Rockies and Rolling
Wow, what a great (but crazy) weekend just had here in Colorado. I took Friday off from work & spent some time with Lake. It was his spring break week off from school. Decided it would be a great guy trip to head up to the mountains and spend the day at Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ve never personally been there & it would be a cool day to get him out of the house and have some bonding time.
We ended up driving through Big Thompson Canyon into Estes Park. Along the way we stopped for some lunch along the river. Decided it would be fun as hell to play in the stream, throw some rocks, climb on the Boulders and basically just be 6 year old boys. It was a blast and we both had tons of fun.
Immediately as we rolled into Estes Park, there was a whole herd of Elk that crossed the road. So it was super cool to see!
Once we got inside the Park, both of us were really awed by the vistas and the surrounding landscape. I think Lake wanted to play on the rocks a bit more. Don’t tell mom, but a few feet back is a big drop off!
My favorite picture from the day. We played on this rock for a long time. Even got to pretend it was the surface of the moon and bounce around and jump on it like were astronauts.
At the day’s end we went to the museum where Lake earned his Junior Ranger badge. He was pretty dang excited for this and I was super proud of him for earning it and answering the Rangers questions. I think now we have to go to a few more parks for him to earn more.
Nothing is better than hearing him say “Best Day Ever” when we got home. Full pics here on facebook . All in All, super fun day and glad that got to spend the day with Lake!
Managed to get out Saturday with Sonya and Jeff of Team Green (Ergon) Go there, they have some cool pictures too!. They are both prepping for the Julian Death March next weekend in Cali and needed a good ride with some climbing. Temps were up near 80 for the day and I made a mistake opting for just bottles. I really loathe carrying a pack, especially when wanting to ride at a solid clip. The Superfly only has 1 bottle mount and I guess I just need to suck it up and carry it. It ended up costing me big time. I played it conservative with the water bottles as I wasn’t totally sure where/when we would get water and by the time I needed it, I had barely drank half a bottle 2 hours into the ride and was already in the whole. We scored some before the climb up Horsetooth, but damage was done. I started to cramp a little bit coming up the long climb, hamstrings were just not happy at that point.
Rolling out along HorseTooth Reservoir
Climbing up the big Climb to the Towers
I’m on top of the World!!
Trails were in Primo conditions
We came off the Towers climb on a pretty crazy fast wide-open descent (was really fun and felt like descending the ol Bristol Mt. Ski Slopes). Grabbed some more water and headed over to Blue Sky/Indian Summer. Climbing up Indian summer was total suckage for me. Legs had no go and just had to back off a bit and let the 2 go in hopes I’d have some thing to finish the ride off with. Started to come around a bit rolling back home on Blue Sky and back out, but there wasn’t any need to go after that. All together though was a great day of riding and had some awesome fun with the Green Gang and got to ride some new trails that haven’t ridden before.
Don’t want to sound like a downer on the ride, cause it was hellacious fun and we ripped the trails. Had some good times and now I’m looking forward to pinning on my first number plate this coming weekend at the first Mountain States Cup of the season down in Colorado Springs at the Cheyenne Mt. Explosion. Will be a good chance to get some high intensity work and just toe the line after a long off-season. Still have tons of fitness to build and looking forward to a long race season!
Lesson learned this weekend though, in that heat and dryness need to drink alot more! I slammed 2 x 32 oz of Cola on the way home and grabbed a full meal and was still 4 lbs under my morning starting weight! Ouch, I know better than to do that for sure