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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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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 πŸ™‚

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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Thanksgiving, First Day on the Slopes and Back Pain Stinks.

Hey, there! It’s been a hot minute, huh? It seems like I have been on my computer SO much but have not been able to find a second to pop on here!

How’s it going?? Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Is it winter where you are, yet??

We have had our fair share of work:play balance going on over here.

A ton of my time has been spent learning all things WordPress (working on our race site)…when I find a little extra time, I cant wait to bring that knowledge to my own site! Spending so much time on the social media side (like so much that it is making me a little crazy) but figuring out a lot of things. Everything has it’s own language and I am working on learning them all!

Work aside….here are some other things we have been up to…

Just working on her butterfly skills

Getting in a good amount of running miles…bring on the snow!

Spending some quality time working on selfie skills. ha.

My sister happened to be in town a few weekends ago to host a work event. She did a focus group on cold weather running apparel and the conditions were perfect! We got in a 4.5 mile run in the snow and then had lunch while she did some interviews. It was an absolute blast hanging out with some awesome runners! and having my sister here!

This guy was a little tired at the end of the weekend…

Last week, we headed down to the Front Range for Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law and her husband hosted and it was a great time. Ken and I got in a killer run on Thursday (6 miles of up and down). Brooke played with the kitties for 3 days (they napped when she left. Hard). Time with family and all the foods.

The sass makes me need a nap, too πŸ˜‰ Good thing she is cute!

Yesterday, Brooke and I headed into town for our first day on the slopes! I actually had a conference call that I took in the lodge at the top of the gondola and then we got our shred on! The snow was seriously better than all of last season.

This little bunny crushed it! Couldn’t believe it was the first day of the year! She will quickly be out-skiing me.

We chased the slope time with a trip to the movie theater. Do it all in one day, right? Ken met us and we caught Wreck it Ralph 2. It was hilarious and Brooke loved her date with me and Ken.

Random picture of the most tolerant dog in the world?

On the workout front, just plugging away at winter miles. Over Thanksgiving, I was in a different bed and my back was not a fan. My SI joints got pretty irritated (like couldn’t sleep or sit…or stand…er). Luckily, they have been gradually improving. After taking 3 days completely off, I was able to run 3 miles Monday and Tuesday really slowly. Today, I rode the trainer for 50 minutes in the morning and then did 6 snow miles around an 8:50 pace. Felt the SI joints for the whole run (mostly downhills) but more of an annoyance than pain. Hoping they keep improving.

That’s about it over here. Hoping that I will have some more time to hop on here. Winter is in full swing! Cant wait to bust out my xc skis and throw those into the workout mix. Supposed to snow tonight……

Until next time!

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