Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Makes me glad I'm a trail guy, I can't imagine passing someone I knew, or even didn't know, on a trail and not saying hello. Or saying, as Crabby Cathy said to me at the Pikes marathon, "Fuck you, get fucking moving, you fucking asshole!"
And by the way, congrats to Nicole, who did the Conroe half-Ironman in under six hours. Great job, but I can't imagine how good she'd be if she quit nagging me about my drinking and used all that extra time to train.
Not sure how I'm gonna take a month off, I was getting the itch to hit the Palmer Park trails yesterday. But my laziness is holding steady, and I'm up to 177 pounds! Woohoo! FBAC forever (or at least 'till after Thanksgiving)!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Filed a police report. Told the cop there was some guy named Kirk Bigger who was at the bar that night talking about how much money one can get for selling used jeep roofs. Of course, before I called the fuzz, I had to call a bunch of the Kimchi's and say, "did you assholes take my roof?"
And as luck would have it, I'm working in Pueblo today. Time to go put on some extra layers for that drive.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
The pics didn't turn out too good, they were from a disposable camera, but they're here if you wanna see 'em.
This is my last weekend as a civilian, as next Saturday I report to Peterson AFB to begin my term in the Air Force Reserve.
Training for Leadville will start on November 26 when the Incline Club begins it's Sunday runs. Also have a tentative race schedule planned:
March 17 - Zeb Pike Marathon
April 14 - Greenland 50K
June 17 - San Juan Solstice 50 miler
July 1 - Leadville Trail Marathon
July 15 - Grand Canyon Traverse (44 miles)
August 18 - Leadville Trail 100 miler
My goal at Leadville will be for a sub-24, and that's gonna take a lot of hard training. Planning on doing a lot of Saturday runs of 30 to 40 miles with the Incline Club run the next day. Wanna work a bit more on speed this season, so I might throw in a couple of shorter races too.
Unfortunately this will prevent me from doing the Pikes Peak weekend. I'll still get to see all the Austinites though, assuming I'm not in the hospital I'd return to the Springs on Sunday in pleanty of time to mooch free beer off Rogue and watch the Pikes Marathon.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
I know a lot of my regular readers hail from Texas, and unfortunately not a whole lot of 'em have ever visited a TX state park. Yunz need to get out there, they are some of the most beautiful places I've ever been to.
And Palo Duro was no exception. The second biggest canyon in the USA and a killer trail system to boot. Lots of colorful (red, white, green..) rocks. Lots of sweet singletrack. Unfortunately I didn't get to take too many pics.
The run was good and bad. The first 30 or so miles were great, the last 20 were hell. Hit the halfway point in 4 hours and the marathon mark well under 4:20. Just a few miles later I was done though. Had nothing in the tank. Was unable to keep any liquids or solids down. Kept pushing though, in hopes that the final lap would bring an adrenaline boost. But it never came. Around 42 miles I decided I had had enough and I decided to walk it in. Not sure what was more depressing, the fact that I had to walk or the fact that my pace didn't drop off much once I quit running.
Had enjoyed the incredible scenery the first three laps, but by lap four I was ready to fill the canyon with concrete and slap a wal-mart on it. Very painful. Walked for about three miles and then decided to get it over with and slowly jogged the remainder. Took me 90 minutes longer to do the second half than the first half. Ugh.
Still, it was a great weekend. Nice to get back to TX again, especially nice to see a bunch of my old HCTR buddies. Even had at least six Colo Springs folks head down, four of whom were hashers. And for the record, the Kimchi Ultrahashing team (myself and Long Hard One) greatly outperformed the Pikes Peak ultrarunners (NIPS and Strip Me). Just goes to show everyone who the real hash in the Springs is!
Anyways, the run took a lot out of me and I'm gonna hafta think long and hard about whether or not I wanna do Leadville. I'm mentally tough enough to push my body through fifty miles, but no way I'd be able to do that for 100 miles. I can honestly see me getting through about 70 miles and then running into serious medical issues I don't want to deal with. Maybe I'll look into some performance enhancing drugs, since they never test for those at ultras. We'll see.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I'll be making my return trip to Texas tomorrow, heading down to Amarillo for the Palo Duro 50 miler. Not really ready for a race of that distance, but oh well. I'm hoping all the oxygen down there will help me out. Will be nice to see a bunch of my HCTR buddies though! Plus, Colorado Springs has four hashers going down for the race! Woohoo!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The Jack Quinn's Running Club fell a few notches in my book today, as the regular Tuesday night run was cancelled due to the whopping half an inch of snow that fell on Colorado Springs. Some of the more hard core drinkers refused to take no for an answer though, and showed up anyways. Mostly hashers, of course.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Have hit three hashes over the past three days, and it looks like a go for the final DIM hash of the season tonight!
Sat night's Kimchi hash went pretty good. I may be biased since I was one of the hares, but I thought it was a great trail and great time afterwards. Also liked the survivor-style awarding of the hashshit.
The Denver hash rocked! Went up with Jizz Mopper (Tits on a Ritz) and was treated to a great trail! Lots and lots of great Colorado shiggy. Pabst, Strohs, and even a few cans of Iron City at the end. Even a visit by the sheriff's department to end the circle.
I've recruited Knees Up and Free Bus(c)h to co-hare a Denver hash with me in early 2007, so all yunz CO hashers be prepared for a great trail!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
My intense workout schedule, beginning this Friday:
Fri - MOPP hash
Sat - Kimchi hash
Sun - Denver hash
Mon - DIM hash
Tues - Jack Quinn's running club
Wed - CO Running Company happy hour
Weather reports were iffy. But we took a chance, and the weather ended up holding (barely) just enough for us to grab both peaks. Visibility rarely was better than 20 feet, and I got to practice my glissading (fancy word for falling on your ass and sliding) on the way back.
For the record, it was Melissa's 5th 14er and $100's 3rd. I had climbed both peaks before, but am currently at 23 14ers climbed (twelve different mountains, plus Grays and Torreys twice, plus Pikes a bunch of times).
Bright idea of the day definitely went to Melissa. Grays stands at 14,270 feet (the highest point on the continental divide, FYI) and Torreys weighs in at 14,267 feet. Mel wants to take a shovel up to Grays and take off four feet so Torreys can jump it on the 14er list. Good luck on that!
Burgers and beers at Tommyknocker's in Idaho Springs capped off an awesome Colorado weekend!
After a post race shower at the local 7-11 it was off to take a tour of the Coors brewery. I'm not a big fan of Coors by any means, but since I was in Golden I figured I'd check it out. Plus, I heard there was free beer at the end.
Ended up being a pretty decent tour. Not nearly as cool as the time my dad and I toured the Yuengling brewery, but there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. And sure enough, at the end of the tour, you get three free pints of beer. I had Coors, Blue Moon, and Killian's Red. $100 Buck had three different flavors of Zima.
Up to Golden this past weekend for the Danielsesque Marathon. Wasn't expecting much, just using it as a good training run for my upcoming 50 miler at Palo Duro.
Seems I'm becoming somewhat of an altitude snob. Figured this would be an easy course. Elevation only went up to 7500 feet! Hell, my apartment in the Springs is almost that high!
What I failed to see was that the elevation profile had no flat sections.
And that was my day. I was either climbing a gnarly, technical, quad burning hill, or I was bombing down the other side, trying not to fall and break a bone or three.
But besides beating the tar out of my body for over six hours, I was treated to one of the better trails I've ever had the pleasure to run on. Reminded me a lot of Bandera, but with better scenery and without the heat. I'd be climbing some killer hill through a thick forest, then the top would clear out giving me an awesome view of the Denver skyline. Trail would then loop around and I'd get an eyefull of the continental divide, snow capped mountains as far as the eye could see.
So even though I beat myself up a little more than I wanted to, it was a pretty good run. Kinda pissed that I didn't wear a watch, as my official time was 6:00:23. I'm sure I coulda pushed it a little bit over the final two miles (all downhill) to get in under six hours. But for a low key race I had a great time. Ended up getting two technical t-shirts and a bunch of other crap for the entry fee of $35, not too shabby. Plus I did pretty well against the competition, which was pretty decent.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Fri: Kimchi happy hour at Arctic Brewing, which included samples of the new ButterJack Stout! It's good, and I can't wait for the MOPP hash this Friday so I can drink some more.
Sat: Top ten finish at Danielsesque, one of the hardest courses I've ever run. Followed by a tour of the Coors brewery.
Sun: Greys and Torreys Peak, in the snow, with $100 Buck and Just Melissa. Burgers and beers at Tommyknocker afterwards.
Of course, the Steelers had to go and end the weekend on a sour note for me.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
On a related note, it's probably not the best idea in the world to be hanging out at Arctic the night before an ultra. Oh well. Off to the Danielsesque Marathon...
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
FYI, back when I was at Pitt I used to date an Amish gal. I visited her house over x-mas one year, and of course I made her take me to the Amish town of Intercourse, PA. There's a road you can drive on, and you go through the towns of Blueball, Intercourse, and Paradise, in that order. So I got the t-shirt that said, "Intercourse - somewhere between Blueball and Paradise."
Buccos finished 43-38 at home, their first winning season at the new stadium. Also finished with a winning record after the all star break (37-35) for the first time since 1436. OK, it was actually 1992.
But now that the Pittsburgh baseball season is over, I'm going to bury the hatchet and support all those H-town bloggers and root for the Astros in the playoffs!