Wednesday, October 10, 2018

bike commute 47

Mon - two mile dog hike, run commute 51, and CityRock 110.  $100, the dog, and I got in another two mile dog hike after work down to the library and back.

Tues - bike commute 47.  Dreamer, my fat bike, turned three years old.  My Mariachi is Barstool, and the two are named after a Widespread Panic song.  My Lorax is named Larry, after my 4th grade teacher and the first person I remember coming across who biked to work.  Anyways, went a bit longer on the ride home, and it was the first time this season I thought I was going to lose some toes and/or fingers.

Wed - 32F and snowing when I got up.  Damn near bailed and went back to sleep, but I got out for a quick four miler.  My cold weather mental fitness is currently lacking, but this was at least a small step in the right direction.  Did not bike or run to work as I was supposed to climb in Red Rock Canyon today, but that will likely be cancelled due to the wet weather (not a sissy call, climbing on the RRC sandstone when it's wet is bad).

Thursday, October 04, 2018

run commute 50

Mon - morning dog hike followed by bike commute 45, including a good ride through Ute Valley Park after work on the way to garage run.  CityRock 108.

Tues - 6.5 mile morning Garden run.  Had to go up to the Air Force Academy in the afternoon, so I rode the 13.5 mile Falcon Trail.

Wed - 60 minute morning dog hike followed by run commute 49.

Thurs - 60 minute dog hike followed by run commute 50.  We were passing a driveway and the dog barked at a cat who was sleeping there.  I thought it was a bit big for a cat and sure enough when I fired up the headlamp it was a bobcat, not five feet from us.  The dog is a peaceful animal and left the bobcat alone.

I got this in the mail the other day, so at least I have that going for me:

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


First, a little background music for this post.

Made the drive to Scottsbluff/Gehrig, Nebraska, to nab my 20th state marathon.  Using this as a long run for JFK, I was planning on a four hour effort.  Got in a bit faster than that, running 3:37, and it was a really good 20 miler with a terrible 10k added on.  But I'll take it.

The trip was pretty meh.  Long drive, mediocre brewery, a local population that is all grumpy because Nebraska football is terrible (one of the few teams in the country that might be worse than Pitt, and folks in NE take college football a lot more serious than folks in the 'burgh).  Even the national monument was lackluster - it reminded me of Palmer Park which is a cool place but not quite cool enough to get me to cross I-25 for.  Not trying to rip the nice people of western Nebraska.  But sometimes when you drive to the middle of nowhere there's not much to do there.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018


Quick roadtrip to western Nebraska this weekend so I took advantage of the opportunity to visit Carhenge.  Pretty cool place.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

six years

Six years ago $100 and I got hitched.  We still love watching the highlights of that roadtrip.

RRC climbing

Couple 'o hours in Red Rock Canyon after work.  Still getting used to using all that climbing equipment, but I'm improving.

And I finally figured out how to coil a rope the cool way.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

run commute 47

Mon - 2.6 mile dog hike, followed by the quickest bike route to and from work.  Super productive considering how hung over I was from the Canon pub crawl and Taste of OCC on Sunday.

Tues - run commute 47.  Went pretty hard on the way to work, then did some leg blasters, quadzillas, and chassis integrity stuff at CityRock over lunch.  Legs were pretty fried, so the run home was pretty slow.

This is the sign at Holmes Middle School, where I sometimes venture to run around the cinder track.  Are schools even trying anymore?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

royal 50

Went down to Canon City for FAR's Royal 50 mountain bike race on Saturday.  I rode about as hard as I could and feel like I had a good ride, but looking at the standings I finished 35th out of 38, including two women I passed in the last ten miles or so (one of whom I had to go all out on the last climb to hold off).  Finished in 6:42, well under the cutoff of eight hours.  With any running race I can just show up and there are guaranteed to be a ton of slow people, but that's not the case with a MTB race.  Or maybe that is the case, and I'm just one of the slow people.

Relive 'Morning Ride'

And the section back to the Canon pubs, including Skyline Drive, which I rode to get in 100k:

Relive 'Afternoon Ride'

After the race we ($100 and some Austin friends of mine) toured some of the finer pubs of Canon.  My Brothers Place, Lala's, McClure's.  We stayed the night down there, and on Sunday morning I took the dog for a 5K hike along the riverwalk.  Such a great town.  Looking forward to getting back to Canon more often now that the weather is cooling off a bit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

run commute 45

Mon - 2.3 mile dog hike followed by run commute 44.  Not sure if I ever mentioned this but my dog hikes are done with a 40 pound weight vest. 

Tues - 2.3 mile dog hike, bike commute 43, and CityRock 104.  All before 8AM.  Had to leave work to go to a meeting at the Academy.  Got to watch football practice for a bit.

Took our cadet some supper.

And then sat through a very boring two hour meeting.  Did manage to score some sweet USAF coasters though, which I immediately took to Red Leg to try out.  The AF is very serious about stopping the sexual assault issues at the Academy, because it looks terribly bad when the daily headline of the Gazette spills your secrets.  I doubt the issues at the Academy are any better or worse than any other college (except Pitt, which is perfect) but the PR folks up north definitely work a lot of overtime.

Wed - run commute 45.  5.5 miles with most of those miles sub eight, which is a good effort for me given terrain and traffic on this route.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


One helluva weekend.

On Friday after running into a bear I headed up to Red Rocks for a night of my favorite band. Gov't Mule.  A quick set from Warren, a long set of Mule, and a super long set of Mule doing Pink Floyd.  Incredible performance.  We now have a shuttle that runs from COS to Red Rocks and let me tell you it's the best feeling ever not to have to worry about driving home after RR shows.

We were watching our other dog, Moose, this weekend.  So early Saturday morning $100 and I took them for a long hike in Sondermann Park.  Holly is over ten years old now and naps a lot.  Moose is two and doesn't sleep at all, but after our hike that changed for a few hours.

Then I was off to the Garden for some climbing.  Had a blast, though I still suck at this climbing thing.  Did make it up Cowboy Boot Crack since there was a top rope and I didn't have to place any protection.  Had a great afternoon playing around in my backyard park.

After climbing $100, Nacheaux, and I headed over to Front Range BBQ to see Chauncy Crandall.  Then we stopped by another pub to catch the Tejon Street Corner Thieves.  Two back to back very late nights for this old man!

On Sunday, perhaps inspired by the new marathon world record, I went up to the track for some 400m repeats.  Just did not feel like running long, but the hard effort was good for me.  Then it was up to the Air Force Academy for a soccer game.  Our cadet is a goalie, though she currently just rides the pine behind the current senior keeper.  I know nothing about soccer, so we watched a bunch of chicks kick a ball around without kicking it into the goal, and AF tied Gonzaga 0-0.  After two overtimes.  

I feel like I crammed a month's worth of stereotypical Colorado stuff into this three day weekend.  Good times!

Friday, September 14, 2018

week in review

Mon - 2.5 mile dog hike, bike commute 41, CityRock 101.

Tues - 2.4 mile dog hike, run commute 43, CityRock 102.  The morning run included 3 x 1 mile repeats.

Wed - bike commute 42, CityRock 103.  The afternoon ride was a 15 miler with a chunk of that in Ute Valley Park.  My tech skills on the bike are shittier than usual right now, not boding well for the upcoming Royal 50.  Ended at Red Leg to see an old buddy of mine from San Antonio and we drank way too many beers.

Thurs - nothing all day due to a hangover.  Did manage to squeak in a lousy four miler in the Garden in the evening.

Fri - 5k dog hike.  Then 15 miles to Barr Camp and back.  Time was a little slow due to this guy blocking the trail at Bob's.

Monday, September 10, 2018

weekend update

After the Incline on Friday some friends showed up to mooch free booze, and then we all went over to Trails End for Woodshed Red.  Love that band, though it says a lot about the local COS music scene that the most popular band in town in a cover band.  Had a great time and especially enjoyed the $5 pints of Blood Orange IPA from Deuces Wild.

On Saturday I got up to Rampart Res for a loop.  Started as a run, turned to a run/hike, and became just a hike the last two miles.  Capped off my second consecutive 40 mile week though.

Relive 'Lunch Run'

About the worst weekend ever for Pittsburgh football as Pitt got destroyed by PSU on Saturday night and then the Steelers tied the damn cleveland brownies.

Also hit Patty Jewitt Porchfest on Sunday, had a fantastic time over there.  Probably need to give my liver a bit of a break after this weekend.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

incline 15

Third consecutive Friday incline.  Was in a hurry to get this done as the Woodshed Red show was beckoning, and it was my quickest incline in a long time.  31:20.  Came straight back down.

Relive 'Afternoon Run'


Friday, September 07, 2018

CityRock 100

Big milestone as I had a great climb over lunch today. 

Cancelled my accolade membership this morning.  Was always a pain in the ass trying to schedule time to get to that gym.  And after most workouts there all I would think was, "I would have gotten a better workout by climbing."