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Spring has Sprung (mostly!)

And just like that, an entire month went by! How?!

Things have changed up a bit since the last time we chatted. Ken finished up at Smartwool on 4/1 meaning that he has been around and we are still working on a schedule.

But, let’s talk about what has been going on lately, huh?
The weather has been making a conscious decision to move towards Spring. Finally! haha.

There were a good amount of rides in the cold/sun/snow/slush…but we are sooo excited to be outside! I take visibility very seriously. Best jacket ever.

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Someone else is incredibly excited for warm weather! Short sleeves and a snow shovel. Perfectly normal!

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I have been doing some reading. I mean, just a few 100+ mile bike races before I need it, but September will be here before you know it and I will have to RUN 50 miles!

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There have been plenty of indoor projects. My tiny paleontologist.

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And school. Full class as always.

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Seriously, the sun comes out and we just cant get enough!

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The Great Melt started….

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Put on real clothes a couple times. Most of the time I am in a uniform of Bike/Run/Yoga clothes. Brooke is always baffled when I have something else on.

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Brooke thought that Jasper needed to be pampered outside.

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Snow levels decreasing….

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Early Easter Egg Hunt

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Kept skiing!! Brooke and I ended up with 20 ski days this year! She is going to crush me next year.

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Haven’t been running much the last month because I have been riding a LOT in preparation for May 5th’s 140ish mile bike race. We made a quick trip to Fort Collins so I could get in 100 miles with Errin!

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Last ski day goodness!!

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This girl and her hair!

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She is getting very proficient at the puzzle game.

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The mud showed up and you couldnt get her to come inside. She loves it so much!

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Her style. I kind of love it.

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Had a wonderful Easter!

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Current state of the yard! Dirt>Snow!! Spring is here!!!

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Yes, there have been many other happenings…lots of grading, media work and race meetings, Ken’s dad helping him build out his new work trailer….so many things!

We are very excited for all the happenings this year and cant wait to share with you…I just need to make myself sit down and type it out (instead of passing out at 9:30….or 8:30!).

Hope Spring has shown up where you live and you are enjoying some great weather and lots of time outside!!

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Hi there! How’s it going? Cranking away on all the things over here. I dont know that I have even had such a busy end of winter/beginning of spring. Whew.

Training has been in full force. Which means that I have literally wanted to eat all day/everyday. Seriously, it is a problem.

Pictured below: Pork Chop on a fork. Cant even take the time to cut it.

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Towards the end of February, Brooke had a home school sled day at the epic hill in town and Ken managed to sneak away for his lunch break to join us. Brooke was so excited. So was Ken.

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I happily chatted with some other moms while Ken raced the teen boys. Living his best life.

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We have been getting in our fair share of ski days while the snow is good.

Brooke skied her first Black Diamond. Maybe because lunch was at the bottom of it.

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Tons of dinosaur play…and a tea party.

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Perfectly normal.

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She has been doing a lot of “book making” lately. Of course, they feature dinos.

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We did some plaster of paris dog creating and then bandaging. Vet goals.

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She turned it into a yellow lab πŸ˜‰

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She looked much cuter for my dentist appt than I did πŸ˜‰

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There has been a ton of time spent in the basement (February was sooooo snowy and cold). It is amazing that I can sweat that much in our 40 degree basement.

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Some Friday nights you end up on the trainer with your husband. I made sure to dress up for the occasion πŸ˜‰

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Case in point on the snow…

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Neighbor dog likes to come hang out with us. A lot.

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My little goof.

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More ski days. The powder was incredible in February!

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She is happy to ski the Blues all day!

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Jasper is my spirit animal.

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The girl is a tiny engineer. Magnetic shapes are super cool!

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Some days getting home is quite the task. No one wants to end up in a snow bank!

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This past weekend, we ventured down to the front range for some errands and I got to RIDE OUTSIDE ON DIRT. It was incredible. It was also the first time I got to test the legs after a couple of months of hard work. They felt good πŸ™‚

Ken and I went out to dinner for our 10th (?!?!?!) wedding anniversary while we were down there and had a babysitter πŸ™‚ It was nice being able to focus on talking to each other without our little sidekick (that doesnt happen, ever).

We made it home yesterday afternoon. Ken had ridden in the morning there, so I hopped on the trainer after Brooke went to bed. Back to the dungeon! ha.

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And there it is! Our life in a nutshell.

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Last week looked like this:

M: Ride 1 hour, Run 3 miles

T: Ride 2 hours with intervals, Run 4 miles

W: Ride 1 hour

H: Ride 1.5 hours with intervals

F: Run 5 miles

S: Ride 2 hours OUTSIDEEEEEEE

S: Ride 1 hour

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Fly by February

Hey there! How’s your February been? As a huge contradiction to the January that seemed to go on FOREVER….February has absolutely flown by.Β  I threw pictures on here on February 11th. Clearly that went well πŸ˜‰

Things have been going well. Pulled in a bunch of different directions at the moment, but trying to manage it with some form of normalcy.

Just over here making grabbers…Thanks, KiwiCoΒ for the fun boxes that make Brooke’s day! (not sponsored-just really enjoy them!).

She moved up an age group and enjoyed the new challenge. Me too πŸ˜‰

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Two weekends ago, we went down to Fort Collins for a shopping trip and a bike race. Ken is building out his trailer for his new business venture so we spent a solid 3 hours at Home Depot.

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But seriously, thank goodness I always bring food.

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On Sunday, Ken raced the Old Man Winter Rally in Lyons. It was incredibly cold at the start and I felt very lucky that Brooke and Jasper got to hang out with Errin and Colin.

While Ken was out racing, I drove up the canyon and ran 10.5 miles on the course so I got to see him twice! The first time he was with a group and then 1.5ish hours later, he and his buddy were off the front!

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I even made it back to the finish in time for him to roll through. He lost the sprint to his buddy (who he has been racing against for about 8 years-and who is 10 years younger than him), but he was thrilled with how the race went and excited about his fitness.

Technically, there were supposed to be timed segments but their system did not work. Had it worked, Ken would have taken the win (note: this fact was brought up my the friend that beat him). But Ken is very humble and took it in stride and was just as happy for his friend. That’s what I love about him πŸ˜‰

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We enjoyed most of last week hanging out and embracing the snowstorms. We did a TON of baking (and, er, eating).

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My plant turned 1 year old. It is doing amazingly well and I feel like I should win some sort of prize. Normally, I kill them.

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Valentine’s day brownies…

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Brooke and I took advantage of the midweek powder day πŸ™‚

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She now skis powder and trees.

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She was sent some sweet Valentine’s Day gifts. I think Dinosaur is her love language!

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My workouts have been pretty killer and this is what I looked like last Thursday BEFORE I ran. Joys of double days with skiing in the middle! ha!

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On Friday, we went out. I know, pick your jaw up off the floor. We are such homebodies, but we figured Brooke would enjoy the hot air balloons! It took her a bit to warm up to them, but once she did-she loved them! They were pretty awesome up close, though I have no desire to go up in one!

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This week has been pretty busy with work, but we have managed to fit in some fun.

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We are actually dog and horse sitting this week for our neighbors. He looks adorable, right?

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He is. He is even cuter now that we are working on the whole listening thing.

Not as cute: firewood destruction.

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And today we ventured into the world of Papier Mache.

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Ken is at a fat bike race this evening. Since the predicted temp is 8 degrees, we opted out of the cheering section. πŸ˜‰ We will cheer from the 75 degree house!

And there you have it! Hard to believe that February ends next week?! Say what?!

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Workouts:

S: Run 10.5 miles with 1300 feet climbing

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M: Ride 1 hour trainer/Run 3 miles easy

T: Ride 1:10 with 2 min VO2 intervals/ 5 mile tempo run

W: Ride 1 hour easy

H: Ride 1:20 with 48 min sweet spot and 20 sec sprints every 4 min/ Run 3 miles

F: Run 8 miles easy

S: Ride 1.5 hours base trainer

S: Ride 1.5 hours easy trainer

Ride: 7.5 hours

Run 19 miles

M: Ride 1 hr easy/Run 3 miles easy

T: Ride 1:10 with 4×9 min “climbs”/ Run 5 miles 8:13 pace treadmill

W: Ride 1 hr trainer easy

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