So now for the Blend Retreat Part #2.
The hike was my favorite activity. I looked forward to doing it from the moment I signed up for the Retreat. This hike was legit, it very challenging and the terrain was rocky. Then add the altitude and the elevation and there you have the 4 mile Flat Irons Hike.
My heart was pounding out of chest within the first few minutes of the hike, I was feeling really out of breath from the altitude, so I adjusted my pace so I could enjoy the hike and the scenery. But you really had to keep your eyes on the path, it was a very rocky path once you got off the main trail leading up the hill.
Stopping to take a picture with Katie was a great way for me to catch my breath.
It was so cool to see the line of bloggers making their way up the mountain.
Felt like I was on a stair stepper for most of the hike. There were portions of the hike that these short little legs had to really stretch out and up to get up on a rock, but that was the best part of the hike, I love a challenge.
The trail winded up and around and sometimes seemed to get quite narrow.
Again, stopping to take pictures helps one catch their breath.
Along the way we were greeted by this little hiker, Bella. She was so cute, and seemed to hike effortlessly.
At the Sentinel Pass I found Tiffany, and from there we hiked the entire way back down the hill together.
The landscape is so amazing in Boulder, it’s picture perfect. I swear it was like looking at a postcard.
Loved all the boulders in Boulder. I love rocks, I love taking pictures of rocks, clearly.
Post hike protein shakes provided by Core Power. I needed fuel after that hike and the vanilla shake hit the spot, it was very taste. It was real milk protein designed for post workout recovery. Recovery is just what I needed.
After the hike we cleaned up and headed out to lunch. We went to lunch at the Mountain Sun Brewery and Restaurant.
Mountain Sun had so many beers to choose from, and I was not sure what to order so I was given a sample, but unfortunately another side effect from the high altitude is alcohol can go straight to your head, and after just the sample glass I realized alcohol was not a good idea for me, so I went back to water. I think I drank gallons of water over the week-end. The shuttle bus driver told me it was a great way to help ease altitude sickness when I first arrived in Boulder, so I took his advice and chugged. I was bummed out that I could not sample a few different beer flavors, I love me a nice cold beer.
Beers, beers and more beers, I did not get to drink.
Lunch was a blackened shrimp and blue cheese wrap with a side salad, it was so good. After lunch I headed back to my cottage and took a nap, I was tired.
When I woke up I wanted a snack so I looked in my swag band and found some popchips. Can I just say this, I am in love with popchips, they have so much flavor. They are all natural popped snacks. I had several different flavors at the retreat, but I think the Jalapeno and the chili lime are my absolute favorites. Spicy, tangy and crispy. Perfection. I love it when I find a really good healthy snack.
Zesty also comes to mind.
Most of the girls went back out for dinner and drinks later in the evening, but I stayed back and relaxed on the back porch and had some more snacks from my swag bag. I called my husband and took a long hot shower. I went to bed early in anticipation of the Boot Camp that we were having bright and early on Sunday morning.
Putting my feet up is all I wanted to do.
Sunday morning Boot Camp was led by Tiffany at Chobani Fit, she kicked our butt’s, plus it’s 7am and it’s cold.
She was very good at motivating us, she really got my pumped up and ready for a great workout.
No excuses here, these girls are tuff and a little cold and an early start time can not stop them.
Learned a new stretch called the Pigeon Pose. Where have I been, this stretch was perfect for my tight hips.
Then came the Closing Ceremony and Raffle. Which made me super sad because I knew that this was our last activity and that we would all be going home soon.
I was super excited when I won the Nature Box Raffle. This entitles me to one month’s worth of healthy snacks. So looking forward to getting this package in the mail.
After the raffle took place, all the ladies went outside and we took our group photo. Photo taken from Ashley at Edible Perspective.
After the photo it was time to checkout of our cottage.
A bunch of us meet outside the main lodge and waited for our taxi’s and shuttle bus.
Last minute hugs and goodbyes were everywhere.
I made my way to the airport and had my gopicnic in the laptop/cell phone charging station area.
This lunchbox has all my favorites.
Hummus and crackers always make me happy.
I am really looking forward to Blend 2013. Our hosts were amazing, the swag was stellar and company was outstanding.
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