Friday, August 31, 2012

the Utah 1/2 Ironman

 For the past 2 months it seems like my life has revolved around getting ready for 1 day....
August 25th and the Utah Half Ironman!!!!

When my friends first told me about this race I thought they were crazy!!! Half marathons are hard enough, but to do one on top of swimming and biking sounded ridiculous!  But as I trained with Alicia and Jenny, I got completely sucked in and am so glad that I did.

I was by far most worried about the swim.  1.2 miles is a long way and if I started panicking like I have in my other races I was not sure that I could tough it out for that long.  It took place in the Provo Boat Harbor which was nice because the water was calm.  It ended up going fine and I was able to finish in about 45 minutes.  The best part of the swim is getting out of the water!

The biking is always my favorite part.  I feel that any time lost floundering in the swim can luckily be made up on the bike.  The course was 56 miles total, 28 miles around Utah Lake and then 28 miles back.  It was basically flat for 90% of the time which was really nice.  It took me 2 hours and 47 minutes and I was so sad when it came to an end about 11:30, because I had a hot 13 miles ahead of me.....

The run was brutal! It was hot, hot, hot and you are not aloud to use Ipods or any headphones, so it was just me and the sound of my breathing for 2 hours and 15 minutes :-(  The one good thing about the run was the aide stations, at every mile they had plenty of cold drinks (including coke, which actually really helped) and there were also mist tents and kids with hoses.  At about mile 8 I hit a serious wall and wasn't sure if I could finish.... I was so hungry!  But some how I battled through and finished in a grand total of 5 hours and 52 minutes. 

My boys, Scott and my dad were all at the finish line.  Dakota immediately wanted my metal and then to go home :-) I wasn't expecting Scott to be at the finish and was so excited to see him.  He was such a trooper with all of my training. I am so happy that I did this race and am even happier to go back to doing sprint triathlons that take about one fifth the time!!!

My worst racing nightmare happened to my cute friend Alicia.... her timing chip was pulled off by another girl during the swim!!! So she had to do the entire race knowing that she would never know her time or how she did.  But I just have to document that she went flying by me and everyone on the bike and for sure had one of the best bike split times out of all the women!  Go Alicia!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

1st Day of School

Last week both boy started school again.
Dakota started 1st Grade & Bridger Preschool!

Dakota was so excited to get back to school and see all of his friends.
This year he gets to play on the big playground and eat lunch at school.

When I picked him up on the first day he was super grumpy :-(
I asked him how school went and he told me,
"You wouldn't understand, Lady!"
I still don't know what that was all about, but he seems to be having fun! 
 He like all the different specialty classes.

Bridger was really nervous when he went to meet his teacher at Learning Dynamics, 
and wouldn't even look at her, 
but on the First Day he went right in and has done great every day since!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ZOO fun!!!

 I love, love, love the ZOO! 
All summer I have been asking the boys if they want to go to the zoo,
 and Dakota always answers with.....
"I will go to Kangaroo Zoo".
Last week I finally convinced him that it would be fun to go to the "actual zoo"
 so we headed up with my friend Jenny and her kids. 

I loved the new Rocky Mountian Shores exihibit... especially the Polar Bear.
As fun as the Zoo always is, for some reason I always leave completely exhausted!

Monday, August 20, 2012

ULCER 2012

 A couple weekends ago, Scott and I rode in the ULCER bike race.
It was 103 miles and started at Thanksgiving Point, went around Utah Lake, and ended back at Thanksgiving Point!  We did it in about 5 hours.  

We rode in a big group which made it a lot easier.  Our neighbors are awesome bikers and it has been so fun getting into it.  I really do enjoy biking so much more than running.  I feel like 100 miles biking equals about the same as 13 miles running. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012


 This weekend Scott and I celebrated our 8th Wedding Anniversary!!!!
We spent the weekend in Salt Lake filling the day with going to the temple, eating at Market Street Grill, shopping at City Creek, messages at the Grand America, and staying at the Little America!!!
Such a nice getaway and great way to celebrate!!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fly Fishing,

 Last week Scott and Dakota went on a fly fishing trip in Island Park, ID
A supplier that Scott works with put the trip together and covered the whole thing.
My Dad, Hunter and Noah also went!

I was worried that Dakota was too young, and that he would get bored fly fishing, but he ended up loving it and actually being pretty good at it!

They were gone for 4 days, and Dakota informed me that he never wanted to come home....
so I would say the trip was a success!