Monday, May 25, 2009

My Beach Cruiser

My beach cruiser bike came within 2 days of ordering it which was nice because I didn't have to wait that long. On Saturday Aaron and I took a long bike ride down legacy parkway from Center Street in North Salt Lake to Pages Lane in Centerville. We cruised down to 200 West and ate lunch at Plates and Palates where we met up with Justin. I ordered a basket for my bike which should sit nicely on the handle bars and then... I'm totally set. I love my new Beach Cruiser!

Here is the Story of how my bike came to be...

It arrived and looked like this

These are the instructions that were followed

This guy put it together

And this girl was pretty happy about her new and awesome bike


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer Riding

Aaron and I thought it would be a good investment to get bikes this year for some summer riding. The Legacy Parkway Trail is right by our house so it is a nice and easy walk out our front door, ride to center street and we're on the trail. Monday we set out to find our bikes! We found Aaron this awesome bike at an old bike shop by 9th and 9th in Salt Lake. It’s an old school schwinn cruiser bike that has been fixed up. Right when we saw it in the window Aaron knew that it was THE ONE. Now my expectations for my bike were a little different and little more difficult. I wanted an old looking bike but I wanted it new. I hate when I get something in my head because then I get disappointed. I didn’t want to pay $700 (which started to seem like the normal price for Beach Cruiser). When we got home I did a search and found this website called and found the one I loved and the best part is that they would ship it to me for FREE. Yah! I love a good deal! Now the only down side is that we have to put it together so I hope that goes well. Also, I totally want to buy a basket to sit in the front on my handlebars so I can put Jackson in there. Aaron is totally against it but I told him to at least let me try. If you don’t know my dog Jackson, he hates car rides and is scared to death of Aaron's longboard (After Aleisha had a run in with him). Every time we even mention the word CAR he freaks out and runs to his kennel so now when we take him in the car he rides in his kennel so he doesn’t dig underneath our seats. I think he thinks he is being protected when he gets squished underneath our seats, yah he’s a dumb dog. Anyways that’s why Aaron thinks he will hate sitting in my basket on my bike, but my vision is that he will love having the wind hit is face and his little tongue hanging out. We will see….

Sunday, May 17, 2009

13.1 Miles Completed

The Ogden Marathon was such a beautiful run and so well put on. For all the pain you have to go through it is well worth the feeling you get when you go across that finish line. 

It all started with the alarm going off at 4:00 am I didn't sleep very well because the nerves in my body would not let my mind sleep. I got ready and had family pray in our hotel room. We had to be bused to the starting line which was up Ogden Canyon at Pineview reservoir.  I knew it was going to be pretty cold so I brought some old sweats that happened to be white, Kelly Sue said I looked like a snowman but when it's that early in the morning and freezing cold you could careless what you look like. 

At 4:45 am we were on the bus and heading up the canyon. We arrived at the start of the race and there were bonfires that we could stand around and get warm, well that is if you could get close enough. After waiting patiently to stand right in front of the fire Kelly Sue and I and  we were grateful for the warmth. We waited over an hour before taking our place at the starting line. 

7:00 am the race started and we were off. The first couple miles were a little difficult for me to find my groove and get some things situated which included: adjusting my belt to fit better around my waist, tying my shoe lace, taking of my jacket and running up hill for the first couple miles. Finally around mile 3 I started to feel good and established a consistence pace. It's funny how your mind starts to wonder when you are out running. Around mile 7 I was thinking "I'm half way done I CAN DO THIS!" I didn't have a watch on me so I started calculating in my head how fast I was going. Was i going to beat my personal record and come in under 2 hours and 50 mins? (I'm not a very fast runner). I came out of the canyon and arrived at mile 10 when I noticed that my left knee started hurting, I think from the high impact of running down hill most of the way. I knew that if i would stop then it would be so hard to get my body moving again. As soon as I passed mile 12 I knew that I was almost done, I thought to myself I can do anything for 1 mile...PUSH IT! When i saw the finish line I started to feel emotional knowing that I was so close to the finish line, I was almost done. My official time 2:32, I beat my previous personal best time by 18 mins and that was an awesome feeling. At the end of the race they gave out Jamba Juice and Great Harvest Bread, it was such a refreshing treat. All my family members finished and accomplished their goals, it was such a great race I would highly recommend the Ogden 1/2 Marathon. 

Saturday, May 2, 2009


My family was lucky enough to see Wicked at the Capital last week. We had purchased our tickets last June and we were all so excited to see it! I honestly love going to plays it is one of my favorite things to do. During the performance I would catch myself just smiling especially during the song Popular. I think one of my favorite scene is when they sing Defining Gravity right before intermission. Wicked is one of my top 3 plays and if you have not seen it I would highly recommend it!