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A Lot of Mud and Self-Distancing

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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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


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.


The drive looked a lot like this. A lot.


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.


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).


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.


We have spent every night playing games as a family.


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 😉


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:   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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And Just Like That…

It’s Fall. Whhhhhaaaatttt?!?!?!?!

Yes, I pretty much disappeared for the whole Summer. There was a good amount of fun but there was also a HUGE amount of work in there.

Trying to think back (you know, based on cell phone photos) on what we did!

There was a good amount of outdoor eating and enjoying our partially built railing around the deck. Hoping to make more progress there before snow!


Brooke has enjoyed improving on her new bike. She is crushing the gears!


We purchased the lot next to us (because we couldn’t really handle the thought of neighbors). A rancher friend hayed it for us! Was pretty fun to watch! Now we have 10 acres to play on.



The second weekend of July, Ken and I dropped Brooke and Jasper off with Errin and Colin and we headed to Beaver, Utah to race the Crusher in the Tushar. It was about 69 miles with 10,400 feet of climbing. It was hard. Ha! The trip took a crazy turn when we ended up without a hotel room (luckily we could crash on a friend’s floor-ideal race prep). Not sure where the other 25 people who had the same issue ended up.

The race itself was a lot of fun (though also incredibly painful-ha). I have big plans for redemption next year! Ken did great and finished 12th overall. I struggled in the last 20 miles or so with some serious low back cramping and issues with blurry vision-thanks to super dry contacts. Happy to finish 12th out of 36 the 36-49 year old women.


Back home, Brooke kept up the biking and I switched to running for the rest of the summer.


This guy turned 10!


Even though I switched to running, I couldn’t resist a free entry to the 100 mile gravel version of the Tour de Steamboat. I suffered having not recovered from the Crusher a week prior.


We did some Vizsla sitting for some friends. Hi, Penny! She is 3. And a riot.


The two of them get along amazingly well!



Farmer’s Market and Brooke’s first time trying Cotton Candy. She thought it was okay, but only ate half and was done. I was fine with that. 😉


Had some mornings like this. I got to run through that low fog and it was amazing!


Lots of playing.



Outdoor playing and painting.


I jumped into the Stinger Trail Marathon. On 4 weeks of running. And woke up with a cold the morning of. It was great. Okay, it was a struggle, but it was a really good supported long run.

Ken worked a couple of Triathlons.

Then he looked like this.


And then our lives exploded….hahahahaha. But really. SBT GRVL week hit and it got insane.

Thankfully, we had a LOT of help from family.

When parents show up with giant dinos strapped to their roof!?


Someone thought it was the best day ever. Totally normal yard decor.



Did some VIP decor creating.


Stayed up until all hours of the night, er, morning….yes, that is stage building at 10pm.


All in all, the event was incredible. The amount of happiness shared by the participants was out of this world. Social media exploded. It was amazing. No sleep for over a week, but amazing.

So thankful for all of the help from our families and friends. We really couldn’t have done it without them!!

Brooke got to come visit at the expo and just happened to match our sunscreen sponsor!


Ken made all of my podium dreams come true!


A small peek into the race. Ended up with 1200 starters on race morning! That’s a lot of people!


Photo by our SBT GRVL photo team (they were amazing!).

I spent race day at the start/finish doing all sorts of things!

Alle crushed her first 100 mile race (not to mention she came from sea level!) as well as Colin. (And then we put them to work tearing everything down at the end of the day. Not sure why they still like us.


Robert, Rene and Keith all did great in the GREEN course! After they had been put to work for the days before hand!


My cardio involved things like running for finish line fencing that blew down. Always a good time.


Everyone got put to work. Even the kid 😉


She got to ride too, so she was okay with her jobs 😉


Since the race, there has been a lot of work cleaning up, finding places for storage, redesigning the website, responding to social media, etc. Never a dull moment.

Also thrown in there has been training for my first 50 mile ultra running race. It happens to be this Saturday. 8 weeks of training could have been a little on the low side for something like this. I guess we will see! I finished my last speed workout today and just have 2 tiny runs left this week. Excited and equally terrified for Saturday. Just have to figure out what to wear/take/pack….should be about 35 degrees at the start and then warm to 50s-60s. Most is above 9500-10,000 feet so should be perfect running temps!

And I think that is all of the big things! Looking forward to a little down time sometime soon!

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The Missing Month

Oh, hey. A whole month blew by. Wow.

Here are a few {million} pictures from the past month-ish…I will try to nail the highlights. Things have been busy. Really busy. Need a vacation, busy.

But enough of that…In {mostly} chronological order…


Ken jumped into a mountain bike race in Denver. Mountain bike nationals happen to be about 1.5 hours from our house this summer so Ken hopped into a qualifying race in case he wants to race later this month. He did okay.


It snowed. {Spoiler alert…It snowed a LOT this spring/summer}.


Brooke is quite the artist. One night she brought this to me. I couldn’t even come close to this!


More snow.


We ventured to Sheridan, Wyoming for a gravel bike race/camping trip. Normal camp essentials: Giant bear and lite beer.


This girl was ripping around on her bike!


It was a 100 mile race and I could bore you with details, but…. I actually raced it and had a blast. Ended up 4th overall for women and 2nd in my age group. It was a rush! Finished 100 miles in under 6 hours.

Ken raced really strong and due to some tactics ended up second overall, but with a killer workout!


That camp life.



We spent a couple of days camping with my parents-in-law and had a blast. This kid loves to camp (so does the creepy photo-bomber dog).

Got in a 7 mile run. It was GORGEOUS!


When we got home, Brooke decided she didnt want to deal with the struggles of long hair tangles for the rest of the summer, so we chopped her locks. I miss the long a little, but we are loving the low maintenance style!



Got in a few good rides.


Yanked out a baby tooth (her big tooth was coming in and the dentist was going to pull it, so we bribed Brooke with a toy instead of paying the dentist to do it and she let me pull it out).


As much golf as possible.


Some railing building.


We celebrated this girl turning 6. How it happened, I dont know.



For real mountain bike!


Her own paddle board (maybe, spoiled.)



Has yet to sleep without her giant dino!


(Yes, on her birthday we started with paddle boarding and finished with golf-her request).


Put together our porch swing!!


The rivers are raging!


Brooke got a dino taco holder for her birthday (thanks, Alle) so she has been requesting them.


More railing building.


Helpful when it snows.


Representing our race.


Home school end of the year party!


And then, for the first 3 days of summer…..yeah.



Birthday party goodness.


And extra sass.


Finally, sunshine!


We hosted a ride from our house last weekend (third year in a row). There were 28 riders who did 110 miles and 9k of climbing. I headed out into the middle of nowhere with drinks and food about 13 miles from the end (the last climb is rough). Had a little search party for a couple of guys. Another successful bike event/party!


On Sunday, Errin, Colin and I met up with my friend Kelly for our own adventure ride! It was awesome and I ended up with 84 miles on the day (with a stop for beer and fries around 60 miles in!).


Other than the normal craziness, those are the highlights of what has been happening!

Hope that you are having a great (slightly less crazy) summer!!

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