Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Rock 'n' Roll Denver Recap

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately - life caught up with me and every time I tried to sit down to write this post I ended up having to do something else instead. However better late than never, right? :)

A few weeks ago, my mom, sister and I went to Denver for a girls weekend. Our main reason for going was to race Rock 'n' Roll Denver but we were also looking forward to seeing a different part of the country (hello mountains!). 

Here's how the race weekend went down:

Race Expo
In all honesty, the Rock 'n' Roll Denver expo was a bit of a letdown compared with other Rock 'n' Roll races I've done. It wasn't as big as the other ones and the atmosphere was pretty subdued. Some people probably wouldn't mind at all, especially if they don't get into browsing around the expo, but I really enjoy trying on gear, going to the Brooks experience area and visiting all the other booths. In Denver, there was not a Brooks area and less gear than usual. At every other Rock 'n' Roll race that I've done, I've bought a magnet, but they were sadly not available in Denver. I chatted with a volunteer about them and he said participants will get an email about ordering them after the race so fingers crossed this is true.

On the plus side, a smaller expo meant that I got through it faster so I could get back to the hotel sooner to start resting up for the race the following morning!

 Outside the Expo, waiting for a ride

Race Day
The race started in Civic Center Park, which is bordered by the State Capital, City and County buildings. It was a beautiful sunny morning and everyone was excited to get going. I so wanted to race this one, especially since I've never run at altitude, but sadly it just wasn't in the cards. I tried running but the pain from my recent abductor muscle injury forced me to stop after just a short bit. So I ended up walking pretty much the entire race with Mom, who was also unable to run due to a back injury (my sister opted to walk ahead of us during the race). Fortunately the race was very walker friendly and the course was scenic. We walked through a few neighborhoods and it was fun seeing some of the houses in the area. The race finished up back in Civic Center Park so Mom and I collected our finisher medals and took a few pics. Even though I would have preferred to run, the race still ended up being a nice experience!

After the race, it was time to kick back and have a little fun. The hotel we stayed in was near the Larimer Square and 16th Street shopping areas so we spent an afternoon exploring those spots. I picked up a few things including a pretty bracelet at a small boutique and a cute dip spreader at an eclectic home accessories store.

We also spent an afternoon at the Denver Zoo. Mom and I especially loved seeing the penguins :) 

Trying new restaurants is probably my favorite part about traveling. Denver did not disappoint as there were plenty of delicious eats to indulge in.

Trial by Fire - a roasted poblano, cheddar and jack cheese omelette smothered in pork green chili and jalapenos (Tom's Urban)

Salade du Marche - spinach, warm lentils, butternut squash, pickled apples, lemon goat cheese, balsamic brown butter vinaigrette (Bistro Vendome)

Steak Frites (Bistro Vendome)

Chocolate Secret Garden - tres leches chocolate cake, white chocolate coffee mousse, chocolate cookie soil, edible flowers (Tamayo)

The salad and the chocolate cake were my favorite eats that I tried in Denver. The salad was so amazing and I must figure out a way to recreate it at home. The cake was so pretty in its presentation (my pic does not do it justice!) and I loved the deep chocolate flavor. 

It was great to get away from Milwaukee for a few days and visit someplace new. Sadly I did not get to the mountains during this trip (I stared longingly at them during the ride to and from the airport) but I guess that means I'll just have to go back at some point ;)

My questions for you:
  • Do you enjoy walking around race expos? What do you like/dislike about them?
  • Have you been to Denver? Why did you visit and what did you do while you were there?
  • What's the best dessert you've ever tasted?

Until next time ... 

- ST


  1. Glad you had a nice trip even though you couldn't run.

    I have been to the Denver area a couple times many many years ago. I'm talking the 80's & 90's. I have friends that lived in the area at the time.

    I walk around expos because my wife likes to. So I just kinds follow her around and say "Yes, that looks nice."

    Cheesecake is always my dessert of choice. Really is anything any better?

    I have been waiting for a post. :)

    1. Thanks Bob! Cheesecake is pretty great - I especially love it around the holidays :)

  2. Looks like you had a great time even though you would have rather run the race. That's great! I ran the Denver RnR marathon one year. One of the perks about it was that we stayed close enough to walk to the start line. I recently had California Pizza Kitchen's yummy red velvet cake with white chocolate frosting, but I can't pick only one favorite dessert!

    1. That sounds like an amazing dessert - I'll have to check it out next time I'm at CPK :)

  3. I love Denver! I was hoping to make it out there for a work conference, but my travel didn't go through. I'm not a big expo fan, I'll do a quick walk through to see if anything sparks my interest.

    1. Maybe Denver will work out for you next year - it's a fun city to visit :)