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Winter in October and Fall Pics

You guys. It is winter here. Seriously. I am not ready.

But oh yeah, hey, how are you?

We have officially moved into beanie season and I already miss fall.

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At least we have pretty sunsets I guess.

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Things have been fairly low-key over here. Ken has been SWAMPED with work. Which equal parts overwhelming and exciting. Starting a small business is scary enough, one that is weather/referral dependent is another story. Maybe it is good that winter started early? 😉 But yes, his new mobile auto service (focusing on season tire swaps) has been a big hit so far! I am doing the normal teaching thing and ramping up for bike race registration come December. Home school, training…all the things.

We have been doing the normal things. Dressing appropriately for hunting season to stay safe while running around the yard with a pool noodle. Totally normal.

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Riding Daisy the Dino whenever possible.

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Working on our golf skills. Because, you know, the course is closed for snow.

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How Jasper feels about it. Just kidding. He loves it. But also loves being warm after playing outside.

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We picked up Brooke’s skis for the season (we rent them for her each year which is amazing because she would grow out of things so fast!). This year, we got her downhill skis AND nordic skis. Girl is already loving cross country skiing around the yard! We did it together and my heart exploded. Going to be a fun winter!

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Snowed some more.

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Made a couple trips to the Front Range and both involved snowy drives.

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Someone got some new dino pajamas!

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Fireplace is life.

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We ventured to the pump track and ended up with a muddy mess. That was a fail.

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Love her.

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When did she start looking so grown up?!

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Ken got me some blue light blocking glasses. I love them. I work on the computer A LOT at night and have a hard time falling asleep after. These have been a game changer for me.

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When you get dressed for a run and realize everything you have on is Nike. Just over here feeling like a sponsored athlete. 😉 Also, yes, Brooke decorated my phone with llama stickers. Thanks, Alle. haha.

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Besties

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Got in a jog while Brooke rode her bike and Ken worked. Basically, we invited ourselves to join him in town since he was working on Saturday.

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We had more fun.

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And today it looks like this….6:45 am.

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Fun fact: I get to go outside and blow snow after a conference call today. I cant wait. <sarcasm>

In other news, I have officially registered for the Mount Charleston marathon in Las Vegas on April 4, 2020. In switching it up from this years long and slow running, I am going to try to qualify for Boston. Not sure yet that I have any desire to actually run Boston, but it seemed like a fun goal to at least see if I could do it! Plus, it will help with getting ready for Crusher in the Tushar where my goal will be top 10 in my age group (and shaving about 30 minutes off of my time from this year).

Officially I will begin training next week with a build up of running into some workouts. After a month long break (much needed), I am excited to jump back into some structured workouts!

Since it is apparently winter, I thought it would be fun to post some of Brookie’s Fall pics!

Hope that you have fall where you are at!!

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All the Snow and Weekly Training

Howdy! How goes it?? How has your start to 2019 been? Any special goals this year?

We have a lot of things being juggled right now, but overall things are going well! Ken and I are diving head first into endurance training/fitness this year. I pretty much took last year off from competition and I am more than ready to jump back in this year! Ken is signed up for a couple races in the next few weeks and we are excited to get into the swing of things.

First things first…Jasper is obsessed with his Alpaca. Seriously, the thing ends up everywhere!!??

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We have been getting hammered with snow this winter. As in, running out of places to put it! It is only January and we have far exceeded the total from last year. Sometimes it gets a bit windy too…

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Good thing Ken is tall so he doesnt get lost in the snow banks!

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To give you an idea…this was last week and it has snowed at least 18 more inches (probably more). Ken’s bike is also an extra Large. That’s a lot of snow.

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My sweet sister, Alle, got me the Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow cookbook for my birthday and I have been having a blast trying a ton of new recipes! So many delicious and healthy things to eat. This week, I made one of the smoothies from the book. Brooke was not impressed with the green color (kale), so I got to finish that one off myself. It was delicious!

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Lots of snow playtime=lots of Vizsla naptime.

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One day, we got so much snow that our neighbor decided that his equipment was better suited for the quantity. I didn’t complain about the help!

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Seriously, though.

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My kid is the biggest snow fan…she is stoked on all of the snow we have!

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Jasper is unsure. Hahaha. He loves the snow, but going just about anywhere in the yard is a challenge!

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Tired of snow pics yet? This has been life for the past few weeks!

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We did make a trip to Costco last weekend. It is right next to the Vail airport. This bad boy flew over our heads as we were heading in. So loud!

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Brooke dressed up as an astronaut and headed to space with her cat…made sure to take her microscope too 😉

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We had a home school group activity this week and headed to Stagecoach for some ice fishing. We lasted about 1.5 hours and then decided we needed hot chocolate. A few of the kids caught fish and it was so much fun! (Have I mentioned that I LOVE home schooling her!?!)

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Then we got more snow. aaaaaaah!!!

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Ken got in his 4 hour ride yesterday with his buddy while I stayed home and rode the trainer. Today, it was my turn to get out. Gorgeous! 19 miles in 2 hours and only one crash (ice is slippery). Wonderful weekend!

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That’s what we have been up to! Just enjoying all the winter things!

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For those that are training curious, my week looked like this…(had a bit of a cold, so took a break from running but it will be back!)

Weekly Workouts:

M: 2 hours on the trainer-base  (Ken was off from MLK Day)

T: 1 hour on the Trainer – Intervals

W: 1 hour on the Trainer-recovery

TH: REST DAY

F: 1 hour on the trainer FTP Test (2×8 min all out)-almost puked in the basement + easy 4 mile run (8:52 pace-super slippery)

SAT: 2 hours on the trainer-base

SUN: 2 hours on the Fat Bike. 19 miles/1417 feet of climbing

Totals:

Riding: 9 hours

Running: 4 miles

 

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Winter Happenings

Well, hello! I am clearly crushing it at this blogging thing (ha!). It seems like I blink and two weeks has gone by (or more?!).

Life just seems to be flying by right now. Between working on our race, finishing up the last couple of weeks of the class I am teaching, homeschooling Brooke, running a household and training….I just need a nap.

On the workout side of things, I have been really good at getting in my 30 miles a week for the last 3 weeks. I even got 10 miles in last Wednesday (6 of them outside in a blizzard). My goal of 30 miles in the M-F work week even came to fruition last week. It was pretty nice to play on my bikes and skis this weekend 🙂

I did a thing and signed up for the Belgian Waffle Ride (since I will be there and have a babysitter). It is 136 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing. What did I get myself into??!! It is May 5th, so let the training begin!

How about some random pictures from the last couple of weeks??

Spotted this little Ermine in our window well while I was running on the treadmill. Cutest little thing ever! I put a piece of 2×6 wood at a slant so he could make his way out.

Elf on the Shelf has been doing her thing.

There has been a good amount of outdoor play, but also so quality princess/makeover time. Clearly Brooke has a lot of work to do…

Saw the most gorgeous sunset on the way home one night….


Also saw these mamas and babies…

Went to the forest and cut down a Christmas tree…before Church, in 8 degrees. I needed more clothes.

I wear leg warmers to run in all the time and get teased for it! Finally, they are becoming a THING. Best day of my life.

Already have as many ski days in as all last year. So thankful for the killer snow this year!

In race news….we sold out in a week. Like well over 1000 people. We cant wait. It’s going to be awesome!

Side note: Ken and I almost ended up with frostbite creating this in 5 degrees.

The Pottery Barn bed saga continued….Ordered in March, 3 replacements later and finally she has a bed that is not cracked. It only meant that we had to drive the guys who assembled it back and forth 7 miles to their truck in a blizzard because they were afraid they would get stuck. Then, they forgot their tools so I had to go to town to ship them back the next day. Never ordering from them again!

When your kid asks to play with your phone, but you refuse to put games on said phone….little paparazzi….

Working on her selfie game. Hmmmmm Keep working….

Current road conditions…

Ken and I went on a fat biking date yesterday. He told me it was going to be a relaxed date ride. We climbed over 1000 feet in our 11.8 mile round trip. Ha. Thanks, Honey.

Went out with a girlfriend for dinner tonight. Third time in the 9 years I have been married. Clearly, I enjoy staying home with my family. BUT it was nice to have a focused adult conversation.

And now, I must stop procrastinating and return to grading! Getting pretty excited for some Christmas festivities over here!!!

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