Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Forgot to post this guy, whom I saw on my long run on Sunday. Snake season is here again. Yay.
Mon - it rained pretty much 24 hours straight, very rare for us here in CO. First time I bailed on an early morning dog hike for weather in a long time. Got the pooch out later, and in the evening I ran an easy ten miler on the Garden roads. Little bit of snow up high.
Tues - bike commute 34. Eleven miles to work, four back home. Had the last of the video lectures for my alpine climbing school. This weekend I'll be in Winter Park practicing some snow movement. We have two trips left with the class: a couloir climb, and the high peak grad climb. The grad climb looks like it will be a two day difficult route up Longs.
Wed - run commute 30. 6.5 miles there in an hour. 6.3 miles back home through Sondermann, including 12 hill repeats.
Monday, May 03, 2021
Early drive on Saturday to join my CMC ACS peeps for a crag day at the East Colfax area of Clear Creek Canyon, about 15 miles west of Golden. Great place and loved climbing all day. I'm getting much more comfortable on the rock, learning to trust the equipment and not freaking out about heights quite so much. Not getting ahead of myself in thinking I'm an outdoor badass though, there were guys highlining the canyon while we were climbing. Might have been 700+ feet above us.
Good three hour long run on Sunday. Red Rock Canyon, Section 16, Stephanie's, and back through RRC. Just over 15 miles. $100, James, Melissa, and I went back to RRC at noon to try to get some more climbing in, but it started pouring before we could get going. So we bailed to Fossil instead.
For the week:
run - 47 miles/9 hours
ride - 78 miles/7.5 hours
hike - 18.5 miles/8 hours
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Wed - run commute 26. 5.2 there in 49:33. Had to do some 15 second hill repeats on the way home, and there is a perfect hill for it in Sondermann. Eight of them. Can't remember the last time I did hill repeats. 6.2 miles in 68 minutes. CityRock at lunch, I think I've now done enough of them to say I'm a legit 5.9 indoor climber. Which would make me a legit 5.5 climber outdoors.
Thurs - Bit longer to work. Eight miles in 75 minutes. CityRock 46 at lunch. Easy four miles back home so I could have some time to play guitar before my weekly lesson.
Fri - bike commute 31. 10.7 miles to work on the COVID loop. Finally some decent weather. Saw a pack of coyotes over at the new retention pond at the Garden. Good bouldering session at lunch.
Spending the weekend at Castlewood Canyon, a state park located between COS and Denver. Doing some climbing and working on anchors with the CMC. More good weather on the way, I'm pretty psyched to get on some outdoor rock again.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Still got out there even though the reappearance of winter sapped some motivation. Good two hour/13.7 mile run on my COVID loop on Saturday to end the week.
20 weeks until The Rut, going to start looking to get in shape for that. I actually bought a plan from the guys at Uphill Athlete last year and never used it after the race was cancelled, but I’ll look to put some of those workouts into my week.
Chilled around the house this weekend. I think it’s the last weekend until June that I’ll be here. Between the CMC class and a trip to The Villages to see the in-laws, lots of travel on the docket. We are debating between Taos and Fruita for Memorial Day weekend.
For the week:
run - 37 miles/6.5 hours
ride - 55 miles/5.5 hours
hike - 22.7 miles/8.5 hours
Friday, April 16, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Fantastic time over the weekend with the CMC alpine climbing school folks.
A few beers at Fossil on Friday, dog park and a run up to No Name Creek early Saturday, then I made a solo trip in the van up to Hoosier Pass.
Set off to hike North Star Mountain at 6AM on Sunday. Awesome hike. Not something I'd normally do this time of year, as there was still a lot of snow, but the day went well. Straight there on the way out, then on the way back we took a detour to do some legit (for me) snow climbing. We weren't roped up and there were a few points where a fall would have been fatal, but the snow was solid and I didn't find myself fighting off panic like I often do while rock climbing. Great mountain views and travel all day long. Eight miles on the day. I'll definitely return here in the summer to run/scramble this route.
South Park Saloon for the apres. Love that place.
Some random pics of the day, mostly stolen from some classmates:
Friday, April 09, 2021
Mon - early morning run through Red Rock Canyon, ride on the COVID loop at lunch, Red and Iron Mountains in the PM. Going to start adding Iron to the run on Monday evenings now that spring is kinda somewhat here.
Tues - bike commute 26. Ten there, eleven back. CityRock at lunch.
Wed - the rare zero day. No pack to hike the dog, no running or riding or climbing. Could tell my body was trying to fight off some minor non-COVID crud thing, so I rested as much as possible.
Thurs - run commute 23. 5.2 there in 47 minutes, 5.5 back through Sondermann in 55 flat.
Fri - bike commute 27. Miserable ten miles to work. Looked nice outside, and I dressed for that, but it was cold and windy. Ugh. Decent CityRock session at lunch.
Heading back out in the van this weekend, up to Hoosier Pass. Doing my CMC snow ridge climb on Sunday. North Star Mountain. At 13,614 feet above sea level she is the 187th tallest peak in the state. Still significant snow up high, though it is melting quickly and this is a peak that minimizes the kind of dangers you can deal with on winter climbs. Pretty excited for this.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Fantastic weekend up north.
Up early on Saturday to meet the CMC peeps. Had a big training day - snow travel, self arrest, snow climbing. All new stuff to me and I had a lot of fun.
We do our first trip this weekend and I'm looking forward to it. North Star Peak, a low 13er near Hoosier Pass still covered in snow.
After the training we headed to Idaho Springs for beers and burgers at Westbound & Down. Solid IPA. Then we headed up the Mt. Evans road, spending the night at a lot across the street from the Echo Lake Lodge. Two nights in a row sleeping above 10k feet.
On Sunday we headed back to Idaho Springs, allowing $100 a few hours to fish Clear Creek while the dog and I explored town. Then we decided to drive back the long way, heading over to Broken Compass Brewing in Breck.
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In another week I will have officially been playing guitar for one year.
I have always been a huge fan of the instrument, chasing the sound at live shows ever since high school. I always thought it would be cool to play. But that was always followed by "I wish I had started playing in high school." Or college. Or when I moved to Austin, the live music capital of the world. Always sometime long ago.
As COVID hit and I slowly realized things were going to change for a bit, I thought it might be a good time to pick up a new habit rather than just increase my booze intake.
The goal had always been to play a Fender Strat. I had a crappy $30 Suzuki left over from who knows where in the basement, and I made a deal with $100 - if I could play 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for a year, I'd get the green light to buy a cheap-ish electric guitar setup.
I kept that schedule, playing for half an hour in the morning after the dog walk. Super basic stuff from the Fender Play app. Struggling with cord changes. Kinda sorta playing Louie Louie and Bad Moon Rising. Quite often I'd get in another practice session at night before bed. After a month of this I walked in to Moondog Music, located in the same building as Benny's, and signed up for weekly lessons.
Through some creative loopholes, the wife allowed me to upgrade the acoustic guitar long before the year mark. I was the proud owner of a beautiful Seagull Entourage. A fantastic guitar that I have loved playing these past few months, though at $550 it's way more expensive than I deserve at this point.
About a month ago it became clear that, for better or for worse, this wasn't a habit that was going to go away anytime soon. So I started talking to a few guitar playing friends and searching around the interwebs. I wanted to keep the total price for guitar and amp below $1500, which is a bit much for a rookie in his mid-40s but is still fairly affordable once you go down the guitar prices rabbit hole.
And boom, there she was. Exactly what I wanted, but used. Same with the amp. A Fender Player Stratocaster and a Fender Champion 50XL amp. $806 after taxes and shipping to the local guitar center.
So I'm pretty excited to tear into this thing. I can even kinda/sorta play a Hendrix tune - Hey Joe, though my solo would be a bit less than Jimi would offer up.