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Fly by February

Hey there! How’s your February been? As a huge contradiction to the January that seemed to go on FOREVER….February has absolutely flown by.Β  I threw pictures on here on February 11th. Clearly that went well πŸ˜‰

Things have been going well. Pulled in a bunch of different directions at the moment, but trying to manage it with some form of normalcy.

Just over here making grabbers…Thanks, KiwiCoΒ for the fun boxes that make Brooke’s day! (not sponsored-just really enjoy them!).

She moved up an age group and enjoyed the new challenge. Me too πŸ˜‰

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Two weekends ago, we went down to Fort Collins for a shopping trip and a bike race. Ken is building out his trailer for his new business venture so we spent a solid 3 hours at Home Depot.

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But seriously, thank goodness I always bring food.

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On Sunday, Ken raced the Old Man Winter Rally in Lyons. It was incredibly cold at the start and I felt very lucky that Brooke and Jasper got to hang out with Errin and Colin.

While Ken was out racing, I drove up the canyon and ran 10.5 miles on the course so I got to see him twice! The first time he was with a group and then 1.5ish hours later, he and his buddy were off the front!

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I even made it back to the finish in time for him to roll through. He lost the sprint to his buddy (who he has been racing against for about 8 years-and who is 10 years younger than him), but he was thrilled with how the race went and excited about his fitness.

Technically, there were supposed to be timed segments but their system did not work. Had it worked, Ken would have taken the win (note: this fact was brought up my the friend that beat him). But Ken is very humble and took it in stride and was just as happy for his friend. That’s what I love about him πŸ˜‰

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We enjoyed most of last week hanging out and embracing the snowstorms. We did a TON of baking (and, er, eating).

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My plant turned 1 year old. It is doing amazingly well and I feel like I should win some sort of prize. Normally, I kill them.

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Valentine’s day brownies…

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Brooke and I took advantage of the midweek powder day πŸ™‚

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She now skis powder and trees.

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She was sent some sweet Valentine’s Day gifts. I think Dinosaur is her love language!

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My workouts have been pretty killer and this is what I looked like last Thursday BEFORE I ran. Joys of double days with skiing in the middle! ha!

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On Friday, we went out. I know, pick your jaw up off the floor. We are such homebodies, but we figured Brooke would enjoy the hot air balloons! It took her a bit to warm up to them, but once she did-she loved them! They were pretty awesome up close, though I have no desire to go up in one!

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This week has been pretty busy with work, but we have managed to fit in some fun.

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We are actually dog and horse sitting this week for our neighbors. He looks adorable, right?

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He is. He is even cuter now that we are working on the whole listening thing.

Not as cute: firewood destruction.

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And today we ventured into the world of Papier Mache.

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Ken is at a fat bike race this evening. Since the predicted temp is 8 degrees, we opted out of the cheering section. πŸ˜‰ We will cheer from the 75 degree house!

And there you have it! Hard to believe that February ends next week?! Say what?!

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Workouts:

S: Run 10.5 miles with 1300 feet climbing

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M: Ride 1 hour trainer/Run 3 miles easy

T: Ride 1:10 with 2 min VO2 intervals/ 5 mile tempo run

W: Ride 1 hour easy

H: Ride 1:20 with 48 min sweet spot and 20 sec sprints every 4 min/ Run 3 miles

F: Run 8 miles easy

S: Ride 1.5 hours base trainer

S: Ride 1.5 hours easy trainer

Ride: 7.5 hours

Run 19 miles

M: Ride 1 hr easy/Run 3 miles easy

T: Ride 1:10 with 4×9 min “climbs”/ Run 5 miles 8:13 pace treadmill

W: Ride 1 hr trainer easy

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All the Snow and Weekly Training

Howdy! How goes it?? How has your start to 2019 been? Any special goals this year?

We have a lot of things being juggled right now, but overall things are going well! Ken and I are diving head first into endurance training/fitness this year. I pretty much took last year off from competition and I am more than ready to jump back in this year! Ken is signed up for a couple races in the next few weeks and we are excited to get into the swing of things.

First things first…Jasper is obsessed with his Alpaca. Seriously, the thing ends up everywhere!!??

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We have been getting hammered with snow this winter. As in, running out of places to put it! It is only January and we have far exceeded the total from last year. Sometimes it gets a bit windy too…

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Good thing Ken is tall so he doesnt get lost in the snow banks!

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To give you an idea…this was last week and it has snowed at least 18 more inches (probably more). Ken’s bike is also an extra Large. That’s a lot of snow.

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My sweet sister, Alle, got me the Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow cookbook for my birthday and I have been having a blast trying a ton of new recipes! So many delicious and healthy things to eat. This week, I made one of the smoothies from the book. Brooke was not impressed with the green color (kale), so I got to finish that one off myself. It was delicious!

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Lots of snow playtime=lots of Vizsla naptime.

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One day, we got so much snow that our neighbor decided that his equipment was better suited for the quantity. I didn’t complain about the help!

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Seriously, though.

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My kid is the biggest snow fan…she is stoked on all of the snow we have!

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Jasper is unsure. Hahaha. He loves the snow, but going just about anywhere in the yard is a challenge!

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Tired of snow pics yet? This has been life for the past few weeks!

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We did make a trip to Costco last weekend. It is right next to the Vail airport. This bad boy flew over our heads as we were heading in. So loud!

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Brooke dressed up as an astronaut and headed to space with her cat…made sure to take her microscope too πŸ˜‰

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We had a home school group activity this week and headed to Stagecoach for some ice fishing. We lasted about 1.5 hours and then decided we needed hot chocolate. A few of the kids caught fish and it was so much fun! (Have I mentioned that I LOVE home schooling her!?!)

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Then we got more snow. aaaaaaah!!!

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Ken got in his 4 hour ride yesterday with his buddy while I stayed home and rode the trainer. Today, it was my turn to get out. Gorgeous! 19 miles in 2 hours and only one crash (ice is slippery). Wonderful weekend!

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That’s what we have been up to! Just enjoying all the winter things!

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For those that are training curious, my week looked like this…(had a bit of a cold, so took a break from running but it will be back!)

Weekly Workouts:

M: 2 hours on the trainer-baseΒ  (Ken was off from MLK Day)

T: 1 hour on the Trainer – Intervals

W: 1 hour on the Trainer-recovery

TH: REST DAY

F: 1 hour on the trainer FTP Test (2×8 min all out)-almost puked in the basement + easy 4 mile run (8:52 pace-super slippery)

SAT: 2 hours on the trainer-base

SUN: 2 hours on the Fat Bike. 19 miles/1417 feet of climbing

Totals:

Riding: 9 hours

Running: 4 miles

 

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Fall Pictures and Race Plans

Hi there and happy Friday (night)!!

Two posts in one week! Dream big!

This post is mainly for my family who is excited to see Brooke’s Fall pictures….so if looking at a cute kid isn’t your thing…I will see you next week!

Since I am going to actually start training again, I thought it would be fun to start trying to get my workouts written down for each week.

Not really training for anything this Fall/Winter, but so far my plans next year include:

May- Belgian Wafer Ride: 68 mixed surface race on the bike-I am opting for the half since I didnt ride my bike this year.Β (Ken will be doing the full 140 mile race)

July-Crusher in the Tushar: 70 mile road/gravel race with a lot of climbing.

September-Run Rabbit Run: 50 mile trail running race.

Lots of moderately paced, long workouts in my future with a LOT of climbing….and so it begins! Since I barely rode or ran this Summer, there will be a lot of easy building this Fall and Winter so that I can start some actual efforts in the Spring.

Monday: 7 mile run @ 8:26 pace/ weights

Tuesday: 2 x 3 mile runs 1) 8:47 2) 9:27 paces

Wednesday: 3 miles 8:54 with 1.5 around threshold./ weights

Thursday: 45 minute spin am, 4 miles 8:40 ish pace

Friday: 3 miles easy ~9:00 pace/weights

Total: 23 miles

Aiming to get 6-7 this weeked to make it to 30 miles for the week.

And now for pictures….

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Until next time!

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