4K Loves Boulder

Day 39: Rest Day in Boulder

Our team has come to a consensus: we all want to move to Boulder, buy houses on the same street, and just bike everywhere. Boulder itself has its own culture: bike paths are plentiful, Rocky Mountain trails are within 2 miles from downtown, and everyone just loves the outdoors. There’s so much to do and so much to see in this city, we all just wanted to spend a week and explore. There were three things I really wanted to do during the rest day: hike the Flatirons, visit Avery Brewery Company, and meet some of the members of Team Portland.

Kevin, Nick, Amy, and I explored Boulder in the morning after breakfast, mainly walking through Pearl Street Mall. First stop, Newton Running Lab in downtown Boulder. Kevin had a blast speaking with one of the managers of the store cause he got to see one of the shoes they were custom making for a world class iron man triathlete. After Newton Running Lab, I was on the lookout for a Colorado jersey, so we hit up a couple bike shops on Pearl. I found an awesome Colorado jersey with the Rockies on the front and the back at University Bicycles (pictures to come on a later post). We then were on the lookout for a touristy shop cause almost everyone wanted Colorado/Boulder clothing. Team Portland was actually roaming around Pearl the same time we were there, but we had no way of knowing who was on the team. I didn’t get to meet any of them, but I’m glad Kevin actually met up with one of histriathlete mates from UMD (College Park) that’s doing the Portland route.

IMG_3365Got back to St. John’s Episcopal, our host, and found out a couple team members wanted to hike the Flatirons, whichgot me super pumped for the hike. Everyone that’s visited or lived in Boulder recommended I hike the Flatirons, which was only about 2 miles away from our host. So a group of us did over a 3 mile hike to the top of the Flatirons and absolutely loved what we saw. It wasn’t too bad of a hike, but more difficult that I expected. Totally worth taking time out of our rest day to hike. Here’s a picture of Ali and Julie at the bottom of the trail for the Flatirons.
IMG_3416After over an hour of climbing, we made it to the top of the Flatirons. Lamie and Michael, our ride directors (ma & pa), right before the summit.
IMG_3397And there’s me right at the top!

IMG_3412We had to be back at the host around 3:30 cause Caiti scored the team free Robert Plant tickets at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Yes, Caiti got us tickets to watch the lead vocalist of Led Zeppelin in the Red Rocks, which is a pretty iconic amphitheater. I didn’t know any of Rob Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters songs, but when he played a couple Led Zeppelin songs, I was going crazy, especially with Black Dog and Going to California. Apparently, Rob Plant and the rest of his band were staying in the hotel 2 blocks from our hotel and was at the Catacombs last night, which is where we were.

IMG_3423IMG_3442Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it’s not as hard, hard, hard as it seems.

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