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A Bike Race and a Vacation

Hi all! I have returned from falling off the face of the planet! The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of house staining and a trip to Wyoming! Since the house staining is a never ending and not too exciting project, let’s talk more about the trip 😉

On Thursday (yeah, like way back on September 6th), we prepped to go on our trip. There was a lot of food prep! I love getting everything pre-ready so camp cooking is easy and I actually get to relax a bit. Pre-made breakfast burritos are always a favorite!

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Friday, we traveled up to Lander, Wyoming and found a place to park the trailer before heading to Ken’s pre-race meeting. Brooke asked me to take her picture. Should I be worried?

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Saturday was Ken’s race. It was 130 miles out in the middle of nowhere! They did not want cars on the course, so we spent the day going back and forth on some other roads to support Ken. We saw him twice and were happy to make it back to the finish to see him end his journey. He finished in eight hours and 11ish minutes and was the first person.

He was a perfect 3 for 3 in wins for the series and took home the overall finisher prize!

Brooke and I made sure to take a cuddle break before he finished.

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Winner!!

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Somehow he had the energy to play at the park with Brooke after the race. Not sure how 😉

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On Sunday, I got out for about a 2 hour ride with lots of climbing. It was gorgeous!

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I met up with Ken, Brooke and Jasper and we explored Sinks State Park.

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Got our hike on!

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The water was freezing. Naturally, Ken went in.

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On our way out of the canyon, we saw a gorgeous, young Golden Retriever in the middle of the highway. We stopped and looked for tags and he didnt have any. Naturally, we put him in the car and drove around. We tried several houses but no one was home. Luckily, we found a local couple that was willing to keep him and find his owners (since we were leaving that night!). They were so sweet and we left him in good hands!

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We packed up camp and drove West towards Jackson. Spent the night in Turpin Meadows and made it to the Tetons the next morning!

After settling into camp, we loaded on to GrandBob and Nene’s boat and set out for an afternoon on the water!

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Perfect Fall boating attire 😉

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It was a bit hazy from smoke, but still gorgeous. Bald eagle, for the win!

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On Tuesday, we headed up to Yellowstone to show Brooke some of the awesomeness!

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Always spectacular!

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It was pretty great!

We managed to get out on the boat on Wednesday morning before driving the 8 hours home. All the things!

While we were gone, Fall arrived.

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I did some volunteering at a 50/100 mile running race on Saturday.

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Did the Church thing on Sunday. Followed it up with some cookie baking (after some house staining of course 😉  ).

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PSA: Dont fight a shopping cart with 4 flats of water bottles. It will win.

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Been getting some workouts in! Six miles of running on Sunday, 3 this morning with weights after. Threshold ride on Saturday. Just training for life right now 🙂

Hope you are doing well and squeezing the last bit out of summertime!

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Rattlesnake Rally, etc

Hi there! How are you? I know, I disappeared again. So many things going on!

I love Spring and Summer so much….but somehow we lack downtime. We will have to work on that.

Random highlights from last week….and a trip with a race from the weekend!

My sister sent Brooke the sweetest top from her recent trip to Cabo. Looks cozy to me!

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Ventured to the pool last week. This kid does it right. Still learning how to walk in flip flops.

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I spent 2 days last week filling my raised bed with dirt. Keep in mind, it is 6x10x2 feet. That is a lot of dirt. The majority came from a pile we got from a neighbor and then organic raised bed dirt from ACE. I moved the majority with a 5 gallon bucket and a shovel. Somewhere around 1500-1800 pounds? No wonder I was tired!

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Front yard flowers are coming around!

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This girl is obsessed with asparagus?!

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On Wednesday, Ken was doing a group ride that came out towards our house. Brooke and I decided to meet up with him.

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The climb with the trailer was worth the view.

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Just a dog living the best life ever.

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Thursday and Friday were spent cooking/prepping/packing for a weekend race. We drove up to Casper, Wyoming on Friday afternoon for Ken to race a 120 mile gravel race on Saturday.

The weather was a bit rough. Around 40 degrees and rainy all morning. We lucked out and camped in the parking lot of the start line. Super convenient seeing as the race began at 6 am. Ken literally got ready and then headed out for a short warm up and went right to the start line. Brooke wasn’t even up yet!

Once the B got up around 6:40, we got dressed and packed up the cooler of goodies and headed out on course. We had plans to see Ken around 50 miles in and made sure to get some quality play in while we waited.

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The guys eventually rolled by and Ken was in the lead group of 5.

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We headed on down the course (ended up stopping to help someone with a mechanical) and then gave Ken food/drinks at mile 65. Just after that stop, it was down to two.

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It stayed that way for most of the rest of the race. We were at 2 other places for Ken in case he needed anything. Even gave his competitor a coke. And then we followed them.

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Around 4 miles to go (you know, like 115 miles in?!) Ken put down some power and was able to create a gap. We waited until there was significant space between and then fell in behind Ken.

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He was having some chain issues so we stayed close (but behind him and to the side-so we were not allowing him to draft and so that he could see the guy chasing him).

He made the gap stick and was able to finish on the top step for the day!

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Sweet after party with the best dates!

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Brooke “fixed” his hat.

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Winner winner! Also, he looks like a giant!

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We spent the night again in the trailer before heading home in time for me to sneak in a ride! It was a fantastic weekend!!

This morning I got out for an hour on the bike before Ken headed into work. Thinking about running tomorrow morning….but it is getting late! I’m sure I will figure something out 😉

Hope you had a fantastic start to your week!

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Running, Gravel riding and a Trip to the Dentist. (with a side of weird weather)

Howdy, friends! How’s it going! Playing a little catch up over here after the weekend. It was spring-ish over here and I loved every minute. And then winter came back.

I did not take many pictures over the weekend…sign of a good weekend?

On Saturday, I headed out after breakfast for an 8 mile run (taper time!!). It felt surprisingly good and I finished with an 8:21 average pace. Once I made it home, it was time for some grub before sending Ken out on a 3 hour tour…I mean, ride. Brooke and I jumped on the quad and headed out to meet him for the last 30 minutes of his loop in case he needed any food or water.  Finished the evening out in the hot tub and everyone was happy.

Sunday started out with some bike race watching and latte drinking. It was nice to relax a bit and enjoy each other. Ken had planned to ride with a group, but since he had 4 hours of base riding to do (and the group NEVER does base) he opted to go solo.

Brooke and I headed to the pool and then the park and met him as he finished. We did a kiddo sway and I got out for a 3 mile run. I never run on pavement and since the half marathon is on the road, we thought I should pound some cement. I wasnt planning on going too fast, but I did my 3 miles at an 8:05 pace. Oops.

Since we were in town, I had brought my bike so that I could home. Ever the many-taskers.

It was an hour and a half (and 22 miles) of glorious gravel roads. Turns out that I have done very little outside riding and I was pretty tired when I got home!

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But the views though!!

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Hi, Hahns Peak!

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Another evening in the hot tub and some muscle work on Ken’s legs and then we called it a night!

Monday was filled with all the chores….and a trip to the dentist.

This girl LOVES the dentist. Maybe that is because she has like zero plaque, no cavities and gets to pick a toy. Gonna call that a win!
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Yesterday looked like this…

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We took the pup out for a walk (Brooke ran the whole time). It was a bit windy, but plenty warm!

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And then today looked like this…

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Quite the difference, huh? Spring in the mountains.

Because I am crazy, I took advantage of the crummy weather and switched out my winter clothes for spring/summer clothes. Yep…I just ensured 6 more weeks of winter. Sorry!

Ken and I have plans to ride the trainers after Brooke goes to bed tonight (since the wind kept us up and we were too tired this morning!).

Brooke and I have plans for her to play with horses tomorrow morning….should be fun!!

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