Every time I worked out last week: Colorado Mountain Hopping Edition!

Ooo hey! I am back in New York after an incredible week in Colorado. One lasting thought I have after spending a week in the mountains is that some people can be in that environment every weekend not just once or twice a year. ( ie: People who live in Denver.) Lucky ducks!

Here’s what I got into fitness-wise!

Every time I worked out last week (3/19-3/27)

Saturday: I skied a full day at Keystone with my friend Katy (you might remember her from every other time I skied and wrote about it on this blog) (Skiing in Steamboat, Colorado;  Skiing in Vermont)

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Skiing with Katy in Keystone

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the group at the summit of Keystone Mtn

Sunday: I was excited for another ski day but when I tried to put on my ski boots in the morning I screamed in pain. I had a bad case of shin bang.  I tried to get fitted for a new rental boot, but my shin was inflamed and no boot was going to work that morning. I took the day off skiing and went for a 3-mile run around Keystone Resort (at 9600 feet). High altitude runs are no joke. Then I iced my shin. Lovely.

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running around Keystone

Monday: I skied Beaver Creek with Matt for half the day. He helped me with my turns. It was a beautiful day and the Arrowhead area of Beaver Creek was empty.  In the afternoon I treated myself to a massage at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek village. It’s a gorgeous facility and I’d totally recommend it.

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Powder in Beaver Creek

Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek Spa

Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek Spa (massage with a mountain view)

Tuesday:  The group decided to take a ski rest day. We went on a 7-mile walk around Edwards and Avon (two towns near Beaver Creek). Then I did 30 minutes of On-Demand Physique57 videos (abs, butt, and stretch). I found it was a fabulous resource!

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Walking on trails in Edwards, Colorado

Wednesday: Took a full-day lesson at Beaver Creek. It snowed 12 inches the night before so I got to experience my first powder day. Into it. The lesson left me feeling confident.

white out in Beaver Creek after 12 inches of snow

white out in Beaver Creek after 12 inches of snow

Thursday: I am training for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler and wanted to get a run in. I ran 4-miles at 7200 feet (ow ow ow said my lungs) and then was lovingly bullied by Katy to take a Pure Barre class, because randomly there was a Pure Barre a stone’s throw from our condo in Edwards. (No pictures from the run, despite Rocky Mountain views because I don’t run with a phone.)

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Pure Barre in Edwards, Colorado

Friday: Half day of skiing at Breckenridge. In a snowstorm.

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Skiing at Breck in the snow

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a ham for the cam

Saturday: Matt’s Birthday! After skiing at Breck on Friday, we dropped off Katy and Jon at the airport and headed to Denver (where Matt’s sister lives). Saturday morning Matt, Dana (Matt’s sister) and I  woke up bright and early to head to Arapahoe Basin (A Basin) for some more powder skiing. We lucked out with snow this year.  Matt and his sister are both outrageous skiers so I took a lesson while they found cliffs to jump off of, as one does in the Stein family on a birthday, it seems.  A Basin is a “locals mountain.” There is no resort to stay at and most people who ski this steep hill live within driving distance. Even so, I was surprised to find I was the only person in my lesson. So private lesson it was! I did a ton of drills (skiing on one foot, jumping) and made a lot of progress (I think).

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Beautiful A Basin

birthday powder skier (and sister) @mattstein7

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Sunday: We flew home and landed around 4pm. Somehow I pushed myself to run a full loop of the park after dropping my stuff off. Then I collapsed on the couch.

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the Central Park loop, Harlem Hills and all

How was your week? Tell me everything!

PS. If you’re looking for a gorgeous, well-located place to stay near Beaver Creek, I can’t recommend our 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo enough. You can rent it here.

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