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Fat Bike Date Night and a Crash.

Good morning! How was your day yesterday?? Ours was a bit of a whirlwind and I woke up this morning feeling like I got hit by a truck. Complete with whiplash…apparently stacking it into hard-packed snow at 18 mph will do that to ya 😉

Yesterday started out perfectly normal. And then I made the final decision to do the Fat Bike Race in the evening…I was a little fearful 😉


I have been doing a LOT more running than riding and all of my actual “workouts” have been run based with my rides being mainly recovery efforts. Translates into bike racing, right?!

We started out by heading to town to do some grocery shopping. This little guy was looking for some breakfast so we stopped to watch him for a bit.



Once we had run our errands, we headed to ski lessons. The 5th week is their “performance” day, so everyone dressed up and showed off for the parents.

Apparently she made some friends 😉


Cutest ever.


Ken managed to sneak out at lunch to watch Brooke and it made her whole day. Mine too 😉


The coaches and volunteers have been awesome this year and I just signed Brooke up for the second session!


Warming up on the little hill….and spending more time looking at us than the coach. Oops.



Then she moved over to the big hill!



We said goodbye to Ken at the end of the lesson and booked it home to prep for the remainder of the day. Our neighbors were sweet enough to play with Brooke and put her to bed while Ken and I had a date night to the bike race. Perfectly normal date night 😉

Racing in the dark is SUPER attractive.


I met up with Ken and we headed to the venue where we got suited up to ride. A bit of a warm up and we were off! I opted to do the long course which was 12 miles over the 9 mile short course. I really thought it would be terrifying being out there alone in the dark, but with the light on my bike it was pretty great. It was a bit unnerving on some of the descents…not knowing which way you were going to go at the bottom, but it was okay. I had a BLAST (first time racing my fat bike!). And the moon was spectacular as it crept over the mountains. The unfortunate crash occurred about 2 miles from the finish. I was going down the last steep hill and dont really know what happened, but I ended up in someones track in some soft snow and went down hard. I cant even tell you how I landed, it happened so fast….but I can tell you that I remember hearing the crash of my helmet hitting the snow on the right back side. Ugh.

I made the mistake (?) of being tentative going into the next turn onto singletrack and let a guy go around me. Turns out he wasnt quite as fast as I hoped he would be and I was stuck behind him coasting until we hit the wider trail again. Ken happened to circle back to check on me (he took 3rd in his race!!) and just missed seeing the crash! He cheered me on and I worked really hard, but I got out sprinted in the last 200 feet to go from 4th to 6th. I was still super happy with that after going down so hard! I finished about 27 minutes faster than I had anticipated!

We had a wonderful time having dinner with friends after the race and it was really cool to be a grown up for an evening! Headed home for some showers and fell (gingerly) into bed.

Hoping to get in the 5-6 mile run with some tempo miles that I skipped yesterday…we will see what the neck allows!

Hope you have a great Thursday…and keep things upright 😉

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Black Eyes and My Dog Wears My Clothes

Happiest of Mondays to you. Did you have a nice weekend? Do anything fun? Spend time relaxing?

We were on the go for most of the weekend and are currently in recovery mode over here.

On Friday, Ken and I were up early again to ride for an hour in the basement. It was an hour of base riding for me.

Came upstairs and the only convenient pants to throw on were Ken’s shorts. Keeping it classy 😉


A little later in the morning, I looked out the window to see that our neighbor’s llamas had escaped. Ken contacted him and he wasnt concerned. A few hours later, they went right home!

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Brooke got to work decorating Jasper. Seriously, the dog’s patience exceeds my own.


Then she decorated herself. I’ve got nothing.


Spent the afternoon cleaning up the house. Riveting Friday over here!

On Saturday, we were all up pretty early. I headed out for an hour ride (in 23 degrees). I wore all.the.clothes. Everything was warm except my toes!

Got home and took a quick shower before loading up the truck to head to Fort Collins. Brooke made sure to pack her movies 😉 That dog! Sweetest.


This is my “I just rode for an hour in the freezing cold and am finally warming up” face. Complete with forehead wrinkles 😉


It was a gorgeous and uneventful drive. Part of the drive involved some snow over the pass.


Made it to the venue with plenty of time for Ken to pre-ride and warm up before his race. Cross of the North is one of the most popular race weekends in Colorado and the venue didn’t disappoint.

The wind kicked up during Ken’s race and Jasper got a bit cold. He went ahead and wore my vest. Dont worry, he made sure to pee on it later 😉


The competition was stiff in the Open race, but this guy did a great job chasing around the course.




Post-race, we warmed up in the truck on the way to Errin and Colin’s house. Errin had a magical enchilada dinner for us. Seriously, delicious.

Per usual, I struggled to sleep somewhere other than my bed. I left Ken’s snoring around midnight and climbed into bed with Brooke.  (He doesn’t snore at home?!?!) I still could not fall asleep and I remember looking at my phone for the last time at 3:30 am. Perfect.

Brooke was up at 5:10. Nothing like 1.5 hours of sleep to start the day. So thankful for the lifeline latte Colin whipped up and the delicious breakfast Errin made. Functioning was NOT on my list of things to do for the morning.

Because I was pre-registered for the race that day, it was time to get dressed and head to the venue. It was HARD to get on the bike. I just wanted to nap!

Had a bit of a rough warm up with some unnecessary heckling through a section of the course that I was struggling to figure out. Always a great way to go into a race.

The race itself was NOT pretty. While I thought the course was a TON of fun and I felt that I improved with each lap, I just didnt have it. At least it was a good time on a bike and gorgeous out!

Colin had a good showing in his race and Errin joined me in the “rough day” category. It happens to everyone, right?!

Brooke maybe won the weekend spending both days playing with friends in the sand.


Ken was having a great start to his race until a mechanical set him back a bit and then a last lap crash threw the end of the race into a bit of physical chaos. In a fast corner, he tagged a stake with his hand and it literally threw him face (and shoulder) first into the super hard dirt. Ugh! It is always good to hear “your husband is bleeding from his mouth” at the end of the race, yeah?

Once we found him (made sure he had all his teeth) and got him checked out with the EMTs on scene, we loaded up the truck and began our trek home. I drove the first little bit of the trip while Ken iced every part of his body (and I became more confident that he did not have a concussion). We switched off driving and though I was exhausted, I felt that his head first into the ground move warranted me staying awake.

He had a lovely fat lip and a golf ball growing on his cheek. Ouch!!

We made it home (Brooke had fallen asleep at 5:30 because it was dark…almost with a chocolate shake in her hand!). Luckily, when we got home she was happy to hop in the shower with me before crawling into bed and going back to sleep! We lucked out there!

Ken was looking a bit rough this morning. He said that he needed to shave, but I told him that that he could take the day off….that would hurt! Hello, black eye!


There has been a lot of this today…


and some of this….


And then some outdoor play and chores. I was going to go for an easy jog, but I decided that moving 8 carts of dirt to the side of the shop was plenty for me.

Looking forward to some dinner and a dip in the hot tub tonight. Some tight muscles over here!!

Hope you have a great night!