1 week ’til Ironman Boulder

Race Week…WHAT?!?!?!?!?!  Well, time moves forward even when we wish it would slow down. I have LOVED my trication in Colorado and would have loved for time to stand still during these last 2 weeks so I could enjoy more of Colorado. BUT…I am SUPER excited for race day and am looking forward to pushing myself to new limits!!

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This last week involved a lot of training at an altitude higher than Boulder, which hopefully means we have been acclimating well and are race ready!!

Swim: 4.44 miles

Most of our swimming this week was done at the Boulder Rez. The water temperature has been hovering in the low 70s. We have been doing some rain dances in hopes that it cools the water off in the Boulder Rez just a bit before Sunday. I had two really good swims in the Boulder Rez and am confident this will transfer to a great race!!

OWS complete...I felt GREAT!!
OWS complete…I felt GREAT!!
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”

Bike: 48.8 miles

We had 2 bike rides this week. The first was on the Peak to Peak Highway from Nederland to Ward to celebrate the Iron Hippie’s birthday and back and the second ride was the “blue loop” of the Ironman Boulder bike course. Both of these rides were AMAZING and filled me with LOTS of #bikelove

We are all still together...
We are all still together…
Some of the BEST cookies around are at the Utica Store in Ward, but be sure to bring cash...they do not accept cards and have no ATM.
Some of the BEST cookies around are at the Utica Store in Ward, but be sure to bring cash…they do not accept cards and have no ATM.
Taking a break from the riding and doing a little core work in Ward!!
Taking a break from the riding and doing a little core work in Ward!!
High above the trees with the mountains in the distance.
High above the trees with the mountains in the distance.
We're all good...just riding our bikes :)
We’re all good…just riding our bikes 🙂
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.

Run: 10.6 miles

We had one short run down in Boulder, but our last longish run occurred at an elevation of 7500+ feet. It was fun to go fast on the short run in Boulder and see how much I could push myself to determine how well I’ve acclimated. I felt really good about my runs this week, which have really boosted my confidence for race day 🙂

Post swim/run high...with the mountains in the background and at altitude.
Post swim/run high…with the mountains in the background and at altitude.
Last run at an elevation of 7500+ feet!!
Last run at an elevation of 7500+ feet!!

Strength Training: 1 hour & 20 minutes of core work

Other Activities:

Monday morning we went for a walk around Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), which was BEAUTIFUL and so peaceful!!

The mountains and sky reflected beautifully off of Sprague Lake.
The mountains and sky reflected beautifully off of Sprague Lake.
I climbed a rock and took a picture of the boys below.
I climbed a rock and took a picture of the boys below.
Standing on top of my rock at Sprague Lake.
Standing on top of my rock at Sprague Lake.

Wednesday morning I went stand up paddle boarding. I LOVE SUP boarding and only wish the water would have been a bit flatter…

Finally able to stand...for a little bit :)
Finally able to stand…for a little bit 🙂
Lots of wind and whitecaps made stand up paddle boarding more like "kneel paddle boarding"
Lots of wind and whitecaps made stand up paddle boarding more like “kneel paddle boarding”

We spent Friday morning hiking in RMNP up to Loch Vale and back (between 5 & 6 miles round trip). It was a BEAUTIFUL morning!! I can’t believe how green all of Colorado is right now…

Hiking up to Loch Vale.
Hiking up to Loch Vale.
The Iron Hippie hiking along on the trail.
The Iron Hippie hiking along on the trail.
Just keep climbing the trail.
Just keep climbing the trail.
Eating an apple by Loch Lake.
Eating an apple by Loch Lake.
A beautiful waterfall on the descent.
A beautiful waterfall on the descent.
Loch Lake...so peaceful and magnificent!
Loch Lake…so peaceful and magnificent!
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.

Weekly Totals: 9 hours and 11 minutes

Weekly Highlights:

We made it to the single digit countdown for race day…

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

Free lunch at Mary’s Market thanks to Lululemon…

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

We enjoyed some time with the Iron Hippie’s sister in downtown Denver…

The Iron Hippie and his sister look a lot alike!!
The Iron Hippie and his sister look a lot alike!!
We found a "sign" of back home in downtown Denver!!
We found a “sign” of back home in downtown Denver!!

How was your week? What races do you have that are coming up?

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8 thoughts on “1 week ’til Ironman Boulder

  1. Happy Birthday to the Iron Hippie-that picture of him dancing by the side of the road made me laugh out loud 🙂 Another solid week of training! I can’t believe you’re one week away. I’m picking up my wet suit rental on Wednesday and on Thursday a friend is going to help stuff me in it and come with me to a lake for my first open water swim in prep for Sunday. I’m nervous, but excited too.

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