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A 50 Mile Race, a 2 Week Road Trip and the Zoo

Hi there!

Before I jump in here, I just wanted to let you know that it snowed here today. So there’s that.

Second, this post contains an overwhelming amount of pictures. Apparently when you have time to jot things down once a month, they build up.

So, let’s talk about how the end of the summer went, shall we?

After the whirlwind that was August, things settled down just a little bit leading into Run Rabbit Run. The night before the race, I found myself sitting at the pre-race meeting listening to the race directors give us a rundown on what to expect. Yes, they were indeed wearing bunny ears. Totally normal.

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I went into the race with little expectation. Having trained for 8 weeks (with a week of that missed due to the craziness of the bike race) I was really just aiming to finish. The race started at 6:30 am in the dark and it was pretty chilly. The 4 am wake up call left plenty of time to eat and digest and then drive into town. Having never done anything like it, I started at the back of the pack. Probably next time I would start a bit farther up. I spent the first 1/2 mile passing people in the dark (with a headlamp).

The first 6.4 miles were pretty much straight up the ski mountain (3600 feet of elevation gain-there was about 8,000 total over the course of the day). It was primarily fast hiking and enjoying the incredible moon set/sunrise. People were relaxed and chatty. Nervous energy 😉 Once we reached the top, we actually got to start running! It was gorgeous and some super fun single track. Miles 6.5-18 seemed to fly by! The aid stations and volunteers were amazing.

There was a good amount of “rolling hills” throughout the course, but one of the most exciting climbs happened around mile 24. We hiked up a very steep climb to the Rabbit Ears. And then we climbed ONTO the Rabbit Ear. That was the turn around point and we were headed straight back down! Not sure which was harder-the up or the down on that steep section.

From the turn around point, I felt pretty good! Kept the running up and rolled through mile after mile. Around Mile 36, my right foot started bothering me, but what are you going to do? I stopped and emptied some dirt out of my shoes, but probably could have loosened my shoes a bit. There was a lot of hiking on the way back up intermixed with running on the flats and descents.

My watched died at Mile 47 and just after that myself and a group of guys were stopped by two bull moose on the trail. They were in no hurry to get out of our way either. About 7-8 minutes later, we were finally able to pass and keep heading down the mountain. I rolled through the finish at just over 11 hours and 7 minutes (silly moose-probably could have been in the 10s!). I ran through the finish with a smile on my face and was so happy to have Ken and Brooke cheering there! My expectations were far exceeded for the day! Ended up 4th in my age group, 10th overall female and 33rd overall out of the 148 finishers. And guess what, I LOVED it! It was so much fun!

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Post race I expected to need Ken to carry me to the car but I felt surprisingly good! My right foot hurt (and was actually bruised by that evening). Better figure that out for next time 😉 But overall, I was still functioning!

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I happily joined the fam in the hot tub afterwards before packing things up to leave the next morning!

We then embarked on a two week road trip! Nothing like jumping in the car right after a race 🙂

First stop was Jackson Lake where we met up with GrandBob and Nene for some camping (we pulled our trailer for the whole trip and it was awesome!).

We had an amazing afternoon on the boat and then fun in some stormy looking weather the next day! Sure made for some pretty pics!

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It was so good to sit and relax for a bit! Moving was a bit rough for those 3 days (luckily by Wednesday I could move pretty normally!). My feet were really the part that suffered the most. Shoes were not exactly comfortable so I spent some quality time in flip flops!

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Someone is a HUGE fan of camping. And then sleeping it off 😉

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After a couple of days in Wyoming, we continued our trip. We exited via Yellowstone and happened to hit Old Faithful right as it was going off! That was a win!

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Brooke took this pic of the buffalo in the road.

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We ventured through Idaho and into Oregon. They have some awesome clouds there! 😉

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Random road snack: Found these at Costco and they were pretty delicious.

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Driving along the Columbia River was pretty spectacular.

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We spent a day hanging out at Hood River. It was so fun to watch the kite-boarders out on the water. I half expected Ken to jump in and try his hand at it fully clothed.

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We then made our way to the coast and spent some time in Tillamook. PS-the Tillamook Forest is amazing and so dense! Very different than the forests of Colorado. A lot more moss, too.

The beaches of Oregon stole my heart. Quiet, dog friendly, moody….loved them!

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Brooke got freaked out by all of the Tsunami warning signs along the drive which ended up in some meltdowns about beach safety. We finally convinced her that it wasn’t tsunami season (parenting at its finest) and were pretty good for the rest of the trip.

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We had so much fun exploring the Tillamook Factory!

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The food was delicious…and I mean, the ice cream. No words.

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Soaking up more sand.

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And grabbing a nap on the way to visit my sister and brother-in-law!

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He made himself right at home.

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We had so much fun hanging out with Alle and David. They took us apple picking, wine tasting, Ken went on a salmon fishing trip with David and the girls went bowling (Brooke’s first time!). We fit a ton into a couple of days!

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Saw some slugs.

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Game face.

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Oh, chopped my hair off too.

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On Tuesday morning, we headed back for some more time at the beach. We had a gorgeous day!

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Even got in a ride (there was very little exercising on the trip and my body was fine with that!)

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Brooke found a new favorite shirt.

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We convinced Brooke to go on a hike with us. It was 3.6 miles and she did a solid 3 of those (Ken gave her a ride on sections on the way back up). It was GORGEOUS!

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Explored the coast and checked out the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Found some amazing fish n chips, too!

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And then we went back for more ice cream.

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After an amazing trip, we made our way back home! Ken was a rock star and did all the driving. I did all the snack handing. Perfect relationship! Ha.

We arrived home to the colors of Fall. Always spectacular.

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Ken had to run down to Denver so we talked him into dropping us at the Zoo while he ran his errands. It was so much fun. We even got to see baby Tatu who was introduced to the public just a couple of days before!

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I guess he likes her!

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The next day we had a Homeschool Group event and enjoyed an awesome hike with our friends.

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And just like that…

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We woke up to a few inches of snow and it is currently 15 degrees headed to a low of 4 tonight. Thankfully, we are supposed to be back to our regularly scheduled Fall in a day or two! Not quite ready for this!

And there we have it! Practically a book so congratulations if you made it this far!

Workout wise, things have been a bit slow. Still working on getting the tendons on the top of my right foot to come around. Haven’t had much time to fit in rides. BUT we have made it to the gym/pool a few times to get in some good weight workouts! Already plotting plans for 2020 with some new goals. Since I cant choose between running and riding, there is a goal for each. While next year wont be the year for it, I am now 100 mile ultra running curious. Maybe after I check a couple more things off I will dive into that realm in the next couple of years 🙂

Hope you are enjoying a less snowy Fall where you are! See you again soon!

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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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