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The First Signs of Winter

Howdy, folks! How’s it going??

Winter has shown up this week…mixed feelings! Haha!

Things have been busy over here the last few weeks…sometimes late into the night 😉

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Brooke has been making sure that Jasper gets a lot of extra attention from her. He is thrilled.

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With 30 miles of running last week (I managed to get a 7 miler in on Sunday-after splitting and stacking firewood for 6 hours both weekend days..that run was TOUGH), I needed some serious stretching. Joined Brooke for some Cosmic Kid Yoga (you got to do what you got to do, right?).

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There were some epic battles in the house.

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We have been getting hammered with rain and snow. It stops progress on outside projects (and means that it is time to put away outside furniture), but we have made up for the lack of water all summer!

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Some dinosaurs got married.

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Jasper surveyed his kingdom

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We have taken a few trips to the library. All she picks out are books on dinosaurs. Help me. She also refuses to look at me.

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Someone got some new sweaters! I think she is a fan 😉

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Over the weekend, we had some AMAZING fog/clouds. I was a bit obsessive.

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On Monday, Brooke and I were in town for a meeting. We stopped by the grocery store and when we came out: blizzard.

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The weather was pretty good yesterday (I even got to run outside for 4 miles!) so I split some more firewood (almost done!).

Today, on the other hand…..all the snow!

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There has been a crazy amount of balancing going on with house things, the class I teach starting up, teaching Brooke (LOVE), bike race meetings, Ken work, Ken working on starting a separate business…..so many things!! It is rare to find a quiet moment!

And those are the happenings right now!

Managed to grab 3 miles on the treadmill this morning. Was hoping to sneak in 3-4 more outside this afternoon, but it started hammering snow again. We will see how that works out 😉

Have a great rest of your week!!

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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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