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JOSHUA BUCK
Jon Novick blows a vuvuzela as he and hundreds of other riders kick off the inaugural G’Knight Ride in Longmont in 2011. Joshua Buck/Colorado Daily file

This weekend, I’m looking for outdoor activities that aren’t very active.

Since the hub had shoulder surgery last week, our active weekend options are limited. Here’s what were looking at: Walking, and maybe, um, some walking.

His surgeon advised: Hiking is OK if you keep it light — really light. No rough trails at all. One slip of the foot, one rolling stone…

And yeah, he sleeps with the fishes. Not quite, but we get the picture. He especially gets the picture. When I asked if he wanted to go see a friend’s band one evening this weekend, a look of horror flashed across his face. I quickly realized the source of that horror was the idea of a dancing drunk bumping into his recently-fixed shoulder.

“We’ll watch a movie,” I said.

I started toying with weekend ideas that didn’t involve use of one’s shoulder or even the possibility or people or things (one friend suggested tubing Boulder Creek) bumping into one’s shoulder.

Old Fall River Road, in Rocky Mountain National Park, is slated to open Friday. 

Old Fall River Road normally opens by the Fourth of July holiday weekend but due to the minimal snow this spring the road will be opening more than two weeks early,” reads the release.

Trail Ridge Road also opened about two weeks earlier than usual this year. In our weather’s defense, it did close again due to snow and ice.

Maybe we’ll drive through the park this weekend, tourist style. Except we could make fun of the tourists. It’s not active, but it gets him out of the house, and hopefully breathing some mountain air.

But for those of you who are free to swing your arms in your shoulder sockets, the Estes Park Marathon is on Sunday. You don’t even have to run 26 miles — there’s a half marathon, 10K and 5K.

Info: epmarathon.org, nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/road_conditions.htm


G’Knight Ride

This bike ride’s up in Longmont, but if you’re a fan of Oskar Blues beer, it’s worth hopping on the BOLT for.

The G’Knight Ride is only in its second year, but it’s looking like a fast success story — they’re expecting 1,500 or so people to take to the streets on bikes this year. Some of them will be kids, so they won’t be enjoying the OB beer garden the same way you will.

There are three ride options, either one, three or 10 miles, and though I’m pretty sure the one-mile route is for kids. However, if your main objective is to drink a lot of Oskar Blues brews and listen to live music, that might be the ride option for you as well. However, only the three- and 10-mile options have route diversions to the Tasty Weasel, OB’s tasting room. Just saying.

Info: Expo opens at 4 p.m., rides start between 5 and 6; $18, $20 day of. gknightride.org

Sprint for it
It’s triathlon season. I know this because for once, it sounds like a good idea to jump into the Boulder Res.

I’m always trying new things — partly because people talk me into it — and I’ve never done a triathlon. The shorter distance at the 5430 Sprint Triathlon this weekend in Boulder is a little tempting to me. I think I could do it. Maybe I should try one.

Then I think of gulping in res water accidentally, perhaps after getting my goggles kicked off my face.

Maybe not.

Info: Race starts at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Boulder Reservoir. bouldersprint.com

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