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Beaver, Utah. Crusher in the Tushar.

Hi, friends! How’s it going?? Good weekend??

We are in recovery mode after a quick trip to Beaver, Utah.

Last Thursday, we packed everything up and set out on a road trip. Brooke woke up with enough excitement for everyone!


The trip took about 9 hours with a few stops along the way. Brooke and Jasper are seriously the best little travelers!


Made it to Beaver and found a campsite before calling it a night!

Friday morning, we woke up to some gorgeous views. Ken got dressed to ride and we set out to preview the Crusher in the Tushar course (70 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing). This race is no joke!

We drove up most of the first climb before Ken jumped on his bike to check out the descents. He rode the flat loop and then started back up part of the climb. Once he felt like he had ridden enough to open up the legs, he got back in the car and we drove the rest of the course.


The weather was a little nutty.


We picked up a cyclist who had flatted and took him back to his car so he could rescue his friends….because a huge hail storm rolled through!



We headed back to camp and then into town for a bit so Ken could do some work. Back to the trailer for some dinner and then it was bed time!

Yes, that is a giant bear. Yes, the kid is living her best camp life.


The alarm went off fairly early on Saturday morning and Ken was up and at ’em getting breakfast/coffee/bikes and clothes together. We headed into town around 6:45 am. We had camped about 10 miles up the road/course.

The weather was a bit drizzly and not too hot. A nice change from the day before!


Game face?


Brooke, Jasper and I headed back to camp about 10 minutes before they started the race. We wanted to make sure to be out of the way and back in time for them to roll through!

Plus some time to play beforehand 😉





Ninja? Rock star?


A bit later, the groups started rolling by!


It was fun to see all sorts of riders out there! We especially liked the guy on the yellow bike 😉  People seemed really excited to see us. Several guys asked me to ride their bike for them. I think I would have been faster on the climb than a few of them 😉


We took our time packing up camp before heading up towards the finish line. The finish was at a ski resort and it was a steep 1 mile climb up from the bottom. They did not allow any cars up at the finish, so we had to park in a parking lot at the bottom. They had shuttles, but what fun is that?

I pushed Brooke up in the BOB stroller (half hike/half jog). We left Jasper at first because it was rainy and cold. If it started to hail, it would have been really lame for him! We made it to the top, but had time to kill and I needed a workout… we ran back down the mountain and turned around and headed back up! Down with the stroller was killer!! My calves are still recovering. Gravity pulls hard.

The shuttle drivers all thought I was nuts and I had several strangers comment on my craziness.

Brooke wanted to take some pics while we waited at the top…


Super flattering from the bottom up. Ugh.


It started getting warm out and I worried about Jasper, so we started heading down the hill. We didnt make it very far because we were so excited to see our favorite rider coming up!

Ken battled the guy behind him to the line and finished 11th in the Pro Men field. That was huge considering the guys in front (and many behind him) were legit professionals!


We chased Ken up the mountain and were excited to see him finish. 4 hours and 35 minutes.

Since it was only getting warmer, I left Brooke with Ken and ran down the hill to get Jasper. Then I got to hike back up it!

We hung out at the top for a bit watching people finish. The weather started to take a turn and we got out of there just in time!

I ran down the hill with Brooke in the BOB and Jasper running next to me. I was getting cheered on by the riders finishing their last climb of the day. Ha. I ended up with 8.2 miles and over 1700 feet of climbing and the respect of a lot of shuttle drivers who had to tell Ken how crazy I was!

We made it back to camp, showered and changed, hooked up the trailer and headed out!


Super rough


We happily got halfway home before parking it for the night. Unfortunately, we ended up in the desert and it was pretty hot overnight.

Sunday morning, we rolled out around 8:30 and made it to Costco in time for a little shopping and lunch. We were home before 3 pm and got to take our time unpacking and relaxing-I even got an hour ride in myself!

On the way home, Brooke was looking at the course booklet from the Crusher and said, “Daddy, I know why it took you so long to finish the race! I see all those places that you stopped for snacks!” Bahahahahahhaa. Yeah, Ken never stopped, just grabbed bottles. Oh, kids.


Today was spent doing laundry, cleaning, unloading….all the boring things. But the weekend was sure fun.

We are super proud of Ken and learned a lot about the race! We will see if he wants to go back next year….

Hope that you had a delightful weekend as well!

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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?!


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!


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!








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.


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




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!




Nothing says gravel racing like winning a weapon, right?


Working on her break-dance moves.


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.





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!





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.




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


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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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!


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


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!


This girl is obsessed with asparagus?!


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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!


Sweet after party with the best dates!


Brooke “fixed” his hat.


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Winner winner! Also, he looks like a giant!


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!