Flagstaff- Week 1 in Pictures

Nobody likes reading paragraph after paragraph, so here’s some photos that describe how my first week at altitude has been. I’m in the process of shooting video clips, and hope to have a video completed by next week.

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The trip didn’t exactly start off on the right foot. Shown here is Chris rifling through his bag trying to find his credit card (he never found it), which we needed to get the rental car.

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Slight rental-car-dilemma aside, we were soon on our way up to the glorious thin air of Flagstaff, Arizona.

For the next three weeks, I’ll be sharing this condo with Chris and Barry. It’s located 10-minutes from downtown, but right next to some amazing dirt roads and trail systems.

For the next three weeks, I’ll be sharing this condo with Chris and Barry. It’s located 10-minutes from downtown, but right next to some amazing dirt roads and trail systems.

Plenty of porch sits will occur here.

Plenty of porch sits will occur here.

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Chris and Alex on our first run down Old Canyon road.

On our second day, we went down to the Hypo2 sports centre for some blood testing. Shown here is me breathing a little bit of carbon monoxide, which is how they will measure hemoglobin mass changes over the next few weeks.

On our second day, we went down to the Hypo2 sports centre for some blood testing. They had us breath a little bit of carbon monoxide, which is how they will measure hemoglobin mass changes over the next few weeks.

On day 2, instead of a second run, we went for a two-hour hike up near the snow bowl.

On day 2, instead of a second run, we went for a two-hour hike up near the snow bowl. We got up to 9337ft. 

On day 3, we went to the track at NAU and did a light workout. We met up with 20 or so other Canadian athletes who are also training here for the month of April.

On day 3, we went to the track at NAU and did a light workout. We met up with 20 or so other Canadian athletes who are also training here for the month of April.

Day 4- This was meant to be an easy 60-minute out-and back at Fort Tuthill. A few wrong turns later, we were completely lost and had to ask for a ride back to our car. I generally have a fairly good sense of direction, but when every dirt road looks the exact same, it’s unbelievably easy to get turned around.

Day 4- This was meant to be an easy 60-minute out-and back at Fort Tuthill. A few wrong turns later, we were completely lost and had to ask for a ride back to our car. I generally have a fairly good sense of direction, but when every dirt road looks the exact same, it’s unbelievably easy to get turned around. As if I wasn’t in an already salty-enough mood after running 25 minutes longer than intended, I got completely big-timed by Lanni Marchant. I heard later that day that when she told the other Canadians about what had happened, she described me as “the “kid” who wasn’t having a good time.” Thanks Lanni!

We took an afternoon trip down to Sedona to check out the sights, and have some dinner.

We took an afternoon trip down to Sedona to check out the sights, and have some dinner.

Jumped into an 800 down in Phoenix to open the season. Ran 1:50.

Jumped into an 800 down in Phoenix to open the season. Ran 1:50. Did a little tempo before and after the race, so it was a good day of work. 

Capped off the week with a 90 minute long run with the boys.

Capped off the week with a 90 minute long run with the boys.

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