Greetings from Colorado!
I arrived on Friday afternoon, grabbed my rental car, a brand spanking new Subaru Outback (love it), and hit the road to drive about 45 minutes to Chautauqua Park where BLEND is being held this weekend.
The drive was absolutely beautiful. I actually caught myself a couple of times staring off at the gorgeous mountains and not paying attention to the road ahead of me!
The closer I got to Chautauqua Park, the hungrier I got. It was well past lunchtime, especially since I was on East coast time, so I kept my eyes peeled for food options. About 5 minutes away from my destination, I stopped a Whole Foods. Hallelujah! Feed me.
I made myself a big salad and then also grabbed a M&M cookie and some carob bites since I planned to go for a run and knew I would want to eat something post-workout.
My view at lunch: Parking lot + MOUNTAINS!
My accommodations at Chautauqua Park were amazing and, oh, so adorable. I had a whole cabin to myself!
Look at this place! So cute, right?
It even had a small kitchen!
I was immediately in love and wished I was staying longer. I only spent one night at Chautauqua, but maybe next year we’ll make BLEND a family trip? I can see why everyone loves this retreat so much!
Once I got settled, I headed out for a run on the nearby trails. In my head, I had planned 5-ish miles, but once I started running, I knew it just wasn’t going to happen. Holy altitude. It really gets ya!
I ended up taking a lot of walking breaks during my run and then it eventually turned into more of a hike, but it was still an awesome workout with incredible views of Boulder.
My goodness, Colorado is breathtaking. Even though it was a tough workout, I loved every minute of it.
After my workout, I showered up and then headed to Lauren‘s house to help the BLEND organizers get ready for the retreat the next day. FYI: The swag bags are bomb this year!
CrossFit Roots was a beautiful space– big, open, and bright.
And the workout and coaching were great too! But, man, that altitude really gets ya. The barbell stuff wasn’t bad at all, but the runs kicked my butt. I was huffing and puffing like crazy. Even still, I had such a fun time at CrossFit Roots!
More adventures to come!