This past weekend was an epic one! Had the chance to attend my first ever triathlon training camp! I joined the Rocky Mountain Tri Club a few months ago (pretty much as soon as I moved to Denver) and turns out they take an annual long weekend trip to Moab, Utah to swim/bike/run in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Of course I had to say yes!!
Can’t believe I had never even heard of Moab before this experience. I feel like I hear about it all the time now! It truly is a “hidden” gem and I highly recommend making the trip if you are in to the outdoors whatsoever.
Day 1: Thurs 4/21
Our original plan was to hit the road by 5am in hopes of zooming to Moab, checking in, and making the planned 1pm group bike ride. Welp – that didn’t happen.
I had been pretty sick for a few weeks and took a turn for the worse earlier in the week. Horrible cough, sinus pressure, achy…ya know – super fun stuff! The doc diagnosed me with bronchitis and a sinus infection so he wrote up a prescription for some antibiotics. Right away I started feeling better but I still had a terrible cough the day before we were leaving. Instead of risking it I chose to get the sleep I needed and we took off more like 9am. Zzz.
Turned out it was the best decision ever as this allowed us to take our sweet time and enjoy some sites and activities along the way!
Our first stop was to the Outlets at Silverthorne – Some cute, cheaper options including Banana Republic, Nike, and my new fav – Pearl Izumi (amaziiing triathlon store!).
We both loooove Mexican and needed to stretch our legs so we opted for taco salads and a refreshing margarita in the awesome mountain town that is Vail!
I had heard a ton about the infamous Hanging Lake so when I realized we were driving right through Glenwood Canyon I could not pass it by! The one mile hike up is not a bad one at all. And beyond worth it. The lake at the top is one of the most surreal images I’ve ever seen. The color of the water is surprising and pictures can hardly capture it’s beauty.
Please go see it for yourself! I know I will absolutely be back. Lots.
When we finally arrived in Moab I was shocked at the setup of the town. Not sure why I pictured a remote, baron town with like one gas station and one option for going out to eat. SOOO not the case! The town is hoppinin! A TON of options for shops and restaurants. Like an overwhelming amount!
Our tri club was even greeted with a warm welcoming at the place we were staying – Big Horn Lodge. I suppose we did kinda take over most of the place ha.
For din we opted for the nearby Moab Brewery and it did not disappoint. Their Deraillieur beer was delicious and much deserved after a long day of travel.
To bed early we went as triathlon fun was starting early the next morn
Day 2: Fri 4/22
Friday morning came bright and early! Up and at em for an amazing day of swimbikerun fun!
We headed over to the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center for a refreshing swim overlooking the mountains. Yeah – a gal can get used to that view!
Next we meandered to Arches National Park for a challenging yet breathtakingly beautiful ride throughout the rolling hills in the park. Was super fun to tote along my GoPro HERO3 Black (as always) – got some sweet photos and video footage!
Absolutely loved riding in this surreal place. Amazing how you can feel so free and independent when exploring places and doing things you never dreamed of!
Why not complete the tri-fecta and add in a run, eh?! Was fun to explore the area right by the Lodge. BUT – it was crazy hot and I totally forgot my water belt (and GoPro grr) sooo I was burnin up and a bit dehydrated. A cold shower (and beer) felt pretty darn nice upon returning “home”.
Dinner that eve consisted of yummy carbo loading at nearby Pasta Jay’s! Was fun to get to know a few more of the triathletes a bit more. We of course had to grab some ice cream after too
Day 3: Sat 4/23
Welp – Saturday didn’t really go as planned as Moab decided to invite a CRAZY windstorm that left the city without power for like 5 hours!! Sooo eventhough we toted our bikes up to Canyonlands National Park, we opted to run instead of being blown off of them ha. Even the run was nuts as not only the wind was present but a freezing rain shower joined the party as well. Alas – our group still had an amaaazeballs time as we are kinda dedicated peeps! And we had a bit of fun with the GoPro 😉
After the run we had the chance to explore more of the Canyonlands.
My fav pitstop was Mesa Arch. Seriously I think the coolest scenery I’ve ever seen. Felt like we were on a different planet! I can see why this shot is on like every screensaver ha.
When we returned home we enjoyed some eats and beers with the rest of the club before the group BBQ. We may have indulged ourselves a bit!
The only bummer was a big screw decided to impale the tire on my car so we had to wait for AAA in the parking lot for awhile. Ironic that my bike never got a flat but rather my brand new tires on my Lexus! Good thing we had the cooler of beer to keep us company haha.
A few drinks, laughs, and dance moves were shared at the after-party at Woody’s Tavern. My what a fun group of people!
Day 4: Sun 4/24
The last day was all about a hearty breakfast and packin up to hit the road. We of course needed to stop at Glenwood Hot Springs to soak our sore bodies and reminisce on what an amazing weekend we just had.
I am SO happy and proud of myself for breaking out of my comfort zone, joining a new club, and taking the leap to attend an event 5.5 hours away with complete strangers. These folks are no longer strangers to me as I now consider them apart of my triathlon tribe. I freaking love connecting with like-minded people and am beyond excited to see what future adventures we can get ourselves in to