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Quick Trip and Training

 

Hey there! How’s it going? Having a good start to 2019? Just doing the normal things over here (with a quick trip for a mini-training camp in California). It has been a big couple of workout weeks over here (read: 10+ training hours 2 weeks in a row) so I am enjoying a more restful, recovery week right now!

Some random phone images? Dont mind if I do….

My sister gave this Alpaca to Jasper for Christmas. He LOVES the thing. He carries it all over the house and bathes it often.

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We have been getting a little snow this Winter….the Resort has 17 inches in the forecast!

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Last Wednesday, we picked up Ken’s business partners/teammates and headed for Southern California. There were 5 of us (plus Jasper) in the F-250 for the 14 hour trip!?

Somehow, it worked.

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A little different landscape.

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We got there Wednesday evening and hung out a bit before calling it a night.

Thursday morning, we hopped on bikes and headed for the hills. I had gravel tires on my bike while the others were rolling on slicks, so it was extra work for me. I did 35 miles in about 2.5 hours while the rest of the crazies got in 70+ miles for the day!

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When you forget your swimsuit, but luckily your Mom wears the same size and has extras 😉

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After a quick dip, my Mom, Brooke and I headed out the door for the Zoo. Brooke was so excited!!

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By the time we got home, the others had loaded up and headed for the coast (they did 3 days of riding around Malibu while B and I stayed in the Valley).

Friday morning I got in a 7.5 mile trail run. It was awesome…there was so much oxygen in the air!

We had some appointments and errands to run afterwards. We stopped by Disney to do a little shopping and Brooke made friends with a squirrel. It was seriously out of a movie. It followed her around and came when she called. Crazy!

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Meanwhile, the other 3 played in the mountains.

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Just modeling her new Jasmine outfit…

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I ventured out for a 1.5 hour ride around the area before making it home in time to hop in the pool with Brooke. Girl loves her some water!

My brother, sis-in-law and their kiddos came over for dinner and they all had a blast!

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Saturday was really rainy. Brooke didnt mind at all!

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I went out for a 10 mile run (8:10 pace) and got poured on! I was in a tank and shorts (with a long sleeve tied around my waist). People looked at me like I was nutty. But hey, it was like 50 degrees!!

The weather took a turn for the better and we were able to get the pups out for a hike in the afternoon.

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My heart.

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Rockstar!

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Meanwhile, again, the others enjoyed some views as well.

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Sunday started out with a 2 hour ride for me. Made it to the top of the mountain and the views did not disappoint!

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We were also able to sneak in another quick hike!

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Post-hike, we packed up and the other 3 picked us up to start our trip home! We made it to Vegas and hit up the RIO’s buffet. It was divine. Brooke was a little overwhelmed by the amount of food.

After a quick sleep, we were up at 4:45 to continue our trek home. Made it back to the Boat in time for dinner!

Did some town things on Tuesday, but Brooke and I have spent a good amount of the last two days catching up on school and work. Not to mention clearing snow!

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Took Monday and Tuesday as complete rest days.

Wednesday- Rode the trainer for 45 minutes

Thursday-Rode the trainer for 60 minutes plus ran 4 easy snow miles.

A lot of double days on the horizon for me and then I will switch to primarily cycling in March. I actually signed up for my friend Amy’s indoor cycling class for the month of February (so every Tues/Thurs morning I will be in town). Looking forward to some hard training and hard recovering….if only I could learn to nap!

Hope everything is going well!!

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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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