February 10, 2016

Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival


I love craft beer. You know this…right? So, when I heard how fun the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival in Minnesota was, I bought tickets for Scott and I immediately. This year’s festival was held at the Mighty Midway and Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on February 6 from 3:30–7:30pm.


9,000 people bundled up and came out to test over 140+ local, regional, and national craft beers so it was quite the event. I couldn’t believe how many different beers you could sample, and by the end of the event I didn’t even scratch the surface.


The beer selection was fab, with many options available for both the casual beer drinker as well as those continuously on the hunt for something new. The favorites that stood out to me would have to be the Introvert IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company, Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company and the Sky Five IPA from Bauhaus Brew Labs. Delicious!

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The live music was also a nice touch and there were plenty of fires going to warm up by in case your liquid jacket wasn’t thick enough 😉


You could also head inside the heated coliseum to warm up and sample some cheese and sausage if you needed some substance in your belly. I opted for a pretzel necklace instead which lasted just under an hour. #ilovepretzelswithbeer


The event went by so fast and before we knew it, our group was headed back to Scott’s parents in an oversized van (definitely need a DD for this event!).  Overall, I had a great experience at my first beer dabbler and will be marking my calendar for next year!

Have you ever been to a beer festival or event? 

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February 8, 2016

Ironman WI Training: Week Five


Oh hey! This little old blog was down this morning for some reason, so this post is coming at ya a bit later than usual. My weekend started off with a Brad Paisley concert in Madison with my mom and sister which was such a blast. I even got to sneak in a little bit of nephew time with Maxton who always makes my heart melt. I can’t believe how big he is getting!


On Saturday, Scott and I hit the road for Minnesota to attend the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival  with a big group which ended up being SO FUN. I can’t wait to tell you all about it on Wednesday, but let’s just say I will be attending every year from here on out.

Last week was just as busy as the weekend, so my workouts weren’t the best, but it is what it is! I didn’t get to swim once, but I didn’t stress too much about it and will get back into it this week.

February 1- 7 Workouts


  • Run 30 minutes
  • CrossFit
    • Strength: Shoulder Press 10×10 working up to #75
    • WOD: 6 EMOM- 5 handstand pushups
    • 2 minute AMRAP: Burpees, ball slams, calorie row, sit-ups. I got a total of 202 reps. 


  • Rest (coworkers in town)


  • Rest (coworkers in town)


  • CrossFit
    • Strength: Snatch complex working up to 3X5 @ #75
    • WOD: 6 EMOM- 5 handstand pushups
    • 5  minute AMRAP of 5 thrusters (#65) and 5 burpees over bar. 2 minute break and repeat. I got a total of 132 reps. 
  • Bike: 60 minutes


  • Run 20 minutes
  •  CrossFit
    • Strength: Deadlift 10×10 working up to #115
    • WOD: 12 min time cap. Finished just under 12:00. 
      • 100 Ball slams
        80 Situps
        60 Hand release pushups
        4 laps on track
        2 rope climbs


  • Bike 90 minutes


  • Run 60 minutes
  • Yoga

How was your weekend? What is the last concert you have been to?

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