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Ironman Boulder is Here

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Tomorrow at 6:30 am I will begin the final step toward becoming an Ironman. My bib # is 816 for anyone that wants to follow my journey on www.ironman.com
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Ironman Boulder Week 5

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Fairly good week. It has been snowing and super good so I didn’t work much. Still haven’t gotten to ride my bike. My running sucked. I was supposed to do 60 minutes on Friday, but felt like crap after 20 minutes.

Monday – Rode the spin bike for 1.5 hours
Tuesday – 20 minutes of strength training
Wednesday – Rock climbed for an hour. 30 min bike followed by a 15 minutes brick run.
Thursday – 45 minutes on the spin bike. Road the demo bike at the gym, so I got to see how many miles I ride. 16.3 miles.

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Friday – 22 minutes run of suckiness. 1.83 miles.
Saturday – I had to work for the first time since Monday. After work I went and saw family. Then went to Denver with a friend to see James and the Devil.

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Sunday – We went snowboarding. Berthoud pass was closed when we got to it because of an avalanche. We sat in traffic until they opened the pass at 10:30. Got some awesome boarding in and left early. We had dinner plans with my Mom.

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Ironman Boulder Week 4

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It was an awesome week for snowboarding. Pretty crappy week for training. Not sure why, but I’ve been super tired lately. I was only able to do 5 of the 15 minutes I planned to run on Wednesday. The 5 I did get done were so hard. I still haven’t been able to ride my new bike. The roads have been snow covered.
J took Tuesday and Friday off work so we could go boarding together. I had a blast getting to board in so much powder.

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Ice covered roads between Lyons and Boulder on the way to go boarding Tuesday

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Chutes at Winter Park

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Boarding with a friend on Friday

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So much powder

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – Snowboard

Wednesday – Bike (30 minutes) Run (5 minutes) brick

Thursday – bike 10 min. Found out Berthoud pass was closing at 8. We had a hotel in Winter Park and didn’t want to drive the long way. Long story short we missed the pass closing by 5 minutes.

Friday – Snowboard

Saturday – rest

Sunday – rest

Ironman Boulder Week 3

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Monday – Yoga

Tuesday – 30 minutes 2.69 miles

Wednesday – 10 minutes shoulder strength

Thursday – climb, 30 minutes spin 100+ RPM

Friday – On my way to the gym and I had a minor freak out kinda resembling a burnout moment. Then I freaked out more because there’s no way I can be burnt out after only three weeks. So I took the night off.

Saturday – Supposed to do an hour bike ride. Instead I bought a bike. I have been riding a 1995 Cannondale S2000 for the last 2 years. As much as I love that bike it was really a bit too small for me. I did a bunch of research and decided to buy the new Cervelo P2. When I finally get to ride it I will do a review of sorts.

Sunday – Went ski touring with J and a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park. The snow was so wind blown you couldn’t see where J had made turns.

Overall not the best week for training.

Surviving a 500 Year Flood

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Living in Colorado you pray for rain, but not this much rain. I want to write a longer post about my experience of being trapped in my neighborhood, but my brain is ready to process everything. So for now here are a few pictures. IMG_1277 Flood 2013 IMG_1285 IMG_1301 IMG_1302 DSC_2565 IMG_1266 DSC_2579DSC_2578 DSC_2569DSC_2622DSC_2711

The Full Moon Desert

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We left Boulder on a Thursday with vehicles loaded. Our destination was a nameless road in the desert. J and I were joining 8 other people on a canyoneering trip before heading to Moab for some biking.
The adventure started with the drive and our 2 car caravan. It was snowing in Boulder, so we knew it would be an interesting drive over the Rockies. Soon after Idaho Springs on I-70 we saw a sign saying that the interstate was closed from Copper to Vail Pass. We stopped in Silverthorn to get a bite to eat and figure out what to do. We decided to take Independence Pass to Leadville and down to Vail instead of waiting for the interstate to open. It was slow going but the roads weren’t too bad. Once we got back to the interstate we made a group decision to stop somewhere for the night. We camped just before the Utah boarder at a random recreation area.DSC_6716

DSC_6725The next day we continued our drive and ended up on a nameless road south of Hanksville. We were psyched for the canyoneering but didn’t have a clue what we were getting ourselves into. All I knew about canyoneering was that you rapped down into the canyon and somehow got out. We set up camp and set off for our first canyon called Arscenic. There was one long rappel at the beginning and then we spent the rest of the day making our way to the main canyon where we hiked out. The concensous after the first day was that canyoneering was awesome.

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DSC_6883The next day we did the same thing except in a different canyon, 4 rappels instead of 1, and 10 people instead of 5. We had a blast and learned that you can really rappel off a rock wedged between the canyon walls. After we hiked out and back to camp we made dinner and sat around the fire having a grand ol time.

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DSC_7056We packed up camp and headed to Moab on Sunday. We spent our first day in Moab at the Sand Flats campground. From out site we were able to scramble up a rock and take some amazing pictures of the Sand Flats area and the La Sal Mountains. Once the sun set we headed down the rock and true to Chelsey fashion I stumbled and bruised me knee really good, which made the down climb a little more difficult.

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We biked the Slickrock trail on Monday. We chose to not take my camera so all the pictures from the bike ride are from our phones. We had a blast and I was reminded of how much I love mountain biking.

We moved campsites to a BLM campground along the Colorado River. The plan was to bike the Poison Spider trail on Tuesday, but we decided that we were tired and would rather take our time packing up. We spent Monday night taking long exposure pictures and painting with light. This was the first time we had really spent any time playing with my camera at night. The results are some awesome pictures.

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Have you ever played in the desert? Did you love it or hate it?

A 2012 Goal Bike Ride

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In January I set many goals for myself. Most of them have turned out to be stupid, but a few have challenged me to go outdside my comfort zone. Yesterday I completed my goal of doing a 50 mile bike ride. This is something I should have done during the summer, but my amazing procrastination skills caused that not to happen. I figured a November December (I’m about a week behind apparently) 50 miler would be no problem with the odd warm weather we have been having. I looked at the forecast on Sunday and it looked like Tuesday would be a good day weather wise. So my friend and I set out around 10 am. My phone said it was 45 out, but it did not feel that warm.

We biked the first 13 miles and stopped for food and a warming session. After some sushi and mochi we headed north towards Carter Lake. It was finally starting to warm up.

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I love watching Longs Peak when I am biking

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Looking good after 30 miles

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Heading back from Carter Lake

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Almost home

After we were done riding I was riding on a cloud. I felt like I could have riden another 50 miles. I don’t know if I really could have riden another 50 miles, but I sure felt good. The hot shower I took afterwards was so amazing. I have decided that I am going to do at least one 100 mile ride next year, maybe the MS Bike ride if they do the century option.

I am planning to do a half Ironman next summer and I was a little worried that I would be exhausted after the bike, but I think I will be feeling awesome.

i can’t wait until my next long ride.