Tuesday, February 28, 2006
To register for the Ascent, click here.
To register for the Marathon, click here.
If you're doing neither, it's 'cuz you're a wus-ass and you need to click here to learn where to hang out with wankers like yourself.
on-on to the Pikes Peak Double!
Monday, February 27, 2006
i iz a UT graduat...
The latest buzz about Texas quarterback Vince Young at the NFL Scouting Combine: his score on the 50-question Wonderlic Test. It was reported to NFL general managers Saturday that Young correctly answered just six of the 50 questions on the 12-minute exam designed to test logic and cognitive ability. Then came reports Sunday that Young was allowed to retake the test and that he scored a more respectable 16. -- Austin American-Statesman
Even 16 is garbage, and that was on his second try! HAHA!!
monday, Monday, MONDAY! Yup, big Monday is here, and the ESPN game tonight is Pitt vs. West Virginia! 5PM Mountain time, that's 6PM Austin time and 7PM Pittsburgh time. Huge game, as winner basically gets a bye in the upcoming Big East Championship. I have no worries though, I'm sure we'll handle the Mountaineers. And oh boy, do I live beating up on WVU!
PS - the following teams, in no particular order, suck: Penn State, WVU, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Marquette, Florida, Ohio U, UConn, Auburn, Miami, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Villanova, Notre Dame, Selinsgrove, and 10th Street Daycare (that's where Tuck It finished his highest year of school, though he didn't graduate).
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Pikes Peak Road Runner 20K
Ended up finishing in 1:36:27. 28th out of 111 finishers. It was a tough, though beautiful, course. Miles 8.5 through 11.5 were awful, we were in an open area and the wind just killed me. I felt like I was running through water. But the rest of the race was fun. I had a good workout but kept well below racing effort.
Hills were pretty rough. Some of the course reminded me of my old trailer runs out at Kratzerville. Wasn't gasping too much though, so I think I'm finally acclimated to the altitude. It's gonna be a while before I'm able to attack some of the hills out here though.
Friday, February 24, 2006
Well, I said I'd post some stuff on what happened last night at All-You-Can-Drink-PBR night, but quite frankly I don't remember a whole lot. I think it's fair to say that I definitely got my $7 worth.
I do remember yelling at Meat and BATT around 6:30PM, 'cuz they weren't at my place yet. I thought the place would be packed and we'd hafta wait in line to get in if we didn't get there early. No such crowd, and in fact we were the only three patrons until about 9PM, when about four others showed up.
It was a great time, though. I shall make this a new Thursday tradition. Brings back a lot of memories, drinking cheap yellow beer out of plastic cups on Thursday nights. Sigh, visions of Zelda's and CJ Barney's...
Anyways, we all got tanked, as you can see from the pics.
I know BATT and I did the condiment dance for a long time, Meat was wearing some guy's gay shoes, the bartender gave us free shots of well vodka, there was some lesbian action, and we were all allowed to get away with the drunken behavior that would normally get the police called. Good times!
Thursday, February 23, 2006
critical acclaim for my blog!
-Panther, el pres de los Austin Duathletes
Anyways, here's the schedule for tonight's pub run.
Side Bar first. We leave there at 7.
Blind Pig Pub second. We leave there at 8.
219 West is third. We leave there whenever someone wants to go somewhere else, probably GLASS, on Congress.
Hope some of yunz Austin wankers show up. I'll be at all-you-can-drink-PBR night with BATT and Meat!
happy birthday, Twin Peaks!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon
High Beams wussed out and decided instead to do the Marine Corps Marathon, an easy marathon known best for letting runners cut the course and still allowing them an official finish. Sissy.
happy birthday BATT!
Everyone go to BATT's blog and wish her a happy 42nd birthday today! And tell her she's a pussy for bailing out on PBR night!
Incline and Sharky's
Post workout recovery at Sharky's, a pretty sweet pub. MG got us free jager shots for putting her bra on the roof! There's now also a $1 dollar bill that says "TAF is a wanker!" on the wall!
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
For all of you out there who fantasize about MeatGazer crapping into a dog dish (and I know you're out there!), here you go.
Monday, February 20, 2006
And it was! Trail started at the "What the Hell" bar, a nice little dive up north. Meat and I arrived 90 minutes early for a good warm up, and we weren't even the first hashers in the bar. Tried some local Hardtail Lager, good stuff!
Can't really say where trail went since I don't know the area, but it was a blast. Had some good urban shiggy, some slippery snow, some iced over creek crossings, several fence climbings (even some with barbed wire!), railroad tracks, lots of difficult checks, basically lots of the stuff I look for in a good trail. Trail was somewhat short due to the chilly weather, and it was one of the quickest circles ever as the on-on-on was right down the street. Had a blast though, especially on the creek crossing, where the ice kept cracking and I kept praying that it wouldn't break.
MeatGazer and I left the Springs pretty early, wanted to do some pub crawiling before the show. The drive from my place to Denver is beautiful, it runs right along the front range and the scenery is awesome. Much, much, better than the drive from Killeen to Austin!
Anyways, we arrive pretty early and decide to try out Sancho's Broken Arrow. Neither MG nor I had ever been here, so imagine our surprise when we walk inside to find a Grateful Dead bar! One of the coolest bars I've ever been to, this place rocked! Best jukebox I've ever seen, with bands like Panic, Hot Tuna, Buddy Guy, SRV, tons of Dead bootlegs, Phish, Little Feat, Hendrix, Zeppelin, String Cheese, and lots more. They even had PBR in the bottle! And after a few of those PBR bottles I kept referring to the place as "Dirty Sanchez's" and then had to inform MG what a Dirty Sanchez was. She's looking for someone to try it on her, if anyone is interested.
Anyways, the pub was so cool that our crawl started and ended there. Around 7PM we left and went across the street to the Fillmore for the show. Rebirth Brass Band was opening, and those guys are awesome! Saw them before at Stubb's, and I was quite the dancing fool. And once again they didn't disappoint. Their set was kinda short though, which sucked, but I was looking forward to seeing Galactic.
Galactic is one of my favorite bands, and I'm one of the few who like them even more since their lead singer left. They took the stage and immediately started rockin'. Both bands on the ticket are from New Orleans, and there was definitely a Mardi Gras theme. Guest performers galore, all with a NOLA flavor. Some chick named Trish Bootey came on and sang a bunch of songs. Never heard of her but she had a fantastic voice, sort of reminded me of Lauryn Hill. She was on stage for the highlight of the night, when a band member announced, "we're gonna play this for our hometown" and they busted into Zep's "When The Levy Breaks." They also had some freestyle rapper dude who relocated to Denver after the hurricane. Kinda cool seeing a jamband playing backup for some gangsta rapper. Another great part of the show was when the entire Rebirth Brass Band joined Galactic on stage, along with the Wild Magnolias, for some NOLA jams! The jamming might have gone on for half an hour straight with all the solos, and included a balloon drop and a parade through the crowd with some crazy Mardi Gras costumes and one of those Chinese dragons. Great stuff!
Show didn't end 'till about 1AM, so Meat and I got in a good five and a half hours of live music. Gagger and Lewis, I thought this Galactic show was much better than the one we saw at Stubb's (and I thought they were good at Stubb's) so you gotta give them another chance next Halloween.
Next up at the Fillmore is Keller Williams and guests, woohoo! FYI, Keller is playing this year's Old Settlers Music Festival!
Later on I went down to the Y. Hit the weights for an hour and then played a little hoops. My game is coming along, my hook shot is finally falling and my crossover dribble is slowly returning. Which is big, since Rebekah has been running her mouth about our upcoming game. I've even been watching game film of this season's Pitt/Auburn game, and I'm going to use the same plan Pitt used in winning: have superior athletes and out hustle your opponent (this is also how we beat Wisconsin, FYI). And if that doesn't work, I'm going to hit her hard in the kidney. Yeah, it's a foul, but it'll take her out of her game pretty quickly.
I was hoping I'd be one of those old guys in the balcony...
|You Are Gonzo the Great|
Saturday, February 18, 2006
it's friggin' cold.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Mar 18 - Salida Marathon
Apr 29 - Greenland 50K
May 6 - Collegiate Peaks 50 miler
June 17 - San Juan Solstice 50 miler
July 1 - Leadville Marathon
July 16 - hopefully pacing Moogy at Hardrock
Aug 19/20 - Pikes Peak Double
Sept 9 - Imogene Pass
Oct 7/8 - Durango Double
Oct 21 - Palo Duro 50 miler
Jan 13 2007 - Bandera 100K
Should be a blast, these are all very tough trail races and, except for the last two, I'll hafta be dealing with long climbs and high altitude. Aggressive schedule, but hopefully it gives me a good base for my Western States 100 mile training, assuming I get in.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tuesday night binge...
The bad news is that there will be no Austin Duathlon this year. Because of my work schedule and other personal matters, I just don't have the time to be a race director for a real race this year. Nor could I talk anyone else who actually knows what they're doing into doing it--for the same reasons. So, after some discussion with a couple of board members and our race committee chairman, we decided that 2006 would be the year that we just focus on doing the little things for the club and let the race happen organically.
The good news is that I just saved a ton of money on car insurance by switching to Geico.
Here are some updates:
--The next PUB RUN is Thursday, February 23rd, the Thursday after Freescale. That's next week, to you and me.
--The Austin Duathletes CLUB JERSEYS are being worked on. Our sponsors are all in place, and we're just about ready to order the jerseys. I'll send out a separate email next week about ordering, but, if you're interested in a jersey, please let me know. I'll let you know the price for the jerseys as soon as I can.
--There are many opportunities coming up for VOLUNTEERS. The Tough Cookies ladies only duathlon is in early April, and our own race chairman, Jack Murray, will be putting on a number of triathlons this year, such as Jack's Generic and The Rookie. And don't forget the big 2: DANSKIN is in early summer and THE DARND'ST DU IN TEXAS will be in late summer. I'd like to make that duathlon our signature duathlon, since we won't be having our own this year, so please, if you know Raul, put in a good word for the club and think about volunteering in late August.
--Please take time to have a drink or four at one of our new sponsors, THE SIDE BAR, on 7th and Red River. The owners are nice folks who like to run and ride, and they might even treat you to something special if you tell them you're an Austin Duathlete.
That's all I have this week. For everyone who's running Freescale this Sunday (I'll be a 3:30 pacer, btw), GOOD LUCK! I hope that you achieve your goal, and remember to stop for beer at mile 25. Maybe JT will come back from Colorado to work the stop.
Also, if you're interested, there will be a post-Freescale party at Six on Sunday at 7:30. This originally was a Rogue-oriented event, but, if enough people show up, maybe we can turn it into an annual Austin tradition. I know that Chris Ruhling would be happy about that!
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
blog ass tongue tricks
Another cartoon drawing is gathering protests. This time the crying was from the highest levels of the military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At least they weren't killing anyone or burning any buildings down, but I would think they have better, more important things to do with their time.
HAIL TO PITT
Pitt student dies in fall; friends thought he was asleep
Tuesday, February 14, 2006AP
A University of Pittsburgh student fell down concrete steps at an off-campus party and was later found dead inside on a couch where fellow partygoers had placed him after the fall, police said.
Leland Holly IV, 23, was out Friday night at a birthday party when he fell down the front steps of a home. Other partygoers picked Mr. Holly up and put him on a couch inside around 4 a.m. Saturday, police said.
The friends told police they thought Mr. Holly was sleeping because they heard him snoring. Later that day, though, someone checked on him and realized he was dead.
The Allegheny County medical examiner's office concluded that Mr. Holly died accidentally from blunt force trauma to the head. Toxicology tests were also pending.
Monday, February 13, 2006
the day the music died...
Hard to imagine, eh? Needless to say I was a bit heartbroken to find out that there will be no live music at Texas Interhash this year. I know the hash isn't necessairly a representative of the city, but I always figured that if any hash in the world should be associated with live music it should be Austin.
Kudos to the Bison!
Gotta give props to the Bucknell Bison today, they cracked the AP college hoops top 25 for the first time ever. Bucknell is a small college located in Lewisburg, PA, less than ten miles away from where I grew up (Sunbury, PA). I went to a lot of football games there, and ran a 4:32 mile and 9:55 two mile on their track.
FYI, Pitt moved up to #9!
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Had someone given the CD to me and told me it was a lost Jimi Hendrix bootleg I would have believed them. They sound that similar. Vernon Reid (of one of the greatest rock bands ever, Living Colour) is on the album, so this guy can't be that unheard of.
Anyways, once I get my lazy ass to the store for some blank CDs, some of yunz'll be getting a copy.
forever on trail...
Actually, I only went because it was the Forever on Trail hash, a tribute to fallen hashers. I wanted to be there to make sure Crotch Rot was added to the list.
But I'm glad I showed. Trail was absolutely beautiful. We started out at a pub in Old Colorado City, nestled in between Colorado Springs and Manitou. From the pub we headed south through some cool Colorado shiggy, across Fountain Creek, and through a cemetary, where we stopped at the tombstone of Barnicle Bob (which, fittingly, had an on-on sticker on it!). From there it was a short trek down a dirt road to the beer check, which featured both kinds of beer (Milwaukee's Best and PBR).
From the beer check there was a turkey/eagle split, with Nips hinting that the eagle trail would be worth it. And it was! We climbed, and climbed, and climbed to a section of town that was very similar to Garden of the Gods. But none of the longtime Springs residents had ever been here. Had tons of fun playing around on the rocks, and got some great views of Pikes Peak.
From this park we hashed back towards Old Colorado City, eventually ending up at the Red Rock Lounge, which looked like it had been kept in a vacuum since the 70s. Great dive! Circle was held in the bar. Overall a very fitting tribute to all those lost on trail!
two more hashers with no life!
Pimp Doggie Dawg
Legs were a bit sore from yesterday, but they loosened up pretty quickly. Trail was snow covered, but not too slippery. Weather rocked. Overall, it was a perfect day.
Barr Camp is awesome! I was in too much of a hurry during the Ascent to check it out. It's an A frame cabin located slightly more than halfway up Barr trail. I'm already planning on reserving a bunk there for my first hike up Pikes once the weather warms up a bit, make it a two day jaunt.
Saturday, February 11, 2006
PPRR Ten Miler
Weather was awful. The race was on a Town Lake like trail way up north, just above the Air Force academy. A fresh coat of snow had fallen on the front range, leaving a good three inches on top of the trail. It was just an out-and-back course, and runners had to fight an awful headwind on the way out.
I was severly underdressed, and I had to start slow to try to warm up. Hit the first mile in 8:10, freezing my ass off, slipping all over the place on the snow, I knew already it wasn't gonna be a good day.
I kept chugging along, fighting the wind and snow, continuing at just over an eight minute per mile pace. Hit the halfway point in 41:30.
Once I turned around and had the wind at my back, it was a different story. With the same effort my pace picked up dramatically. I was able to start passing quite a bit of the locals. Still hadn't kicked it all the way to race gear, but I was breathing pretty heavily those last few miles.
I hit the nine mile mark just as the clock passed seventy minutes, and decided to pick it up for one last mile. I nailed a 6:12 to end with a finishing time of 1:16:12. 25th place out of 93 finishers.
Pretty happy with the effort. It was a good tempo run, my first decent effort up here in Colorado. Averaged just over seven and a half minutes a mile, pretty good for having such a slow first half. But didn't give it my all, had to save something for tomorrow's attempt at Barr Camp...
i is a genius!
|You Passed 8th Grade Science|
Friday, February 10, 2006
support the troops!
Which reminds me, there are several central Texas and Colorado hashers currently serving overseas, and if you haven't written them in a while you're a friggin' loser! Even if you don't know these guys, take a few minutes out of your day to say thanks and tell them that brownie has been bangin' all their girlfriends!
Brandon "Cheaper to Keep Her" Burke
APO AE 09342
He's actually "serving" KBR, but he's still somewhat cool since he did his time in green already.
Dennis "PP" Lockert
Charlie Company 2-4 AVN
APO AE 09378-0011
Part of the Army's first all-gay aviation unit!
HHD 1STB 1BCT 4 I.D.
APO AE 09378-0001
Not many of yunz know him but he was one of the original Guantanamo hashers.
Laurent "I Like Your Boobs" Fox
CFC - A PAO
APO AE 09356
Part of the original brass monkey breakfast crew. Write him and tell him to go to Invihash!
hash mountain expedition
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Arrived in Durango just a little bit late, due to Banana Cream Pie taking all day to hike the incline. Too late for the parade, we had to figure out a way to get from the hash hotel to the Ska brewery. We called for a cab, and a sweet black limo pulled up! Hell yeah, arrive at the hash party in style! Pretty funny when we pulled into the parking lot, and as I opened the door a large chunk of the limo fell to the ground.
Anyways, spent a while at the Ska brewery, drinking their yummy brews and even trying their new vodka homebrew. Delicious! Got to see a ton of hasher buddies I usually only see at big hash weekends. And noticed the DC hashers were here in force again this year, all dressed as roller derby chicks.
From the brewery it was off to Serious Texas Barbeque, a cool restaurant with an Austin theme. I've been here twice and have yet to eat, I usually just order a ton of Lone Star and try to steal the Willie Nelson poster on the wall. Wanted to get the "Kinky for Governor" sign this year, but the staff was watching me pretty closely.
One of the running jokes from last year's Snowdown was the infamous Brass Monkey Breakfast with local middle school punk rockers The Quails. Last year this event got about five people, all hashers, to show up. Of course we were looking forward to it all year long, but when we arrived the place was actually pretty packed! And who was playing but none other than The Quails! Looks like they made it a long ways since last year! I'm happy to report they are in no way any more musically talented though.
Had a blast here, even though once again there was no Brass Monkey to be found. We surprised MeatGazer with her birthday present, a huge, waterproof vibrator. Saw some two year old with a shirt that said "Little Fucker" on the front, a future hasher for sure.
Soon after my nutritous breakfast of a plate of bacon and a ton of Ska beer, it was back to the hotel for the best part of hash weekends, the asshole trail! I had been looking forward to this, since I knew the hares, Heinous Anus and Free Bus(c)h, would lay a tough trail. And they didn't disappoint! What was promised as six miles turned out to be ten, with mountain traverses and water crossings and Boone's Farm and ice and snow and impossible inclines and everything in between.
After the a-hole trail a bunch of us sat around for a while playing 3-Man, beginning the quick descent into total drunkenness. Circle was held, convieniently, around a Ska Brewing truck. Don't remember the whole thing, though I did have to drink for being both a Colorado and a Texas hasher.
The entire weekend long Batt kept snickering to me about some gift she had for me. I had no idea what it could be, so I was quite scared. Finally, I was called into the circle for the gift. Last year I had spend an extra day at Snowdown, crashing at Bone Ranger's place. The weather was shitty, so before I entered his house I took off my shoes. After a long night of much booze and Donnie Iris CDs, when I went to get my shoes the next morning it had snowed so much that my shoes were covered up and I couldn't find them. No big deal, I continued on my roadtrip down to Roswell and never thought twice about the shoes. Turns out Bone saved them, and turned them over to Batt, who was responsible for all the fancy decorations. First time I've ever had to drink out of both shoes!
After trail it was back to the hash hotel to get cleaned up, more drunk, and fed. Then it was time for the follies! Not really sure what these are, kinda like Saturday Night Live-ish, but I know they have a bar there! BATT, Meat, Banana, and I were in pretty rare form the entire night, and if the hash isn't allowed back next year it's our fault (actually, mostly BATT's fault). I was drinking double Red Bull and Jagers all night, so this part of the weekend is pretty fuzzy. If I did anything to piss off any Colorado hashers, well, get used to it quick!
Didn't get to do much on Sunday, as I had to hurry to get home to watch a certain football game. I don't care what the whiners are crying about, I'll take an ugly Super Bowl win anyday. It was getting kinda boring, the way the Steel Curtain shut down on the Bengals, Colts, and Broncos (any of whom would have also whooped the Seasquaks), so it was about time for an ugly game.
Anyways, thanks to the Tenacious D H3 for yet another outstanding event! Had a blast! They announced the theme for next year: Pirates! I'm gonna try to get some of my Pittsburgh buddies to come out, we're gonna go as the late 70s Pittsburgh Pirates in their banana uniforms!
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Sept 2 - Virginia
Sept 8 - at Cincinnati
Sept 16 - Michigan State
Sept 23 - The Citadel
Sept 30 - Toledo
Oct 7 - at Syracuse
Oct 14 - at Central Florida
Oct 21 - Rutgers
Nov 4 - at South Florida
Nov 11 - at UConn
Nov 16 - West Virginia (ESPN)
Nov 25 - Louisville
Hopefully Pitt and Texas go undefeated so we can finally shut all those bandwagon Longhorn fans up, but I really don't see UT getting past Colorado this season.
Anxiously awaiting the upcoming holocaust cartoons. It was a horrible event in world history, but some of the jokes about it are hilarious.
Monday, February 06, 2006
TXIH hares, pay attention!
"Actual distance, when elevation gain/loss is included, was 10.03 miles. That included getting suckered into the Check Back From Hell (200ft all by itself).
Total elevation gain: 1722 feet, mostly in mud.
Total elevation loss: 1612 feet, mostly in snow!
River depth was two feet, until I slipped on the mossy rocks and fell in. Water temp at that point was -55 degrees C. Fortunately, the creeks in Colorado Springs don't have as much moss, because the humidity is too low.
Do you believe that?"
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
I just don't get religion. All the fuss over a couple 'o editorial cartoons. I was hoping at least to see some funny stuff, but the Danish 'toons aren't nearly as funny as all the W ones over the past few years.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Punxy Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means the Steelers are gonna whoop the Seahawks this Sunday!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Colorado Running Company Happy Hour
Gonna join Team C.R.U.D. for their morning hill workout tomorrow. One of the guys at happy hour tonight runs with them, and he said the workout is a killer. A tempo run on a continuous 4.3 mile hill, gaining over 1600 feet in elevation. Woohoo!
The incline on Friday morning, then it's off to Durango! I would normally chalk that up to a rest weekend as I don't count hashes as workouts, but a Heinous Anus ballbuster can be pretty gruesome.
I'll hafta miss the Incline Club workout this Sunday, but I'm already looking forward to the next workout with them. It'll be over three weeks here, so I'll hafta stop using the altitude as an excuse, and I'm gonna make my first attempt at Barr camp.