Wednesday, June 27, 2012

R2R2R Trip, Day Two...

Day two is a travel day to get to the Grand Canyon.  We stop for lunch in Sedona and just kind of take our time getting to the South Rim. 

We stop for lunch at L'Auberge in Sedona.  It is set along this creek with ducks swimming around.  You can feed the ducks duck food.  I of course, always do and love seeing the ducks.  I will say there was definitely some duck hazing going on by a few of the ducks.  One bigger duck was picking on a smaller duck. 

Ken and me in Sedona

On the drive, Ken was insisting that this rock when turned and flipped is an Indian Chief with a head dress on.  It insisted.  I never saw it.  :)

We made it to the South Rim!  Ready to hike in the morning!

Ken checking out the trail.  It is a long way!

I think Ken is starting to remember just how long of a hike it is.  :)

Up next, a 1:45 am wake up call to be at the trail head, starting to hike by 3:00 am!

Rim to Rim to Rim Trip, Day One...

Ken and I went on what seems to becoming a yearly tradition, a trip to the Grand Canyon to hike rim to rim to rim (R2R2R). 

What a fun trip this is every year.  Last year, I hiked both South to North and North to South.  Ken wanted to hike both ways as well, but he ended up with terrible blisters on the bottom of his feet, keeping him from hiking.  There was one goal this year, for Ken to hike both ways.  Did he make it?  You will have to wait and see.  :)

Our first day is always a pool day in Phoenix.  This honestly, is my favorite day of the entire trip.  I had my drinks planned out, start with a pina colada, have a banana daquari, and finish with a mudslide.  Pure perfection!  Yes, I am a light weight and three drinks are plenty for me. 

Our pool day was a blast and I even managed to slip away to complete a one mile swim.  Look at me, brining Ironman training on vacation!  A few tan lines later, we ended our evening with dinner at a Different Pointe of View ontop of the cliff at our hotel. 

In case it is not completely obvious, unlike me, Ken did have more than three drinks at the pool.  :)

Katie and me

Our entire group, and what a great group of people!

Our table at dinner had so much fun!  Four of the girls are ICU nurses, so they shared a few stories with us.  I also shared the story of Ken's torn labia with them and Molly almost choked on her dinner from laughing so hard.  That story never gets old.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Today marks two months from Ironman Kentucky and it is safe to say, I am flipping exhausted.  I am ready for this shindig to come and go.  I had to drag myself out of bed to come to work today.  Ken suggested I call in sick, but I am not a call in sick kind of girl.  I am the idiot one that signed up for this thing, I have to deal with it.  Although, calling in sick is sounding very wonderful now that I am in my office.  It is quite possible that I might cause physical harm to someone today.  Oh, who am I kidding, that would take way too much effort!

I started my long bike ride on Saturday at 1:30 in the afternoon.  It seemed like a good idea at the time, but that quickly faded when it turned to like 98 degrees and I was riding into the wind.  The wind.  I despise the wind.  That is my one hope for Kentucky, that there will be no wind.  There is nothing worse than being on a bike with the wind blowing what feels like 40 mph.  I also made a wrong turn at some point and ended up on a gravel road.  Fantastic.  As you can guess, a road bike does not do well on a gravel road.  I did what any self respecting, pink skirt wearing girl could do, I got off of my bike and walked him until I got to the pavement.  (I also squatted and peed on the gravel road, but that seems unlady like to mention.)  I finally made it home after 65 miles of hell.  Yes, I am well aware that I have 112 miles of hell to look forward to and 65 miles is only scratching the surface. 

I was disguisting, covered in salt and completely soaked with sweat.  All I wanted to do was lay in my chair and read my book, Fifty Shades Freed.  (That is a whole story within itself, damn you Michelle!)  I knew, I just knew that I would beat myself up if I did not at least go out for a small brick run.  So, I did what any self respsecting, pink skirt wearing girl would do, I grabbed my iPod and darted out the door.  I ran by one of my neighbors that gave me an odd look for looking so rough.  I swear, these people wonder if I ever wear any other clothes besides workout clothes.  I am surprised and how okay running feels after taking a beating on the bike.  I completed my mile and went inside to shower, plopped myself in my chair and started reading. 

Besides working, maintaining our house, and training for this Ironman, my friend Michelle insisted that I read the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.  I fought it for as long as I could, but finally caved on our airport ride home from the Grand Canyon two weeks ago.  Um, yeah, I cannot stop reading!  Jeeze Louise, something has got to give, I am exhausted!  I cannot stay up late reading these things!  I am happy to say that I have less than 100 pages of the last book left.  Maybe I will catch up on my sleep since I will not be anxiously turning the page waiting on the next sexual scene. 

Oh and the Grand Canyon, yes we just returned from hiking Rim to Rim to Rim of that beautiful hole in the ground.  Gee, doesn't that sound like such a relaxing vacation?  Hopefully, I will find time to post a complete report one night this week. 

And one more thing, you know how you are not supposed to go to the grocery store hungry because you end up buying crap?  Well, I went to Target yesterday to pick up my birth control pills and I came out with this:

Yes, I solely intended on picking up just a $5 prescription that keeps me from having children and ended up with six bags of candy.  It started innocently enough, I was just going to buy some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but it kind of snowballed into buying all of this.  I have no shame.

I was so hungry, that I wanted Chipotle, but decided I just could not wait the extra 10 minutes it would take to get the Chipotle and get it home to start enhaling it.  So I went with Plan B, which was two bowls of cereal and butt load of candy.  Good choice Keri. 

Just in case you are concerned that I am not eating enough, I did out eat Ken on Sunday.  Yes, that is correct, this 4'10, 100 pound, self respecting, pink skirt wearing girl out ate her 6'4, 210 pound husband.  I will sign autographs later. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kya Goes to Work...

Since it is way too hot for a husky to play outside, I thought that she could use a trip to my office to break up the week.

A girl I work with brought her dog in as well, so Kya had a little play date!

Sitting pretty in my office. She was a popular girl and received all kinds of attention.

An action shot, playing with her new friend.

Obviously she has been over worked and underpaid!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Half Marathon PR and Friends...

I spent my Saturday morning running my favorite half marathon, the Hospital Hill half. This is my favorite local race to run. I love the hills and the course.

It is usually very hot, but this year we were lucky enough to have temps int the 50's and 60's. I had originally hoped to do a lot of speed work the weeks prior to try to run a PR, but lately I have just been trying to fit in my runs, let alone do any speed work.

You can imagine my surprise when I realized I was going to beat my goal time of 1:57 and run a 1:53 half. I was super happy and very surprised considering the course. I guess all of this ironman training is paying off.

Ken and Kya joined me as my number one fans. Thanks for coming out to watch me!

We spent Saturday evening having dinner and drinks with our friends Rob and Michelle.

Rob and Michelle at Bonefish

Ken and me at Bonefish

Michelle and me having a drink at Talk of the Town