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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 😉

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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-base  (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. (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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Sunglasses model??

Until next time!

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Catching up and Getting Ready for Weather!

Okay, who hit the fast forward button?! October. Stop it.

I literally have not idea where the last 6 weeks went. It is like they zoomed by and I am freaking out a little.

We have had a TON of things going on around here….so this is kind of a Phone Photo Drop.

Brooke has been LOVING homeschooling. Me, too. Her group met up for some fishing a couple weeks ago and it was awesome! Someone even caught a fish!! (And the crayfish were a crowd favorite as well!).

Spent some time at the park….we are in full Fall mode over here!

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There was a lot of zucchini bread consumed this summer…the garden was a success!!

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Unfortunately, our dry and windy conditions over the summer have seen fires pop up all over. We have been lucky with wind direction and the smoke has not been much of a problem for us.

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Some pretty stellar clouds…just saying.

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The wind has made for some awesome kite flying (not so great when you are trying to stain your house on an extension ladder!).

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It started dropping below freezing at night so we moved our tomato plant to the shop (hanging upside down!). It just keeps giving us great tomatoes!!

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Science is her favorite.

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With a side of tea parties. This was my date.

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She has ridden outside more than me lately.

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She is not mad about it!

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Officially embracing the ranch style for Church. Either that or I am aiming for Rodeo Queen next year 😉

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Getting SOOOOO close to being done staining.

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Spent the weekend supporting a group of cyclists pre-riding our race course for next year! The long course is about 141 miles. It was a long day on Saturday, but everyone had a BLAST! We love our cycling community!

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Our forecast is trying to make up for all of the lack of water this summer!

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We are taking advantage by getting our Play-doh-ing on! I love her creative mind!

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I HAVE been working out! Some days it is really hard to fit it in (and then I try to get up at 5:30 to do it before Brooke is up!) but it is happening. I am not really training for anything this Fall, but have BIG plans for next year!! There will be both bike races and running races. (This summer was very house-project centered for me). I look forward to all of my bikes and a lot of trail miles on foot!

Currently, I am doing a lot more running than riding. This is mainly because of lack of time and it is faster to get in a good running workout 😉 Last week I was at 20 miles of running with a little bit of trainer time. Just working on building miles and letting my body get used to the stress again.  Aiming for a 50 mile running race next Summer….better start now 😉

Weights have also made their way into my life (now that I am done moving gravel 😉 ). I aim for 3x per week. Brooke LOVES joining me for this. I try to do them on days where I run longer or harder so that I get real “easier” days surrounding them.

Now that the weather is getting chillier and we will be inside more…(maybe!?) you should see more of me!

I promise I have more exciting things to say 😉

*Took Fall pics of Brooke (okay, maybe I am just excited about those).

*I am trying zero-drop Altra trail runners (I will let you know how I feel about it!).

*Ski season is coming!!

*In a couple of weeks we will officially launch our Summer 2019 Gravel Cycling Race! It is going to be BIG. You can find us at sbtgrvl.com or like us on Instagram…SBTGRVL  (A good amount of my time is going to working on this-hence radio silence).

Hope you are having a great Fall and taking some time for some leaf peeping! We are in the peak of our change right now and it is off the charts gorgeous!!!

Until next time!

 

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