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Fat Bike Date Night and a Crash.

Good morning! How was your day yesterday?? Ours was a bit of a whirlwind and I woke up this morning feeling like I got hit by a truck. Complete with whiplash…apparently stacking it into hard-packed snow at 18 mph will do that to ya 😉

Yesterday started out perfectly normal. And then I made the final decision to do the Fat Bike Race in the evening…I was a little fearful 😉


I have been doing a LOT more running than riding and all of my actual “workouts” have been run based with my rides being mainly recovery efforts. Translates into bike racing, right?!

We started out by heading to town to do some grocery shopping. This little guy was looking for some breakfast so we stopped to watch him for a bit.



Once we had run our errands, we headed to ski lessons. The 5th week is their “performance” day, so everyone dressed up and showed off for the parents.

Apparently she made some friends 😉


Cutest ever.


Ken managed to sneak out at lunch to watch Brooke and it made her whole day. Mine too 😉


The coaches and volunteers have been awesome this year and I just signed Brooke up for the second session!


Warming up on the little hill….and spending more time looking at us than the coach. Oops.



Then she moved over to the big hill!



We said goodbye to Ken at the end of the lesson and booked it home to prep for the remainder of the day. Our neighbors were sweet enough to play with Brooke and put her to bed while Ken and I had a date night to the bike race. Perfectly normal date night 😉

Racing in the dark is SUPER attractive.


I met up with Ken and we headed to the venue where we got suited up to ride. A bit of a warm up and we were off! I opted to do the long course which was 12 miles over the 9 mile short course. I really thought it would be terrifying being out there alone in the dark, but with the light on my bike it was pretty great. It was a bit unnerving on some of the descents…not knowing which way you were going to go at the bottom, but it was okay. I had a BLAST (first time racing my fat bike!). And the moon was spectacular as it crept over the mountains. The unfortunate crash occurred about 2 miles from the finish. I was going down the last steep hill and dont really know what happened, but I ended up in someones track in some soft snow and went down hard. I cant even tell you how I landed, it happened so fast….but I can tell you that I remember hearing the crash of my helmet hitting the snow on the right back side. Ugh.

I made the mistake (?) of being tentative going into the next turn onto singletrack and let a guy go around me. Turns out he wasnt quite as fast as I hoped he would be and I was stuck behind him coasting until we hit the wider trail again. Ken happened to circle back to check on me (he took 3rd in his race!!) and just missed seeing the crash! He cheered me on and I worked really hard, but I got out sprinted in the last 200 feet to go from 4th to 6th. I was still super happy with that after going down so hard! I finished about 27 minutes faster than I had anticipated!

We had a wonderful time having dinner with friends after the race and it was really cool to be a grown up for an evening! Headed home for some showers and fell (gingerly) into bed.

Hoping to get in the 5-6 mile run with some tempo miles that I skipped yesterday…we will see what the neck allows!

Hope you have a great Thursday…and keep things upright 😉

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Early Morning, Send Coffee.

Happiest Hump day to you! We can get excited that it is the middle of the week, right?

Yesterday was a bit rough as it started around 3:30 in the morning. This time it was not my fault, but I still blame the moon 😉 Brooke showed up at my bedside with a handful of stuffed animals and was ready to party. Ugh. After bringing her into our bed, it was just too hot for me and since she was being fidgety, I scooped her and her animals up and we headed to the guest room. It was a lot cooler, just the two of us and she fell right to sleep. Also, it kept us from keeping Ken awake. Unfortunately, I never fell back to sleep. Womp womp.

I heard Ken head down to the trainer around 5:45 but there was no way I was up for that, so I just stayed in bed until about 6:50 when I got up to make breakfast. Brooke woke up at 7:10 all cheery. I looked at her with dagger eyes 😉

Once Ken went to work, I cleaned up the kitchen and headed downstairs for an hour to ride. There is a possibility that I might do a bike race tonight, so I had to pump up the legs. They were not thrilled with the workout, but they hung in there.

Only dipped into the anaerobic for a little while.


Post-ride and necessary shower, Brooke insisted on an early lunch. We ate and then got dressed to head outside. While it wasn’t quite as warm as Monday (windchill), it was still nice out and we had a great time pretending that we were polar bears…and eating Jasper. Perfectly normal.




Thin jacket in January…no biggie.


Such a goof.


I keep forgetting her sunglasses in the truck Ken takes to work….so she has been wearing my goggles.


Giant melting puddle. Gross.


The snow was in perfect sliding condition.


When we came inside, we were both in the mood for some baking!


I mean, look at that thing! All from the Run Fast, Eat Slow cookbook.


And some cookies for good measure. Brooke fell in love with these and I had no problem handing her a second!



Brooke finished off the day with a bath and I managed to get my yoga on! Okay, 21 minutes of it…progress though!


Today we have a trip to the grocery and Brooke’s “performance” at ski school….and then maybe a bike race. I’ll let you know if it happens 😉

Have a wonderful day!


Fitting It All into the Weekend.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I hope it was great!!

Missed checking in on Friday. I started to clean the house and then I got a little crazy with cleaning the house! Seven hours later and I was ready to sit down 😉 Or run on the treadmill. Got a bit rebellious and turned my 4 mile run into a 3 mile run. I was tired. Woof.

We were pretty excited when Ken showed up around 4! Always nice when the family is back together. Brooke received a nice surprise in the mail…She loves Moana and has several figurines, but was missing Maui. Of course, my mom found one with him and sent it….she was all about them!


Jasper took my cleaning super seriously.


Brooke also got her special monthly box in the mail from Nene and GrandBob and Errin and Colin! She got to make her own stuffed snake and a special little box with a turtle! Reptiles….the girl loves them!! (I promise to find them and take pictures because they are adorable). She was pretty happy that Dad was home to help her make them, too!

On Saturday, we took our time getting things going in the morning. By that I mean, I waited until it was at least 17 degrees before going out for my run. Made it 7 miles on the snowy/icy roads. Didnt wear my spikes….I love them for shorter runs, but enjoy the freedom on longer runs. Just extra careful! I made sure to dress extra sexy for those 2 cars that passed me. Ha!


Sunday was a whirlwind day! We started out the morning watching the last World Cup Cyclocross race. Followed that up with a trip to Church. Headed straight from Church to town to go skiing!! Brooke was doing really well on the magic carpet, so we made the decision to take her on the chairlift for the first time. The girl crushed it!! So good!



Once we were all starving, we grabbed a pizza and ate in the parking lot! Super classy…but it was 2:00 and we needed food. Next time, I will take food with us…

When we got home, Brooke insisted that she and Ken wash the trucks. The road was muddy (?!?!) and she takes great pride in her clean vehicles. 😉


She lasted a while before making Ken finish on his own…though I am sure he was faster once she came in!

Post-truck wash, Brooke played for a while and Ken and I jumped on the trainers for an hour. Never a dull minute over here!

It was an early bedtime 😉

Hope that you had a wonderful weekend and have a great start to your week! February will be here before you know it! Not sure what our big plans are for today….Soft pedal on the trainer, a run and playing on the fat bike?

See you soon!

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