Fit After Little Bits

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Fat Bikes and Big Training

Happy Hump Day, Everyone! Already through half the week! You’ve got this!

We have been having a jolly good time over here enjoying Winter….starting to get a little antsy to see some green, but the amount of snow says that will be a while!

Things have been busy, as is normally the case, but there has been plenty of fun had as well.

Homeschooling is going great. I love that we do a lot of it in bed with pajamas on. All the stuffies think it is great too!

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We all make sure to enjoy the views 😉

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Just working on those letters!

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Made sure to get some home school P.E. in last week and hit the mountain for a bit.

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Science is going well….we even transplanted it to dirt and it is living its best plant life!

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Makes it all worth it (rosy cheeks courtesy of playing in the snow).

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On Saturday, Ken had a fat bike race. Ken headed up around 6:20 am and I rode the trainer for 2 hours before Brooke and I made our way up North. We hiked out on the course a bit and enjoyed the waiting game! It was a well worth it and the two kids had a blast playing in the snow.

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The conditions were good (for snow biking) but still heavy and hard.

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He finished second overall in around 4 hours and 28 minutes for 45+miles. Wowza!

It may be the most wrecked I have ever seen him after a race too. It was clearly very hard!

Luckily, the race was close, so we came home, sat in the hot tub, he took a nap(ish), I worked a bit and then we got dressed and headed back up for the Awards at 6.

Someone made sure to look extra nice 😉

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They played Rock Paper Scissors to see who got to pick prizes first! Ken beat her and Brooke was more impressed with that than his bike performance! ha!

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Camp chair for the win!

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Sunday we went to church and hung around the house for the rest of the day. I rode the trainer for another 2 hours and we cleaned out a file cabinet. It was riveting!

This week it is back to the normals. Brooke practiced some photography work.

Great group shot.

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And then she helped with laundry.

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I am taking a cycling class in town on Tues and Thurs mornings for the month of February (mainly because my friend Amy is teaching it). Early wake ups for the 7:15 class, but it works for Ken to drop Brooke off to me and then we swim!

I was right with Jasper when he was begging to go to bed at 8:45.

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Current obsessions whilst trying to keep my body in one piece…thanks, Costco.

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And on a random note, our vine is out of control.

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Current condition: blizzard.

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And that’s that!

Just working away on all the things.

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Weekly (plus a little) Workouts:

Monday: Ride 1 hour, Run 4 miles

Tuesday: Ride 1:15  6×4 min intervals, Run 5 miles

Wednesday: Ride 1 hour easy, Run 4 miles

Thursday: Ride 1:05 5×4 min intervals

Friday: Ride 1 hour, Run 4 miles

Saturday: Ride 2 hours

Sunday: Ride 2 hours

Totals…. Ride: 9 and change hours

Run: 17 miles

(12+ hours = tired LeeAnn)

Monday: Ride 1 hour, Run 4 miles

Tuesday: Ride 1 hour + FTP 20 min test, Run 5 miles

Wednesday: Ride 1 hour

 

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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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Winter Happenings

Well, hello! I am clearly crushing it at this blogging thing (ha!). It seems like I blink and two weeks has gone by (or more?!).

Life just seems to be flying by right now. Between working on our race, finishing up the last couple of weeks of the class I am teaching, homeschooling Brooke, running a household and training….I just need a nap.

On the workout side of things, I have been really good at getting in my 30 miles a week for the last 3 weeks. I even got 10 miles in last Wednesday (6 of them outside in a blizzard). My goal of 30 miles in the M-F work week even came to fruition last week. It was pretty nice to play on my bikes and skis this weekend 🙂

I did a thing and signed up for the Belgian Waffle Ride (since I will be there and have a babysitter). It is 136 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing. What did I get myself into??!! It is May 5th, so let the training begin!

How about some random pictures from the last couple of weeks??

Spotted this little Ermine in our window well while I was running on the treadmill. Cutest little thing ever! I put a piece of 2×6 wood at a slant so he could make his way out.

Elf on the Shelf has been doing her thing.

There has been a good amount of outdoor play, but also so quality princess/makeover time. Clearly Brooke has a lot of work to do…

Saw the most gorgeous sunset on the way home one night….


Also saw these mamas and babies…

Went to the forest and cut down a Christmas tree…before Church, in 8 degrees. I needed more clothes.

I wear leg warmers to run in all the time and get teased for it! Finally, they are becoming a THING. Best day of my life.

Already have as many ski days in as all last year. So thankful for the killer snow this year!

In race news….we sold out in a week. Like well over 1000 people. We cant wait. It’s going to be awesome!

Side note: Ken and I almost ended up with frostbite creating this in 5 degrees.

The Pottery Barn bed saga continued….Ordered in March, 3 replacements later and finally she has a bed that is not cracked. It only meant that we had to drive the guys who assembled it back and forth 7 miles to their truck in a blizzard because they were afraid they would get stuck. Then, they forgot their tools so I had to go to town to ship them back the next day. Never ordering from them again!

When your kid asks to play with your phone, but you refuse to put games on said phone….little paparazzi….

Working on her selfie game. Hmmmmm Keep working….

Current road conditions…

Ken and I went on a fat biking date yesterday. He told me it was going to be a relaxed date ride. We climbed over 1000 feet in our 11.8 mile round trip. Ha. Thanks, Honey.

Went out with a girlfriend for dinner tonight. Third time in the 9 years I have been married. Clearly, I enjoy staying home with my family. BUT it was nice to have a focused adult conversation.

And now, I must stop procrastinating and return to grading! Getting pretty excited for some Christmas festivities over here!!!

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