Weekend Fun, Workouts

Lapham Peak, Kettle Moraine Forest

Today we explored the Lapham Peak unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest in Wisconsin. The Lapham Peak tower had a great view of Pewaukee Lake and Downtown Milwaukee and I can’t wait to go back for the fall leaves. We walked along the Plantation Trail which was a nice paved trail, great for runners who don’t like true trail runs and also excellent for strollers. Next time we’ll explore the Butterfly garden which is connected to the trail.


Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

Hi there!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything- almost a month! We’ve been very busy and I just know found some time to sit down and write. No new recipes to talk about- sorry! So here’s an update on what we have been doing:

We’ve settled into our new apartment and at the end of June had some friends over to celebrate our new place in Bay View! We have a really cool sun room that faces East and then wonderful character throughout the house with built ins in the dining room.

Sun Room

Dining Room

Last month was the Tour of America’s Dairyland bike race throughout Wisconsin. It’s a sprint race and they had 11 courses throughout Southeast Wisconsin. You could do 1 course or all 11. One of the courses was in Bay View right down the street from out place! I was able to watch a couple of the races during the day. It was awesome!


Over the July 4th Holiday weekend we flew out to Nebraska to visit Mike’s family. We actually flew into the Denver airport and the drove to Nebraska. The training program I am in for Pilates is actually in Boulder, CO and I’m completing my training through a host studio. So I asked Mike if we could stop when we arrived in Denver. We did and I was even able to get a lesson with one of the teachers! It was awesome!

The Pilates Center

We’re now less than two months from our wedding! It’s exciting now that we’re getting closer, we’ve sent out our invitations, and it’s almost time for the bachelor/ette parties! We made the table centerpieces ourselves using tulle and recycled wine bottles:

Wine Bottles

I hope you’re enjoying your summer!!


Iron Girl Triathlon Recap

Hi there! How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun- go to a fair, try a new restaurant, or soak up some sun?

This weekend was my Iron Girl Triathlon and it was fabulous! All of my hard work and training paid off because I set a personal record: 1:37:41!! I was a little worried last week because two weeks ago the training was starting to wear me down and I felt like all I was doing was working out, no time for anything else. The training was definitely worth it in terms of how well I did but next time I’ll rest an extra day per week. Sometime I get so caught up in the training and become so regiment about it that I forget to do other things like relax, read a book,  or cook dinner for my fiancé.

Recreating my pose from Wendy's Triathlon three years ago.
Recreating my pose from Wendy’s Triathlon three years ago with this year’s triathlon on the right.

Mike was awesome throughout the 8 weeks of training especially with cooking dinner during the week. I think I owe him dinner for the rest of the year. ;) And I was so happy to have him at the race cheering me on. He did a great job of taking pictures of the whole event and he was very patient which I imagine was hard, our day started at 4:30 in the morning and I didn’t start the race until 7:45 and finished just before 9:30. Then add on the hour long trip home plus after we ate brunch we were stuck in downtown Greendale for an hour because of the Village Days Parade!

But once we arrived home we both took well deserved naps and then watched an invigorating PGA Championship Golf Tournament. Can you believe how exciting that tournament was?! We couldn’t decide who to root for- Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, or Rory McIlroy. Rory is my favorite but I would have been just as happy for Rickie or Phil to win.

But now that my triathlon is done, I wanted to share with you some of the techniques that I tried in this year’s triathlon that I believe really made a difference with my transitions. My transition times were under 2 minutes each and the first one could have been less if I hadn’t ran past my bike, whoops!

  1. My attire- I wore tri shorts and a tri top. No need to put a shirt on after I got out of the water or try and get into bike shorts. The tri shorts have minimal padding for the bike but for only 12 miles I was fine with it. I’ve also seen some women wear only their one piece bathing suit and I tried this during my training but I was more comfortable with my tri shorts.
  2. Lack of socks- it sounds crazy but when you’re on the bike your feet hardly shift and it’s another thing that saves time in the transition. Some people will spend 3 to 5 minutes putting on socks or shirts when they could be out on the bike course already. But if you’re not worried about time go for the comfort of socks. The lack of socks did hurt later when I started the run and I ended up with blisters on my arches but I think that was partly due to gravel on the course during mile 2. If the run was longer than 3.1 miles I would have worn socks.
  3. Yankz Sure Lace System– I didn’t have to worry about tying my running shoes. I slipped them on and then pulled the shoelace clasp tight. That had to have saved at least a minute of my time.
  4. Race bib belt– another great time saver because I didn’t have to safety pin my bib to a shirt and then slide it on. I just clipped it around my waist and was off!

I have to admit the shirts and medals are one of the motivators for my races and the swag was excellent! They were selling t shirts with the logo on the back with every participant’s name in the logo and I couldn’t resist (not pictured)! The shirt is super comfortable and I will be wearing it all the time! Iron Girl Tri Swag

Friday's Top Ten

Friday’s Top Ten, 10.11.13

Hi there! Happy Friday!

I am very excited this weekend because I am going to my first Nebraska Cornhuskers game! Mike and I are traveling to Indiana for the game against Purdue and I’m rooting for the Huskers! The coach for Purdue was the head coach for my alma mater, Kent State, last year and after he had a great season with Kent leading them to the MAC Championship, he left us for fancy coaching job with Purdue. Plus, having a boyfriend who is a cornhusker also means I should root for them. :)

This week’s top ten is a special one, it’s my top ten of Milwaukee! If you live in the Milwaukee area I highly recommend checking out the places below if you haven’t already! Enjoy your weekend folks!

#10 Top Coffee Shop: Collectivo
Collective Coffee
Collective Coffee used to be Alterra Coffee until a month or so ago but when the Alterra name decided to go global, Collectivo changed their name and has remained local which I think is awesome. The coffee shop is right by Lake Michigan and Veterans Park which makes for a nice trip downtown!

#9 Top Italian Restaurant: Mia Famiglia
Mia Famiglia
Mia Famiglia is a local italian restaurant right down the corner from our apartment. Mike and I love sitting on their outdoor patio while sharing a bottle of wine! What’s cool is they have their own garden where they grow fresh vegetables and herbs.

#8 Top Festival: Milwaukee Coffee Festival
When my friend Sarah Beth came to visit we went to the Milwaukee Coffee Festival. It was their first festival and it was free. Being free definitely makes it one of my favorite festivals but also tasting coffee at the Urban Ecology Center.

#7 Top Running/Bike Trail: Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail
Oak Leaf Trail is located right by our apartment and extends for miles around Milwaukee. One of the things I love is I can change into my running clothes, leave my apartment, and start running or biking along the trail.  Another cool thing is the Oak Leaf Trail can connect to other trails taking you to the lake.

#6 Top Brunch Restaurant: Trocadero
Trocadero is certainly one of my favorite brunch places especially because they have a mixed drink I love. It’s similar to an old fashioned and has maker’s mark and ginger beer with citrus. Also their ricotta pancakes taste like funnel cake, who wouldn’t love that?

#5 Top Dessert: Buckley’s Carrot Cake
When Mike’s parents came to visit we went to brunch at Buckley’s and decided to indulge in Carrot Cake for dessert. The carrot cake was homemade by the owner’s wife who makes it upstairs and everything about it was homemade. The icing was delicious and the cake was ten times better than the Fish Market’s carrot cake.

#4 Top Sporting Event: Pirates vs. Brewers
I was really exciting to see the Pirates play the Brewers Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee but I was more excited for the Pirates win! That win made us finally have a .500 season which later became the first winning season in 20 years. While we didn’t make it the World Series, it was still a great year!

#3 Top Ice Cream: Ferch’s
Even though the last time I went to Ferch’s I ended up finding 3 jelly beans in chocolate ice cream, I still find the custard to be delicious. I’m hoping next time we go I won’t have the same result and I recommend trying it. :)

#2 Top Music Hall: Turner Hall
Atlas Genius
I have only been to one music hall since moving to Milwaukee but I really enjoyed Turner Hall. It reminds me of the Newport Music Hall in Columbus and has the same charm. We saw Atlas Genius in concert there and they were awesome! I can’t wait to attend more concerts there!

#1 Top Brewery Tour and Top Beer: Lakefront Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing Co Weekend @ Louie’s
Lakefront Brewery
The Lakefront Brewery tour is a lot of fun and it’s fun multiple times. Everyone in Milwaukee speaks highly of Lakefront beer and I can see why. It’s a very good beer and you get to sing the Laverne and Shirley song at the end of the tour. There’s an episode of Laverne and Shirley where they work as bottle cappers in a fake Milwaukee brewery and sing a song, that’s the song you sing on the tour. It’s a good time be all!

Weekend Fun

First Look at Milwaukee, Part 2

Hi there!

We’re halfway through the week and that much closer to Friday! I can’t wait because starting Friday I will officially be living in Wisconsin, in a hotel but I’ll be there. :) Mike and I have continued our search for an apartment this week and have an aggressive plan to look at more than 10 places by the weekend. Well, I hope so.

Earlier this week I gave you part 1 of my first look at Milwaukee and I have so much more to show you from last weekend! Looking back we crammed a lot of activity into the weekend but that’s the norm for me and Mike. We never stop moving!

After our delicious dinner at Cafe Benelux we ventured throughout the Historic Third Ward. We wanted to check out the Milwaukee Public Market but it was closed so we’ll check it out another time. Instead we ended up walking along the Milwaukee River. There are three rivers in the Third Ward and I can only pronounce one of them, take a guess on which one it is. ;) It reminds of Pittsburgh – rivers with difficult names – only I can pronounce those ones.

Milwaukee Public Market

After our stroll we drove through the Bay View area to see what it was like and what a happening place! It kind of reminds me of Short North and it’s definitely a place I want to hang out on Friday nights or every night! Here’s a pic I snapped of Lulu’s, one of Milwaukee’s own, and another place we want to try.

Lulu's Cafe
While apartment hunting Saturday, we stopped to stretch our legs in the downtown area near the Milwaukee Art Museum. We went inside briefly, no tour or anything, but the lobby was just as cool as the outside! I can only imagine what the rest of the place is like!
Milwaukee Art Museum
There was some funky art in the lobby:
Milwaukee Art
A really cool ceiling:
Milwaukee Art Ceiling
And an awesome view of Lake Michigan from inside:
Me at Milwaukee Art Museum
Overall it was a great, action packed weekend and I can’t wait for me weekends like this one with Mike! Check back for more of our adventures in Milwaukee and don’t forget to Like Roochel’s Randoms Facebook page!