I awoke in Santa Fe very early this morning after a restless night.  The dryness made breathing difficult and the several pillows surrounding me in bed had uncomfortably upped the temperature.  By the time the sun rose I had brewed myself a cup of tea using the in-room coffee maker and was debating what else I felt like doing before our 1pm rehearsal.  My first choice was a morning soak at ten thousand waves, the luxurious Japanese bath house on the mountain, but alas, they are closed until noon on Tuesdays.  Luckily Julie sent me a text about exercise and we made our way down to the La Fonda’s fitness center.  We were dragging and feeling winded from altitude so the purpose of today’s workout was simply to get the blood pumping.

The workout:

15 minutes easy bike set to “random”

15 minutes brisk walk on treadmill, steadily increasing the incline

I enjoyed a few minutes in the hot tub after a late afternoon nap and took advantage of the heat to do some stretching.

new running buddy

This morning we did our first run as the Albers Trio and Becca became my newest running buddy!  Our goal was simply to get up and run.  I like to be up at least 1/2 hour before I run so I can wake up and have a snack.   This morning’s fuel was, as usual, a packet of greenzymes, washed down with water.  They’re my favorite energy kick when I don’t have access to food in a hotel room or even at home when I want something nutritious before a short workout.

We woke at 8:45 to a grey morning with hints of sunshine.  Motivation to get out of bed and run was high, knowing both sisters were also dragging themselves out of bed to run.  The temperature was warm enough for shorts but not too warm to make it uncomfortable.

The workout (me playing “trainer” and calling out commands):

3-5 minutes warm-up walk

20 minutes easy jog with a few walk breaks

5 minutes warm-down walk


Core exercises happened a few hours later then again before bed, post after-concert dinner and glass of champagne.  Hmmm….


The Sheraton Denver West has a lap pool on the second floor!   This is the first time I’ve ever encountered a lap pool in a hotel.  They also have a complete fitness center, which, I’m guessing is open by membership to non-hotel guests.

I decided to get up early and take advantage of the facilities.  Not taking the altitude into account, I decided on a run-swim brick workout.  I downed a barley green packet with a few chugs of water as pre-workout energy .  When packing yesterday, I’d made sure I had a full 10 day supply of my favorite nutritional extra and left all the rest of my vitamins at home.  Not a practice I recommend or have ever before followed myself, but I’m taking such a cocktail right now that I was lazy and skipped it entirely.

The workout:

20 minutes easy jog on treadmill

10 minutes easy swim (swimming the first day at altitude is difficult!)

10 minutes stretching and core exercises

I topped it all off with the “high fiber” breakfast from the hotel restaurant.  Big mistake, as it was also very high sugar and left me feeling ill all day!