Well, all good things usually come to an end at some point. Today was our last full day in Maui and we lived it up at the resort swimming in the pool for the first time all week. Madeline was overjoyed with her flamingo floatie and had a blast in the lazy river. Since we had a red-eye flight back to Colorado we took advantage of all that we could at the resort and spent the entire day playing in the pool, eating at Duke's for dinner, and walking along the boardwalk one last time. On our drive to the airport, we even stopped along the way to enjoy our last sunset. Our week in Maui couldn't have been more perfect. I hope it's not too long before we return to this island for some more fun in the sun!
Exercise in January
This month started out so well with my running, biking, and swimming. I was determined to make this my best year ever and be more consistent not only with my cardio but also with strength training and core exercises. I ran on the Santa Fe trail with the Striders and then another day with Dionne and Caryn, I ran the loop at the Pineries, I did a track workout at the CC track, a bike ride up and around Garden of the Gods, a swim at Flying Horse and ran in the 2nd race during the Winter Series. Then I started getting signs of passing a kidney stone. The next week I took it easy and didn’t run much. The following weekend I thought I was better so I did High Drive with Caryn and although I had such a good time, this run was almost more than my body could handle. I got sick after that and couldn’t exercise at all.
Girls Swim Day at Flying Horse
While the boys are away, the girls play! We grabbed some friends and headed over to Flying Horse to swim and eat dinner by the pool. The older girls took turns playing with Madeline in the water while I read my book in the shade. It’s nice to have good kids who are willing to help with the younger one. After an hour of uninterrupted time, I took my turn with Madeline and played in the water with her. She loved the kiddie pool with all the spouts and other kids running around. We loved relaxing at the pool and eating yummy food. It was a great way to spend the day together.
Madeline's Swimming lessons
With all the new restrictions with COVID I decided it was best to not take Madeline back to ballet. I knew that she still needed a fun activity to participate in so I signed her up for private swim lessons at PPA. Her instructor, Carolyn, is simply the best. She is so good with Madeline. Madeline has improved so quickly. She can lay on her back and float without any problems, kick with straight legs, blow bubbles in the water, put her face sideways in the water, go under the water, and can scale across the wall on the side of the pool. She loves her new purple goggles and she can put them on all by herself. When we get to her lessons, she is like a maniac trying to get her clothes off so fast so that she can go swim. She looks forward to her lessons every week. I'm so excited that we found something that Madeline absolutely loves. I hope she will continue to love swim like her older siblings do.
Training for XTERRA In June
Since our race at XTERRA Beaver Creek was still a go in June, Mike and I spent a lot of time working hard and putting in the time to bike, swim and run. We often had to double up 2-3 days a week in order to fit it all in but we both enjoyed being able to bike and swim together. Some of our favorite rides this month were biking at Rampart Reservoir and Staunton State Park. We even fit in some Red Rock rides and some road biking on the Cottonwood Creek trail and up into Cordera and Wolf Ranch. We felt blessed to be able to swim at Flying Horse 2-3 days a week and really enjoyed our mornings swimming together. The only thing we didn’t do together was run. I ran mostly with Dionne and Caryn and we followed many of the Striders workouts. I ran at Garden of the Gods, Barr Trail, Bear Creek Park, High Drive, and Black Forest Section 16. I didn’t get in as many runs as I would have liked since my foot was still healing but I got in enough hard runs keep up my endurance. It was a really great month of training!