We had an incredible time in Denver, met some fantastic people, and got to visit with old friends and family.
Congrats to my client Linda on doing AMAZING on her first marathon! (and now she knows just what to do for marathon recovery! Also, she may or may not also be ranked nationally in doubles tennis as of last weekend, so GET IT LADY.
Thank you to Katie and Erin for the Weekend Love link ups! I am going to go old school Suz and do a separate post for the eats, because there are so many to cover! But as good as the food was, the focus of the trip was definitely on the people.
And we are back from our last travel weekend of this crazy summer!
The majority of Thursday was spent traveling, but we were pleasantly surprised when two of our friends got out of work early and were able to meet us for the afternoon! We sat outside in the gorgeous weather before heading back to our friend’s house (where we were staying) for a beer and to get ready for dinner with a special guest.
For dinner, we met up with Tara of Treble in the Kitchen and her husband Brian at a fantastic restaurant that I will go into detail about tomorrow, but let’s just say that it.was.amazing. and we recommended it to everyone else who lived in Denver for the rest of our trip!
But the company? Put everything to shame! Tara, Brian, Alex and I talked a mile a minute the entire time, and I’m pretty pumped about them moving back to Indy so that we can hang out next year!
After dinner, we went to the house of the groom and his family (Alex’s cousins) and caught up with members of Alex’s family there. And, because I have no self control, I ate another dinner and dessert. Typical.
Unfortunately, I woke up Friday morning with a low grade migraine. We aren’t sure if it had anything to do with the altitude or not, because I was hydrating plenty and didn’t have any other altitude related issues, but regardless, I had the damn headache on and off the entire day. It seemed to be best when I was moving around, so I went for a short run around the loop where our friends live and got to see the gorgeous sunrise. Denver certainly did not disappoint with its colors, both in the sky and in the trees! However, I totally failed at taking pictures–I took pictures, but they were on IG stories and I didn’t save them. FAIL
I felt 100% fine cardiovascularly and strength wise, while running, which I thought was really interesting. I was fully anticipating gasping for breath, but really the only issue I was dealing with was my stupid migraine.
One thing I wasn’t going to let my head get in the way of? Hanging out with one of my closest friends, and returning to one of my life’s greatest passions: horseback riding. My friend set us up to have a lesson at the barn that she rides at, and ever since she brought it up, I had been getting more and more excited! I borrowed boots and a helmet from the barn and rode in my friend’s saddle (THANK YOU), which is a dressage saddle made by the same man who made my hunter seat saddle (think the difference between a training shoe and a lifting shoe—different cut, different function).
It had been a year and a half since I last rode, but just like last time, it all came back so naturally. I don’t even think when I tack up the horse; I don’t think when I ask for movements or for the horse to come onto the bit. I definitely lack certain finesse that I used to have, but that is largely from being rusty and also from not having the same muscles that I used to.
And then the trainer asked if I wanted to jump (in a dressage saddle, which is like asking if you want to run in Crossfit shoes… it can be done, but it isn’t the most natural!), and I was like… um sure? 4 years since I last jumped, and 4.5 years since I last horse showed, and I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous about “performing” at a new barn and on a horse who had her idiosyncrasies. Would I still be able to judge the distances to the jumps?
#STILLGOTIT And it was so much fun. Perfect? No, but just what I needed. Still freaking got it.
After finishing up and taking care of the horses, Alex, Saana, and I met up with her husband for brunch (again, more to come) and then her hubs returned to work and the three of us went to see her house (which they had renovated the heck out of ) and my god-cat, Muffin.
If I already wasn’t loving Denver, I basically want to move in next door to them! I loved their house, the work they did on it, and the neighborhood. It was tough to say goodbye, but we had to go so that Alex could get a run in (I went with him), I could do some work, and we could get ready for the rehearsal dinner that night.
The rehearsal dinner was a great time, filled with great people, and this time, we really got to see all the cousins! It was so great to catch up with everyone, but my headache started to return as things were winding down, so we had to duck out from the extra fun because I was driving us back.
The next morning, my head was a little better, and Alex and I had planned on going for a run with a blogging friend, but those plans fell through, so we headed out ourselves for a few miles. I didn’t take my phone with me, but there were some really beautiful views from the top of a hill that we went up, and the colors of the trees were just unbelievable. We got back, cleaned up, and then headed out to meet another blogging friend Heather of Fit Aspire for brunch!
Another meeting where we literally never shut up, and before we knew it, it was time to go again so that she could get back to her day and we could meet up with our friends for the next round of socializing. And food.Between friends and food, Suz made the most of her time in Denver! #travel #sweatpink Click To Tweet
I’m honestly not sure if I left any food in Denver….
We got gussied up and headed out to The Sanctuary Golf Club for the wedding and reception, and let me just say that the venue was worth the drive! Check out these views!
Oh, sorry, I meant these views….
The wedding was gorgeous, but I have to say what really stood out to me was their ceremony and vows themselves. Alex and I both were really touched by how they personalized what was said, from what they loved about each other to the vows themselves. I have to admit, I kind of wished we had done something like that!
Cocktail hour (let it be known that I love the local beers in Colorado), dinner, speeches, and then returning to the ceremony area for dancing, photobooth fun, and dessert. My feet did their best, but they started to really bark back at me (rock is not so forgiving for dancing), and I had to sit out the last 30 minutes or so that we were there before I drove us back.
Sunday morning, I got up, picked us up some breakfast, and then we headed to the airport. For some reason, the TSA Precheck that we worked so hard to get didn’t process for either of our flights out to Denver or back from Denver, so we had to wait in a very long line for security. Nevertheless, we made it through in time to get some lunch to take with us on the plane.Suz didn't waste a minute of her time in Denver! #fitfluential #sweatpink Click To Tweet
This week… ALEX GETS TO STAY HOMEEEEEE. No traveling, no suit wearing, no NOTHING. I get to pick up The Riddler (aka Ridley) today, and then I have to take her and run her legs off after being boarded for the weekend. I can’t wait to see my pup! Don’t worry, Zoe got her cuddles in while she was an only cat for the night.
Whewf, that was quite a recap!
Have you ever been to Denver? Do you get affected by altitude? I always did as a kid, but this time I was fine!
When was the last time you thought, “Yep, Still Got it!” What were you doing?