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Pretend Training, Staining and a Duathlon

You know how sometimes when you let something go for so long, it feels awkward to come back? Kind of how I felt about blogging today! Things have been such a whirlwind that it was like calling someone back after the first date….but having waited 2 weeks.

So much going on, but also a mix of boring content….so I thought I would just throw out some of the fun things…..

About 2 weeks ago, I decided to train for an olymipic distance duathlon. Let’s put it this way, I was severely under-trained! ha!

It meant some time in the basement where I proceeded to take gross pictures of my sweaty hair and send them to Ken. He loves me still, mostly πŸ˜‰


Because I was trying to cram a lot of intensity into a short time, my legs HATED me. To the point where I looked forward to an ice bath. I forgot just how cold they are….


We did some other things too….

Like babysit this 9 week old little dude. I cant even. His face.



Worn out.



Brooke got to play some more golf…the best.


And I spent the majority of the last week stainingΒ  the ceiling and beams/posts on the front deck. Talk about sore! My legs and arms killed from all the ladder time. Perfect for training, I’m sure.


Brooke is always a rockstar when I am doing projects and I found a lot of pics on my phone of her antics.


I was just impressed that I could figure out the ladder (only dropped it on my forearm once!).


Managed a couple of outside rides.


Did some “back to ‘home school'” shopping!


Harvested our beets. Impressive, right?!


Then this past weekend Errin and Colin were here to race! The kitties came too and took care of all the moths/flies they could find in the house!


Saturday we were up around 5:30 to get E, C and Ken on their way to race the Stinger. Brooke and I went in a little later to spectate. Poor Colin had a mechanical issue and didnt end up on the course until over an hour after the start. Errin had a great lap and PR’ed the course in under 3 hours! Ken finished off in a sprint and ended up in 6th for the day in the Pro race. His best finish to date!


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We spent the rest of the day relaxing before calling it a super early night!

Sunday morning…ugh…Ken and I woke up to an alarm at 2:40. Did you know that was even possible?!

Ken was working the triathlon and had to be there at 3:45 to prep. It was rough, but nice to ride together. Since Errin and Colin were at our house, Brooke had someone to wake up to and it made it all possible!

We got to the venue at 3:45 am and Ken got to work. I got to lay in the truck and close my eyes for a bit. While I didnt actually fall asleep, it was better than being outside working!

Around 5:45, I got out and dressed and then helped with packet handout. Since I was busy, there wasn’t even an opportunity to get nervous for the race.

At 8, we lined up (it was a small field for the duathlon) and we were off!

The 5k was nice and cool and we went out really fast. It was WAY faster than I should have gone out, but I was excited to stay with the lead group. I was at a 7:40 min/mile pace for that first 3.1 miles! Really good when you havent done any speed work over the summer πŸ˜‰

The bike was my favorite part (shocker). While first place was way off the front, I ended up heading out in 3rd position. I passed a girl who I knew was a really strong runner within the first 100 feet and then was passed by a legit looking lady on a full blown tri-bike. Super aero. Much more than my cyclocross bike with 28s on it. I went pretty hard on the bike (saw Ken on the course!!) in order to put in a gap on the girl who I knew would kick my butt on the run!

Returned from the ride and threw my running shoes back on. I made it exactly 1.05 miles before my legs started cramping…bad. Maybe that is why you actually do “brick” workouts in training. My legs were not exactly sure what was happy or why I wanted to kill them. The rest of the 10k became a run/walk to make sure that I actually made it….I have never wanted to quit a race that bad in my life!

The strong runner girl was putting some time into me so I was very conscious of whether or not I could see her! I kept it together enough to get through the finish line in 3rd place!


Turns out that the woman in first is super fast and actually travels internationally to race dualthons. No biggie.



I was pretty excited with that result given the lack of training!! It was one of the hardest races I have done….super fun, but physically and mentally super hard! Maybe I will try it again on some actual training πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, we got some interesting news about Ken’s company. It will be moving to Denver next summer… many decisions in our future :/


A Trip Up Emerald and I Need a Nap

Hey there, friends! How is your hump day going?? Doing anything fun today?

Our morning started at 5 with the sound of the alarm clock and a side of the coffee dripping in the machine (Thank goodness for pre-set coffee…am I right?!). It took a little effort, but we rolled out of bed and headed for the basement. Ken did an hour on the trainer and I opted for 45 minutes of riding and 15 minutes of weights. When we were finished, it was pancakes for everyone….and a second cup of coffee!).

The rest of the morning went by in a blur of cleaning up and packing for our trip to town. First stop, grocery store! Loaded up on all the goodies (We have 2 Rtic coolers and they are the buy ice cream every week BEFORE ski lessons and the drive home!).

Once we had everything loaded, we stopped by the gas station to fill up a couple of cans for Ken’s snowmobile. That gave Brooke a chance to finish her snack before getting to Howelsen and getting dressed for skiing! She opted to do the second session and we are all pretty happy about that. πŸ˜‰

While she shredded the slopes, Jasper and I ran over to the other side of Emerald to do some exploring. It was supposed to be an easy 3 mile day, but how do you do that if you have an hour to yourself?!



Naturally I wore way too many clothes and it was a sweatfest, but I needed pockets and succumbed to the vest. Next time, fanny pack πŸ˜‰


One happy dog.


It was well worth the views.


We ended up with 6 miles total before meeting up the Brooke. Profile looked like this…


Jasper loves his day to run with Mom πŸ˜‰

Quick drive home and unloading of groceries and everyone was feeling like this….


Except Brooke who never runs out of energy. She played with all her toys before agreeing to take a break to take a bath (and give me a break!).

I am currently trying to not fall asleep on the keyboard. Maybe Brooke will put me to bed tonight???

Hope you had a wonderful day!! Here is to early bedtimes!!

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Lemonade Weekend

Hey Monday friends! How was your weekend?? Do anything fun? Watch the Super Bowl? What a game?! We didnt really care which team won, but were cheering for the Eagles because they were the underdogs….Down to the wire!!

We had an awesome low key weekend with a lot of fun thrown in!

Saturday we spent the morning watching the women’s cyclocross world’s races. Katie Compton put on such a great show for us! What an amazing race…and 3 Americans in the top 10. Incredible!

The weather was pretty nice, so Ken set out on his bike with the hopes of getting in at least two hours. Well, the riding was so good that he got in 3.5 hours with one stop for coffee πŸ˜‰ Not bad for the beginning of February (over 50 miles for the day!).

While he was out, I decided to get my long run done some that we could consolidate our workout time and have more time to play!

Eight miles on the treadmill around an 8:20 pace with some faster miles at the finish. Nothing like a fast finish run when you just want to be done πŸ˜‰ I was super sweaty (I planned to go outside for the second 4 miles, but Brooke wanted me to stay in the basement…and it saved a second outfit!).


After Ken got home and we had some lunch, we headed outside for some sledding. The snow was in good shape for some high speeds and we enjoyed launching off the jump at the bottom!



Ken was a little tired after his ride πŸ˜‰


Jasper wanted all the snow balls.


These clouds though!!


Hello, sun rays.


On Sunday, we started out the day with the men’s cyclocross worlds races (pattern, much?) Poor MvdP, I think he has a block on that race….one bad race every year and it just happens to be an important one!

We had plans to ski in town. I was going to meet up with a friend, but she ended up feeling under the weather so we will go a different day. That meant that I got to ski with the fam, so I wasn’t sad about it!

Nice ride, B.



This girl loves the chairlifts and we had a blast!




Rough views.





Ken skied backwards most of the day and carried her when she was tired. I have no idea how he is moving today!! We ended up pretty close to the top of the mountain and Brooke did a fantastic job. We maybe pushed it 2 runs past exhaustion…but we were both impressed!!


We made it home in time for a dip in the hot tub before making dinner and spending the evening watching a little football game πŸ˜‰

Then we went to bed at 9. Ha!

This morning we got up to ride at 5 (1 hour of riding and 15 minutes of weights). This would have been great had Brooke not had a bad dream and gotten me up to sleep with her at 3. Yeah, spoiler alert, I didn’t go back to sleep…..give me all the coffeeeeeeeee.

And that was our weekend! Currently trying to muster up the energy to get on with the day. Hoping to get an easy 3 mile jog in a bit later and then some stretching. The class that I am teaching just started today, so bring on all the student emails πŸ™‚

Hope you have a great start to your week!!

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