Clean Slate a Visual Reminder

Last year I purchased the ilovetorun.org calendar.  I wanted a visual way to show all of my hardwork.  In addition to logging workouts in Garmin and Training Peaks, having something to physically mark off was surprisingly satisfying.  On days where I didn’t feel like working out, I would see the chain of Xs and (most of the time) it would motivate me to not break the sequence.

ilovetorun calendar

Up until September, when my life took a dramatic turn to the west, the calendar was quite impressive, especially compared to my lack to commitment in the years past.  The last quarter of the year, with the calendar packed away in a box, my progress was dismal.   A new house, a new job, and a new part of the country really took a toll on my exercising.  If you look close enough, there are a couple of lonely Xs in there.

This year, I’m taking the same approach.  A new calendar is hung, and on Jan 2 I have a chain of two Xs.  Whoohoo!  Here’s to a new year and a getting better every day.

ilovetorun calendar

3 Months!


It’s been three months since we started our journey west.  In the past 3 months a lot of changes in our lives have kept us from getting a lot accomplished.  We want to bring you up to speed and assure you that we will start posting more frequently.

In September, Emily accepted a new job in Washington.  We took about 10 days and drove from Wisconsin to our temporary living apartment in Tacoma.  On the way, we stopped in Colorado and visited with my mom and my sister (+family) for 3 days.  It was a pleasant drive for the most part and the dogs handled it well.  When we got to Washington there were a few days of acclimation before Emily started work.  I, on the other hand, continued to be employed by my company in Wisconsin and worked from home.  I made two trips back to Wisconsin over the last 3 months and as of today, no longer work for them.  I enjoyed my time, but it was time to move on.  I did receive a job offer here in Washington a few months back and start work in just a few days!

In October, we purchased a house and moved in.  In the first 60 days in the house we completed many projects.  We replaced lighting fixtures in the hall upstairs, put in a cast iron kitchen sink and a new faucet, replaced a light in the dining room and updated quite a bit of our furniture that we either sold off in Wisconsin or just didn’t have when we arrived.  We are now looking for storage space in the house and there is plenty of stuff either still packed or just laying out until we find that space.

The store stayed active while we were in transit and we are seeing quite a few sales each week.  This is a positive reminder that there are people coming to the site.  We appreciate people who have continued to check for our progress (even though we didn’t post).

I will end this by saying happy new year, and you can expect quite a bit from us in 2017!

 

Chattanooga and Life Changes

It is a bit devastating to write, but it is time to get this out and posted.

Emily and I have dropped from Ironman Chattanooga.  (I’ll let that sink in.)

Ok, got it?  Good.  This weekend we were supposed to be in Tennessee and by this point tomorrow we would have been checked in and surveying the course.  We would have been gathering up some nerves and walking through Ironman Village wondering what we would get after the race to commemorate a great achievement.

Josh, our coach, had us ready to finish this race and things were going swell.  I dealt with some injuries, but it wasn’t anything I wouldn’t overcome on race day.  As it stands, those long hours spent training were for another day, just not this Sunday.

Three weeks from the big race, Emily was offered a new job, which she couldn’t pass up.  We had to immediately drop almost everything in our life and get to moving.  We had already sold the house, as we were planning on moving a little further south of where we were, so we were halfway there.  We did, however, have to gear up for a 2,000 mile move versus the 50 mile move we were planning on at the time of sale.  This meant arranging for a moving company to come in, separating the “I need this” and the “I can deal for 45 days without this” stuff in the house.  The former was packed in a car and the latter was packed and taken by movers.

All this to say that we are currently living in temporary housing in Washington and we are not competing this weekend as planned (for almost a year).  It is really difficult to write, let alone say, especially when we told our coach that we weren’t going to Chattanooga.  Josh put in a lot of work this year for Emily and I and we are grateful for his help.  He will continue to be our coach as we gear up for the 2017 season, hopefully finding some local events and looking for the next big thing.

We wish the best of luck to all those who put in the work and are getting ready to race this weekend at Chattanooga.  For many it will be their first and it is admirable to get out there.  For others, this race is another in a long line of others, none-the-less an impressive feat.  We are humbled to be part of this sport and get to race with so many incredible athletes.  We also want to wish good luck to all the people we know or have some connection with that are racing in Augusta this weekend, especially Josh who led us both to our first 70.3 finishes and continues to be a huge support in our racing pursuits.

A New Ride

Two members of our household each got a new ride this weekend…

Lately, our dog walks have gotten longer and longer in time spent, not in distance walked.  Tabasco is 12 years old, and can barely finish our two-mile walk.  She slows down to the point that we are barely making any forward progress.  And sometimes she just flat out refuses to go any further.

Tabasco refuses a walk

I have been trying to convince Nick that Tabasco needs her own set of wheels.  The problem is Tabasco doesn’t like to move unless it’s under her own will.   After much consideration, this weekend we broke down and bought her a wagon.  I wanted something that could be stored easily, especially when traveling, as we are planning a trip that will involve hiking, etc.  Monday afternoon, we did our typical two-mile walk, and waited until she slowed significantly before putting her in the wagon, figuring she would be more accepting of moving forward with someone else in control.  The good thing about lugging around an old dog, is she can’t just jump out of a moving wagon; it’s a long, slow process.  So every time she would stand up, we would stop moving, calm her and make her sit down, before moving forward again.  I won’t say she liked it, but she did much better than we both expected.  Now we just need to buy her some doggles, and she’ll be good to go (kidding)!

Red Heeler, Dog Wagon

The other new ride purchased this weekend was a new car for Nick.  In an effort to downsize and find a more gas-efficient vehicle, Nick has been eyeing a new car for a few months now.  He has been looking at different hatchbacks and smaller SUVs.  We wanted something comfortable to ride in for long road trips, roomy enough to take the dogs with us along with our luggage, and able to accommodate our bikes too.  We test-drove a handful of vehicles, none quite meeting all of our expectations.  It was not our intention to buy a hybrid, but the only car that fit the bill of power, comfort, spaciousness, fuel efficiency, and durability was the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.

2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

We are looking forward to loading up the A3 for a long trip this summer.

Under the Weather

Nick and I have both been sick.  We haven’t been exercising (sorry Coach), and have pretty much been bums lately.  We will be back soon!

Regular posting will begin again this weekend.  Thanks for your patience.

We’re Still Here

It’s been a rough couple of months.

The training for Austin 70.3 took a lot of time up in our days, and work has been a bit chaotic as well.  I want to get back on track with posting, but it seems recently we haven’t been doing anything!

Seriously, since Austin, I went a week with only two quick runs and last week I did a run and two days of weights.  Nothing really interesting or exciting.  In the next week or so we will have news of what races we intend to participate in during 2016 and how we intend to train.

As for the off-season, our coach has assigned workouts.  We aren’t doing most of them yet, but we will be.

We will put up some backlogged posts for October totals and a few other odds and ends and resume some more normal posting in December.

Subscription Services – August 2015

Nothing like waiting until the last day of the month to reveal our StrideBox and Headsweats goodies.

The StrideBox included an Amrita apricot and strawberry energy bar, Crank Sports electrolyte energy gel, Honey Stinger grapefruit energy chews (happy to receive this, we were running low), First Endurance cucumber water, Pure Clean beet juice powder (not too sure about this one), Sportea energy tea, Dr. Hoy’s pain relief gel, and an All Good sunscreen stick.  As always, our StrideBox also contained an inspirational sticker.

Stridebox contents Stridebox contents

This month’s Headsweats box contained a Loudmouth Supervisor Steppin Out.  After some debate, the visor is mine.  Nick gets first right to refusal next month.

Headsets Loudmouth Supervisor Headsweats Steppin Out Supervisor