Getting Closer 12/9/2013
It's funny how the coldest week of the year is when our garage looks like an IKEA shipping department and I can't put my car inside...oh well, the remodel is a little more important than a frozen vehicle :)
We've been super busy putting in floor tile, vanities, tubs and toilets!
There's always a slight issue with every little part of the process but we're working through them slowly and finally starting to see the bathroom come together!
The toilet and vanity are fully functional which has been great. Now we just need to get the plumbing squared away for the tub drain and install the shower doors.
It really has been frigid here. Last week was 54 degrees on Monday then we never got over 5 degrees for the rest of the week. We even had a pipe freeze making the second of 3 showers unusable. Since paint doesn't dry well in colder temps, we decided to make our own trim painting station in the living room! Classy, huh?
Thankgiving Weekend 2013 12/2/2013
This year we drove up to Vail on Wednesday evening to hang with Bryce's family for Thanksgiving. We hadn't seen Bruno (the dog) in a few months and needed a change in scenery for a few days.
Thursday was filled with walking the dog a few times, helping Momma Bingham with a few dinner items and lots of relaxing. Just what we needed. We couldn't believe how big Bruno had gotten...he's only 8 months. Although he looks like a full grown boy, he's definitely still a puppy at heart :)
Bryce's family was vegetarian for 20+ years and their normal Thanksgiving tradition is making a ''nut loaf'' instead of turkey. They have recently began eating meat so Barb decided to test out her turkey making skill this year! It was AWESOME!
She also prepared the most delicious gluten and dairy free meal ever, which included a pumpkin and apple pie. We are too spoiled.
We had planned on skiing on Friday but it was so warm and the snow wasn't that great. Instead, we came back down to Boulder and did a few bicycle rides and got the tile laid in the shower. It's all starting to come together!
Back on the mountain 11/26/2013
This Saturday was the first time back on my snowboard since late 2008! With my vast array of injuries and health issues over the past 5 years, it really hadn't been a priority in my life. However, I really got the itch to get back into it this year. Instead of buying a pass and limiting ourselves to one area, we decided to go where we want, when we want. This past weekend, we hit up Loveland. Neither of us had been there before but it's close and inexpensive. Although there were only a few runs open, the snow was actually really good. I only lasted about 3hrs but it felt good to be out there and remember the uber soreness that comes along with it :)
Flora and I have been sending cookies for ''Bake-offs'' to the Shimano headquarters recently. I tried to wow them with some GF/DF Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies last time, but Flora schooled me with her gluten and butter filled Chocolate Chip ones. This time I wasn't about to lose so I through out the secret weapon with my special Peanut Butter Buckets. Unfortunately I couldn't eat any, but apparently they were good enough to crush Flora's White Chocolate Macadamia Nut ones. If I can't get the thrill out of competing on my bike, might as well get it baking cookies in the kitchen!
And lastly, we have walls on the extended bathroom. I'm still slightly bitter about not doing an open concept bed/bath but it actually doesn't look/feel too bad. We had a few snafu's with some plumbing supplies not arriving on time so hopefully we can get back on track this weekend and finally start laying some tile.
No turning back now! 11/18/2013
That's right, the master bath has officially been extended and there's no going back now!
As much as I wanted to keep an open concept bed/bath feeling, I was talked out of it and convinced that adding walls will be much more appealing to future renters/buyers. I win some, I lose some. Either way, I couldn't be happier with the work our framers did to bump out the room and add a fancy pocket door last week.
To give you a brief idea of how an additional 3ft will change our bath, the above pic is how the room used to look and below is how it will eventually look!
We are compromising on a smaller shower but in return getting a gorgeous freestanding soaker tub which I've been dreaming about for years. We'll also be adding a second vanity sink. And to make Bryce happy and motivated, we're laying in-floor heating as well :)
Our original plan with the closets was to have two separate framed units along the back wall instead of one larger closet and a small nook.
Instead, we found it easier and less expensive to just remove the current closet and associated framing then insert two large wardrobes that will go wall to wall and be much taller. This also gives us the opportunity to completely customize the insides and have the exact space and organization that fits our individual needs. Plus, I still wasn't really over ripping walls out!
Here's a panoramic view of the space from Bryce's new iPhone. Much more to come!
Yay, we finally started the bed/bath remodel 11/11/2013
I've been waiting for AGES for this and with the dirt bike season behind us, Bryce finally agreed to get started :)
This is probably one of our bigger projects but we couldn't be more excited to expand our tiny 5ft x 8ft master bath and finally build a second closet.
We've completed the first part of the demo so the framers can push out the bathroom walls this week. Then we start to rip out the one closet to make room for two massive custom wardrobes! I haven't been feeling my best recently and this weekend's hard work showed how out of shape I really am. However, I'm pretty sure the double dose of antibiotics are doing their job so it will only be a matter of time before the gut and my energy start turning around. More to come soon!
Moving Forward 11/4/2013
For Halloween last week, Bryce was supposed to dress up for work. He didn't tell me this until 30min before he was about to leave so I told him he was on his own. 15min later, he came down wearing this. I nearly fell over laughing. Apparently we have quite a bit of leftover triathlon gear floating around in our room. It's actually pretty clever and his co-workers got a big kick out it.
Last week I also began extensive physical therapy on my thumb. I see the PT three days a week for the next month. In just a few sessions, I have gained 9 degrees of movement and things are slowly starting to loosen up. I've also been wearing this silicon scar mold (pictured above) that has been helping tenfold. Not only is the scar not as raised, it's helping heal the last two internal stitches that tried to come back up. The exercises and manual therapy hurt like crazy but since I can't suffer on the bike anymore, I guess it's helping to keep my pain tolerance in check :)
Where did the fall go?!? 10/28/2013
Even though things haven't been the most exciting lately, I still cannot believe fall is almost over and it was already time for Allen and Jenny's annual pumpkin carving party! As usual, it was a great time and so nice to catch up with Tito and Courtney, whom I haven't seen in ages. Unfortunately, Bryce was driving back from a weekend of racing moto in TX so he couldn't make it. He did, however, have a fun last race of the season and is really starting to figure out how to rip on his new 150.
Fall may have come and gone really quickly, but I'm not complaining. I'm actually really excited for winter this year. Bryce and I have decided to jump back into snowboarding and hit up a bunch of different resorts for the first time in 5 years. I have been trying to break in my old but new boots while working and it's getting me really antsy for the winter to arrive. Looking forward to being back playing in the mountains!
Let the healing begin! 10/21/2013
A few weeks ago, I was put in touch with a great MD who incorporates a lot of the naturepathic medicine concepts into her practice. I really enjoyed working with my previous ND and felt like we were on the right track, however, she just had another baby and is unable to give me the full attention she thinks is necessary to get better. My new doc did many of the same and a few different tests which gave us some light on why my body shuts down once I begin racing. Although we haven't gotten all tests back, I have begun another round of intense supplementing as she thinks this is the only way I'll be able to boost my immune system and adrenal glands back up. Many of these are exactly what my ND had prescribed and a few are new and very different. For someone who used to not be able to swallow pills, taking 40+ caps a day is NOT easy. I've contemplated giving up racing and moving on but I simply can't let it go. If I want to get back out there, I know this is my last resort so my motivation to take the supplements is very high. Like with anything new to your system, it takes a bit for it to adjust so these next few weeks are going to be rough. However, and from previous experience, I know it will get better. Stay tuned for more updates and cross your fingers my body and energy start cooperating :)
Going through the motions 10/14/2013
I apologize for the lack for blogging but in all honesty, there really isn't too much to report these days. I've still been feeling pretty blah and laying low key other than trying to plan our master bed/bath remodel and buying silly things like this scooter above. I swore I would never buy a scooter but I needed to meet my ''I'm sick again so I might as well buy another toy'' quota. Plus, it's motivation to get better sooner so Bryce and start motor-pacing me when I'm fit and ready to get my leg speed back. It needs a few parts to make it zippier but it's still super fun.
I've also been in the kitchen baking quite a bit. I even attempted my first pot of homemade apple cider this past weekend. I couldn't resist making some GF/DF pumpkin donuts to go with it too. The weather has been much cooler so it felt appropriate :) Happy Fall!
In loving memory of Amy D 10/8/2013
This past Thursday, the world lost an amazing, kind, and talented young lady. Amy was not only a good friend of mine, but a huge role model in our cycling community. We held a tribute for her on Friday at Rocky Mounts where her bike was proudly put in the rafters for everyone to see. Sunday was a candlelight memorial at the Valmont bike park. It couldn't have been a more appropriate place as it was one of Amy's favorite places. It makes me physically sick every time I think about it but I know she will always be watching down and smiling upon on us. RIP my sweet girl, I miss you so much already!
to view one of the first articles that came out about her passing.
The cast is off! 9/25/2013
I finally got my gnarly and stinky cast off this morning and above is what my thumb looks like nearly 6 weeks post surgery. The doc said it looks good but was a bit concerned with the extreme stiffness. I'm supposed to wear a splint when I'm in situations where I could be hazardous to myself (which really means full time) then wash dishes with hot water for the next four weeks. Hopefully getting the area warm and soft with hot water will help it loosen up and re-gain mobility.
Reading from left to right then top to bottom, you'll see the various hand apparel I've gone through since the crash on Aug 2. From the $16 Safeway splint, a post surgery bandage, a colorful and waterproof cast, and now a fancy mold-able splint, my right hand has seen it all. Some day I'll be back to normal!
Yes, we are okay! 9/16/2013
Before I go into the details of the floods, I have to share a gorgeous pic of Melanie and James' newborn, Emery Mai Huang. She joined us on September 5th and is the cutest little thing. We brought them some homemade chili for dinner tonight and got to hear all about the first week at home. We're so happy for them and can't wait to watch Emery grow up :)
And onto the floods. We are safe and VERY fortunate. Although we had some flooding in our basement, it could have been way worse. The Torrance boys came over to help us dig some ditches to divert the standing water filling the window wells.
Bryce used old dryer vents and bicycle tubes to re-direct the gutter and sump pump drainage away too.
This is a street (or was a street) less than a mile directly north of our home. It's been a long week and seeing the damage in person is simply devastating. We have been told that the rain needs to subside in order to assess the true damage but estimated figures, timelines, and missing people are astonishing. The whole situation seems surreal right now but I'm sure it will set in this coming week. Check out this gallery of pics to see more of the situation - http://photos.denverpost.com/2013/09/12/photos-massive-flash-flooding-along-front-range-of-colorado/#1
Last week was a bit on the rough side as I found out that I have the Epstein Barr Virus for a fourth consecutive year :( It explains why I've been feeling extra crappy and although I'm slightly glad to know it's not fully due to the concussion, I'm still really bummed out. I'm working with specialists and immunologists and will hopefully have more info soon. On the brighter side, I did get my hard cast put on and molded to my bike handlebars. Hopefully I'll be able to start riding it sometime soon.
Bryce's sister, Brittany, was in town from Cali for the long weekend so we headed to Vail to see her and his parents. While Bryce was out riding his new dirt bike, I tried to get caught up on work and rest as much as possible.
Brittany used to work at the Beaver Creek stables so she thought it would be fun to grab a few horses and go on a trail ride. It's been probably 10+ years since I've ridden but it was really fun.
It's 3 days later and my inner thighs are still sore, but well worth it!
WP MTB Series Wrap Up 8/27/2013
It was definitely a disappointing ending to the Winter Park series since I wasn't able to compete in the final two races. However, my other race results combined with the drops were good enough for a third place overall finish!
Bryce had a stellar season finishing on the podium at every race except one and ended up winning the overall series by two points! Next year he moves up to the Expert 30-34 category so he'll have his work cut out for him :) Congrats Hunny.
My head and hand are still out of commission so my normal full weekend of exercise is out of the question leaving me a lot of extra time on my hands. Melanie and James brought over another zucchini from their garden so I decided to make muffins and brownies out of it! Tada.
Recovery time 8/21/2013
Last Friday I checked into Avista Hospital where Dr. James Reid surgically repaired the torn UCL in my thumb. The operation went well, and it sounds like Dr. Reid repairs quite a few of these 'Skier's Thumbs' in Colorado.
Although the surgery went well and lasted less than an hour, I suffered through the anesthesia recovery a little bit more than anticipated. Bryce sat in the recovery room with me for about four hours after I woke up, and even when we left I still felt completely out of it. Due to my fear of nausea, I haven't exactly followed the suggested pain medication routine, and have endured way more pain throughout the past few days than I should have.
I'll be sporting this soft cast until next Wednesday when I have my first post-op visit. The plan is to remove my stitches and put me in a waterproof cast that can be molded to the shape of my handlebars! Assuming the state of my concussion allows, I should be able to get back on the bike for some light exercise sometime after that.
I can't thank everybody enough for the outpouring of love and well wishes through another set-back. As you can imagine, this is not easy for me to deal with and I would love nothing more than to have a full year without any issues.
Back under the knife :( 8/16/2013
After showing Lara my thumb a week post crash, she wasn't very optimistic. Although it was going to cost me $1000 out of pocket to get an MRI, she was pretty insistent I get the images taken. Just knowing the diagnosis would help speed up the recovery process either way so I agreed. Late Tuesday night I got the news that the ligament was 100% torn and required mandatory surgery to fix. I was able to see hand specialist, Dr. Reid, this afternoon to reaffirm surgery was needed and he immediately scheduled my surgery for tomorrow at 7am!
I'll post more details post operation but in the meantime, you can check out more info on the injury and how it is repaired through this link (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2654954/
I also have a stener lesion which means the ligament pulled some bone fragment away when it tore. Happy reading and stay tuned for recovery updates.
Bryce's new toys! 8/13/2013
Bryce spontaneously decided this past weekend that he wanted to trade in his KTM 250F for a zippy 150 2-stroke. He has always been a ripper on the little bikes and was eager to switch things up to keep his riding fresh. It just so happened our boys at Fay's had a brand new leftover 2012 Red Bull Edition KTM 150 for him to pick up that day!
He has a bunch of parts to switch out before he can sell the 250 but I know he doesn't mind spending time in our toy box :)
Bryce also completed his new 1x10 hardtail mountain bike/commuter. It definitely turned into a much more elaborate bike than anticipated but now we both have the same type of bike for short track and singlespeed riding.
These are obviously not Bryce's new toys but I thought it was a cute pic to post :) I helped watch Ben's kiddos while he had some important work to take care of. We had fun watching motocross and destroying my kitchen while making cookies. As adorable as these little munchkins are, I'm still set on my ''no kids, no plants, no pets'' lifestyle!
Down but not out 8/6/2013
As much I want to believe I am invincible on my downhill bike, the truth is, I'm nowhere close! As a matter of fact, I got a pretty good idea of that last Friday when I dropped straight on my head from the top of a wooden bridge feature in Winter Park. I had been riding really well and was told everything on this double black diamond run we were about to go down was ride-able. I had never been on it so I should have known better not to try everything even though someone told me it was okay. That definitely came back to bite me when I thought the wooden bridge continued to the ground instead of just dropping off making it a mandatory jump.
The unfortunate part is that I did land straight on my head and pulled my right thumb completely backwards. For a split second I thought my whole body was broken but thankfully it was only a concussion, a bum thumb (that still needs to be analyzed for a ligament tear), some serious whiplash, and a super sore body. The best part is that my bike was okay!!! I have been put on a mandatory 10 days of ZERO exercise so that my head can come back to life. I've already done some pretty stupid things since the incident so it's probably best I stay put on the couch for a bit. Throughout the past years of illness, I've tried to think that everything happens for a reason. This may just be a way for me to take a forced break before the cyclocross season so that I don't burn out or get sick mid-way through. For peace of mind, I'm just going to stick with that theory :)
BRC Watch Demo - HUGE TURNOUT! 8/1/2013
Christine and Denny joined me Wednesday night for another watch demo at the Boulder Running Company Fun Run. I couldn’t believe how many people showed up and how quickly every single demo watch went! We had a lot of runners in the market for a new GPS watch and they were stoked to be able to try out the Run Trainer 2.0 before they bought something. Everyone who tried it absolutely loved it so we couldn’t have been more thrilled! Below are a few pics from the night.
Winter Park is my happy place! 7/31/2013
After a rough week of being really tired and a slightly terrified I was getting sick again, I decided to test the waters Saturday morning at the 4th WP MTB Race. I did little to no training this past week but instead slept a ton and pumped up hardcore on several vitamins and supplements. There are so many factors that could have attributed to being exhausted but I wanted to be overcautious in case my immune system was in fact getting a bit depleted. My goal for the race was to go my usual race pace for the first big climb/descent then re-analyze how I felt. There was an easy bail out section that I could take in case I wanted to cut it short so I almost planned on just doing that. However, after the first 10 miles, I felt okay. I knew I wouldn't be able to hold that pace for the next 15 miles so I just decided to cruise. I lost my 2nd position very quickly when I toned it down but my lower/steady pace caught up to the others towards the end. I found myself riding with my friend Lisa who was in 3rd late in the last climb then used my descending skills to pull away on the super long descent to the last climbing section. Although my right inner thigh cramped to the point where I fell off my bike right after the long downhill, I was able to massage it out for a quick minute, get back on my bike, and hold on to the podium spot by a slim margin. It was definitely not my best showing in terms of power output but I was beyond excited to be on the podium considering I honestly didn't even fathom finishing when on the starting line. Every race this season has been a learning experience and I'm so grateful to to be healthy and able to race. I'm now tied for the points series lead so I'm hoping to be back to my 100% self for the next one!
I have been waiting since last December to build up my Norco Aurum DH bike and I finally got to ride it for the first time this past Sunday. We only got in a few runs before the massive rain storm blew in but it was enough to create an ear to ear grin for the rest of the day! What a freaking blast. Also, Bryce and Tom provided some great entertainment by crashing into each other on the fire road leading to the trail! Can't wait to get back up there this weekend and see how big I can go :)
New toys, weddings, big rides - whoa, what a weekend! 7/23/2013
You've probably seen a photo of this bike's frame several months this past winter. After a little impatience, I finally ordered a different fork than I had originally planned on using so I could actually get some use out of it this summer! I've never ridden a DH bike before, but I'm beyond excited to get after it. Bryce says it's just like riding a super lightweight dirt bike...giddy up :)
We joined some good friends on Saturday morning to take the infamous 8:10 bus up to Nederland for a day of mountain biking. It's very rare that we don't get turned around at least once or twice on our rides, but now that the entire trail system has been totally logged, I'm pretty certain we got lost a bit more than average. Needless to say, we all had a great time and enjoyed some high country singletrack and a bombing descent back down to Boulder.
Later that night, we attended close friends, Adrianne and Corey's wedding on top of Flagstaff Mountain.
The ceremony was stunning and the weather couldn't have been more perfect!
Adrianne and Corey are the utmost perfect couple and we all wish them the best of luck on their new adventure :)
The reception was at the UMC on CU's campus so the ''Just Married'' couple rode a tandem down the mountain from the ceremony. We definitely made sure to park along the way so they would have a large cheering section and a crazy fan to spark their attention. Photo credits on the above four images goes to Allen Krughoff of Hardcastle Photography
The reception was a blast and as bike racers, it's always fun to see everyone all dressed up and looking good. We slept in late on Sunday then headed out for a tough interval session on the CX bikes up Four Mile. The rest of the day was spent getting Bryce's car ready to sell, going to the grocery and baking some delicious treats. It's been a while since we've stayed in town for the weekend and it felt great to get a lot of stuff done!
Back to the Runner's Roost for some GPS demos! 7/19/2013
On Wednesday night, several of the Colorado Timex Multisport athletes gathered at the Runner's Roost in Louisville for their weekly group run session. Even though it was well over 90 degrees, we had an amazing turnout!
Per our usual routine, we brought our fleet of demo GPS watches for the runners to try out!
Barry was fresh off a lesson at the Training Peaks headquarters so he was full of all sorts of knowledge, tips, and tricks.
Showing the runners their data on Training Peaks is still my favorite part of the demo. Their excitement over the elaborate graphs, maps and charts is so fun to see. We had several runners show up with other GPS watches and were extremely pleased with the Run Trainer 2.0 - most were expressed with how comfortable/light it felt and how easy the screen was to read!
Big thanks to Trista, Denny, Christine, and Barry for coming out for yet another successful demo night!
Some big lessons were learned this weekend! 7/16/2013
This past weekend was round three of the Epic Singletrack MTB Series in Winter Park. This 23 mile course is a point to point going from the Ski Resort out to Fraser (right by our condo)! It's definitely one of my favorite races of the series as well.
I felt absolutely terrible during my warm up which was a bit weird but figured I was probably just drained from the hot weather that week. With CX being the main focus of my season, I've been going into the mountain races extremely relaxed with little to no expectation so I wasn't too concerned. My ultimate goal for this race was to nail my nutrition no matter what and go from there.
The race began as usual on a 10 percent fire road that goes for a mile until you hit the singletrack. I definitely didn't have the punch I normally do and found myself entering the trails behind several unusual faces. It was tough, but I made my way through the masses and eventually established my place and was able to rip the final part of the first descent at my pace.
At the bottom of that descent is where things began to go awry! Since we race on the slopes of a ski mountain, the trail is either straight up or straight down...very little, if any, in flat terrain. After the descent, we made a sharp turn onto a steep and very rooty climb that I have done hundreds of times. However, this time I didn't have anything in my legs to turn over the pedals. It was like my body had just shut off. I dabbed on one of the roots and had to walk my bike...that has NEVER happened on this particular section of trail. It was only 30min into a 2hr race and I honestly felt like I had just finished a race and completely emptied the tank. The girls I had passed on the descent were starting to pick me off one by one. I rarely DNF a race but I honestly wasn't certain I could make it to the finish and seriously considered pulling out. At the top of the climb, I soft pedaled to the next descent which eventually dumped out to another fire road climb. Per my original plan, I got my nutrition down and within minutes I was a new person. I don't know if I just needed fuel or the mental aspect of accomplishing my one goal set in, but either way, I was now on a mission. I could see my power numbers sky rocketing (from my Stages Power Meter
), and I could see a bunch of girls in the distance. My motivation was higher than ever and now it was my turn to pick off the ladies in front of me one by one. I caught up with my good friend Amy Dombrowski who was sitting in 2nd place about 3 miles from the finish. I tried my best to get around her but I just couldn't match her pop through the rocky, false flat terrain.
I crossed the line in 3rd place and couldn't believe I actually pulled off the race I did. I also beat my time from 2011 by a whopping 10 minutes! A huge lesson was learned today...NEVER GIVE UP! My coach always tell us that you don't have to feel good to go fast and today I got to experience that. Huge congrats to Tammy for her first Pro win and hats off to Amy who has been racing and training like a mad woman in preparation for her CX season with Telnet over in Europe.
Bryce also had a phenomenal race! Now that he has increased his training hours by 500% with his daily commute to work, I think he's going to see some huge improvements in his racing.
We also talked about how we truly believe our gluten and dairy free lifestyle has made a significant impact on our overall energy levels and recovery times. Congrats on your 3rd place hunny!
Since I'm still waiting on my DH fork to arrive, I went out with my usual WP posse for a long/fun ride on the trails. The conditions were perfect and the company was outstanding. I got a good idea of how tough the next race's course is so that was nice as well. Another amazing weekend in the books!
Good Stuff 7/11/2013
Yay, Bryce is finally riding his bike to work every day :) I couldn't be happier for him and it's so fun to be able to join in on either end of his commute. Although this is only week 1 of the new job, he's really enjoying the new environment and loves all his co-workers.
For all you bike geeks out there, I've jumped on the 1x bandwagon. It's 1x10 with a 32T Wolftooth chainring on an XTR spindle and an 11-36T XTR cassette. I've been getting pressured to also have a single speed setup as well so you may be seeing that in the near future as well!
Here's a fun pic from the CU Short Track on Wednesday night. It wasn't my best showing but came in 3rd behind good friends Erin and Karen. I think a week of entertaining plus a week of temps near 100 degrees have been sinking in :) The cooler weather of Winter Park is definitely calling my name this weekend!
A great weekend with the Fam! 7/8/2013
Last Wednesday, my parents and Keren (my brother's girlfriend) flew into Denver. After spending the first part of the week in Winter Park, my little brother and his dog drove up to Boulder to meet us as well. We raced the local CU Short Track then enjoyed a fun evening of catching up. Thursday morning was relaxing with a nice breakfast, some tour watching, bike riding at Valmont, then a trip to Pearl Street. We ended the day with a fun BBQ and watched the 4th of July fireworks.
My mom went to see Todd at Integrative Healing and Acupuncture first thing on Friday for some bodywork. Afterward, we had a pancake breakfast with the Binghams in Boulder then drove up to the mountains for a little bit of cooler weather. We also helped Ben put his dog, Tigger, into his backpack so he could take him to work...priceless.
Bryce finally got to ride his DH bike at the Trestle Bike Park in WP with Jerry while I went for an epic XC ride with some good friends.
Winter Park local and all around MTB legend, Keith Sanders, took us on a super technical trail and at the top there was a sign in bullets called 'Redneck Run'. Ya never know what you're gonna get with this guy! Later Saturday afternoon, we said goodbye to Jerry, Keren and their dog Reilly, then headed to Colorado Springs with my parents. We raced dirt bikes on Sunday and it was great to have my parents finally get to see what that scene is all about. On our way back through Denver, we dropped them off at a hotel by the airport so they could easily catch their early AM flight. I believe a great weekend was had by all! It's always so nice to get the everyone together in one place for a few days :)
Timex Watch Clinic - REI (Boulder, CO) 7/3/2013
Tuesday morning I met up with Timex Superstar Athlete, Tim Hola, for a little watch demo at the REI in Boulder.
I brought out the demo fleet of Run Trainer 2.0 watches and also a bunch of older models so we could walk through the history of Timex's GPS products. We mainly discussed the features of the Run Trainer but also answered lots of great questions that the employees had.
Timex and Powerbar swag is always welcomed at any demo :)
Finally, we gave the group a sneak peek at the new Marathon watch that will be released soon!
The 2013 Breakthrough Race!!! 7/2/2013
I have to admit, I hadn't been feeling exceptionally well on the bicycle until this past week. I haven't been able to hit good power numbers and just couldn't quite recover from the super hard workouts. After a good chat with the coach, we changed a few things around so that my hard interval day wouldn't be the morning before the weekly Wednesday evening short track races. Even though it means I miss out on the group session, there is so much more benefit for me to be rested and treat the 25min short track as a race rather than a survival ride. I tried out the Tuesday intervals then the Wednesday STXC for the first time last week and was pleasantly surprised. It was almost 100 degrees at 6:40pm when it started but I was still able to put down the hammer and ride strong in 3rd behind two rockstar racers.
After a rest day and massage, Bryce and I headed to Winter Park on Thursday night. We did a fun shakeout ride with our friend Keith on Friday and learned some sweet new trails on the other side of the mountain. Saturday was a cool and relaxed morning before we headed to the start of the WP XC Super Loop MTB Race. The 18ish mile course had it's fair share of climbing but also some tight/twisty/technical singletrack that is so freaking fun :)
As usual, the race started on a 10% grade service road that goes for about a mile until it hits the trail. If you want first dibs on a clean descent, your only choice is to attack the start and lay it all on the line. I knew there was no way I was beating Erin Huck to the entrance but I didn't want too many others in between. Luckily I hit the singletrack in third, right behind my good friend and great bike handler, Cait Vestal. For the next 30 or so minutes, I relaxed and let myself recover from the hard effort up the first climb. I rode smart and steady and eventually ended up catching Cait up the final big climb. I couldn't believe how good I felt and how low my heart rate was. I'm used to seeing mid to high 180s during 1.5-2hr MTB races and I was barely hitting 170 but still putting out great power (even at 10,000ft). Other than my nutrition, or lack there of, I was ecstatic about my race. I was almost 3 minutes faster than last year which gives me confidence that my fitness is coming back. I'm doing everything in my nature to keep my body healthy and the Epstein Barr Virus AWAY so that I can continue to gain speed and strength for the CX season.
After the race, my little brother and his puppy met up with us after a long drive from Salt Lake City. He will be spending the first part of the week at our place doing lots of mountain biking with his buddies. Then his girlfriend and my parents will be arriving on Wednesday to spend the long weekend with us! Yay...happy days :)
It's OFFICIAL!!!! 6/26/2013
On July 8th, Bryce will officially be working in Boulder! After several long years of looking for the right job, he's landed a great position with Emerson in their Rosemount division. Instead of commuting a minimum of 2 hours a day, he'll now be able to enjoy a casual 20 minute bike ride to and from work. As an added bonus, the company works half days on Friday...oh yea! I'm beyond excited for him and cannot wait for him to enjoy a huge lifestyle improvement :)
Summer in Vail 6/24/2013
As the summer is now in full swing, our non-race weekends are getting more and more limited. Since my DH fork has yet to arrive and a relaxing/pampering weekend was calling our names, we opted to spend it in Vail with Bryce's family.
Saturday we met up with a good friend of Bryce's and did some dirt biking above his parent's house at Red and White Mountain and Muddy Pass. It was so beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better weather.
On Sunday, we ventured to the north side of Vail and rode the Lost Lake trail to Buffehr Creek to the North Trail.
It was a perfect 3.5hr ride with amazing views and super fun trail. We will definitely be doing that again :)
Lastly, I have to comment about how big Bruno has gotten. He is now 13 weeks and already weighs 42lbs. He is going to be one big doggie!
Timex Run Trainer 2.0 Demo #1 6/21/2013
On Wednesday evening, we met up with the Pearl Street Runners for their weekly 5K run along the Boulder Creek Path.
We brought along our newest fleet of Run Trainer watches for the runners to demo and it was a complete hit!
Everyone was really excited to give it a shot and eager to see their data when they returned.
After Christine, Denny and myself got everyone set up and connected to their respective sensors, they were off.
As usual, we helped everyone see their run data and how to scroll through the different information. Many runners have never run with a GPS before so they were extremely impressed. The coolest part about this run group is that Conor O'Neills (a local bar), provides free beer and food to the runners every week! We had a great time and the group was a blast to work with.