Friday, July 15, 2011

Heat escape

4th of July comes around and it is...

120 degrees :-) Time to leave the city and escape to higher elevations. JR, his family (who were visiting from Minnesota) decided to explore the Camp Verde area. We went to a place called Pin Bull Ranch. Only an hour away from Phoenix it is the perfect destination for a day trip. But we went there to stay overnight. We put up the tent, played a little in the water and learned some new card games.

Jr's sister and one of the daughters went to catch a lizzard while we played cards...and they really caught one. No way. I have no idea how they got one of those speedy animals...the lizzard found a new home in a cup for a few minutes before they released him again:

...something was wrong...that lizzard looks funny...ooops, he dropped his tail!!! No worries, JR found it!!!

Pam and Shannon joined us for our adventure. The next morning JR, Pam and I went for a run and explored some trails. The trails here are beautiful. We are definitely coming back for some more!!! We had to cross the river probably 6 times during our run, but I didn't mind. The cold water feels so good!!!

Pam surprised us with Pancakes after the run!!! That is my kind of camping:-)

Jack loved the adventure as well. Until his paws hurt from the hot sand and he decided he didn't want to walk anymore...soooo spoiled:-)

We went back to Phoenix for a few days before we left for Colorado. I was ranked 4th in the 5150 standings and Boulder was the last race for the series automatic qualification. Top 20 get to go. So I was pretty sure I would not drop down 16 places. BUT...since Boulder is within driving distance (hahaha 14 hrs), I decided it would be a good chance to get away from the heat, take my husband with, take my puppy with and explore all the beautiful places this part of the US has to offer.

Are we there yet? 14 hrs feels really long!!! We got to Boulder and attended the Pro meeting. The field was stacked!!! Then we were off for a small shake out run to hopefully shake out the 14 hrs on our butts :-)

Race morning... The race started at 8:45, perfect time. No need to get up at 4 am. I slept like a rock. How come long hours of driving make you more tired?

Setting up transitiona nd checking out the area:

It was nice going into the race with no pressure. I had my points and I was doing this race just "for a good workout". I just love racing...this was race #14 for the season. At the start, chatting with Julia Grant, who I also raced with in Germany. It is funny to see people in one part of the world and then you meet again only a few weeks later on a different continent.

I held on to the front pack until 750 meters and then I was on my own...:-( someday I will be up there!!! The bike ride was beautiful with a steep climb. I love climbing. Unfortunately there was a really long and not so steep downhill as well. I have a pretty small chainring and ran out of gears immediately. Mhhh...I tried to be aero like the flying Scottsman, but 10 miles of no peddaling is no bueno...

The run was great. 1 mile out, 1 mile back, times 3. Great way to see if you are moving up or not.

I finished in 8th, which was OK, but not satisfying :-)
We took off to get back to Phoenix on Monday morning. It pretty much started raining when we started driving :-( Oh well, at least we were in a car. We drove through Leadville, Gunnison to Durango where we spent the night. It rained so much that there were mudslides on some of the roads we drove on. Colorado is such a pretty state!!!

Ouray, Colorado. Start of the Imogene run. I have to do it someday!!!

And I have to ride up this road on my Roadbike!!!

Jack didn't care too much about the beautiful scenery. He prefered sleeping :-) It was good to get back home after being on the road for 5 days. Driving is nice, but flying to races is a lot easier on your body.

This weekend we are off to our old home Flagstaff to race the Mountain Man Sprint Triathlon...and then...I guess the next stop is Des Moins for the Hy Vee Triathlon and then Duathlon World Championships in Spain :-)

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