Thursday, November 25, 2021


Mon - my track partner cancelled on me, and I kept it easy.  8 x 200m.  Incline in the evening, still enjoying warm weather.

Tues - we are now into the holiday season as my brother and his dog arrived for a visit from Pittsburgh.  So as it is every year, the running and riding will be sporadic the next week.  Fossil Brewing for a bunch of evening beers.

Wed - got my booster shot on Tuesday morning, and while I was fine on Tuesday I woke up on Wednesday feeling like garbage.  Called in sick to work and slept in until noon.  Took a few naps, and was back in bed by 9PM.  Oof.

Thurs - annual Turkey Trot way over on the east side.  I felt good, booster sickness a thing of the past and it may have helped me by keeping me out of the pub until late.  Good race for me, the effort was definitely there, and I finished in 19:18.  Splits were 6:40, 6:28, and 5:54 (course was out and back, uphill the first half then a screaming downhill back).  41st out of 2329 finishers, which sounds good but over 2100 of those were dressed as turkeys while walking their dogs.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

red not chili peppers/Yonder/Pitt

Monday - AM track, 2 x 1 mile with 600 RBI.  6:35, 6:29.  Not my best day ever.  Monday evening was a bike/hike up the incline from the house.

Tues - bike commute 79.  Ten there and eleven back.  CityRock 87 at lunch.  Pitt hoops got their first win of  the season.  Probably won't be too many of those this year.

Wed - quick five miler to work in the cold.  Middle miles in 7:31, 7:10, and 7:39.  Good bouldering session at lunch.  Third (out of five) HAMS lecture in the evening.

Thurs - 14F when I got up.  The house was cold too, because the heater died sometime over the night.  Good times.  Luckily that was an easy fix.  Thursday evening I headed over to the Black Sheep to see the Red Not Chili Peppers.  Lots of fun there.

Fri - easy 5.5 miler over in Red Rock Canyon.  Then over to Murphy's, finally open again after an extended closure.  Tonight's band was Yonder Mountain String Band.  So psyched they came to the Springs!  They didn't disappoint as the show was killer.

Sat - a bit hungover from back to back late nights, but still made it over to the annual Turkey Trot Predict.  No watches allowed, you guess your time and try to go run it.  I guessed 21 flat and ran 20:20 (note: faster than GZ ran a 5k today).  The rest of the day I sat on the couch and watched Pitt win the ACC Coastal Division.

Sun - they recently opened some new trails over in Cheyenne Canon, and I went over to check them out.  We actually got some snow last night, but it was nice over there.  Twelve mile loop with 2500 feet of climbing.

For the week:

hike - 23.6 miles, 9:13
bike - 29 miles, 2.5 hours
run - 33 miles, 6.5 hours

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


Started doing the incline on Monday evenings.  Ride four miles over to the trailhead, hike straight up and back down, then ride back with a stop by Manitou Brewing for a High Ground IPA or two.  I leave the house at 4PM and it's completely dark by the time I get to the top of the climb, but at least the weather hasn't turned cold yet.

Also started going to the track on Monday mornings.  No great workouts yet and my speed is definitely lacking, but I have put together several weeks of at least going to run around an oval.

Other than that it's been more bike and run commutes.  59 run commutes and 79 bike commutes so far this year.

Got up Pikes via Crags on Saturday for the calendar challenge.  Six straight months so I'm a third of the way through the challenge.  Windy and cold but pretty mellow for mid-November.  Looks like I might even luck out with an early December summit without winter conditions.  Alex just hit five years of monthly Pikes summits, FYI.

For the week:

run: 36 miles in ten hours
ride: 72 miles in 6:45
hike: 23 miles in 9:45

After the Pikes climb we jumped in the van and headed down to Oil Well Flats for the evening.  First van trip since the Montana drive.  Perfect conditions down there.

Looks like we might have settled on our '22 van trip.  I'll be attempting to climb Rainier in the June/July time frame, and $100 suggested she drive straight out to Seattle, pick me up, and we take our time returning home.  Lots of potential routes on that one.

Sunday, November 07, 2021


Took the week off to let the back heal up.  It's close to 100% now.

HAMS has started and it's been fun.  Looking at a June/July summit attempt of Rainier.

$100 and I signed up for one of the classics - Bay to Breakers.  I will be doing the pub crawl version.

Went up to Fort Collins and saw Lotus.  Great show.  Gig was at Washington's, and I still need to make a trip to the Aggie.

Then caught Ana Popovic at Stargazers on Saturday night.  Phenomenal guitar player.

Finally quit social media.  Had to mail out invites for the 10th annual wine & cheese party.  Think I got everyone.  It's on Black Friday if anyone wants to show.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

bad back

Monday was a good day.  Dog hike with the pack and track in the AM.  Good garage gym session over lunch.  Incline in the evening.  Only one beer at Manitou Brewing and early to bed.  Rainier training off to a good start.

Then on Tuesday morning, as I was about to jump on my bike to head to work, I sneezed.  And my lower back exploded.

So I'm dealing with that right now.  Not too painful, but super stiff.  No running, including bailing on the Creepy Crawl 5k this morning.  Hopefully by Monday I'll be back to normal.

Monday, October 25, 2021


Nice week of not doing much, topped off by the brewery marathon on Saturday which turned into quite a shitshow.  In case that wasn't a reason to drink enough beer, Pitt crushed Clemson on Saturday as well.

Went up to the track today.  4 x 800m, 4 x 200m.  3:16, 3:10, 3:09, 3:06.  Untimed on the 200s but I guess they were in the 43 second range.  Have a few 5k's and the Rock Canyon half before the year ends, so I'll be halfway training for those.

Friday, October 22, 2021

recovery/happy 13th!

Easy week as I was pretty beat up from all the slow marathoning.  Will start getting back into a routine on Monday.

I was able to get up to watch my cadet nail her first jump on Wednesday.

Big game for Pitt on Saturday.  Not often that we have a legit chance to beat Clemson.

Holly is 13 years young today.  Eleven of those with us.  Her friends are all dropping by to say happy birthday.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Apparently I am unable to run a halfway decent road marathon anymore.

Started off at eight minute mile pace, and then it was the same story as Chicago.  Made it to just past halfway before the legs just gave out.  I guess I'm old enough now that I can either do well running up a hill, or do well running on a flat road, but not both.

4:13:58 officially.  Was at mile 25ish when I passed by new (to me) Reverence Brewing.  Big sign out front said they were open early for the marathon.  So I went in.  And they were playing Widespread Panic, so I ended up having two pints there.  So I probably would have broke four without that, but there's really no difference between 3:59 and 4:13 for me.

Bunch of quality bars after the race.  Back to Reverence, the Satellite Lounge, Nob Hill, 1UP, Sancho's, and Kinga's.  Physically, the race wrecked my back and hamstrings, but at least the booze took away the pain.

Did the 5k on Sunday in City Park with Kircher's dog.  

Big two months of racing for me and I'm glad it's over.  Have our local 5k race series coming up, but that's nothing I'll be taking seriously.  For the near future it will be all about training to get my ass up Rainier.

Monday, October 18, 2021


Good trip if you don't count the second half of the marathon!

Went out at a good pace, 1:38 at the half, and just couldn't hold it.  Struggled and slowed significantly after mile 14.  Stopped twice for beer and even had some ten minute miles in there.  Crossed the line in 3:39.  Oof.  Hot and humid, everyone outside of Galen Rupp seemed to run slower than planned.  Still a piss poor race for me though.

$100 actually ran pretty well, staying on sub five hour pace for 22+ miles before imploding.  Still crushed her goal of sub 5:30 though.

The rest of the trip was a blast.  Explored Chicago, hiked a bunch of miles on the lakefront and 606 trails, drank a ton of Malort, saw Wrigley Field.  Good times.

Friday, October 08, 2021

I used to work in Chicago...

We leave ass early on Saturday for the windy city and return Tuesday late afternoon.  The 'thon is Sunday morning and then it's just Old Style, hot dogs, and pizza for the rest of the weekend.

I haven't done any road marathon training, though the endurance is there and sea level should be a huge boost for me.  Gonna head out with the 3:20 group and see what happens.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

the scooters are here!

I'm a big fan of any transportation that doesn't involve a car, so I was petty excited when the dog and I turned a corner on our morning walk and saw a bunch of scooters ready to go. 

Still ran to work, but took a scooter home.  Topped out at just over 14mph, and had to work real hard up some of the hills, but it was fun.  19 minutes and a cost of $8.41, left the scooter on the curb in front of my house.  

Not cost effective to do trips this long, PikeRide will fill that void, but I'm looking forward to some downtown pub crawling with one of these.

Monday, October 04, 2021


Still plodding along.

On Saturday I ran over to do the two mile Nielsen challenge.  Ran 13:13, and with the to and from I ended up getting in twelve miles.  Later that day $100 and I went to our first Switchbacks game.  The plan was not to drink much as I had planned to hit a 14er on Sunday.  But we took PikeRide downtown, ended up stopping at Mash Mechanix and Pikes Peak Brewing.  Then on the way home it turned into quite a shitshow with visits to Benny's, Front Range, and Nova West.  Nova West may have included some Mad Dog.

Probably my last Switchbacks game.  Tix were $27 each and that big Coors I'm drinking was $15.  Significantly more expensive than Air Force football and I just don't care about soccer that much.

I did end up summiting Mount Sherman on Sunday, extending the calendar streak to five months.  Sherman is considered an easier 14er, but I wanted to get more comfortable with the route as this will likely be one I attempt in the winter.  Worked in some Chicago training on the summit:

Had some beers with Alex at Fossil on Sunday evening.  Next month will mark five years of monthly Pikes summits for him.

Track 5k on Monday morning.  19:19, including a 6:05 middle mile.  My two mile split was 50 seconds faster than my Nielsen time.

Chicago this weekend, Colfax the following weekend.  Then I'm up to date with races, no more COVID holdouts.  I am signed up for a few local runs - the Pikes Peak YMCA 5k series, Rock Canyon half, and I'll probably run the Super Half.  But with HAMS starting later this month, I'll be putting racing on the back burner for a while.

2023 will mark ten years at my job, and I've recently told my boss I plan to take some time off.

Monday, September 27, 2021


Finally getting back into the swing of things after a month of travel.

My beloved iPhone 7 shit the bed at Telluride, so I lost a lot of pics from the road trip and the festival.

Blues and brews was fantastic as usual.  If you've never listened to Larkin Poe, do yourself a favor and check them out.

Got up Pikes this weekend to keep the 14er streak alive.  Tried to do it from Devil's Playground onSaturday with Millie as we were dogsitting.  But she struggled with the scrambling near the summit so we had to turn around.  I went back out on Sunday and did the route from the Crags parking lot.

The theme on Pikes this weekend was washed up has beens.  Besides me, I also ran into Nick Clark and BStap on the hill.  Hadn't seen either of those two in a long time but I can confirm they are alive and well.

Hit the track this morning for a 5k solo time trial.  19:19, splitting 6:15, 6:08, and 6:09.  That last mile hurt a bit.