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Colorado Poster Child

Posted Apr 17 2009 12:30am
We're back home and gearing up for this weekend's Couple's Sprint Triathlon, which should be a ton of fun. "Team Barrett" is locked, loaded and fresh from some serious altitude training. T3 has about 25 teams competing against each other for fun (and bragging rights) so the race will be a sea of blue jerseys. 

Colorado was, as usual, heaven on earth. In addition to the 10k race, we also rented mountain bikes, went white water rafting, swam a couple of times in our hotel's 25m lap pool, hiked and had great massages.  I swear in another life I was a mountain mama because I just love being out there.

Being back from vacation also means it's time to hunker down and get serious about my marathon training for the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October. Time to get some more miles on these feet again!  

In the meantime...
A Colorado Vacation Triathlon

We rode uphill for an hour and hit this beautiful summit at Sally Barber Mine. 
It was tough, but so worth the view from the top.

The scenery was too gorgeous not to stage your typical "yes, I'm a mountain biker" pose

I love mountains and I love biking, but apparently I'm not much of a mountain biker after all. I wrecked my bike standing still. I clipped in the right pedal and fell right over on a rock.

The next day, we went white water rafting. Both our concierge and tour guides warned us how high the water was this year. In fact, some hikers we ran into said that 6 people have already died this year from rafting. Needless to say, we were a little freaked out at first. However, we had a BLAST and the water wasn't bad at all! We hit some class 3 and class 4 rapids, but I giggled like a 12 year old at a Jonas Brothers concert!  The water, however, was a very frigid low-to-mid 40s so I would've taken an after shot, but was too freakin' cold!

On our way out of Breckenridge, we decided to take one last hour-long hike through the hills. We started at what seemed like an unimpressive trailhead under a ski lift. After twenty minutes or so, it opened p into this beautiful pond area. It was a great way to end the trip.
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