Saturday, November 18, 2017


Had a blast last weekend seeing shows on back to back nights, a rare feet for an old fart like me. 

On Friday we went to the Black Sheep for the Perpetual Groove show.  Loved it, even though they didn't play my favorite Three Weeks.

On Saturday we headed over to Manitou to catch the Trout Steak Revival show at city hall.  Not exactly Red Rocks, but it was pretty cool and I hope they start bringing more bands there.

A few days later, on Friday, I biked home in short sleeves and headed up to Lone Tree where it was snowing.  Nat Geo talk about the Grand Canyon with Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko. 

I had been itching to get back to the GC since I saw Fedarko speak a month or so ago, and the wheeles are really turning now.   $100 and I might go do this hike sometime around easter.

In other important news, there's a new, really good pizza joint by my house.

Still getting the dog out, usually twice a day.  This shot is from Red Rock Canyon.  As the crow flies it's probably less than a mile from my house.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Monday - run commute 57.  Eleven miles total to/from work.

Tuesday - had to drive to work today, so I got up early for a track workout.  4 x 400m, 2 x 800m.  I usually do this while running to work as 4 x 90 seconds, 2 x 3 minutes.  But it hurts a lot more on the track.  93, 88, 87, 87, 3:06, 3:03.  Also got in some climbing over lunch.

Monday, November 13, 2017

first to worst

Ran the Celebrate Our Vets 5k on Saturday.  19:09, with mile splits of 6:16, 6:02, and 6:10.  But you don't have to be good when you choose races like I do, and I actually ended up winning this thing.  By a lot.  Basically the field was me and a bunch of blind people (And Brandon Staponowhich, who I crushed).

The American Distance Project, which now apparently serves to place Kenyan born folks into the Army, was out there doing speedwork.  They were probably running close to two minutes per mile faster than I was going, but I'm sure I impressed them with my win.

After celebrating my victory at the brand spankin' new Trails End Taproom, I went over to Cheyenne Mountain High School for the open two mile race.  I need to kick O'Day in the balls because he told me there would be some slow people there.  But only one slow person showed up - me.  Bunch of young college dudes in short shorts and sponsored runner singlets, and me out in lane eight rocking NBA style shorts and a Grateful Dead cotton t-shirt.  I ran my first lap in 82 and I was very, very much in last place already.  Only two guys in the ten person field didn't lap me, and those two were pretty close.  Finished in 11:49 after running a solo lap of shame the final quarter mile, about a minute behind the next guy.

I've been running a long time, but I've never finished first and last in the same day.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

bike commute 74

Mon - return trip from the Pittsburgh/Titusville area.  Joyful three hour layover at DIA waiting on my 18 minute flight to the Springs.  Did get back early enough to take the dog for a loop of Section 16.

Tues - bike commute 73.  5.5 miles to work, eleven back home.  Went over 2500 miles on the year.  First really shitty cold weather commute, complete with a snow/rain mix.  As an added bonus, our hot water heater blew up, so no shower.  Though that forced me to visit Accolade (22).

Wed - run commute 56.  5.5 miles to work, five flat home.  $100 and I then went to the local showing of Reel Rock, which was awesome this year.  Hopefully "Safety Third" and "Stumped" are put on youtube or vimeo at some point, those were great whether or not you're into climbing.

Thurs - 2.6 mile hike with the dog around Old Colorado City, followed by bike commute 74 and CityRock 70.

Survived a trip home to see mom, which I always assume will be the last time I see her, and having the hot water heater kaput out five months after the warranty expired.  Just what I need for what is always the most depressing week of the year - when it's now dark leaving work at 5PM.  Not everything is depressing this week though, I have an awesome new hat to rock at Red Leg tonight for the Pitt/Carolina game:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Not a bad month for the off-season. 

166 miles running.  Low but I'm definitely getting more quality efforts in.  And I think I'll possibly bust a decent 5k sooner or later.  1693 miles on the year, right on pace for my 2000 mile goal.

187 miles on the bike.  All of them either to/from work or to/from the bar.  2481 miles on the year, again right on target for my 3000 mile resolution.

54 miles hiking.  65 trips to CityRock and 21 to Accolade on the year.  Definitely starting to feel the benefits of not spending every waking moment running and hitting the gym from time to time.

Monday, October 30, 2017

run commute 54/CityRock 64

5.5 miles to work, 6.5 miles back home.  Good CityRock session over lunch.

A few of us biked over to Ute Valley Park on Sunday and handed out beers with about half a mile to go to the end of Fall Series III.  Think it was over 70F.  Tonight on my run home it was below 30F and it is about to start snowing.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Creepy Crawl 5k

18:39, but significantly short at 3.0 miles.  Probably 19:19ish for the correct distance.  Atrocious third mile as I went 6:03, 6:12, 6:32.  Getting back into 5k shape is taking longer than I thought it would but I think I'm going in the right direction.

After the race we got to hit up the Manitou Coffin Races.  Pitt won.  Got to have a few drinks with Becca and Andy.  PSU lost.  Great Saturday!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

run commute 53/CityRock 63

Easy five mile run to work.  Hard lunch session at CityRock.  Easy five mile run home.  14 mile bike on the legacy loop in the evening.  Gots to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Juju Smith-Schuster is now tied for my favorite Pittsburgh Steeler (with former Pitt guy James Conner).  Dude is in the NFL but doesn't drive.  Bikes everywhere.  Then his bike got stolen, so he had chose to walk to practice.  Luckily, someone found the bike.  Read about it here.  The bike is a Ghost Square Cross 5 that is currently less than $700 at REI, though when it isn't on sale it's almost a grand.  It's hard to tell exactly how much a player makes, but he earns at least just north of one million per year.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

bike commute 70

Five miles to work, eleven miles home on the Mariachi.  Good CityRock workout during the day.  2.7 mile night hike with the dog in Red Rock Canyon.  Good day.

Monday, October 23, 2017

run commute 52

Slowly starting to emerge from the crud I had been dealing with since Thursday.  Was prepared to take down all of Alex's local KOM's, but then this guy got in my way:

5.5 miles to work, four miles home.  Then an easy 2.7 mile hike in Red Rock Canyon with $100 and the dog.

On Sunday afternoon our library hosted a talk by Kevin Fedarko, author of one of my favorite books ever - The Emerald Mile.  Great talk and it really lit a fire for me to get back to the Grand Canyon.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cheyenne Mountain Run

It's been a rough week and after 2.5 miles of the Cheyenne Mountain Run I had nothing left in the tank.  Walked most of the second half of the climb, only jogging when I saw Tim taking pics, and I even walked a good chunk of the downhill.  Nothing wrong, just didn't feel like running.  Yet it was still great to get outside on a great trail with a bunch of friends.

11.5 miles in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, followed by my return to the Pikes Peak Hash.  Red Leg to Coach's via Ute Valley Park.  Good times!

Friday, October 20, 2017


Not a good week, but at least I'm trying to get out there and enjoy the late spring weather.

Monday - run commute 51.  5.5 miles to work following a three mile dog hike, 4.5 miles home.  CityRock 59 at lunch.

Tues - bike commute 68.  Five miles to the office, four miles home.  Grabbed the dog and the van and headed down to Canon City for the evening, night outside 22.

Wednesday - nice 5k hike on some of the new trails near the Royal Gorge.  Definitely worth checking out.  Got in 26 miles on the Lorax once back in the Springs.  That evening, $100 was having book  wine club at the house, women only, so I hit Red Leg before heading over to Fossil.

Thursday - another day off.  Got in a five mile run in Red Rock Canyon, then took the fat bike back there for a dozen miles.  Very rough day in the Springs running community as word of Mike Safari's death shook us all.

Friday - nice morning hike with the dog.  We saw a bear!  Then I rode five miles to CityRock.  Liquid lunch at the new Oskar Blues restaurant.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tiger Classic

$100 and I got to see The Brothers Comatose at Bristol on Friday, so I was not feeling very stellar on Saturday morning.  I still drug my ass out of bed for the Tiger Classic 5K over at Colorado College.  Despite the hangover I didn't stink up the joint too bad, running 19:19.  6:21, 6:23, 6:17.  Hope to get under 19 very soon.

After the race it was time to slay the hangover with the Brewery Heavy Half.  17 miles, nine brewries.  Manitou, Fossil, Cerberus, Goat Patch, Iron Bird, Fieldhouse, Gold Camp, Bristol, and Smiling Toad. Good times!

Sunday was spent nursing a hangover as well.  Did get in 7.5 easy miles on the Garden trails, a good hike with the dog, Accolade number 20, and an hour of hot yoga.