3 Weeks ’til Ironman Boulder

With only 3 weeks until Ironman Boulder, we have successfully made it to Colorado. We are starting this trication with our first stop in Red Feather Lakes, CO. I’ll have a post on this part of our trip later this week, but here is a sneak peak at where we are staying…


Last week did not include as many workouts as I would have liked (and probably needed if you ask the Iron Hippie). Preparing for our trication (which will be almost 4 weeks in duration) was very stressful for me…I had to pack all of my race gear for Ironman Boulder, I had to pack clothes, cosmetics and other supplies for our vacation, I had to make sure our house was clean and organized for our house sitter (I’m definitely type A), I had to make sure the dog supplies were well stocked for our house sitter, I had to mow the lawn and make sure the gas can was refilled and I had to work a few extra hours training clients and teaching fitness classes this week. I was so busy that my workouts were put on the back burner and often times passed up, even though that is what my body craved.

Swim: Nothing, Nada, Zilch

I was bummed by this when I woke up both Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning to swim at the outdoor pool and the air temperature was only 54F. Brrr!! So…I opted to crawl back under the covers and sleep instead.


I did manage to get one bike ride in on Wednesday evening to make sure Mojo was happy and working properly before leaving my AWESOME bike mechanic back in Iowa to head out west. Mojo was very happy and I was happy to be on my bike and not dealing with the stresses of our trip. I wasn’t super pleased with all of the cyclists on the trail Not. Wearing. Helmets. Seriously people…wear a helmet. If not for you, wear one for those you love! They save lives!!


Run: Zilch, Nada, Nothing

I had intentions of running Friday before leaving for Colorado, but had so many errands to run and things to do before leaving at 5 am Saturday morning, that my run took the back seat and eventually got scratched due to lack of time ๐Ÿ˜ข Maybe I’ll get a run in at altitude soon. Altitude sickness hasn’t really affected me yet, so I’m hoping I’m in the clear. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate ๐Ÿ˜‰

Strength Training: 45 minutes of TRX

I taught TRX Thursday evening and made sure to make it a difficult workout knowing I’d miss it for the next month. My legs and core had some DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) on Friday and Saturday, but it was good for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Weekly Totals: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Recovery Highlight:

Final massage pre race before heading out west…this hurt a bit and I am still trying to convince our massage therapist to just pack up his massage bed and come out to Colorado to do some work on us and write off his travels as a work expense, but so far he isn’t jumping on this idea ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


Weekly Highlights:

Wednesday, I got to turn a “fake friend” into a “real friend.” Kelli was in Iowa and I got to met up with her, her husband and two boys. It was SO AWESOME to talk in person and catch up!!


Thursday I received my order of Sound Probiotics.ย I ordered one bottle, so that I would have enough to get me through our trip. I am so lucky and blessed to have such an awesome product with amazingย peopleย behind it keeping me healthy!! They sent me an extra bottle to #supportimmunity and #maximizerecovery ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Sound Probiotics!!


After a stressful week of packing and preparing for being gone for almost 4 weeks, we arrived in Colorado!! It has been great catching up with old friends, cooking amazing food and enjoying Mother Nature’s quiet beauty!!


How was your week? Have you done a trication? If so, where did you go? How do you deal with the stress of going on a long vacation?ย 

15 thoughts on “3 Weeks ’til Ironman Boulder

  1. I can’t believe people were not wearing helmets while riding their bikes on the trails! Honestly, why would you not?

    Hope you are having a wonderful time in Colorado! I am planning on doing a little trication when I do my Ironman next year. Now that they moved the date of CdA, I have to decide between Canada and CdA…decisions decisions. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be curious to see how you liked the long stay and time away from home before the race.

    1. I couldn’t believe they weren’t wearing helmets either! We are loving Colorado and seem to be acclimating well. We will be up here at Red Feather Lakes for one more day. We leave Wednesday to go to Estes Park for about 12 days. I’m intrigued by IMCdA being in the fall as well, but we decided no full Ironman in 2016. It is time to go short and fast for a year instead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I hate when I see people without helmets too!!

    I hope you are LOVING Colorado ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will be back in Boulder the week before the race so if you need anything let me know!

  3. What a gorgeous view! I see people riding in Calgary traffic without helmets, now that’s crazy-motorist do not like cyclists here. It’s too bad you couldn’t rent a big bus like the NASCAR drivers have to take along your bike mechanic, massage therapist, and any others you would love to have on your trication ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Hi! Just wanted to let you know I’m no longer “amylynnruns” and the blog is gone. Even though I can no longer run or tri, I will still be following you and Erin through your blogs and can’t wait to read about your success this summer!! Cheers

      2. That’s a bummer that you took your blog down. I hope your knee surgery goes well for you and can get back on track as soon as possible! xoxo

  4. Can’t wait to hear about your trication! Last year, when I raced CdA, it was the same – we went on a massive road trip after the race, so I felt as though we were taking the MOST ridiculous amount of stuff along for the trip.
    I’d love to connect in Boulder, although I know how crazy the weeks and days before the race can be. Enjoy the trip!

    1. We won’t be getting to Boulder until Thursday, July 30, but I’d love to meet up with you if it works out! Trications are so much fun…even if they take a lot of stuff to make is successful ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I have never had to pack and coordinate as much stuff as you had to for this trip. You had so much to consider, but now you are there are that’s all that matters. I was super impressed by how much gear you were able to pack in your vehicle. Creative packing! Continue to enjoy your time in Colorado!

  6. Very excited for you and being on trication for 4 weeks!! Have fun!!!
    I’ve been training but not as much as I wanted! But it has been good…letting my body relax from all of the long distance/volume! ๐Ÿ™‚

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