Ride Report: Tour of the Moon

Riding through the Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, Colorado is adequately dubbed “touring the Moon.” The landscape is other-worldly. When I saw this event on the Roll Massif lineup back at the beginning of the summer, I knew I needed to try it. I went into this ride with high hopes, and the reality far exceeded what I imagined. Everything about this place is unbelievable. I’m already planning a trip back. 

I arrived in Grand Junction around 5pm the night before the ride. It was my first time in the area, and I enjoyed walking around downtown. I’ve read a lot about the history of the place, and it was nice to finally see it. Lots of great options for eating and drinking. I made my way back to my Airbnb, and got a great night of rest with HelloBlue Sleep, Lemon Drop

The Ride

Riders were allowed to begin the day any time between 7:30 and 8:30am, so obviously I was there at 7:15am. The morning was cool — around 55 — but heading up to 80 with full sun. I opted for a summer kit and was glad I did. The first few miles into the park were brisk, but lovely. The sun against the rocks gave a red-orange glow. Front and rear lights are required to ride in the park, and the reasoning became clear within the first 5 miles. There were several unlit tunnels, the first of which stretched about a quarter mile. Although this ride begins with 17 miles of climbing, it was never too intense. Plus, the scenery almost makes you forget about the exertion. It was tough not to snap pictures of the entire ride. Roll Massif bills their events as “not races,” though there was one 2-mile timed sprint, which was flat and fast. 

Upon exiting the park, riders had the choice to loop back for a 41-mile route, or opt for a tour of Fruita and Loma to make it 64. The additional miles were rolling and fun, but the main event was certainly the National Monument. I only stopped at one of four aid stations, to fill up water. The wind was picking up and I didn’t want to extend the day any longer than necessary. The volunteers on the road were numerous and helpful. The course wasn’t overly complicated, but it was great to see so many people directing traffic. 

The Recovery

Back at the finish line and convention center, there were vendors, snacks, and lots of relaxing. After re-hydrating, I made my way back to my rental and set out for home. I would have loved to stay another couple of days — and even ride the monument again — but this trip had to be a quick turn around for me. 

Almost 4 hours on the bike + 5 hours in the car = necessary pain relief!

Because I was on the go and didn’t have a blender to whip up my usual post-ride HelloBlue smoothie, I went with plan B. Forty drops of the new Chocolate Chip Double-Strength Pain Relief into a chocolate Vega protein shake. Totally delicious. 

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How To Get Into A Regular Sleep Cycle

From the time I was a kid, I’ve always had a hard time sleeping somewhere other than my own bed. My parents would even pick me up from sleepovers as soon as everyone started getting ready for bed — I just wanted to be in my own space.

As an adult, I’ve never liked the idea of sleeping pills — I’ve heard too many horror stories of zombie-like effects. So for a long time, I basically accepted the fact that if I was away from home, I would almost definitely sacrifice sleep. It never kept me from traveling, but it did mean many nights of less than satisfactory rest. I finally discovered that most of my issues came down to routine. Now, if I stick to a familiar routine, I can get a decent amount of rest, even if I’m camping in the wilderness. 

Hello Blue CBD Sleep is perfect for helping you stay in your nighttime routine while you are on the go.

Don’t go crazy

First, I have to pay close attention to what I’m eating, especially at dinner and for evening snacks. Being away from home almost guarantees the inability to eat exactly what you have in your own kitchen, but mimicking normalcy as much as possible helps. So, I usually avoid trying something I’ve never eaten before, especially the first night in a new place. I pick foods I know and keep it as simple as possible. I’m not saying you have to eat a bland meal the first night of vacation, just maybe don’t go nuts on foods and drinks you’ve never had before. And, pack familiar snacks.

Keep it calm

I’m also sure to not eat too much as bedtime approaches. I love a late-night sweet snack, so I stick with a couple small pieces of dark chocolate or a fig bar. For a long time I didn’t believe in the calming effects of nighttime tea, but I’m an absolute convert now. I love peppermint and chamomile with a little lemon and honey. I don’t know that there’s anything necessarily magical going on with Sleepytime tea, but again, it’s the routine. Just like reading a child a bedtime story, doing specific things readies the body for rest.  

Hello Blue CBD Sleep has also become part of my routine. It contains 600mg  – 1200mg of CBD (cannabidiol) and 300mg of Melatonin per fluid ounce to help you get the rest you need, no matter where you are. The lemon flavor is a perfect addition to nighttime tea, and the 0.5 oz. bottle is perfect for traveling, and even backpacking! 

CBD and melatonin that can be absorbed through the cheek or under the tongue are used for insomnia, shift-work disorder…even to calm people before receiving anesthesia for surgery.

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Phil Gaimon is Making Us Better

Phil Gaimon uses a variety of Hello Blue CBD products. Check out the end of this post for a list of some of his favorites

Sure, we all need seemingly immortal athletes to inspire us to be our best in our versions of fitness and competition, but Phil Gaimon is proving that making the world a better place means caring about more than just stage races. 

Gaimon raced professionally from 2009-2016, and when he walked away from cycling at the highest level, he started having fun. But also, he started making cycling fun for everyone. When he’s not handing out cookies to the pros half-naked in a Cookie Monster head, he’s setting KOM (King of the Mountain) records around the world on Strava, for his YouTube show, “Worst Retirement Ever.” 

More People on Bikes

Gaimon has become a crucial voice in the cycling community, constantly advocating for better infrastructure and for finding ways to make riding a bike easier and safer. One of his most recent projects is in partnership with State Bicycle Company. Together, they’re attempting to break down the barriers to bike commuting and bike riding for everyday errands. 

Phil Gaimon and State Bicycle Company will help you bike to work

Cookie Fondo

And for the third consecutive year, Gaimon is hosting his own Cookie Fondo, benefiting Chef’s Cycle for No Kid Hungry, which does great work across the U.S. funding meal programs at public schools. This two-day event — October 26th-27th — features a course for every rider. From the 32-mile “mini chip” that boasts no climbs at all, to the “double fudge” for the “nearly crazy by all measurable standards,” which involves 12,000 feet of climbing over 110 miles. 

Changing the world — making an actual difference — sounds daunting to anyone. But Gaimon is using his platform to not only help kids in need, but also to remind us what’s really important. Bikes are for everyone, and being good to each other is something that we could all practice more. 

Get Involved

Phil puts Hello Blue CBD Energy in his coffee for an early-morning boost without the crash

Want to help make a difference? Check out the Cookie Fondo, No Kid Hungry, and Gaimon’s collaboration with State Bicycle Company on his website. And if you’re in the Santa Barbara area, head to the Hillclimb World Championship and bring him some cookies (just, not oatmeal raisin). 

Phil’s Hello Blue CBD Products of Choice:

Energy (cappuccino flavor) in the morning, usually mixed in with a cup of coffee

Original Full Spectrum after a workout

Sleep (lemon flavor) before bed

Phil also uses Muscle Butter ACTIVE on whatever is sore…and considering how hard he rides, there is usually quite a bit that is sore.

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A Sting to the Snout: CBD for Pets

Road Trip!

I would be hard pressed to remember the last time I was stung by a bee or wasp. In fact, I’m not sure it’s ever happened in my adult years. I vaguely recall a bee sting or two at the local pool when I was a child — my brother and I likely taunting with sticky snacks. 

But at the tail end of a week-long road trip through Montana, I encountered an unpleasant reminder. My husband and I had our dog, Ten Paws — a 65-pound boxer-mix — on a short hike to swim at Flathead Lake. We had biked and hiked all week, and were just looking for a casual late-afternoon outing. I wore running shoes and short socks instead of hiking boots. We didn’t bring any of our usual first-aid gear. 

If you have an anxious dog, Hello Blue CBD For Pets may be the answer

Unwelcome Encounter

After splashing in the water and snapping some photos of the crystal clear lake, we headed back to our cabin. We always hike with Ten Paws between us, in case we come upon another dog or something unexpected. Seemingly out of nowhere, Ten Paws started yelping like I’ve never heard. He swatted his nose and bucked like a bronco. Then I realized what was happening, and felt the hot pinches on my ankles. I shouted, “Go, go, go!” Yellow jackets were everywhere — stinging all of us nonstop. We ran through the woods, ducked under a fallen tree, and dashed up the hill. 

All told, we each suffered several stings and a heavy jolt of adrenaline. After stopping at the local drugstore for Benadryl, we couldn’t stop sympathizing with the terror Ten Paws had experienced. At 2-years-old, he’s not exactly a puppy, but often still has the energy of one. In reality, he probably handled the scare better than any of us, but it was still traumatic. 

CBD Soothes

We add CBD oil to Ten’s food (or in a freezy-treat, see recipe) to calm him down, take away anxiety, and help him get a solid night of sleep, even on days when we haven’t been running for our lives!

Freezy-treat recipe: (make 2-3 at a time)

“Freezy Treat” — your dog is going to love it!

4 tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce

40 drops Hello Blue CBD For Pets

Mix together

Spoon into a kong or small Tupperware container (Ten Paws likes his in a little green dish — easy to lick!)

Freeze mixture and serve

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Race Report: SBT GRVL

A New Gravel Race

Steamboat Springs, Colorado smells amazing. Maybe not the hot sulfur springs themselves, but the hills surrounding the area are packed with sage and fields are dotted with fresh bales of sweet hay. Horses graze in the breeze. This is a ski town, but its roots are in ranching. 

On Sunday, August 18th, I lined up with 1,500 cyclists for the inaugural SBT GRVL — a new gravel race in Steamboat, featuring a 37-mile “green” course, a 100-mile “blue” course, and a 140-mile “black” course. I’m not a black-diamond skier, but I opted for 140 because, why work toward something you know you can do? 

Practice, Practice, Practice

I’m the kind of person who has to practice something over and over. I’ve always envied folks who show up at a marathon having never run longer than 10 miles, and pull it off out of sheer willpower. I consider myself fairly head-strong, but I cannot pull impressive physical feats out of thin air. I started doing 100+ mile rides a solid 7-months in advance of this race. 

After my last long training ride through Rocky Mountain National Park — 103 miles with about as much elevation gain as the race itself — I told my husband, “No part of me was interested in going 37 more miles.” He said, “then don’t.” And that changed my perspective. This was supposed to be fun — a privilege. 

Race Day

Race morning was crisp and clear — 47-degrees and perfect — the long-course began right at 6:30am. I dressed for where the day was headed: 85-degrees and full sun. I wore thin gloves for the first 25-miles, but was otherwise ready for the heat. And the heat came. 

By 11am hydration was the name of the game. With aid stations every 20-miles, and volunteers pouring everything from ice water to Gu Roctane to cold Coke, we were absolutely spoiled. There were 3 KOM/QOM timed hill-climbs featuring Popsicle hand-ups and cheering squads. There were mechanics, porta potties, and shade tents galore. 

By mile-85, I was having the time of my life. I planned my nutrition right, drank plenty of water, and was ready to keep going. And maybe I was heat-delirious, or just happy to be feeling so good, but the second-half seemed even better than the first. The loop around Oak Creek that started at mile 93, took riders up perfectly packed dirt roads. Views of ranches, the creek, impossibly green hillsides, and mountains in the distance, were just serene. The descent from mile 105 to 109 was my favorite section of the entire race. 

Mission Accomplished

There’s nothing like a day-long ride up and down more than 9,000 feet of elevation, to make you super comfortable on dirt and gravel. I can finally say, gravel downhills in the drops is where it’s at. 

But, after 9.5 hours in the saddle on a hot day, I was ready for that finish line. We were met with cold soaked towels and race-specific trucker hats. After a much needed shower, I was thrilled to sit down to some street tacos and a cold drink that didn’t involve electrolyte powder. As far as I’m concerned, SBT GRVL can rightfully claim their tagline: the greatest gravel roads on earth. 

Hello Blue got me through

Night before: Anxiety Relief, peppermint (40 drops in Sleepytime tea)

During: Chamois Crème (285 mg CBD)

Immediately After: 2x Concentration Pain Relief, peppermint (40 drops)

Morning After: Breakfast smoothie (see recipe) with Full Spectrum, strawberry (40 drops)

Breakfast smoothie

1 small banana

4 frozen strawberries

8-10 oz. vanilla soy milk

2 tablespoons peanut butter powder

40 drops Hello Blue Full Spectrum, strawberry

Blend on high for 1 minute

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Now Shipping To The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand

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