Salt Lake City Bike Tour and Marathon

Salt Lake City Bike Tour and Marathon

This year was the tenth annual Salt Lake Bike Tour, which corresponds with the annual Salt Lake Marathon. Colton, his dad, and I signed up to be Bike Marshals in the bike tour. Basically we wear vests and if someone needs help with a flat or gets hurt, we help them. At four in the morning, we woke up and drove to the start. The bike tour covers the same course as the marathon, and the course, when we’d done it before, was mostly downhill. This year however, there were little spurts of uphills. They wouldn’t have been too bad, but I decided to sign up for this marathon and bike it completely cold; the last time I’d been on a bike was last September. Brilliant idea, yes? I seem to have many lofty fitness goals that I don’t train for…

I am a Tough Mudder and Spartan!

I am a Tough Mudder and Spartan!

Two of the most mentally, physically, and emotionally hardest things I’ve ever done was to participate in the Tough Mudder and Spartan obstacle courses. Haven’t heard of them? They’re basically crazy things that crazy people sign up for to see how much their body can stand before you collapse. 🙂 That being said, I’ve done both of them, so I don’t know what that says about me..

Skate Skiing Round 2

Skate Skiing Round 2

We went skate skiing at Mountain Dell Golf Course a second time with Colton’s entire family. It was much harder than last time. The snow was icier and our skis were different. It was still a lot of fun though, and definitely a great way to stay in shape during winter. I gave up before everyone else did because it was just too hard; I took pictures instead.

Skate Skiing Mountain Dell

Skate Skiing Mountain Dell

We have (finally) found our winter sport: Skate Skiing! Colton, Bree, Ben, and I went to a free REI sponsored event at Mountain Dell golf course, where they offered snowshoeing, classic, and skate skiing lessons all for free! There were also samples of hot chocolate and energy drinks. I didn’t think it would go so well, especially since I fell twice in my regular shoes walking down to the sign-up tent (boots from Wal-mart offer NO traction!)

New Year’s Eve Ice and Powder

New Year’s Eve Ice and Powder

Negative 10 degrees. Eyelashes coated with icicles. Prime conditions for skiing and snowboarding, right? Well, only if you are as bundled up and crazy as we and the many others at the resort that night were. On New Year’s Eve, Colton and I teamed up once again with our partners-in-adventure Bree and Ben to a night at Powder Mountain Resort near Eden, Utah. Our adventure packet that night included skiing, snowboarding, dinner, and glow sticks!

Cross Country Skiing Millcreek Canyon

Cross Country Skiing Millcreek Canyon

We have achieved our goal from last week: Cross Country skiing up Mill Creek Canyon! And when I say “up” Mill Creek Canyon, I mean UP. You can never quite realize how steep something is until you can start going backward at any moment. That was a bit of a side note, but you will be used to that by the end of this post. I promise. Anyways, let me start from the beginning.