So, given the crappy Seattle weather and forecast for more, I need to move to somewhere warmer so I can get consistent training. It seems 1 hour roller workouts just aren't going to cut it for what I want to accomplish. I compare it to a computer programmer having dial up Internet connection and expected to complete an exorbitant amount of work in a short time frame.
Yes, I have big goals and things like ice, slippery roads, unpredictable forecasts, and never ending rain are things I can't control. I can, however, control if I stay here.
I've decided to take the Lance Armstrong approach and move to Tucson for December and January. I have no idea where I'm going to live yet. I'm looking into renting 1 bedroom apartments but they're pretty pricey for two month leases. The best deal I've found for an unfurnished apartment is $705/month. Furnished apartment around $1000/month. Hmm...seems expensive. I guess they tack on an extra $200 for short term leases. I'm thinking about arriving with my bike, an air mattress, a pot and a pan, a plate, and a set of silverware.
I've also resorted to looking for shared spaces on craigslist.Who knows what you'll get with craigslist. One ad said she was looking for a roommate to form the "Cougar Cabana--LOL!" (yes, LOL was included). Ugh. So if you have a friend who has a room for rent or a guest house or whatever, please let me know. I'd much rather stay with a friend of a friend.
My scheduled arrival is December 5. I am going to drive down there with my boyfriend who will then fly home after a few days of riding and helping me sort out my stuff. My schedule is ride 3-5 hours a day/ work 3-4 hours a day, so I'll need Internet access.
All business and logistics aside, I'm scared. It's true. It's a big change. The idea of being away from my friends and in a lonely apartment in Tucson makes me sad, but the idea of training 3-4 hours/day on great terrain makes me happy. "They"--the omniscient They--said this will happen. I guess this will be a trial run and practice for what's to come for the year.
I guess this is all part of the journey. Embrace it, right? Cause it only happens once in a lifetime.