What does one do the weekend before a big Ironman 70.3 race? Why, take a staycation and enjoy the taper zone of course. Justin and I headed out to Sunriver Resort on Friday afternoon for a two-night stay in a river lodge suite. Last year when I placed second overall at the Sunriver half marathon, I won a two night stay (best prize EVER) and decided to save it for the summer months, as there is a lot to do in Sunriver this time of year. After a little swim/bike/run trio that morning, we ventured up the road 15 minutes and checked in for our little weekend getaway.
Not only were we hoping for some rest and relaxation, we also wanted to celebrate our two-year anniversary, which is on the 18th but will be kind of overshadowed by my race. Sorry hubby!
Once we were all checked in we walked around the village shopping area, had a hummus plate appetizer and cold beverage, stopped by the grocery store, and then went back to the room to get ready for dinner. We had a reservation at The Meadows and it was an absolutely stunning setting with gorgeous views of the mountains.
After dinner and before heading back to our room, we couldn’t help but walk around and capture the sunset in one direction and “almost” full moon in the other.
After eight hours of solid sleep, we woke up to colder than normal temperatures and prepared for our run. This is pretty much how I feel whenever I go out for a run.
Happy dance. Happy dance. We did a gorgeous loop on the paved path around the resort and stopped along the way to enjoy views of the river and watch the helicopters prepare to take off to fight a nearby wild fire.
One of my favorite things about Sunriver is the wide, paved bike path that creates a network around the resort for miles and miles. After Justin and I finished our run, we hopped on our mountain bikes and pedaled about. It felt good to take it easy on the legs and just cruise around at a leisurely pace.
Along the way we stopped at the nature center where they shelter a variety of local birds, many of which have been injured and are rehabilitated in a safe place. I made best friends with this red tailed hawk.
Justin and I encountered some odd looking poop along our run and bike ride, and when we asked the gentleman at the Nature Center what it could be, he told us to bring in a sample. Of course my husband would take him literally. Yes, this is Justin scooping up poop that we would in turn take back to the nature center.
It ended up being porcupine poop. We learned that porcupines like to climb trees, gorge themselves on bark and eat themselves into a food coma, then proceed to fall out of the tree, break a lot of bones, and then do it all over again. It sounds similar to a college hangover.
That afternoon we spent a few hours basking in the sun at the pool. I was able to read a good chunk of my book and didn’t want to put it down until we went back to the room. The combination of sun and a good read always makes me smile.
Later that evening we went out to dinner at Hola! and enjoyed yet another sunset dinner, but this time right on the river. It was entertaining to watch a young boy fishing on his own during the span of our meal. Reminds me of me when I was a kid, though I would have landed a fish or two. 😉
Now that I have had a nice weekend to rest and recharge, I am feeling pumped about Sunday. Before Boise I felt nothing but nerves and uncertainty. This time it is different. I feel calm, confident, and mentally prepared. I know what to expect. The lake is pretty much still and perfect. I pre-rode the bike course over the July 4 holiday weekend, and even though it poses a lot of challenges, I know where I will be able to push it and when I need to hold back. The run will be fun as it is two loops with great crowd support and scenery. Although the weather calls for 79 degrees and sunny, I am hoping to bring my own little storm. ☺