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All the Snow and Weekly Training

Howdy! How goes it?? How has your start to 2019 been? Any special goals this year?

We have a lot of things being juggled right now, but overall things are going well! Ken and I are diving head first into endurance training/fitness this year. I pretty much took last year off from competition and I am more than ready to jump back in this year! Ken is signed up for a couple races in the next few weeks and we are excited to get into the swing of things.

First things first…Jasper is obsessed with his Alpaca. Seriously, the thing ends up everywhere!!??

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We have been getting hammered with snow this winter. As in, running out of places to put it! It is only January and we have far exceeded the total from last year. Sometimes it gets a bit windy too…

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Good thing Ken is tall so he doesnt get lost in the snow banks!

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To give you an idea…this was last week and it has snowed at least 18 more inches (probably more). Ken’s bike is also an extra Large. That’s a lot of snow.

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My sweet sister, Alle, got me the Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow cookbook for my birthday and I have been having a blast trying a ton of new recipes! So many delicious and healthy things to eat. This week, I made one of the smoothies from the book. Brooke was not impressed with the green color (kale), so I got to finish that one off myself. It was delicious!

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Lots of snow playtime=lots of Vizsla naptime.

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One day, we got so much snow that our neighbor decided that his equipment was better suited for the quantity. I didn’t complain about the help!

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Seriously, though.

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My kid is the biggest snow fan…she is stoked on all of the snow we have!

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Jasper is unsure. Hahaha. He loves the snow, but going just about anywhere in the yard is a challenge!

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Tired of snow pics yet? This has been life for the past few weeks!

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We did make a trip to Costco last weekend. It is right next to the Vail airport. This bad boy flew over our heads as we were heading in. So loud!

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Brooke dressed up as an astronaut and headed to space with her cat…made sure to take her microscope too 😉

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We had a home school group activity this week and headed to Stagecoach for some ice fishing. We lasted about 1.5 hours and then decided we needed hot chocolate. A few of the kids caught fish and it was so much fun! (Have I mentioned that I LOVE home schooling her!?!)

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Then we got more snow. aaaaaaah!!!

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Ken got in his 4 hour ride yesterday with his buddy while I stayed home and rode the trainer. Today, it was my turn to get out. Gorgeous! 19 miles in 2 hours and only one crash (ice is slippery). Wonderful weekend!

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That’s what we have been up to! Just enjoying all the winter things!

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For those that are training curious, my week looked like this…(had a bit of a cold, so took a break from running but it will be back!)

Weekly Workouts:

M: 2 hours on the trainer-base  (Ken was off from MLK Day)

T: 1 hour on the Trainer – Intervals

W: 1 hour on the Trainer-recovery

TH: REST DAY

F: 1 hour on the trainer FTP Test (2×8 min all out)-almost puked in the basement + easy 4 mile run (8:52 pace-super slippery)

SAT: 2 hours on the trainer-base

SUN: 2 hours on the Fat Bike. 19 miles/1417 feet of climbing

Totals:

Riding: 9 hours

Running: 4 miles

 

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Quick Trip and Training

 

Hey there! How’s it going? Having a good start to 2019? Just doing the normal things over here (with a quick trip for a mini-training camp in California). It has been a big couple of workout weeks over here (read: 10+ training hours 2 weeks in a row) so I am enjoying a more restful, recovery week right now!

Some random phone images? Dont mind if I do….

My sister gave this Alpaca to Jasper for Christmas. He LOVES the thing. He carries it all over the house and bathes it often.

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We have been getting a little snow this Winter….the Resort has 17 inches in the forecast!

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Last Wednesday, we picked up Ken’s business partners/teammates and headed for Southern California. There were 5 of us (plus Jasper) in the F-250 for the 14 hour trip!?

Somehow, it worked.

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A little different landscape.

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We got there Wednesday evening and hung out a bit before calling it a night.

Thursday morning, we hopped on bikes and headed for the hills. I had gravel tires on my bike while the others were rolling on slicks, so it was extra work for me. I did 35 miles in about 2.5 hours while the rest of the crazies got in 70+ miles for the day!

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When you forget your swimsuit, but luckily your Mom wears the same size and has extras 😉

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After a quick dip, my Mom, Brooke and I headed out the door for the Zoo. Brooke was so excited!!

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By the time we got home, the others had loaded up and headed for the coast (they did 3 days of riding around Malibu while B and I stayed in the Valley).

Friday morning I got in a 7.5 mile trail run. It was awesome…there was so much oxygen in the air!

We had some appointments and errands to run afterwards. We stopped by Disney to do a little shopping and Brooke made friends with a squirrel. It was seriously out of a movie. It followed her around and came when she called. Crazy!

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Meanwhile, the other 3 played in the mountains.

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Just modeling her new Jasmine outfit…

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I ventured out for a 1.5 hour ride around the area before making it home in time to hop in the pool with Brooke. Girl loves her some water!

My brother, sis-in-law and their kiddos came over for dinner and they all had a blast!

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Saturday was really rainy. Brooke didnt mind at all!

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I went out for a 10 mile run (8:10 pace) and got poured on! I was in a tank and shorts (with a long sleeve tied around my waist). People looked at me like I was nutty. But hey, it was like 50 degrees!!

The weather took a turn for the better and we were able to get the pups out for a hike in the afternoon.

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My heart.

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Rockstar!

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Meanwhile, again, the others enjoyed some views as well.

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Sunday started out with a 2 hour ride for me. Made it to the top of the mountain and the views did not disappoint!

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We were also able to sneak in another quick hike!

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Post-hike, we packed up and the other 3 picked us up to start our trip home! We made it to Vegas and hit up the RIO’s buffet. It was divine. Brooke was a little overwhelmed by the amount of food.

After a quick sleep, we were up at 4:45 to continue our trek home. Made it back to the Boat in time for dinner!

Did some town things on Tuesday, but Brooke and I have spent a good amount of the last two days catching up on school and work. Not to mention clearing snow!

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Took Monday and Tuesday as complete rest days.

Wednesday- Rode the trainer for 45 minutes

Thursday-Rode the trainer for 60 minutes plus ran 4 easy snow miles.

A lot of double days on the horizon for me and then I will switch to primarily cycling in March. I actually signed up for my friend Amy’s indoor cycling class for the month of February (so every Tues/Thurs morning I will be in town). Looking forward to some hard training and hard recovering….if only I could learn to nap!

Hope everything is going well!!

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Christmas and New Year’s, etc.

Howdy and Happy 2019! Dont ask me where the last 2 months of 2018 went, I have no idea. But hey, happy to ring in a new year that promises many exciting things!!

Let’s rewind a little bit and do a little photo drop…aka all the pictures on my phone that I randomly find and feel the need to share 😉 Isn’t that how you keep track of your life?

Some pre-Christmas fun. Brooke thought that she and Jasper could dress up like little chefs. They were adorable. 

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Brooke’s Tiger got all dressed up…for something??

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My sister (Alle) and my brother-in-law (David) joined us for Christmas. They made the 19 (?!?!!) hour drive from Portland to be with us. They brought their Drahthaar, Elsa (center) and their friends’ Vizsla, Ben (right) along to visit as well! It was AMAZING and we all had tons of fun!
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Brooke’s paradise 😉
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Brooke made sure to take excellent care of Elsa.
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Ben is 3 and a ball of energy. He is very excited about balls and will stare at you until you throw it! I took him out for 5 miles and he was happy to cuddle 🙂
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BAAAAALLLLLLL
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Got our ski on!
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And hit up the hot tub! Not to mention some snow mobiling and epic sledding!
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Christmas was super fun. Jasper LOVES presents.

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So does Brooke. Alle set up an amazing scavenger hunt for her and we were done before the sun came up. Kids. She had a BLAST following all the clues!
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Excavating!
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Our tree was perfect.
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Always food on her face!
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Alle and David actually left on Christmas Day, so we spent the next day (my birthday) doing a bit of skiing and making a trip to Costco.
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On the 27th, I hopped on a plane and after countless delays, canceled flights and unplanned rental cars with midnight drives, I made it to Cincinnati. We spent Friday saying goodbye to my amazing Grandma, Lois. Luckily, since shopping and fashion are not really my thing, Alle had a dress all set for me when I got there! Alle and I gave the Eulogy at the Church and it was amazing to see a lot of the family that I had not seen in a while. (sleep deprived eyes)
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Saturday was spent eating. And hopping on the treadmill for 6 miles…because…eating. 
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Literally had 6 scoops of Graeters’ ice cream in 2 days. Still working that off 😉 And maybe the 7 pieces of pizza on Friday night.
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My flight on Sunday had me up at 6 and at the airport by 6:45 am. The airport was busy but I had plenty of time to grab the necessary caffeine before the flight took off. 
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Chicago

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After some delays, I finally made it home in time to hot tub and hang with the family!

New Year’s Eve was pretty low key and I fell asleep on the couch at 8:15. Ha.

On New Year’s Day, it was COLD. Like a high of 8 degrees cold. Ken and I rode the trainers for an hour (Ken did 1.5 hours). Then, I crazily threw on my running shoes and did 4 miles outside in the spongy snow (in 4 degrees). I was pretty tired after that!

We headed to a party and Brooke was thrilled to sled with some older girls. 

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This morning, it was -20 at our house (Ken saw -32 degrees on the drive to work). Jasper found the best place in the house. 😉 Ken and I did an hour on the trainers and then I got in a 4 mile COLD run outside followed by weights. Is it bedtime yet??
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And that has been the end to a year and the start of a new one! So many exciting things to come.

I hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year celebration. Bring on 2019!

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