May 4, 2016

Nashville, TN Recap #1


When our friends asked us if we wanted to go to Nashville for a long weekend getaway, it was a no brainer for Scott and I to reply with a big ol’ absolutely!! Nashville is one of our favorite spots to travel to (Austin and Denver are up there as well!) so whenever anyone is interested in going, we can never turn it down.

We’ve had a blast each time we’ve gone to visit the Music City, and this time was no different! We arrived on Thursday afternoon, quickly grabbed lunch at Whiskey Kitchen before heading to Tootsie’s patio for sunshine, drinks and live music– a recipe for a fun time!  We ended up staying there the remainder of the day and night with the exception of breaking for some pizza later in the evening. Night one was a success!


Friday kicked off with a workout at CrossFit Gulch which consisted of five rounds of a 400m run and 15 overhead squats (#55) AKA “Nancy”. By the time we finished, we all worked up quite the appetite and took a recommendation from some locals to hit up Biscuit Love for brunch. Whoa, crazy good, highly recommend checking that place out!


After showering up, we set out to find another rooftop patio for the day. The temps could not have been more perfect– 75-80 and sunny! We ended up stumbling upon a place called Acme Feed and Seed where we people watched (particularly bachelor and bachelorette parties) for hours.

The first floor at Acme is an updated take on the classic honkytonk with fast-casual cuisine, tons of beers on tap and live music featuring local Nashville musicians. The second floor also features a sushi bar and the third floor is home to The Hatchery at Acme, the largest one-level event and music venue on lower Broadway.


The open-air rooftop bar at the Acme overlooks the entire downtown area, providing views of Broadway,the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and Riverfront Park. Just gorgeous!

Before we knew it, it was time for dinner and more live music! Since Jen and I were running the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon the next day, we wanted to have a pretty chill night and relax before the race. Scott and I suggested The Listening Room Cafe, since we had such a great experience the first time we went.


The Listening Room Cafe was founded in 2006 in Franklin, TN when Chris Blair, owner and singer/songwriter himself, decided to open a venue because he was playing his own music around Nashville and couldn’t find a place that he felt had the sound and atmosphere that Nashville artists deserved.  The Franklin location quickly became a local favorite pulling in huge songwriters from music row that started calling it “the bluebird cafe outside of Nashville.”  Wanting to continue that buzz, Blair decided to move the location closer to downtown Nashville and music row and since have continued to grow their reputation and gain national attention. If I were to recommend one place people check out when they visit Nashville, this would definitely be it!

Recap #2 coming soon!


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May 2, 2016

Ironman WI Training: Week 17


Morning! I am a little sleepy today after an extremely fun weekend in Nashville (recap Wednesday!) but here’s a look at last weeks workouts!

April 25- May 1 Workouts


  • Bike 75 minutes~ 20 miles


  • Swim 75 minutes~ 2,450 yards
  • CrossFit
    • -Strength: Back Squat 5X5 @ #105
    • -WOD: 15 AMRAP- 5 cleans (#85) 10 K2E, 200m run


  • CrossFit
    • -Strength: Deadlift 5X5 @ #185
    • -WOD:  Angie- 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 Sit ups, 100 air squats for time
  • Bike 60 minutes indoor



  • Swim 60 minutes~ 2,300 yards


  • Dropped in at CrossFit Gulch in Nashville
    • -Strength: Shoulder Press 6X3 @ #75
    • – WOD: Nancy- 5 RFT of 400m run, 15 overhead squats (#55)


  • Nashville Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon!! Finished in 1:42:13



  • REST
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