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Pretend Training, Staining and a Duathlon

You know how sometimes when you let something go for so long, it feels awkward to come back? Kind of how I felt about blogging today! Things have been such a whirlwind that it was like calling someone back after the first date….but having waited 2 weeks.

So much going on, but also a mix of boring content….so I thought I would just throw out some of the fun things…..

About 2 weeks ago, I decided to train for an olymipic distance duathlon. Let’s put it this way, I was severely under-trained! ha!

It meant some time in the basement where I proceeded to take gross pictures of my sweaty hair and send them to Ken. He loves me still, mostly πŸ˜‰


Because I was trying to cram a lot of intensity into a short time, my legs HATED me. To the point where I looked forward to an ice bath. I forgot just how cold they are….


We did some other things too….

Like babysit this 9 week old little dude. I cant even. His face.



Worn out.



Brooke got to play some more golf…the best.


And I spent the majority of the last week stainingΒ  the ceiling and beams/posts on the front deck. Talk about sore! My legs and arms killed from all the ladder time. Perfect for training, I’m sure.


Brooke is always a rockstar when I am doing projects and I found a lot of pics on my phone of her antics.


I was just impressed that I could figure out the ladder (only dropped it on my forearm once!).


Managed a couple of outside rides.


Did some “back to ‘home school'” shopping!


Harvested our beets. Impressive, right?!


Then this past weekend Errin and Colin were here to race! The kitties came too and took care of all the moths/flies they could find in the house!


Saturday we were up around 5:30 to get E, C and Ken on their way to race the Stinger. Brooke and I went in a little later to spectate. Poor Colin had a mechanical issue and didnt end up on the course until over an hour after the start. Errin had a great lap and PR’ed the course in under 3 hours! Ken finished off in a sprint and ended up in 6th for the day in the Pro race. His best finish to date!


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We spent the rest of the day relaxing before calling it a super early night!

Sunday morning…ugh…Ken and I woke up to an alarm at 2:40. Did you know that was even possible?!

Ken was working the triathlon and had to be there at 3:45 to prep. It was rough, but nice to ride together. Since Errin and Colin were at our house, Brooke had someone to wake up to and it made it all possible!

We got to the venue at 3:45 am and Ken got to work. I got to lay in the truck and close my eyes for a bit. While I didnt actually fall asleep, it was better than being outside working!

Around 5:45, I got out and dressed and then helped with packet handout. Since I was busy, there wasn’t even an opportunity to get nervous for the race.

At 8, we lined up (it was a small field for the duathlon) and we were off!

The 5k was nice and cool and we went out really fast. It was WAY faster than I should have gone out, but I was excited to stay with the lead group. I was at a 7:40 min/mile pace for that first 3.1 miles! Really good when you havent done any speed work over the summer πŸ˜‰

The bike was my favorite part (shocker). While first place was way off the front, I ended up heading out in 3rd position. I passed a girl who I knew was a really strong runner within the first 100 feet and then was passed by a legit looking lady on a full blown tri-bike. Super aero. Much more than my cyclocross bike with 28s on it. I went pretty hard on the bike (saw Ken on the course!!) in order to put in a gap on the girl who I knew would kick my butt on the run!

Returned from the ride and threw my running shoes back on. I made it exactly 1.05 miles before my legs started cramping…bad. Maybe that is why you actually do “brick” workouts in training. My legs were not exactly sure what was happy or why I wanted to kill them. The rest of the 10k became a run/walk to make sure that I actually made it….I have never wanted to quit a race that bad in my life!

The strong runner girl was putting some time into me so I was very conscious of whether or not I could see her! I kept it together enough to get through the finish line in 3rd place!


Turns out that the woman in first is super fast and actually travels internationally to race dualthons. No biggie.



I was pretty excited with that result given the lack of training!! It was one of the hardest races I have done….super fun, but physically and mentally super hard! Maybe I will try it again on some actual training πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, we got some interesting news about Ken’s company. It will be moving to Denver next summer… many decisions in our future :/


All the Random Things

Hi, friends! Sorry, not sure where time has gone! How in the world did we end up in AUGUST?!?!

I really had no idea that it had been so long since I had been on here. Busy is good…but also, ahhhhhhhh!

Last week, Brooke REALLY wanted a magnifying glass…my little scientist!


And she made sure to bring it to my optometrist appointment. So that’s what my hair looks like from the back?!


We spent last Tuesday running errands, hitting the pool and having a date night!


We went to Mambo for happy hour…



Peach pizza….a summer tradition for us!


Me trying to figure out technology….


On Wednesday, we had a mega road trip day as we dropped off some things in Fort Collins before picking Ken up in Denver and driving home. It was a LONG day…but we had company along the way πŸ™‚

The rest of the week was pretty low-key.

Friday I was able to sneak out for 30 miles of riding bliss. I chose to ride dirt roads to stay away from wildlife. There just happened to be a black bear in a tree next to the road. Ha.


Friday night, Errin and Colin arrived for a weekend of cycling.

On Saturday, the guys road the Stinger loop while Errin, Brooke and I went to the Farmer’s Market. Then we traded. The 25 mile loop was HARD (keep in mind, I rode that loop twice for 54 miles of a race last year). I clearly am out of shape this year (mostly mentally, for mtn biking). I struggled to finish and decided that doing the race as part of a duo team with Errin wasnt fair to anyone. (I have since found her a kick-butt partner and they are going to crush it!).

On Sunday, we rode some new to me trails and they were awesome! So awesome that I ended up with fern in my hair?!


Since I was just trying to keep it together, I turned around earlier than Errin. Next time, I will keep going! The trails were super fun and a little more my speed!


They headed home after our rides and Ken and I got to work checking out the siding on the house (we are getting ready to stain it….fun).

As we were measuring, Ken found a jackrabbit in a window well. We tried to get him out, but it wouldnt be until the next day when Ken finally aided in his escape!


The moon has been killer, am I right?


Monday was pretty much a day of chores and recovery, while yesterday was filled with errands and the pool. I got in a 3 mile jog and am hoping for another this afternoon (before we head in to town for Ken’s mtn bike race!).

Jasper got to pretend he was a cattle dog and chased these guys out of our yard yesterday….if they eat my garden, I will eat them πŸ˜‰


And that’s about it! Time for more chores and a run!


Beaver, Utah. Crusher in the Tushar.

Hi, friends! How’s it going?? Good weekend??

We are in recovery mode after a quick trip to Beaver, Utah.

Last Thursday, we packed everything up and set out on a road trip. Brooke woke up with enough excitement for everyone!


The trip took about 9 hours with a few stops along the way. Brooke and Jasper are seriously the best little travelers!


Made it to Beaver and found a campsite before calling it a night!

Friday morning, we woke up to some gorgeous views. Ken got dressed to ride and we set out to preview the Crusher in the Tushar course (70 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing). This race is no joke!

We drove up most of the first climb before Ken jumped on his bike to check out the descents. He rode the flat loop and then started back up part of the climb. Once he felt like he had ridden enough to open up the legs, he got back in the car and we drove the rest of the course.


The weather was a little nutty.


We picked up a cyclist who had flatted and took him back to his car so he could rescue his friends….because a huge hail storm rolled through!



We headed back to camp and then into town for a bit so Ken could do some work. Back to the trailer for some dinner and then it was bed time!

Yes, that is a giant bear. Yes, the kid is living her best camp life.


The alarm went off fairly early on Saturday morning and Ken was up and at ’em getting breakfast/coffee/bikes and clothes together. We headed into town around 6:45 am. We had camped about 10 miles up the road/course.

The weather was a bit drizzly and not too hot. A nice change from the day before!


Game face?


Brooke, Jasper and I headed back to camp about 10 minutes before they started the race. We wanted to make sure to be out of the way and back in time for them to roll through!

Plus some time to play beforehand πŸ˜‰





Ninja? Rock star?


A bit later, the groups started rolling by!


It was fun to see all sorts of riders out there! We especially liked the guy on the yellow bike πŸ˜‰Β  People seemed really excited to see us. Several guys asked me to ride their bike for them. I think I would have been faster on the climb than a few of them πŸ˜‰


We took our time packing up camp before heading up towards the finish line. The finish was at a ski resort and it was a steep 1 mile climb up from the bottom. They did not allow any cars up at the finish, so we had to park in a parking lot at the bottom. They had shuttles, but what fun is that?

I pushed Brooke up in the BOB stroller (half hike/half jog). We left Jasper at first because it was rainy and cold. If it started to hail, it would have been really lame for him! We made it to the top, but had time to kill and I needed a workout… we ran back down the mountain and turned around and headed back up! Down with the stroller was killer!! My calves are still recovering. Gravity pulls hard.

The shuttle drivers all thought I was nuts and I had several strangers comment on my craziness.

Brooke wanted to take some pics while we waited at the top…


Super flattering from the bottom up. Ugh.


It started getting warm out and I worried about Jasper, so we started heading down the hill. We didnt make it very far because we were so excited to see our favorite rider coming up!

Ken battled the guy behind him to the line and finished 11th in the Pro Men field. That was huge considering the guys in front (and many behind him) were legit professionals!


We chased Ken up the mountain and were excited to see him finish. 4 hours and 35 minutes.

Since it was only getting warmer, I left Brooke with Ken and ran down the hill to get Jasper. Then I got to hike back up it!

We hung out at the top for a bit watching people finish. The weather started to take a turn and we got out of there just in time!

I ran down the hill with Brooke in the BOB and Jasper running next to me. I was getting cheered on by the riders finishing their last climb of the day. Ha. I ended up with 8.2 miles and over 1700 feet of climbing and the respect of a lot of shuttle drivers who had to tell Ken how crazy I was!

We made it back to camp, showered and changed, hooked up the trailer and headed out!


Super rough


We happily got halfway home before parking it for the night. Unfortunately, we ended up in the desert and it was pretty hot overnight.

Sunday morning, we rolled out around 8:30 and made it to Costco in time for a little shopping and lunch. We were home before 3 pm and got to take our time unpacking and relaxing-I even got an hour ride in myself!

On the way home, Brooke was looking at the course booklet from the Crusher and said, “Daddy, I know why it took you so long to finish the race! I see all those places that you stopped for snacks!” Bahahahahahhaa. Yeah, Ken never stopped, just grabbed bottles. Oh, kids.


Today was spent doing laundry, cleaning, unloading….all the boring things. But the weekend was sure fun.

We are super proud of Ken and learned a lot about the race! We will see if he wants to go back next year….

Hope that you had a delightful weekend as well!

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