Saturday, March 17, 2018

party like it's 1995!

New Stone Temple Pilots album dropped this week.

Pearl Jam released a new single on the way to a new album.

And jt went sub 18 for 5k!

Unofficially 17:54.  Chip time was 17:50.  5:42 first mile, 5:51 second mile, 5:45 third mile.  That last 1.1 miles was just trying to keep everything together.  But, I gotta say, there was a fairly big group of folks trying to go sub 18, and we were all together after a mile or so, and I led the way.  Even caught two dudes in the last quarter mile.  Best race I've had in a long time.

Pic stolen from Pikes Peak Sports.

Friday, March 16, 2018


Sun, Mon, Tues: not much of anything.  Some good dog hikes, a nice 15 mile ride with $100.  Mostly spent getting rid of the Salida hangover.

Wed: Run commute 14.  Some good 90 second repeats on the way to the office.  Not feeling great the way back, until I ran into $100 and the dog and finished the run with them.

Thurs: Accolade 19, CityRock 43.  Big news here was that I sent my first ever V4!  Might have been a bit overrated, as there were two others who got it as their first V4 as well, but whatever.  The sign said V4, and I sent it, so I'll take it.  Still consider myself a V2 climber but it was cool to do something at that level, especially since the climbing gym has a bar to celebrate at.

Fri: Track.  6 x 200m.  Easy workout, once again balancing out the hope to run well on Saturday with the need to start getting to the track once a week.  Followed that with a dog walk and bike commute 13.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

week in review/Salida

Run -  60 miles
Bike - Ten miles
Hike - 12.8 miles
CityRock - five trips
Accolade - one trip

The highlight was of course the Salida Marathon, which I finished less than 90 seconds shy of five hours.  Stayed out a little later than I was planning on Friday (Dead cover band at The Vic) but that didn't mess with me too much.  Felt really good just moving at a steady pace all day.  The rest of Salida weekend was spent either drinking too much or hiking the dog over in the S Mountain area.

Oh yeah, and $100 got a new bike!

Friday, March 09, 2018


Thursday morning 5k hike with the dog.  Then I gave her a shower, so she was pissed.  But then I fed her, so we're buds again.

Adult Bouldering League is going well and it's fun not being the shittiest climber in the group for once.  Sorry for the weird faces, we had to do it for extra points.

Hit the track on Friday AM.  Nothing much, 6 x 200m, but I'm trying to start the habit of a late night of bouldering followed by an early AM track session.

Off to Salida as soon as I can weasel out of work, looking forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Run Commute 13

Sunday AM - four mile Garden hike with the dog, followed by eleven miles on the trails of the Garden and Red Rock Canyon.

Sunday PM - quick trip to Accolade before CorePower.

Monday - run commute 12.  4.2 miles to work, 4.4 miles home.  35th trip of the year to CityRock.

Tuesday - bike commute 11, CityRock 36.  Went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival in the evening and it was awesome.

Wednesday - three mile hike with the dog followed by run commute 13.  Good climbing session at lunch.

Salida is coming up on Saturday and as usual I'm super excited for a great weekend.  Looking at five hours to finish the marathon given my current state of fitness.  Will likely run well for 18 miles or so, then slog it out to the finish.

Pic of the dog in White Acres today.  She is super excited for Salida as well.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

week in review

All around good week.  The numbers never pop out when you're trying to fit five activities in every week, but I feel the fitness is coming around.  Definitely feel much better physically than if I was just banging out 70 mile running weeks.

Run - 22 miles
Bike - 34 miles
Hike - 20 miles
CityRock - four trips
Accolade - twice

Started up Adult Bouldering League again.  Thursday nights.  My third time doing this, and this is the first time I'm not the worst climber in the class, so I have that going for me.

Finally got the van out in '18, heading down to Oil Well Flats after work on Friday.  Five hour hike on Saturday AM, followed by 70 minutes on the fat bike.  Had to head back to the Springs on Saturday, but that meant we could meet up with a bunch of folks at Trails End in the evening.  Such a great day!

Friday, March 02, 2018


Good month.  Lots of hours doing stuff, ticking off the days before we head off on the Colorado Trail.  We are already worried about the lurking fire danger this summer.

Biking - 176 miles, 18 hours
Running - 146 miles, 28.5 hours
Hiking - 60 miles, 21.5 hours
CityRock - 14 trips
Accolade - 6 trips

Signed up for the JFK 50.  Other than Pikes, I hope it's the last big race I sign up for.  Besides some smaller local races, here's the rest of the year:

March 4 - Pueblo Ten Miler
March 10 - Salida Marathon
May 20 - Colfax Marathon
June 2/3 - Elephant Rock
Aug 18/19 - Pikes
Sep 22 - Royal 50
Nov 17 - JFK 50

Another trip is shaping up for March as we will be bringing back the Tour de Left Hand.  Leaving from Red Leg Brewing on Friday, March 23, we will ride up to Golden, crash for the night, then finish the trek to Left Hand's Hops & Handrails early on Saturday.  Of course there will be lots of breweries along the way.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Sunday - Pretty hungover from a late trip to Fossil but I still got in a nice four mile hike with the dog over at White Acres and my eighth trip up the Incline this year.  If that wasn't enough, the wife goaded me into a trip to Accolade (16).

Sunday evening was the Matisyahu show at the Black Sheep.  Pretty good time despite it being on a school night.

Monday - Not much, pretty tired from the show.  3.7 mile bike to work, 11 miles home.  Bike commute nine.

Tuesday - Three mile hike with the dog, then run commute 11.  4.2 miles to work, 4.4 miles back home.  CityRock 31 at lunch.

Wednesday - 2.8 mile hike with the dog, then bike Commute ten.  Four miles to CityRock in the AM.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

incline 7

Broke my streak of laziness on Friday evening with a trip up the Incline.  Despite the recent snow and chilly weather the Incline was in pretty decent shape.  Sure got a bit chilly coming down Barr Trail though.

Saturday - 20 mile run on the Midland, Santa Fe, Sinton, and Garden.  Windy AF.

Friday, February 23, 2018

accolade 15

This arctic weather has crushed my motivation to do anything but sit on the couch.  Did get to Accolade for some weights on Thursday morning.  Got on the treadmill for a planned 30 minutes, but it was one of those days where the 'mill just mentally crushed me and I only ended up doing 20 minutes.

Things sort of warmed up on Thursday afternoon, so I got the dog out for an hour hike in the Garden.

After that it was off to Bristol Brewing to see the Lil Smokies.  Great show.  We also hit up Trails End before the gig to try the Upslope Experimental IPA.  Delicious and I can't wait until cans hit the liquor stores in early March.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

run commute 10/CityRock 30

Monday - had off work for President's Day.  Hungover, but I managed to get the dog out for two hours in Stratton Open Space.  Recovered later in the day for a good hour at CityRock and an hour of hot yoga.  Glad I got the dog some exercise, since a blast of arctic air blew in Monday evening.

Tuesday - I got up to take the dog out and it was 6F.  Oof.  She hates those low temps as much as I do.  I shoveled the walks, and ran to work, run commute ten.  Took me 40 minutes to get to the office and I was worried about frostbite on my fingers and toes.  Hit CityRock at lunch, took the bus home after work.

Wednesday - woke up to this:

No thanks.  I went back to bed.  Threw some weights around in the home gym before driving to work.  Did have a good CityRock session (30) at lunch, and it warmed up enough to get the dog out for a 40 minute walk when I got home.

Monday, February 19, 2018

cup 'o dirt #1

Took advantage of the warm weather to sneak in a February cup 'o dirt ride.  Hit my go-to gravel ride, north on the Santa Fe trail.  The wind beat me ragged on the way up, but after the halfway point at Pikes Peak Brewing things got a bit better.  6.5 hours in the saddle.

I'm writing a haiku for all my submissions to the cup 'o dirt page.

North was all windy
Thank god for Pikes Peak Brewing
Damn was this a slog

Thursday, February 15, 2018

run commute 9/CityRock 25

4.5 mile run to work.  Threw in some 3 minutes on/2 minutes off.  The hard parts were interrupted by a charging dog and a long red light.  Then a terrible four mile run home that I walked a good chunk of.

Week has been all messed up with $100 out of town.  So now everyday it's at least two hours with the dog.  Which is awesome, but it brings down the time available for running and biking.

I've been spending a lot of time at this wall at CityRock the last few weeks.  There is a tan V2 problem at the right that I struggled with at first, but I eventually got it down where I could do laps.  Which would crush me, but it definitely brought a lot of improvement.  I had been working on the green V3 on the right damn near every day, and I feel I was about to get it.  But then I came into the gym Thursday morning and they had completely stripped the wall.  New problems going up.  Such is life when you're a gym climber.