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A Lot of Mud and Self-Distancing

on March 19, 2020

Hi there!

It seems almost strange to be on here writing as things around the world and close to home have so drastically changed. I hope that you are all doing well and finding some sort of normal in a time of uncertainty and just plain weirdness.

Rewinding back to when things slightly more normal…

Last weekend we ventured to Stillwater, OK for a bike race known as the Mid South. Ken was racing and I was supporting him and a friend. We dropped Brooke off with Errin and Colin in Fort Collins and made the nice long road trip. When we left on Thursday, Covid-19 was on tongues, but not near the situation it has become today. That said, we took incredible amounts of precautions on the trip-took our own sanitizing supplies, take out meals, stayed isolated in our hotel room and were only in groups when outside.

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On Friday, I got in a 20 mile run. Later that night I found out that the marathon I was training for was cancelled. Not surprising (and rightfully so) but still stung a bit with all the training I had done over these winter months. Luckily I saw some really cute babies, so it made that 20 miler worth it.

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We all took social distancing seriously and spent the majority of our trip in the confines of the hotel.

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On Saturday, Ken and I celebrated our 11th anniversary with him pedaling around for 100 miles in some serious mud. I made sure to dress really attractively for our special day.

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At least I was *mostly* warm.

Ken finished 16th overall in some very nasty conditions. Not sure he ever wants to race in the mud for over 7 hours again 😉 He ended up looking very uni-colored.

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Brookes response to this picture: “Ken looks trashed.” She was very right.

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After we all went to bed early, we were in the car the next morning and ready to head home (after stopping at a Do-It-Yourself Car Wash to hose off the bike!). A combo of humidity and hotel shampoo-hair on point. Literally.

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The drive looked a lot like this. A lot.

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We picked Brooke up, but didnt stay because we wanted to contain any germs to ourselves if we had any.

We were gifted the next morning to waking up with a gorgeous sunny day. The best.

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I even got to get out for a nice ride (since my running race is cancelled, I have switched to mainly cycling with the hope that we will return back to some form of normalcy and be able to race in July).

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Since we homeschool and work from home, everyday life has not changed much for us. While we miss seeing friends, we are spending all of our time at home. Brooke has been very into book-making and we will soon have a complete library.

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We have spent every night playing games as a family.

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My sister sent this to me and it made me laugh because it is so true. I am naturally an introvert and cherish time alone and with my family. Maybe that is why I love living in the middle of nowhere 😉

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We are continuing to work and maintain our workouts. Honestly, working out and getting outside for walks and to play has helped to limit the crazy. Trying to take things day by day and praying for all of those affected. Also, I really need to clean my house! One would think that being forced to be home would mean it would be spotless-BUT with a 6.5 year old, there are “projects” everywhere…balance, right?

Workout wise, I have switched to primarily cycling. That means I will ride outside as the weather permits, but also spend some quality time on the trainer in the basement. Running will stay part of the picture-basically because I love it but also because I like to mix things up.

Another big part of my workouts: https://kirastokes.com/   I actually signed up and have been using her workouts since December. It’s fun to have another voice inside my head while working out and I love her functional approach. Hoping to come out of this whole thing with full body fitness instead of just being cardio/endurance fit!

Hope you are doing well! Until next time! xoxo


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