IRONMAN Boulder: An Athlete's Guide to Downtown

Posted on July 27, 2015

IRONMAN Boulder: An Athlete's Guide to Downtown

When you grow up, you learn that superheroes are not real. You learn that there's no one out there with superhuman speed or strength. It’s really a huge letdown. I however, recently learned that this is not true. Superheroes certainly do exist and they’re coming to Boulder! More specifically Ironmen, or Ironwomen, do in fact exist and are heading our way this weekend. IRONMAN races take place all over the world, and attract the strongest competitors from all walks of life. IRONMAN Boulder  will be taking place this Sunday, August 2, 2015. The triathlon will consist of a 2.4-mile swim in the Boulder reservoir, a 112 mile multi-loop bike course, and a two-loop running course. The finish line will be in the heart of Downtown Boulder, Pearl Street, allowing every competitor a victorious finish! Boulder is a great city to show off the near superhuman abilities required to compete in this triathlon, and we are incredibly excited to be hosting all of the Ironmen and Ironwomen. So for all you IRONMAN competitors visiting Boulder this weekend, check out this guide of special deals and recommendations for athletes!

IRONMAN Boulder Special Deals: 

Many Downtown Boulder restaurants and retailers are offering special deals for IRONMAN competitors. Show your bib or wristband at any of these participating businesses and get a special deal! See page for details.

Tips for Athletes:

Carbo-loading is a tradition for racers of all types, and is scientifically proven to benefit an athlete’s endurance. Of course, you have to carbo-load right, so make sure to limit your fiber and processed foods. For any of you athletes trying to get your fill on carbs, specifically pasta, I would definitely check out Pasta Jay's, The Mediterranean, or Sforno Trattoria Romana. They all have Italian food in great quantity and quality. I personally love The Mediterranean's spaghetti alle vongole, or spaghetti with clams. Pasta Jay’s has family-sized portions and is extremely child-friendly, so bring the kids!  Sforno Trattoria Romana makes a mean garlic-infused olive oil dip, and the Spaghetti Polpette is perfect for carbo-loading!

It is also highly recommended for Athletes to perform yoga inversions the week before a race. Luckily, Boulder is pretty much the epicenter of the yoga movement so you have a broad range of businesses to choose from. However, our very own Downtown is home to ONE Boulder Fitness. ONE Boulder Fitness is conveniently located for visiting athletes, and offers a sports recovery yoga class. The sports recovery class is designed to heal and relax muscles that are strained due to physical activity, so it’s perfect for after a race! A class will be held Monday, August 3rd at 4:30 pm. You can sign up here!

For those of you not looking to carbo-load, but rather get some good, easy-to-digest meals, you should try out a smoothie from LYFE Kitchen or Wonder Press. You’ll be sure to save up energy from digestion, and get a tasty meal all at the same time! LYFE Kitchen serves locally sourced and organic food whenever possible, and it is really quite tasty! I love the Kale Banana smoothie. Wonder Press is new to Downtown and the Verde juice is perfect for any athlete looking for a great, quick meal. 

Athletes should search for tight spots in their body prior to a race. It is also advisable to eliminate stress. This gives you the perfect excuse to check out one of Downtown Boulder’s many spas for a relaxing massage. The Dragontree Spa is offering IRONMAN participants a free Herbal Pain Relief Footbath with any 60 or 90 minute massage. They recommend the Muscle Melt Massage for athletes. The St Julien Hotel and Spa offers incredible massages, and an experience that truly does make you feel like you are sitting in the lap of luxury.

Any competitors who are already in Boulder, and are continuing their training should try running the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. It’s scenic and well shaded! If you’re looking to get a little more water experience, try going for a swim in the Boulder Reservoir. It will be great practice, and is perfect for cooling off during the summer time!

Don't forget to check out this week's special Bands On The Bricks Welcome Concert, co-hosted by IRONMAN Boulder and Downtown Boulder! The Samples will be playing, and their mix of reggae, pop and blue grass music will have you dancing so hard it might as well be a workout. 

If you're looking for some helpful IRONMAN tips, stop by the meet and greet with last year's IRONMAN Boulder winner, Justin Daerr. Justin's IRONMAN knowledge and experience will be beneficial to any athlete! The meet and greet will take place at West Flanders Brewing Company, the day before the race, on Friday, July 31st  from 4 pm - 6 pm. 

So Ironmen, Ironwomen, and superheroes alike, enjoy your time here in Boulder, and keep amazing us with your awesome powers. 

Happy racing!

- Jessica

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Boulder: Land of The Outdoors and Movies

Posted on July 23, 2015

Boulder: Land of The Outdoors and Movies- Boulder Outdoor Cinema

People in Boulder love the outdoors. Let’s just give in to stereotypes for a minute and say that every single person in Boulder is a nature-loving, tree-hugging, bike-riding hippie. People in general love movies. Again, taking a classic stereotype here, let’s pretend the majority of Americans and our foreign visitors have an obsession with Hollywood, its culture, and the movies it gives us. So hey, here’s an idea, let’s combine the two. The Boulder Outdoor Cinema screens movies outside in Downtown Boulder’s Central Park area once a week during the summer time.

This week the Boulder Outdoor Cinema’s film is, for lack of a better word, awesome. On Saturday, July 25th the LEGO Movie will be playing in Central Park at 7 pm! I would definitely get there a little early, not only to grab the best seats, but also to check out Boulder Outdoor Cinema’s opener Isabella Davis. Isabella Davis plays country, pop, and rock (ish) as she puts it, and will make your movie-filled evening even better! As if that isn’t enough excitement for one night, Boulder Outdoor Cinema will be giving out trivia prizes from local businesses such as Trek Light Gear. Of course, there's always some tasty food trucks at the screenings. This week will feature delicious French Twist Food Truck. So come out to Central Park Saturday, July 25th and check out the LEGO Movie! Get comfortable. Bring your blankets, pillows, and even pajamas.

I am going to assume that anyone who attends one Boulder Outdoor Cinema screening will become a regular of this movie night. So here’s a schedule for the rest of the films being shown this summer:

July 25 - LEGO Movie

Aug 1 - Birdman

Aug 8 - Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Aug 15 - Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Aug 22 - Princess Bride

Aug 29 - This Is Spinal Tap

Tickets are $5 a piece and can be purchased ahead of time online or at the door. 

- Jessica 

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Outshine Your Friends

Posted on July 16, 2015

Outshine Your Friends - Summer Sidewalk Sale

That time of year has come. The time has come to judge all of your friends and peers. That's right, the first day of school is just around the corner! Everyone knows the first day of school is reserved for comparing tans, loudly bragging about summer adventures, and of course, determining who has the best first day of school outfit. Now if you want to stay on top of your back to school outfit game, I would recommend getting a serious head start on shopping. And by head start, I mean start now. There’s no better way to begin revamping your closet than with downtown Boulder’s Sidewalk Sale! The Sidewalk Sale is a summer shopping event that offers amazing deals from Downtown Boulder’s favorite merchants. This godsend will be happening from Friday, July 24- Sunday, July 26.  Obviously I have already mapped out my Sidewalk Sale stops in advance, so here’s a little preview of the back to school shopping I’ll be doing.


My first stop will be Starr’s Clothing Co. They have a huge selection of everything, and they are displaying some seriously great summer fashion. Starr's offers the freshest brands, but has been on Pearl Street for over 100 years!

Next up is Weekends! Weekends carries all your favorite name brand jeans and is offering up some amazing sale items!  I always feel so, so much more fashionable than all of my friends when I wear their ensembles.

Savvy on Pearl carries all the most popular, modern brands, and an awesome shoe collection. They will be participating in Sidewalk Sale, and I will be participating in pushing anyone who tries to enter the store before me. It’s survival of the fittest people.

Next I will definitely be stopping by prAna to grab some active wear. They’re offering a 40% off end of season garage sale. Okay, close your mouth, stop drooling, and add them to your Sidewalk Sale list.

My last stop will be Zeal Optics to grab some sunglasses. They pretty much speak for themselves.


Sunglasses: Cool and mysterious.

 There’s tons of other participating stores that are worth checking out! So hit Sidewalk Sale from July 24- 26, and outshine all of your friends with your incredible fashion sense courtesy of Downtown Boulder. 

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Fix Your Bucket List

Posted on July 8, 2015

Fix Your Bucket List - The Pearl Street Arts Fest

What do you want to do before you die? Strangely enough, I feel like this question gets thrown around quite a bit. I took a minute to really think about this, and I came up with an answer that should be considered universally applicable: Drink a ton of wine.  Granted, this is assuming I make it to 21. While I’m drinking this delicious wine, I figure I should also check out some beautiful artwork before I die. Art and wine really are the classiest of combinations. Finally, before I die I would like to try one of those aerial dance classes. You know, those unbelievable performers who defy gravity, and hang from the ceiling using silk ribbons and hoops. I want to do that.  Just fulfilling a childhood dream I suppose. How am I going to fit all of these activities in my busy schedule? The Pearl Street Arts Fest!

It’s no secret that the Pearl Street Arts Fest is filled with incredible artwork from talented artists all around the country! If you’re completely out of the loop, and didn’t know that, then prepare to be amazed. Personally, I can’t wait to check out contemporary artist Dolan Geiman’s work, but the festival features extremely diverse work. There’s definitely artwork that will inspire and interest everyone.

New this year to Pearl Street Arts Fest, and old to my bucket list, is the appearance of the Boulder County Aids Project's (BCAP) wine garden! I’m assuming my readers all aspire to be exactly like me, and therefore, love the same activities. So do what my unfortunate, underage-self cannot, and grab a glass of wine to help you really enjoy the art. You can feel good about it too, because all proceeds benefit BCAP! Why not experience the finer things in life all at the same time? The wine garden is a must on your list of stops at the festival, you fancy, fancy people.

Okay, so wine and art are checked off my before I die list, now I have to figure out how I am going to simultaneously become an aerial dancer. Wait! Pearl Street Arts Fest can help me with that too! Frequent Fliers Aerial Dance will be hosting an aerial rig where they’ll not only perform, but also offer lessons! Flyers of all ages are welcome. So if you see a 20 year old standing in a line of small children for her chance to be suspended in the air on some sort of ring, then you’ve spotted me!  Come say hi, but beware, I will be intensely focused on what I’m assuming will be my future career.

Well, there you have it! Pearl Street Arts fest on July 18th-July 19th will be helping me accomplish everything I want to do while I still have the chance. So what do you want to do before you die? No really, answer the question. The Before I Die interactive public art project, presented by Boulder-based nonprofit Conversations on Death, will have a wall at the festival. Come write your hopes and dreams on the wall for thousands of people to see. And when you’re writing the words “Before I die, I want to be just like…” Don’t forget my name is Jessica.

Can’t wait to see you all at the Pearl Street Arts Fest!

- Your inspiration, Jessica

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Happy Sipping at the Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Posted on July 7, 2015

Happy Sipping - Insider Tips for the 2015 Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Hello Colorado Beer lovers!

Chelsea here. As many know, I’m a self-proclaimed beer-lover and an aspiring aficionado. It’s been almost a year since the Inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival (BCBF) in 2014 and I’m getting thirsty. Last year I gave you the lowdown of everything that I was looking forward to in my post “Cheers to Boulder Craft Beer!”. In this post I will be telling you some insider tips for attending this year (based on what I saw at the 2014 event).

Let me start off by saying that the first ever Boulder Craft Beer Festival in 2014 was a blast! The food was great and the beer was even better. The event even sold out in its inaugural year, and it was full (but not too full) of beer lovers coming together and interacting over shared passions.

After spending all day at the festival last year, I learned a couple of “insider tips” that I want to share with you for Boulder Craft Beer Fest 2015:

  1. Pretzel necklaces. Pretzel necklaces. Pretzel necklaces.
    There will be food there for purchase. It will be good and you will be hungry but you’ll want snacks too. Added benefit: pretzel necklaces are hands-free!
  2. Don’t be a hero, bring sunscreen and wear it. Wear a hat too.
    Getting burned by the sun isn’t fun. End of story: you should be going home with positive memories of the festival, not sunburns.
  3. Bring a raincoat.
    This is Boulder, the weather is unpredictable and you never know what that sunny day will look like in an hour. During last year’s event, there was a 5-minute rainstorm during which people with raincoats were sitting pretty. It was short but wet (as rain tends to be).
  4. Get a t-shirt.
    The tasting glasses are awesome but you can’t wear 'em the next day. How else will all of your friends know that you were went to this awesome event (besides all of the social media, pictures, bragging, etc)? (T-shirts are included with the VIP ticket, or you can purchase one online for $15 & at the event for $20.)
  5. Document it.
    We live in a society of sharing. Take pictures, videos and share it on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, the list goes on. Write about it and share it using #DowntownBoulder, we’re listening.
  6. Bring a good attitude.
    We’re all here for a reason: we love this hoppy and malty fermented juxtaposition that we call “beer” and we want to share this love with everyone.
  7. Buy tickets early- this event will sell out!
    This event is a golden opportunity for beer lovers and tickets go fast! Don't procrastinate. Go buy tickets right now.

Keep these tips in mind for this year’s event on Sunday, August 22 and you’ll be prepped to have the time of your life at the Boulder Craft Beer Festival. Get ready for West Central Park to become beer-lovers utopia.

Happy sipping,

:) Chelsea

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