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Road Trip and Classes

Hey there! How was your weekend?? I took a little trip to the Front Range for some continuing education classes while Ken and Brooke stayed home and played! It was a different kind of weekend than the usual.

Last week, we started getting dustings of snow…

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Brooke and I made it back to Storytime Stretchers for the first time in forever. She loved it.

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We have had a TON of rain/snow/slush. I think we have actually made our way back from our drought summer!

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We are all loving the homeschooling over here. This guy has to join in on the fun!

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Ken brought this book home for me. He thinks I would be good at it. Ha. I started reading it. They literally move buckets of gravel as an obstacle. Maybe I would be good at it!

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Last Friday night, we got dressed up and went to dinner at Mambo’s because: a) happy hour and b) Peach pizza is still happening!

We headed to a birthday party afterwards and stayed until about 9:15. Brooke had a great time once the middle school aged kids got there. She plays up in age groups! hahaha.

She took my phone to capture some important aspects of the party.

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Good one, Brooke.

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We got home around 10 and I finished packing. My alarm went of at 3:50 am. Ouch. Luckily, it was an easy drive and I got to my class about 20 minutes early (started at 8 am). I even got to FaceTime Brooke when she got up!

At lunch, I was able to sneak out on my old training paths…unfortunately, they have paved them since we moved 😦 It was still gorgeous and woke me up for the rest of the day 😉 And, let’s be honest, I had not ridden my bike outside in a LONG time.

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Since I skipped the time at lunch to grab food (I forgot my lunch since I left the house at 4 am :/ ), I grabbed a bag of chips from the hotel. Luckily I had grabbed a recovery protein shake and Honey Stinger bar from home!

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Finished class, met up with E and C for dinner, hit Trader Joe’s and made it to some of our friend’s house to spend the night.

Sunday morning saw several inches of snow on the ground and some super chilly temps. Made it to class and the instructor was nice enough to let me head home early and finish the remaining 3 hours online!

The drive was a bit nuts and I watched several semi-trucks and cars slide off of I-70.

But by the time I made it out towards my house….dry!

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And even some sun!

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I was pretty happy to see the fam!

Yesterday was filled with a media meeting, some errands, school work, grading, media-ing (totally a word) and a 4 mile run (oh and an hour on the trainer pre-dawn).

Today we did school, I finished my online hours from my class, started taking down outside furniture and prepping for winter. Got in a relaxed 5 mile run and even a little stretching). Did half of my lab grading. Whew. Time for bed!

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The Dead Swede (the name of the race!)

Hey there! How are you?? Time for another weekly round up?! I seriously do not know what happens to the weeks. They just vanish in the summer.

Last week was a lot of the usual. Workouts (running and riding), yard work, prepping for the class I will be teaching online, pool time, etc.

On Thursday, I was preparing for our trip to Sheridan, Wyoming. Brooke took that to mean: put on random clothes and get in a weight workout. Girl is crazy! Side note: I cannot believe that she will be 5 in a week?!

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A lot goes into race trips and Brooke always makes things a bit more exciting 😉

Friday morning started out with rides for both Ken and I -we have so many awesome roads to choose from. Cant beat that!

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We loaded up the truck and trailer and hit the road by 9:15 am. Took most of the day to get there, but we made sure to stop for a hike to the top of a rock mountain in 50 mph winds. It was a little scary on top and we didnt stay long! Super cool though!

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On Saturday, we were up nice and early for Ken’s 7 am start. Brooke actually slept through most of his prep (laying right next to him?!) and Ken even gave me coffee and breakfast in bed!

Ken rode to the start (1.8 miles from our camp spot) and Brooke and I got things together before getting on the road for our support duties. We ended up getting lost a bit but caught him at the second aid station before he started climbing.

And climb they did! I kid you not, I LOVE to go uphill on my bike. Love it. Not so much the downhill, but I LOVE the uphill. This, my friends, was insane. It was about 20 miles of climbing or something crazy. We are talking some gnar sections of rocks and 19% grades.

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I was in 4 wheel drive for parts of it in the F-250.

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Ken ended up not needing anything from us, but it was worth the experience and the views were incredible.

Another side note: I know that my husband is an incredible athlete, but I was BLOWN away by his ride. He is 6 foot 4 inches (not your typical tiny climber) and he was right there with the guy that we were nervous about getting away on the climb. RIGHT THERE and looking insanely strong. I was so impressed.

After seeing Ken, we headed back down the mountain. This was a bit stressful as I was driving a rather large vehicle with other cars coming up, a ton of cyclists coming up and then my husband FLIES by me on the outside heading down. I had a small heart attack. At least I was ready when second came up a few minutes later, but good grief. He went down that mountain like a mad man! And we are not talking paved roads, they are gravel/rock/sand….wow.

The rest of the day was a series of rolling hills. We caught up with Ken at the next aid station and gave him a sandwich, bottles, etc. Then he set out on his way. We aimed to follow him, but the road got a bit soft and I did not want to spend the day digging out the truck. We turned around and tried to follow the map to another point to meet him.

He actually called us a bit later to say he hoped we didnt get stuck and was happy to hear we made better choices 😉 We tried to meet him at mile 90 but we were not informed that there was rerouting that morning and ended up on the original course with a fellow supporter. They still had signage out there, so it was a shock to us when Ken called from the finish line. oops.

He won by over 13 minutes on second and then more and more time on the others. It was a successful day for him on the bike and we couldnt be more proud! I even got to sneak out for 25 mile ride after he was done!

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Nothing says gravel racing like winning a weapon, right?

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Working on her break-dance moves.

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After the awards, we actually hooked up the trailer and headed for Casper. We were hoping to take a few hours off the trip for Sunday to enjoy the afternoon at home. Not a bad morning view, either.

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Once home, we did some chores and I got out for just over an hour of riding. Quick hot tub, worked on Ken’s legs and called it a night!

Monday was filled with mowing. And dance class. And really that was it.

This morning, we had to drop Ken off in town, so we made the most of it and took Brooke’s bike. We got in 3 miles (I got to run with her!) and it was awesome! Girl did so good! Excited for more of this!

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When we got home, it was time to set free the butterflies that Brooke raised. It was really cool and we were so happy they all made it.

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Brooke then proceeded to destroy the living room and dress like a mermaid. Perfectly normal.

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And that is another week in our lives! Hope that you had a great week and have lots of fun things coming up! We have company coming this weekend and we cant wait!

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Change of Plans

Happy Friday!! Welcome, weekend! Anything fun going on?? We were supposed to have company over the weekend, but some things came up for them so we are going to enjoy some family time and hopefully some snow!

Yesterday was pretty relaxed as Brooke and I hung around the house doing some chores. I hopped on the treadmill in the morning to knock out a 5 mile run…it was supposed to be 6, but after the crash the night before 5 was all I had in me. “Speed work’ (okay, post-race speed) makes me sleepy. 😉 The neck was not super thrilled with the running, but it managed.

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The half marathon I am planning on for April is pancake flat, so I have been keeping the treadmill on 0 incline since all my outside runs include elevation change. Got to train those repetitive muscles somehow!

We spent some time playing outside in the afternoon before Ken got home for dinner. Then, Brooke thought it would be fun to “style” my hair. It took a while to “unstyle” my hair.

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Brooke took my phone to capture the back of the look.

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Ouch. Hahahaha.

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Since Brooke was sad about the change of weekend plans, we opted to have a date in town for some swimming and ice cream eating today. Perfectly normal for February, right?

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We stopped by Smell That Bread Bakery to pick up some goodies for the weekend. Um, yes please!! Unpictured: A giant chocolate chip cookie that was everything.

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We are just hanging out now relaxing before Ken gets home for the weekend. Going to make a pot pie for dinner and probably blow off the trainer ride that we talked about this morning (we will see how the motivation works out!).

In the meantime….here are a couple of books that I enjoyed over the last month.

Draft Animals

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If you have ever wondered what it is like in the professional world of road cycling, this is a great book for you! Phil doesn’t hold back as he shares some of the good and some of the bad in the sport. It is a super easy read that will have you laughing and crying. He likes cookies. A lot.

The Trail Runner’s Companion

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This was a super informative (almost textbook-ish) read. Sarah does a great job of sharing what to expect with trail running/racing. Having run a trail marathon last year, there are parts of me that wish I would have read it sooner! I learned a ton and got a glimpse into the world of Ultras…not quite sure I am there yet, though I see the draw! She also shares a lot of things that people dont like to talk about, but are a real part of running in the wild (think:overshare moments) 😉 Also a great read!

The Wrong Side of Comfortable

Need a pick me up? Motivation to move to the next level? Read Amy’s book! This is the story of her giving up her comfortable job and life and taking a major step into the world of professional cycling. Yes, there is info about bike racing, but this is more a book about not being afraid to make a change and go for your dreams. Also, I have met Amy and Ken rides with her and her husband and they are just pretty awesome!

So that is that! Now we look forward to watching Cyclocross World Championships, getting in some workouts and lots of playtime this weekend!!

Reading anything good? Recommendations? Doing anything great this weekend??

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