Trication Part 3 – Denver Metro

Sunday:

The Iron Hippie and I left Estes Park early in the morning to head to my cousin’s house in Parker, CO. Unfortunately my cousin and his wife are in Europe, but my aunt is house sitting for them, so we get to spend some time with her.

After arriving, we unloaded the car, ate some lunch and then went to the mall to hit up a few stores we don’t have access to (other than online) back home.

Athleta...I love your clothes!
Athleta…I love your clothes!

I spent some time in the late afternoon catching up on blog posts (I kind of slacked on posting my Estes Park blog posts, which you can find here, here and here), some last minute information from DC (the Ironman Boulder race director) and emails before dinner.

Eggplant Parmesan for dinner...yummy!!
Eggplant Parmesan for dinner…yummy!!

After dinner, we all got comfortable on the couch and watched a documentary before bed…Nicky’s Family…If you have not seen this yet, I HIGHLY recommend it. WOW!!

“Before the start of World War II, Briton Nicholas Winton masterminded the rescue of more than 600 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Prague.”

Snuggling on the couch to watch Nicky's Family
Snuggling on the couch to watch Nicky’s Family

Monday:

I started the day with a smoothie and some relaxing with Sophie cuddling up next to me, while I worked on some writing.

Sophie is cuddled up next to me as I write.
Sophie is cuddled up next to me as I write.

 

We then went to the Parker Recreation Center for our last long swim (4700 yards) before lunch.

Monday Motivation...Ironman Wisconsin swim cap with only 6 days until race day.
Monday Motivation…Ironman Wisconsin swim cap with only 6 days until race day.
Last long swim complete...4700 yards.
Last long swim complete…4700 yards.

After cleaning up and eating lunch, we kicked our feet up while watching one of the dumbest movies ever…Jackass.

This is such a DUMB show!
This is such a DUMB show!
Characteristics of a Professional athlete
Characteristics of a Professional athlete
Getting some advice from Sophie (my cousin's dog)...she thinks I have a lot of characteristics of professional athletes.
Getting some advice from Sophie (my cousin’s dog)…she thinks I have a lot of characteristics of professional athletes.

At about 3:30, we went and picked my cousin up and then his parents came over after work for dinner. It was nice and relaxing and great to catch up…especially since I won’t get to spend much time with them on race day.

Tuesday:

We woke up early on Tuesday morning, went for an easy 30 minute run, packed up the Rav4, cleaned up and headed to Louisville Cyclery to pick up Mojo. We then went to Lululemon in Boulder where we found our names in their Ironman recognition window and did a little shopping before meeting the Iron Hippie’s sister for an Indian lunch shortly after 1:30.

Thanks Lululemon for all of your Ironman Boulder support! I can't wait to see you on race day out on the course :)
Thanks Lululemon for all of your Ironman Boulder support! I can’t wait to see you on race day out on the course 🙂
I found my name in the Ironman recognition window at Lululemon in Boulder.
I found my name in the Ironman recognition window at Lululemon in Boulder.
Here I am!!
Here I am!!
This is where Lululemon will be on the run course at Ironman Boulder.
This is where Lululemon will be on the run course at Ironman Boulder.
Lululemon...thanks for my free tank (the one on the left) and your amazing workout clothes!!
Lululemon…thanks for my free tank (the one on the left) and your amazing workout clothes!!
What a perfect name for an Indian restaurant!!
What a perfect name for an Indian restaurant!!
My Indian meal...full of yummy goodness!!
My Indian meal…full of yummy goodness!!

We relocated to the Iron Hippie’s sister and brother-in-law’s house for the next two nights (which is also a bit closer to Boulder than Parker). When we arrived to their house in Lakewood, we unloaded everything before relaxing and enjoying snacks for dinner instead of a big feast.

The Iron Hippie, his sister and brother-in-law all in the kitchen enjoying conversation and kitchen prep for tomorrow night's meal.
The Iron Hippie, his sister and brother-in-law all in the kitchen enjoying conversation and kitchen prep for tomorrow night’s meal.

It was early to bed for me. I was so tired and feeling a little sad and homesick…I REALLY miss my girls and can’t wait to see them. Seventeen days away from them has been TOO long!! I wish they were here with us and I hope they didn’t forget about us!!

This is where my heart is today...miss these two so much!!
This is where my heart is today…miss these two so much!!

Wednesday:

We slept in, which is something my body was REALLY craving. WOW…10 hours of sleep later and I felt like a completely new person. I started the morning by relaxing in the living room while the Iron Hippie slept and everyone else was at work. When the Iron Hippie woke up, we went for a short (20 minute) bike ride to make sure all of my gears were working properly, since we picked Mojo up yesterday at the shop.

Mojo is race ready!!
Mojo is race ready!!

After our ride, it was time for a breakfast smoothie full of all the good things…

Love my morning smoothie with Osmo Recovery and Pure Clean Powder
Love my morning smoothie with Osmo Recovery and Pure Clean Powder

I spent the rest of the morning doing laundry, getting ready for our final relocation to Boulder and Thursday’s workouts (swim at the Boulder Rez, followed by an hour spin on the bikes). I am soooo ready to relocate for the last time this trication!!

We made a quick trip to Target for some last minute items we will need for our race and to get us through the last few days of our trication. On our way, we stopped at Panera for a tasty summer salad for lunch.

My Panera salad for lunch hit the spot!!
My Panera salad for lunch hit the spot!!

I laid down for a short afternoon nap and was ready to go for dinner…homemade Thai food is da bomb!! Thanks Greg and Sarah for a wonderful stay and yummy food to fuel us into race weekend 🙂 We capped off our evening watching some television and packing up our stuff to relocate one last time before race weekend…Boulder, here we come!!

Glass noodle salad
Glass noodle salad
Curry
Curry
Mango sticky rice
Mango sticky rice
Sarah and I using bowl pad holders...perfect for holding hot bowls any time of the day!!
Sarah and I using bowl pad holders…perfect for holding hot bowls any time of the day!!

Thursday:

It was off to Boulder early for the last part of our trication…pre-race, race day and post race 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Trication Part 3 – Denver Metro

  1. Ack! I live in Parker, we were so close! And I could have gotten you into Lifetime, it’s so much better (and not as hot) as the rec center.

  2. Wow! You guys sure are seeing lots of different areas by bouncing from one location to another. It is cool that you have been able to connext with so many different folks on your trip! I am glad that Mojo is all ready for the big day! I understand how you feel about missing your pooches. They really bring so much to our lives and when they are not around it feels like something is missing. Enjoy the last couple days before race day!!!!!!

    1. It has been a really good trication 😃 I am definitely enjoying our stay and am ready for race day!! I’m also super excited to get back home to my girls though 😉

  3. So great you got a chance to visit with family during this trip!
    Sounds like you are perfectly ready for this weekend and the big race! Can’t wait to watch it unfold!
    Oh, and I know what you mean about missing pups when you’re away. We left Harold for almost five weeks a couple winters ago. We promised ourselves to never do it again (I’m sure he missed us, but he was spoiled by grandparents…it was too hard on us)! So the next year we took him on our holiday 🙂

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