Saturday, October 25, 2014


VACATION!!! You have no idea how excited I am to be on a plane heading to Florida for 10 days!  Yes, it's safe to say that Tom and I have spoiled ourselves this past year (live life now!) with tons of vacations --- but the reality is that many of them were on a tight budget and thus super short and usually I was racing and worrying about logistics, sleep, pre-riding etc. Tom will race Miami 70.3 on Sunday -- but after that it's all about resting, relaxing and enjoying the beach!!  A real actual non-race vacation (well at least for me)! 

I must admit however, it's kind of sad leaving Minneapolis when we are in the midst of one of the best Fall seasons ever!! The trees are absolutely beautiful and the weather has been staying in the 60s and even hitting the 70s a few times in the last month. Trust me, after last winter....we deserve this!!

Taken on the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail -- my new favorite trail!  I love the limestone crunch.

Last Saturday I raced my first official "night race" and got to break in my brand new sexy Beargrease!! I am absolutely obsessed with this bike! It is so bright and happy and fast and fits me like a glove.  It's easily the best bike I've ever owned.  "You had me at hello!"

The Tomcat captured this awesome photo!!
Okay, back to night riding, I had done a night lap at Wausau 12 hour a couple years ago, but other than that I am sad to admit I haven't really found the time to enjoy the awesomeness of night riding all that much.  Well or at least try to.  During the 50 minutes of racing in the dark my emotions kept switching from "this is so freaking awesome, I love this" to " oh my gosh, do you think there could be a kidnapper hanging out back here? and oh my gosh, what was that noise?!?!?"  "I'll take the rapist for $500!"   I don't think I'd ever survive a 24 hour race without completely having a panic attack!

Speaking of night riding.  A big shout to my other Michigan BFF Jill Martindale who is racing the 12 Hours of Nite Nationals tonight in Alabama!  Get it girl!!

Meanwhile, my cute little niece Addie turned 2 and she wore the cutest little Minnie Mouse outfit on her birthday I could barely stand it.  Of course her favorite gift was a pair of  Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuffed animals

Which she even insisted on sleeping with....

Not much else to report from my little world besides the fact that Winter is Coming!!!!...and so naturally I needed to buy a new pair of Sorels for all those post race bonfires that await me.  EEK!


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