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Monday (9/19):

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 28:50, 9:37 Pace), Abs

20 Miles Long (Treadmill, 2:51:28, 8:35 Pace)

Tuesday (9/20):


Wednesday (9/21):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 37:22, 9:21 Pace)

Thursday (9/22):

8 Miles w/5 X 600M @5KRP (Treadmill, 1:03:44, 7:58 Pace)

Friday (9/23):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 37:52, 9:28 Pace)

50 mins Yoga

12 Miles Easy (Treadmill – Boston Course, -3% – +4% Incline, 1:42:31, 8:33 Pace)

Saturday (9/24):

7 Miles Bike (Trek on Trainer, 30:49, 13.63 mph)

6.2 Miles Tempo (Treadmill, 3 @ Tempo, 49:29, 7:59 Pace)

Rob and I got computers for our bikes, the Bontrager Node 2. Now we can get our mileage, speed, cadence, HR, altitude, and time easily while riding or on the trainer. We also got the antenna that actually fits into the frame to reads a signal from a sensors attached on a spoke of the back wheel and the pedal.

We also got new trainers, the Trek CycleOps Fluid Squared. We want two of them so we can do training rides together using DVDs. Rob’s had to be ordered so we got mine set up. When we have them both we will set them up side by side.

I couldn’t wait to try it out so I did 7 Miles easy and found out quickly that I’m going to need got get used to the seat and invest in some cycling shorts with padding. I love how quiet and smooth the trainer feels, not that I have any reference other than the store fitting. I’m already loving the variety this will bring, although the logistics (gear, set up, maintenance) is still a bit overwhelming. The feeling of riding on the trainer is very different from spin class. Already I can see how this becomes a whole other type of workout.


Sweet Reward

Sometimes when I have certain training runs or workouts I try to turn things into a reward for completing my workout. For instance, Monday I was going to be getting in my 20 miler after work, which is no easy feat after a long day at work. So Monday morning I got up ran 3 easy and thought about my rewards for my workout and came up with the following.

First, I will wear my new adidas adios in bright pink for my long run. Yay!

Second, I’m getting a HDMI port for my iPad to watch stuff on our workout TV whenever I’m in there. I’m not big on TV while working out, but it’s nice to have the option to mix it up.

And finally I am going to have a beauty treatment moment and do a mask and all of those girly type things to get my skin glowing. My “rewards” are a bit silly since they aren’t unique, they are all something I could do any day of the week. However, just calling them rewards seems to do the trick. 🙂


The Race That Wasn’t

This morning Rob and I were up at 4am and out the door by 5am to drive an hour to Decatur to run the Shoreline 15K. It’s a scenic and hilly course that loops around part of Lake Decatur. We went to pick up our packets only to find out that we weren’t registered! Whoops!! In the midst of our race registrations this spring I swore I got this race covered, but apparently not. And this year there was no race day registration. Oh well.

The event is one our team store is involved with so it just meant we would have more time to help sell merchandise. Rob was such a good sport about the whole thing and jumped into help.

A blurry pic of me helping with set up.

After the race kicked off Mike (ORRT member), Rob and I went out to run the course easy. It was nice to still get out catch up with our friend and get some miles in. 🙂



Saturday I had an excellent spin class, got in a light couple miles running, got a quick shower and then headed to the salon. Afterward Rob took me for my first flight in our J-3 Cub. This would be my first Cub flight. Rob had training in a Cub so this was business as usual for him. This was also my first time flying tandem, meaning sitting front to back instead of side by side.

While Rob prepared the plane I screwed around taking pictures.

This was just a quick flight to our friend’s farm to land on his airstrip and head back. We had issues with our radio, which means we need to address it. It wasn’t a comfortable flight with loud static in our headsets. Here is a picture of one of our companies buildings as we headed out.

What’s crazy is you can fly the Cub with the door and window open so the whole side of the plane is open. Rob says it’s like flying a Jeep. 🙂 I will get a pic of this next time.


Cubby Bear

We have big news in the airplane department!!

We have sold our RV-7 that we built ourselves and we are now the proud owners of a 1945 J-3 Cub. Rob learned to fly tailwheel in a Cub and has always wanted to have one. It will be a new set of adventures flying in a vintage plane.

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We are also starting our next build project, a Hatz Classic with a radial engine. I will post a website for the build when we get going on the project. I will also get more pictures added to the flights page too.

Example photo of a Hatz Classic with a radial engine.