Triathlon training in Mexico

Growing up in upstate New York and not moving to Arizona until I was twenty-seven, I’ve come to realize just how diverse the Sonoran Desert really is. Living in Nogales, AZ, which borders Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, I have come to realize that both Mexico and southern Arizona have incredibly bad reputations.

Of course, Mexico has its problems, but it would be a mistake to ignore the vast opportunities that this country offers the multi-sport athlete. I’m specifically referring to a small fishing town about 5 hours south of Nogales, Arizona. San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico is a paradise for sports lovers.

I discovered this gem in the rough by chance and even before I got interested in multisports. Working on the border for several years, I finally mustered up enough courage to take the plunge and start exploring the vastness of Mexico. Sixteen years later, I learned the language, traveled the entire western coast of Mexico, and married a lady from there. The cultural experiences, adventures, and friendly people make this place too good to be scared off by the constant barrage of media reports of violence.

San Carlos offers training throughout the year. It is advisable to avoid San Carlos in August and September if you are not an early riser, but for those of you who want to train straight through the winter months without worrying about places to swim, bike and run, then San Carlos is your place. .

The center of the village has a 20 kilometer road that surrounds the village. The kilometers are marked by giant concrete pillars that have the kilometer wrought into giant metal numerals attached to each pillar so you always know how far you’ve gone, even if your GPS or power meter loses signal.

There are several beaches to choose from, they all have different terrains, from sandy beaches to rocky beaches to pebble beaches. You name it and you will find it in San Carlos. Open water swimming is ideal and the number of motor boats is minimal.

Biking and running in San Carlos is also outstanding. You can hit the world-class mountain bike trails one day and the next go for a 20+ mile loop along the shoreline of the Sea of ​​Cortez with limited traffic and friendly locals.

Please don’t let the bad press scare you from considering a trip to San Carlos. This place is amazing during all times of the year, but during the winter months it is possibly one of the best triathlon training locations in the Americas.

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