Rain, Rain, Go Away

We’ve been having tons of rain lately.  I know, no need to remind me, we live in Washington now.  It rains a lot here.

The dogs have been stuck inside, our walks have been dismal.  I snapped a few photos of Lou and our new puppy Olive…both staring out of the window, wishing it would stop raining so they could go outside and play.

Springer Spaniel, GSP

Saturday afternoon, it finally stopped raining for a few hours and the sun made a brief appearance.  So I walked Tabasco to the mailbox.  Then took the puppy and Lou around the block.  It felt so good to be outside, that I changed clothes and took Lou on a 30 minute run with me.  It was amazing! We have some pretty challenging hills here, but I made it.

Glad to be back in the game.  Now the weather just needs to cooperate 🙂

Videos

This year we thought it would be fun to put some videos together and share them.  I am hoping these will become a little more exciting as the year progresses, but for now I thought these gave a good idea of how the first 7 days of the year have been.

I just finished my first week of work at my new job.  It was a tough and laborious week, but it was really fun as well.  So essentially you are seeing a bit of traffic this week, followed by a delivery we received from a new service and a new game we played last night.

 

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.

5+ Hour Trainer Ride

With today’s forecast being less than ideal, I decided to do my 5 1/2 hour bike ride on the trainer.  I know, I know, what the heck was I thinking?!?!

A few weeks ago Nick and I were getting ready for a 4 hour bike ride.  We had the bikes ready, helmets and shoes on, all I had to do was press start on my watch and push off.  That’s when it hit me…I had a panic attack.  I started shaking and my breathing was labored.  Then I was gasping for air, shaking, and tears were rolling down my face.  I had 1,000 thoughts rushing through mind, none were good…I couldn’t do it.  Nick walked over, and comforted me.  He took my bike and told me to go inside and try to relax, we would postpone the ride to the following day.  I went inside, changed clothes, and began to settle down a bit.  The rest of the day was relaxed, the only pace I could handle.

The next day, I was mentally prepared for the bike ride.  We had a route on a bike trail to reduce traffic (thus reducing the chances of me having another meltdown).  I was calm on the bike, and finished the ride (a little shorter than my coach would’ve liked), but finished nonetheless.

Today, though, is self-inflicted misery.  With Nick sidelined from the bike and run for the next couple of weeks, my recent ride in the rain, and the ever so memorable panic attack, I decided to take today’s ride to the trainer.  I don’t think I’m mentally strong enough to do a solo long ride in the rain.

Em and T hour 1So what does one do while on the trainer for over 5 hours?

Hour 1: Drink of choice – 1 cup Coffee
Food – Peanut butter pretzels
Entertainment – Facebook

Hour 2:
Drink – Protein shake
Food – Peanut butter pretzels
Entertainment – Music

Em and Lou Hour 2Hour 3:
Drink – bottle of Advocare Spark and bottle of water
Food – Granola bar
Entertainment – Olympic Men’s Triathlon – an 8-lap bike course must be as mind-numbing as a 5 hour trainer ride.  Also, is this race draft-legal?

Hour 4:
Drink – bottle of Tailwind
Food – Snack mix with goldfish, nuts, raisins and chocolate
Entertainment – Olympic Men’s Triathlon (continued).  Congrats to the Brownlee brothers on Gold and Silver.

IMG_2527Hour 5 plus 30 min:
Drink – bottle of water, bottle of Tailwind
Entertainment – Music. Why, you ask? Because I’m watching the Olympics on the NBC app instead of the TiVo, and it’s still Live. I’m unable to start the Women’s Triathlon from the beginning.  Therefore, 1 hour and 30 minutes in, I know who’s in the lead.  What a spoiler!!!