The Arizona Off-Season
This is the time of year where, generally, the riding weather's as bad as it gets in the desert.
I'm not a wimp about this stuff, I'll get up early, ride in the heat, go up north to ride, all that stuff, but frankly speaking it don't get much worse than 110 and 50% humidity. At 9pm it's still over 100 degrees. The only relief is when a storm blows in, then there's giant dust-clouds, lightning and other bad-weather danger.
So historically, I'd call this the off-season. Sure I'd get in some early-morning rides, but wouldn't work too hard at it. Come late September, when the weather breaks, it's time to gear up for El Tour de Tucson!
I screwed up my plan this year, I'm booked for Hotter 'n' Hell 100 in late August. So I'm kicking myself in the arse!
What do the rest of you desert riders do? Are you trying to keep up with those Northerners who were snowed in for 3 months?