July 31, 2011

Park City Weekend

Andrea cruising on Park City's Mid Mountain Trail

We spent this weekend at the 5 star Westgate resort at The Canyons in Park City, in exchange for listening to a sales pitch about buying a time share. We considered it a fair trade... 2 hours of nonsense for a couple days of altitude training.

Wanna see how we staycation? Or what a typical weekend looks like? Here we go...


After work we made the 20 minute drive from SLC to Park City. Since we had both gotten in two workouts each already, all we had left to do was relax! We checked out the amenities and the resort and spend some quality time in the hot tubs and pool.

Living the dream

They put us up in a small but nice condo for the weekend


First order of business... long run! We headed over to our new favorite spot, the Jeremy Ranch road. This is a dirt road of rolling hills at 6000+ feet. Andrea ran 14 miles, then jumped on the bike and took some pictures while I finished up my 20 miles. The temperatures were in the low 60s, so it was perfect running weather. We are having an unseasonably cool summer so far (haven't even turned on the AC yet!).

Before getting going

On the ranch

Watch out for the cows

Couple miles to go...


We headed straight for breakfast afterwards...

...and scored some yummy omelets and hash browns!

And then it was time for a few more rounds of hot tubbing

Icing down the legs

On Saturday afternoon we had to go to our sales pitch for the timeshare. It actually was a pretty good deal, but since they don't have any properties in the Sierra Nevadas, we didn't buy one! :-) We did manage to take about a dozen complimentary chocolate chip cookies, though, so it wasn't a total loss.

Post sales pitch, time to head out for the afternoon shakeout

Around 5:30pm I headed out for my four mile afternoon run. Andrea biked along w/ me. I ran a trail that pretty much went straight up the mountain!...

My afternoon run climbed 750 feet over 2 miles! Then came screaming back down.


Woke up a little earlier since we had to check out at 10am, and we wanted to get in another round at the spa before we headed out.

I ran 15 miles, with Andrea joining me for the last five & a half. We iced down for 20 minutes, then hit the spa...

This pool was only for adults. They still let us use it.

Sometimes I wonder how we survive w/out a hot tub on a day to day basis

After we checked out, it was time to go mountain biking. But first we went to Burger King for $1 breakfast sandwiches! Breakfast of champions! Then we hit the trails... starting in Park City and climbing the Spiro trail, then connecting to Mid Mountain and taking that all the way back to the Canyons... we climbed ~1400 feet over the first 3 miles, then did about 14 miles of singletrack rollercoaster riding, then bombed down a jeep road and completed the loop.

Andrea riding the Mid Mountain trail (also called the 8000 foot trail, since it basically hugs the 8K contour).

Park City's ski runs in the background

Taking a snack break at the Red Pine lodge

The entire loop... 22+ miles and 2600 feet of climbing

Back to Burger King for $0.89 cones!

Yep, we are living the dream!

So that's a pretty typical non-racing weekend, other than the 5 star resort! We capped off our Sunday night by grocery shopping, cooking dinner, cooking breakfast and lunch casseroles for the upcoming week, and doing laundry.

Time for ice cream (again)!!! More pictures from the weekend can be found in this album: Random July 2011 (starting at #71)

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