Tuesday - Epic road trip (Portland to Salt Lake ~ 12.5 hours)
While it was a beautiful drive, I must say, I got a bit loopy.
Here are a quick 7 things I learned along the way:
I'll briefly re-cap my exercise week, didn't get in all the workouts I wanted but had a lot of fun doing the stuff I did!
Wednesday: 7.5 mi bike ride (+ a crash, I'm fine, the bike is fine...it wasn't fun and I don't want to do it again but I'm glad I got back up on the bike right away. Note to self: Need bike gloves, they would have helped.)
5 mi run (running at 5000+ feet is way harder than I thought, this was supposed to be a LONG run but 5 miles was all I could muster, even so, I was dripping with sweat and breathing like I'd be sprinting not running at 11:36 avg pace)
15 minute lake swim (took a little getting used to, worst part was remaining calm through the hot/cold patches)
Thursday: 18 mi long ride on Antelope Island in the Great (stinky) Salt Lake (7 great miles of flat causeway to/from the island. In the 7 miles back to the car we avg 14 MPH and kicked up to 21 last mile)
Friday: 7 mi run (again, supposed to be a "long" run but was dead after 7 Found a trail that was really pretty but hard in spots b/c of rocks/mud.)
2 hour kayak in the lake, 1 hour serious kayak, 1 hour more floating (was alone so I didn't want to jump out to swim since I wouldn't have anyone to watch the kayak and there were a lot of speedboats not respecting the buoys)
Saturday: 11 mi interval bike ride (5 min slow, 3 fast)
2.5 mi run/walk with my sister-in-law (we did day 1 of the Couch to 5k, she'll be ready for a 5k in no time!)
1.5 hour kayak with Mr. Pi
All in all, I'd say I earned the beers I drank and yummy desserts cooked by the Dunlap family. I'm ready to hit the pool hard this week and get back to holy hills land, wondering if the altitude running will make running here seem easier?
I'll let the rest be told through pictures.
More of the Columbia River Gorge.
Entering the Blue Mountains, Eastern Oregon.
Near the summit of Blue Mountains, Eastern Oregon.
Welcome to Idaho, land of 75 MPH and flat land.
See I wasn't kiddin, flat, flat, flat.
Idaho/Utah border, still 75 MPH, still flat.Crazy clouds to the right, ended up pouring down rain for a bit. This section of Utah was called "severe weather area."
I finally made it to where the rental house was in a valley tucked away outside of Salt Lake, in a town called Eden. (Other very "Utahian" towns were, Brigham City, Jordan-west and south-, Zion...you get my drift.)
Views from my runs!
More of where I ran.
The trail I ran on.
Very sweaty me, midrun.