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Being Sick is the Worst

Wooo. Back. Please excuse the hiatus as my family had the plague. Gah. Tested negative for the ‘vid, but whatever this virus was-not recommended. Ouch. Brooke is still enjoying a lingering cough and possible sinus infection.

While workouts took a swift downturn, I lucked out in that my main week of illness happened during a recovery week. Couldn’t have timed that one better as I wasn’t overly freaked out about missing miles-and also, let’s be honest, it is still solidly winter.

A few highlights from the past few weeks…

A gorgeous skate ski in Ponderosa!

We have had some killer sunsets. There has been PLENTY of cloudy days here this winter with lots of snow, so it has been nice to be able to see the sun go down-and at almost 6 pm now! Come on longer days!

We went down to Boise for Ken’s holiday party and stayed at a lovely hotel. The pool had been drained and cleaned and JUST opened the morning we were there. Talk about feeling pretty good about the cleanliness of a public pool 😉

Also, FINALLY found a fiddleleaf. I have been looking each time we have made the trip down to Boise and had yet to find one. Really hoping I can keep him alive-his tag says 60-90 degrees is his favorite and it definitely gets into the 50s in our house overnight. Come on, buddy!

On the temperature note, it was REALLY cold here last week. Ignore the date/time stamp-its very wrong. This was at 7:00 am. Was an indoor workout day 😉

This past week was Winter Carnival here in McCall. It is apparently a really big deal. There are ice sculptures (like really good ones!) all about town. Brooke and I ventured out for a bit to see some of them. There was also a dog sled race. The racer’s went basically right through our backyard-unfortunately they passed through during the night. I lucked out and happened to see a light on our walls after going to bed-Ken was asleep, but I hopped out of bed and was able to see a team pass by. Very cool!

Yesterday was the last day of the carnival and we happened to be in town with some friends. Holy moly, the number of people here was crazy. It took me about 30 minutes to find a place to park! Excited that things should calm down a bit this week.

And that is about the extent of our January. A solid way to start off the year. Ha. Here is to hoping Brooke can jump back in to her skiing this week!

Hope you have a great week! Stay healthy out there!

This week’s workouts
M: 6 miles, treadmill-easy
T: Pyramid workout, treadmill (2,4,6,6,4,2,1,30 sec) with warm up and cool down. 6 miles. 2 mile skate
W: 7 mile skate ski
H: 9 miles-hill workout in snow
F: Rest
S: 13.2 mile skate ski. 5 miles, treadmill
S: 10 miles, treadmill

Week of 1/23 (sick)
M: Rest
T: Rest
W: 3 mile walk on treadmill-thought I could jog. funny.
H: Rest
F: 45 minute spin on trainer
S: 1 hour ride on trainer
S: 5.6 mile skate ski

Week of 1/16
M: Rest
T: 7 miles treadmill, 7 miles skate ski
W: Rest
H: 7 miles skate ski
F: 10 miles skate ski
S: 13.3 miles skate ski (the day I realized I was getting Ken’s cold)
S: 3 mile walk

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Welcome to Twenty Twenty-three

Happy New Year! Wow, did the end of 2022 just seem to fly by, or is it me?!

Last week was filled with some running, but am happy to report it also included some downhill skiing! We ventured up to Brundage (for better or for worst) on Friday and wowza, was it busy! One of the main lifts was down for maintenance, so the lift lines were really long on remaining lifts. We did a few runs, but called it early and decided to head back up to ski once everyone has left town after the holidays.

Instead, we headed over to Little Ski Hill. With the T-bar and short runs, it tends to be less busy. I also have a soft spot for just being able to ski home when we are done.

Brooke prefers to be towed.

Ken and I went out two evenings in a row. I know, kind of a big deal. One night we headed to a couple’s home who we have spent the last couple of months becoming Strava friends with (they are also runners/outdoor lovers). It was great to meet in real life! We also had some friend’s in town that we met up with for drinks and a good catching up. May not seem like a lot, but it isn’t often that we go out after dark. Yes, I am 96 years old.

And now we are into the new year!

Any goals/resolutions for you?!

A few of mine include:
Training for and running 100 miles. (That one probably is enough for the yeart)
Choose the healthy food option
Add weight training to my week
Actually do the stretching. Anyone else? 😉
Prioritize what is important, not just what feels immediately necessary
Take more pictures
Write consistently

Cheers to sticking with them and accomplishing big things! Have a wonderful start to the new year!

This week’s workouts:
M: 4 miles, treadmill
T: Rest
W: 5 miles, treadmill
H: 4 miles, treadmill. 6.5 miles classic ski
F: Rest/ Downhill at Brundage
S: 10 miles, treadmill
S: 5 miles, treadmill.

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March.

And just like that, it is March! How is it possible that January took about 6 months and February went by in the blink of an eye…and there was even an extra day?! 😉

Things over here have been pretty usual, but getting excited for things to ramp up with Spring headed our way (fingers crossed!) haha.

With Brooke getting older, we have a lot more “things to do” each week that require trips to town. She has been having a blast with her buddies playing pickleball, is really into swimming and has been taking lessons to prepare for swim team tryouts next week (we are not committed yet, but want to see what she thinks of the competitive environment) and of course, enjoying the ski slopes!

There has been a good amount of cycling for Ken as he ramps up for gravel racing season and running for me as I get ready to race in one month! Ahhh. Only slightly nervous about that 😉 Luckily, training has been going well and that is motivating.

Last month, I read a book. That sounds terrible. I love, love, love reading but somehow life just doesn’t seem to allow for the time right now. I know a lot of people keep them by their bed and read before going to sleep, but most of my nights include grading and working until it is time to crash on my pillow. I am also not very good at having a book around and being able to walk away from it-especially if it is good!

I happened to pick this up and I really couldn’t put it down. Like, finished it in 3 days. I have a problem.  It was really, really fun to read. Sometimes we need a bit of a comedic escape, am I right? If you are looking for easy reading (that maybe hits a bit too close to community home in some ways-hello yoga pants, I’m looking at you)…this was awesome.

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We had some pretty fantastic snow in February and spent a good amount of time playing in it!

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On a trip to Costco, Ken found this and it was maybe the best day of his life. Cookie dough that you can eat raw without the fear of food poisoning?! It was gone way too fast.

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We spent a weekend in Fort Collins so Ken could get in 3 days of long (warmish/dryish) rides. I got in 2 good runs and a 53 mile ride with Errin and Colin. Chased the ride with 18 miles of running the next day. Always a good time 😉

Pretty happy with these splits-followed with 8 miles of easy running after.

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Brooke decided she wanted to get crafty-ignore the tomato soup on her face from lunch 😉

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That little deer…

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Overall, we have had a pretty gloomy winter. A lot of days that were gray, even if it didn’t snow. We have had a couple of gorgeous, bluebird days in the last 2 weeks and it is making my heart happy. I need some sunshine!

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Chased by more skiing!

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Today was an exciting day. Brooke got her first salon hair cut (typically I just cut it at home). Since I was getting mine cut, I thought it would be fun for her to have a neat experience. She was excited (and a little nervous) and ended up having the best time!

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The whole thing was great and I am pretty sure she has been going out of her way to find mirrors!

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She might have come home and put on her full face helmet to play on her snow mobile before I could grab a picture, but it did pretty well 😉

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I got about 3 inches of mine cut off and somehow it was the first time I had it cut in Steamboat?! Dont worry, she left it long enough to go into a ponytail- #priorities.

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And that’s where we are at! While we love the snow and all the fun things to do in it, I have to admit-I am looking forward to seeing a color other than white. It has been a long winter after a short summer…bring on the green.

Hope you are having a great start to March! Is it “Spring-ish” where you are or do you still have snow covered everything?

 

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