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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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A Quick Trip to Cali and My First 100+ Mile Race

Hello, All!

How is it going?! Are you having a wonderful Spring?

I have a love/hate relationship with Spring. I love that it is gorgeous and everything is so fresh and colorful…..but there is that whole mud-season thing.

Thanks, Jasper.


But, alas, it is worth it.

I have taken home school to the next level. Kit is going to be writing in no time! And my child thinks that I have lost it.


But in exciting news….

At the beginning of this month we took a quick road trip to California. Just a 14 hour drive. No biggie. Thank goodness Brooke and Jasper are so easy to travel with!

Met the parents at their cabin in Big Bear (it was amazing not having to go into LA).

We spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday playing around and checking out the local attractions. This girl. We are in so much trouble.



I have never been this cool.



On a not so exciting note….my low back went bananas. For some reason I struggle with certain mattresses and mattress toppers (and 14 hour road trips). Well, my back was not a fan of the very nice mattress and on Thursday when I went to ride I literally could not pedal my bike. I had stabbing pain in my quad (initially I thought I pulled something but when it moved to the other side as well, I knew it was coming from somewhere else). It was like a 9 out of 10 pain. Like a knife right into the thigh. I rode for a whole 3 miles or something like that. Sent Ken out to finish the ride and returned to stretch and ice. I then slept on the floor. Ha. Ken and Jasper were not mad about having the bed to themselves 😉 Plus, I slept SO good on the floor. Win win.

I was able to ride easy on Friday and enjoy the bike path! Only had pain 60% of the time!

On Saturday, we bid Brooke farewell….Somehow in the almost 6 years that Brooke has been on this Earth, this was the first night that neither Ken or I was with her?!?! She happily kicked us out to play with Mimi and Gpa. Pretty sure she didn’t even know we were gone.

Ken and I drove down the mountain and were greeted with smog. Gross.


And a side of California traffic. Also gross.

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We eventually made it to the race expo. Did the check in thing, got our numbers and listened to the racer meeting.


And then we drove to our hotel. Um, yes please.


We took a minute to change and then hit the road for some openers on the bike. Thankfully the legs were about 85% and I had hope for the next day! Just about an hour and a half on the bikes and we were ready to lounge by the pool for about an hour before dinner. (We went to dinner at our hotel and it was delicious…and convenient!).

Spent the evening prepping for race day and it was an early lights out!

On Sunday, we were up at 4:30 to get ready to ride! Loaded up, grabbed some breakfast and were in the corrals by 6:45 am.

Now, I am not going to go into a lot of detail here….I could probably write you a novel…but let’s put it this way-it was 134 miles of pavement, double track and single track. That is a long way.

Ken had a good start but because of an issue with not knowing if he had to stop at a traffic light (he stopped…but then a group of like 200 people who he had gotten away from blew through it-then he had to chase the rest of the day). He finished the day in an incredible 29th place. He amazes me always.

The start was my first time in a mass start. It was a bit scary trusting that many people and I just kind of stayed to the back. Bad plan. By the time I got out of the start chute, everyone had taken off (so much for neutral roll out). It was all I could do to catch onto a group of 2 and we worked together to make it back to the group. We managed to catch a lot of people before the dirt section, but then I had a mechanical issue and mayhem because of the sheer number of people left me on the side of the trail for 5 minutes waiting to get back in the line of people! Things eventually settled down a bit and I went on to ride the rest of the day mostly solo (rough). I did get into a few groups with some crazy fit dudes and those miles flew by. I was proud of myself for riding some dirt sections that would have been scary on my mountain bike (but I was too tired to care at that point and just did it).

In the end, I made it to the finish (I carried all my own food and only took water at the Aid Stations-EXCEPT the last one when I ended up with the product mix that they were using in my bottle). It made me want to throw up. Something to that whole “don’t do anything new on race day” thing. Thankfully, it was only the last 4 miles that I used it…and never again.

I was very happy to see Ken (who had plenty of time to change, eat, drive to Colorado and back…by the time I finished). Ate, grabbed our goodie bags and headed to the car!

If you finish, you earn beer. I get it, you kind of need it at the end. 10:39 for me…yes, ten hours and thirty-nine minutes. A LONG day on the bike! I didn’t meet my goal of under 10 hours, but given that I couldn’t ride a bike 3 days prior and that I ended up solo for most of the ride, I will take it.


On the way back to Big Bear, Ken and I each ate our own pint of ice cream. Yes, that is dirt on my face. I was filthy.


While we were gone, Brooke didn’t have ANY fun!

Zoo, museum, ride on a pirate ship, fishing and 2 parks. All in less than 2 days?!









It was a fantastic trip!

The day after we got back, Brooke had a field trip to an area where there are a bunch of ammonite fossils. Of course, it snowed on the way over-but somehow we stayed dry on the hike! It was pretty neat.




Then the next day, we had a field trip the a farm where they make cheese! (We lucked out and this one was REALLY close to home!).


Just milking a cow!



There has been a lot of riding on roads that look like this lately. Be still my heart.

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Brooke is not mad about seeing grass again 😉


Quality park time…Jasper, not so thrilled.


I took a few days off of the bike after the Belgian Waffle Ride…10+ hours will do that to you. But… we have since been getting back to the workouts and prepping for the next race on the schedule! That one is only 100 miles 😉

Ken is actually going to jump into a mountain bike race on Saturday as it will hopefully allow him to qualify for Nationals (which is about 2 hours from us!). Never a dull moment.

Now that BWR is over, time to get some running back into the plan. It should be a nice addition to the yard work and dirt moving that is currently taking over my life 😉

Until next time…

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