Trication Part 2 – Estes Park…The End

Friday:

Today marked the start of single digit countdown to Ironman Boulder…

We are now onto single digits for the countdown to IMBoulder!!

We are now onto single digits for the countdown to IMBoulder!!

We woke up at 5 am so we could go into Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) for a hike to Loch Vale. This was about a 5 mile hike round trip…

Allen in his natural environment...this is where he belongs.

Allen in his natural environment…this is where he belongs.

The Iron Hippie hiking along on the trail.

The Iron Hippie hiking along on the trail.

Loch Vale is 2.7 miles away.

Loch Vale is 2.7 miles away.

Allen pointing at the "mouth" of the rock that "smiles." According to Allen, this rock says, "Shh...there is a secret trail." We took fireman's trail up to Loch Vale.

Allen pointing at the “mouth” of the rock that “smiles.” According to Allen, this rock says, “Shh…there is a secret trail.” We took fireman’s trail up to Loch Vale.

The Iron Hippie and me by the "smiling" rock.

The Iron Hippie and me by the “smiling” rock.

A view of the trail and our quiet surroundings.

A view of the trail and our quiet surroundings.

Part of the way up to Loch Vale.

Part of the way up to Loch Vale.

Allen and the Iron Hippie leading the way.

Allen and the Iron Hippie leading the way.

Just keep climbing the trail.

Just keep climbing the trail.

Part of the trail along the way.

Part of the trail along the way.

Having a little fun throwing snowballs on our way up to Loch Vale.

Having a little fun throwing snowballs on our way up to Loch Vale.

The Iron Hippie and Allen still hiking.

The Iron Hippie and Allen still hiking.

A fun stone sculpture on the trail up to Loch Vale.

A fun stone sculpture on the trail up to Loch Vale.

My shadow on the trail.

My shadow on the trail.

Hiking up to Loch Vale.

Hiking up to Loch Vale.

A beautiful waterfall along the trail.

A beautiful waterfall along the trail.

Loch Lake...so peaceful and magnificent!

Loch Lake…so peaceful and magnificent!

Loch Lake...beautiful!!

Loch Lake…beautiful!!

Loch Lake...so peaceful!

Loch Lake…crystal clear waterl!

Loch Lake

Loch Lake…so peaceful!!

Eating an apple by Loch Lake.

Eating an apple by Loch Lake.

Loch Lake...nature's beauty.

Loch Lake…nature’s beauty.

A gorgeous view of RMNP!

A gorgeous view of RMNP!

A beautiful waterfall on the descent.

A beautiful waterfall on the descent.

We went back to the cabin, ate a snack and took a nap to recharge the batteries ๐Ÿ™‚ After our nap, we went for a run, before eating leftovers for dinner, walking down on the strip for ice cream and having an early to bed for a Saturday early morning trip to Boulder.

Last run at an elevation of 7500+ feet!!

Last run at an elevation of 7500+ feet!!

Saturday:

We woke up at 4:45 to head down to Boulder for a BAM OWS at the Boulder Rez. I felt a little sluggish to start, but eventually found my groove and settled in to a pretty solid pace.

BAM OWS...the Rez was as smooth as glass!!

BAM OWS…the Rez was as smooth as glass!!

Funny that we swim by a sign that says "No Swimming No Wading"

Funny that we swim by a sign that says “No Swimming No Wading”

After the swim, we hopped on our bikes and rode the “blue” loop (also known as the 3rd loop) of the Ironman Boulder bike course. I really do love this course and can’t wait until race day!! Mojo was having a few issues shifting, so after the ride, we loaded her up and took her to Louisville Cyclery, where they are going to take really good care of her and make sure she is race ready. Thanks to Susan McNamee for the referral ๐Ÿ™‚

The signs are up on the roads to warn drivers to expect delays next Sunday...it is getting real :)

The signs are up on the roads to warn drivers to expect delays next Sunday…it is getting real ๐Ÿ™‚

On Lookout Road...what a beautiful view of the mountains!!

On Lookout Road…what a beautiful view of the mountains!!

We're all good...just riding our bikes :)

We’re all good…just riding our bikes ๐Ÿ™‚

The Iron Hippie was assisting Allen with his bike.

The Iron Hippie was assisting Allen with his bike.

The Iron Hippie was assisting Allen with his bike...thumbs up means it's all good?!?!?!?!

The Iron Hippie was assisting Allen with his bike…thumbs up means it’s all good?!?!?!?!

The Iron Hippie was full of shenanigans after assisting Allen with his bike.

The Iron Hippie was full of shenanigans after assisting Allen with his bike.

The Iron Hippie was full of shenanigans after assisting Allen with his bike.

The Iron Hippie was full of shenanigans after assisting Allen with his bike.

We decided to stop at Mary’s Market in Hygiene for a sandwich on our way back up the mountain and it was our lucky day!! Thanks to Lululemon for the free food, drinks, fuel and conversation to all cyclists that stopped and purchased anything at Mary’s Market on Saturday morning/lunch hour!! You put a smile on the faces of so many cyclists ๐Ÿ™‚

These sweet ladies from Lululemon bought our lunch for us!!

These sweet ladies from Lululemon bought our lunch for us!!

It turned out to be a good thing we stopped for a sandwich at Mary’s Market, because it ended up taking us 31 minutes to drive 9.2 miles thanks to a festival in Lyons. Had we waited to refuel back at our cabin, we all might have been a bit hangry!!

Traffic jam...took us 31 minutes to go 9.2 miles thanks to a festival in Lyons.

Traffic jam…took us 31 minutes to go 9.2 miles thanks to a festival in Lyons.

After arriving back to our cabin, we all cleaned up, did some laundry, went to the grocery store and waited for Allen’s wife and daughters to arrive. After being surrounded by only testosterone for the last two weeks, it was nice to have some estrogen around me ๐Ÿ™‚

The girls are here!! The girls are here!! Yay for estrogen :)

The girls are here!! The girls are here!! Yay for estrogen ๐Ÿ™‚

We grilled food at the cabin for dinner, made s’mores and then headed down to the strip so weย could get ice cream and enjoy the sounds along the stream…after all, this was our last night in Estes Park. I have LOVED my stay here and would highly recommend a trip here to anyone who loves the outdoors. There is so much to do here for people of all types ๐Ÿ™‚

A heated dinner conversation about who's idea it was to sign up for Ironman Boulder...it was definitely Allen's. He is the one who signed up first after all.

A heated dinner conversation about who’s idea it was to sign up for Ironman Boulder…it was definitely Allen’s. He is the one who signed up first after all.

Mmmm...S'mores :)

Mmmm…S’mores ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the only way you'll catch the two of us on a tandem together...in a garden as part of their decor ;)

This is the only way you’ll catch the two of us on a tandem together…in a garden as part of their decor ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday:

We have moved on to the flatland…AKAย the Denver metro, where we will be staying with family for the next 4 days. After staying up in the mountains for the last 2 weeks, Denver and Boulder feel flat in comparison ๐Ÿ˜‰

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8 thoughts on “Trication Part 2 – Estes Park…The End

    • I don’t pay attention to the weather until it gets a few days out…no need to worry about something I can’t control anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Lee @ Tri*Inspired*Life says:

    Look like a great ending to your time is Estes Park. I know you are so excited with the count down diminishing! Yestetday, I had lots of fun tracking at IM Canada and thinking back to one year ago at my race from IMLP. Look forward to having your race to follow:)!!

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