Blogging break

I’m headed to my hometown for a few days of decompression before I come back and take my weeklong Nia training course. I doubt I’ll be blogging while I’m gone, but I’ll catch you up when I get back. Thanks for reading!

4th of July recap

I think last year the 4th of July weekend was when I really fell in love with Des Moines. I spent two days at the first 80-35 music festival where there was great music, clear skies, a fabulous view of the downtown skyline and just about every friend I’ve made in town. Hippies, hula hoops, a distinctive smell wafting around. It was one of those blissful summer weekends you could never recreate if you tried.

So I knew I shouldn’t expect that again this year, but it was pretty disappointing when the first night of the music festival was doused in rain. After our 40-mile bike ride that morning we were all tired and a little cranky. The rain just put us over the edge.

But Saturday seemed to make it all OK. The sun never came out, but we took our waterproof fabric roll to the festival and listened to great music all day.

Then we caught the fireworks show on the way to our car.

Hope you had a great 4th!

My next feat

After I finished the 10K in Boulder I had to switch modes to cycling because I’m doing my very first day of Ragbrai! And it’s gonna be a long one – 76 miles. Because, yes, I am just a little bit crazy.

For those of you who don’t know, Ragbrai is a bike ride across the state of Iowa that takes place every summer in the blazing July heat. It’s also been referred to as “spring break for adults”, a “party on wheels,” and many other similar terms. How people can drink all night and then get up the next day to ride 50+ miles in the scorching heat is beyond me, but I guess I’ll find out.

Mike and I have been hopping on the trail that starts near our house and riding together on weekends. Basically every time I ride it’s the longest bike ride I’ve ever been on! A couple days ago I tried out the High Trestle trail in Ankeny, which turned out to be about the smoothest, well-kept trail I’ve ever been on.

Word of warning, though. If you get into cycling, be prepared to cough up a chunk of change for all the equipment. You discover you need this and that and this and that. And above all a whole new bike! P.S. If you’ve got a ladies road bike for a short-legged person you want to get rid of, let me know…

I’m on a budget, so I got some nice new skinny tires for my Trek hybrid.

Due to lack of space for water bottles I ended up with this Camelbak, which also stores cell phone, money, snacks, etc. So far it has not proven hot or uncomfortable at all.

Even the Yaris has been outfitted with a bike rack. We’re ready to hit the road!

Where do you like to bike? Have you ever done Ragbrai?

My own Juice cover

On my last day at work my co-workers gifted me some lovely things including a Michael’s gift card and a L’Occitane set of yummy bath and body products (they do know me well), but probably the best gift was my own framed Juice cover.

Mike even got a spot on it!

And it was important to include my dogs, and my love of A Dong, among other things.

It’s definitely going on my office wall.