For Spring break we were fortunate enough to have as our guests part of the "Z3 High Performance Triathlon Team". Their coach organized daily training all over town during their stay----most notably a bike ride up to Mt. Lemmon.
The Hacienda sits at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. Mt. Lemmon is at 9,000 feet!
It takes about 90 min to drive the 40 miles up to visit, but riding a bike the distance of the Catalina Highway, is about 30 miles, each way, of traversing a vertical 6,000 feet. Whew!
When I asked the coach what Z3 meant, this is what she wrote:
"The 3 is for the three disciplines of the sport: swim, bike and run. Z is just because even though we aspire to be the best, we will humbly stand behind all the other letters that support us."
"We have 7 pillars of character we teach, and humility is the most important."
What an inspiring group!
The group converges upon Tucson every year and hail from about 5 other states.
Here are a few pictures Jenny sent of their training sessions around Tucson.