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A Lot of Mud and Self-Distancing

Hi there!

It seems almost strange to be on here writing as things around the world and close to home have so drastically changed. I hope that you are all doing well and finding some sort of normal in a time of uncertainty and just plain weirdness.

Rewinding back to when things slightly more normal…

Last weekend we ventured to Stillwater, OK for a bike race known as the Mid South. Ken was racing and I was supporting him and a friend. We dropped Brooke off with Errin and Colin in Fort Collins and made the nice long road trip. When we left on Thursday, Covid-19 was on tongues, but not near the situation it has become today. That said, we took incredible amounts of precautions on the trip-took our own sanitizing supplies, take out meals, stayed isolated in our hotel room and were only in groups when outside.

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On Friday, I got in a 20 mile run. Later that night I found out that the marathon I was training for was cancelled. Not surprising (and rightfully so) but still stung a bit with all the training I had done over these winter months. Luckily I saw some really cute babies, so it made that 20 miler worth it.

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We all took social distancing seriously and spent the majority of our trip in the confines of the hotel.

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On Saturday, Ken and I celebrated our 11th anniversary with him pedaling around for 100 miles in some serious mud. I made sure to dress really attractively for our special day.

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At least I was *mostly* warm.

Ken finished 16th overall in some very nasty conditions. Not sure he ever wants to race in the mud for over 7 hours again 😉 He ended up looking very uni-colored.

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Brookes response to this picture: “Ken looks trashed.” She was very right.

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After we all went to bed early, we were in the car the next morning and ready to head home (after stopping at a Do-It-Yourself Car Wash to hose off the bike!). A combo of humidity and hotel shampoo-hair on point. Literally.

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The drive looked a lot like this. A lot.

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We picked Brooke up, but didnt stay because we wanted to contain any germs to ourselves if we had any.

We were gifted the next morning to waking up with a gorgeous sunny day. The best.

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I even got to get out for a nice ride (since my running race is cancelled, I have switched to mainly cycling with the hope that we will return back to some form of normalcy and be able to race in July).

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Since we homeschool and work from home, everyday life has not changed much for us. While we miss seeing friends, we are spending all of our time at home. Brooke has been very into book-making and we will soon have a complete library.

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We have spent every night playing games as a family.

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My sister sent this to me and it made me laugh because it is so true. I am naturally an introvert and cherish time alone and with my family. Maybe that is why I love living in the middle of nowhere 😉

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We are continuing to work and maintain our workouts. Honestly, working out and getting outside for walks and to play has helped to limit the crazy. Trying to take things day by day and praying for all of those affected. Also, I really need to clean my house! One would think that being forced to be home would mean it would be spotless-BUT with a 6.5 year old, there are “projects” everywhere…balance, right?

Workout wise, I have switched to primarily cycling. That means I will ride outside as the weather permits, but also spend some quality time on the trainer in the basement. Running will stay part of the picture-basically because I love it but also because I like to mix things up.

Another big part of my workouts: https://kirastokes.com/   I actually signed up and have been using her workouts since December. It’s fun to have another voice inside my head while working out and I love her functional approach. Hoping to come out of this whole thing with full body fitness instead of just being cardio/endurance fit!

Hope you are doing well! Until next time! xoxo

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Save the Daylight

Happy “Lose an Hour of Your Day” Day!

Anyone else tripped out by the fact that it was so light this evening? I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be making lunch or dinner 😉

We had quite a fun week over here! It started out with babysitting a polar bear. His name is Angus and he is a giant animal. He was also terrified of the stairs. It took about 15 minutes to get him down.

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He and Jasper love each other. I promise. Jasper is about 1/2 his size but he is still Alpha and what he says, goes. Don’t be fooled by the fact that he completely disappears under the giant fluff.

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More pickleball fun…totally normal to wear your trench coat while playing. At least she was warm?

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We hit up the pool afterwards to practice her strokes-she has tryouts tomorrow!

She takes recovery very seriously…hydrate and compress those legs!

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We had an awesome time at our homeschool meet up-why not pull your friends around on an ice rink?!

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Her first time on groomed snow for cross country skiing! Mine too!? Her form improved a large amount over the course of the 2 miles. 😉

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In preparation for swim tryouts, we grabbed a swim cap. As you can tell, we are still working on figuring that one out! haha.

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On Friday, I got in a good downhill workout. Ken dropped me off on the top of Rabbit Ears and I ran the 12 miles back to town. It felt really good at the time (my quads were not so happy about it today) and was so nice to be running outside in the sunshine!

Ken got in a long ride on Saturday while Brooke and I hung around the house. I got a short little recovery jog in just to get outside! Today we were back to snow/rain/yuck.

Workouts this week…

Monday: Off
Tuesday: 2x3k efforts for 7 miles total
Wednesday: 5 miles easy recovery
Thursday: Off
Friday: 12 miles with 7 at sub marathon pace
Saturday: 5 miles easy recovery
Sunday: Was supposed to run but quads were painful so 1.5 hours on the bike!

Looking forward to one more tough week and then some tapering!

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March.

And just like that, it is March! How is it possible that January took about 6 months and February went by in the blink of an eye…and there was even an extra day?! 😉

Things over here have been pretty usual, but getting excited for things to ramp up with Spring headed our way (fingers crossed!) haha.

With Brooke getting older, we have a lot more “things to do” each week that require trips to town. She has been having a blast with her buddies playing pickleball, is really into swimming and has been taking lessons to prepare for swim team tryouts next week (we are not committed yet, but want to see what she thinks of the competitive environment) and of course, enjoying the ski slopes!

There has been a good amount of cycling for Ken as he ramps up for gravel racing season and running for me as I get ready to race in one month! Ahhh. Only slightly nervous about that 😉 Luckily, training has been going well and that is motivating.

Last month, I read a book. That sounds terrible. I love, love, love reading but somehow life just doesn’t seem to allow for the time right now. I know a lot of people keep them by their bed and read before going to sleep, but most of my nights include grading and working until it is time to crash on my pillow. I am also not very good at having a book around and being able to walk away from it-especially if it is good!

I happened to pick this up and I really couldn’t put it down. Like, finished it in 3 days. I have a problem.  It was really, really fun to read. Sometimes we need a bit of a comedic escape, am I right? If you are looking for easy reading (that maybe hits a bit too close to community home in some ways-hello yoga pants, I’m looking at you)…this was awesome.

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We had some pretty fantastic snow in February and spent a good amount of time playing in it!

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On a trip to Costco, Ken found this and it was maybe the best day of his life. Cookie dough that you can eat raw without the fear of food poisoning?! It was gone way too fast.

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We spent a weekend in Fort Collins so Ken could get in 3 days of long (warmish/dryish) rides. I got in 2 good runs and a 53 mile ride with Errin and Colin. Chased the ride with 18 miles of running the next day. Always a good time 😉

Pretty happy with these splits-followed with 8 miles of easy running after.

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Brooke decided she wanted to get crafty-ignore the tomato soup on her face from lunch 😉

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That little deer…

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Overall, we have had a pretty gloomy winter. A lot of days that were gray, even if it didn’t snow. We have had a couple of gorgeous, bluebird days in the last 2 weeks and it is making my heart happy. I need some sunshine!

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Chased by more skiing!

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Today was an exciting day. Brooke got her first salon hair cut (typically I just cut it at home). Since I was getting mine cut, I thought it would be fun for her to have a neat experience. She was excited (and a little nervous) and ended up having the best time!

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The whole thing was great and I am pretty sure she has been going out of her way to find mirrors!

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She might have come home and put on her full face helmet to play on her snow mobile before I could grab a picture, but it did pretty well 😉

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I got about 3 inches of mine cut off and somehow it was the first time I had it cut in Steamboat?! Dont worry, she left it long enough to go into a ponytail- #priorities.

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And that’s where we are at! While we love the snow and all the fun things to do in it, I have to admit-I am looking forward to seeing a color other than white. It has been a long winter after a short summer…bring on the green.

Hope you are having a great start to March! Is it “Spring-ish” where you are or do you still have snow covered everything?

 

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