at 7000 feet has gone relatively smoothly (I think?), and the last couple days I’ve been able to jump into some VO2 bike sessions, to throw down a ‘lil bit of fast running, and most recently, (to try) to hold my own in quite the solid swim session! I believe that you are the average of the company you keep. So as an athlete with the highest goals and aspirations in the sport, it’s an incredible opportunity to train with Olympic-bound athletes. I am seeing firsthand the gaps I must bridge to get to where I want to go.

I am seeing the intense focus and commitment it takes to be the fastest in the world but also the power of maintaining balance. I’m coming to embrace more than ever the importance of enjoying the journey, loving the process. As always, I continue to be a sponge – soaking up every bit of wisdom I can while I’m here and getting psyched to see my new training mates kill it in Rio!