The GOOD news is that Aaron is not hurt.

The BAD news is that he had to drop out of the Echo Valley mountain bike race in Chelan for the second year in a row.

He lost a contact lens again, about ¾ of the way through the 30-mile race. It was such a fast course that he couldn’t continue riding blindly without a serious risk of crashing and hurting himself. And he was on track to win the whole thing!

Poor Aaron was terribly frustrated and disappointed. Every single other race this year, he has done incredibly well and earned a spot on the podium. The only reason he didn’t this time was due to a rogue contact lens. (And yes, I am kicking myself for not having extra contacts on hand for him, or making sure he had extras in his jersey, since it might have made all the difference.)

But this week, he leaves for a mountain bike tour of Scotland (check out his Instagram to follow along!), so the important thing is that he’s in one piece and can enjoy his trip β€” unlike last summer, when he had to cancel his Iceland trip due to his busted shoulder.

And next year, he’ll definitely be back to finally finish Echo Valley. Third time’s the charm!

Aside from the bummer outcome of the race, we had a sunny, fun weekend in Chelan. Aaron’s mom and I had a great time spectating the race.


And after she headed back to Seattle, Aaron and I enjoyed our resort’s pool and the beautiful views from the shores of Lake Chelan.



Sadly, it was time to head back home all too soon!

THIS WEEK is exciting for many reasons:

  • It’s the second-to-last week of Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon training, as well as the first week of Chicago Marathon training. Yeah, they overlap. That’s fun.
  • Aaron leaves for Scotland (fun for him, sad for me because I’ll miss him!).
  • We’ll find out on FRIDAY who won that Specialized video contest to go to the Tour de France!

I’m most excited for Friday. What if Aaron wins??? That’d certainly make up for a bummer race, huh?

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