Saturday, March 31, 2007
There's no hash in Pueblo, but the P2H4 does a yearly trail there. And they once got together to paint the world's biggest on-on foot on the riverwall. Here it is, should put everyone in a good mood on a great hashing weekend:
It's a friggin' ginormous foot, probably 80 feet long or so. Pretty cool sight, I go on a walk over lunch just to see it. The rabbit in the pic is the P2H4 logo, and though you can't see it very well in this pic, a bunch of hash names are painted in over the foot.
Will probably see Chlamydia in Pueblo some day, visiting this establishment:
Pueblo is also considered the Medal of Honor capital of our country. Four of it's residents currently hold the honor. I'll do a post about that next week after I can get some pics of the memorial. For those not in the know, the MOH is the top award one can get, even beating out the Combat Infantryman Badge. Nowadays you practically have to die in order to get one, but back in the Korea/WW/Vietnam days there were a handful of Rambo-types to get the medal.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Friday: Incline followed by Arctic brewing
Saturday AM: CRUD long run
Saturday PM: Kimchi hash
Sunday AM: Platte River half marathon
Sunday PM: Denver hash
Monday: DIM hash
Tuesday: Jack Quinn's Running Club
Wednesday: happy hour @ Colorado Running Company
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Start time: 6PM
Distance: 5.0 miles
Time: 39:48 minutes
Pace: 7:58 per mile
Weather: 45F, windy
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Some of the Springs runners know this place - coming through America the Beautiful park, across the bridge, the route you hafta take because of the detour. So I'm on the bridge, which is a pederstian bridge and gets bikers and runners/walkers. But at this time of the morning I'm the only soul in sight. But on the other end of the bridge, where you take a left and continue south on the Fountain Creek trail, there's a Colorado highway worker holding one of those stop/slow signs! And I have the stop sign! So as I approach her she asks if I'm going left. I say yes. And she changes the sign to slow! Holy crap, really glad I pay my takes here in Colorado, gotta support them hard working state employees!
Later on in my run, just after passing the Olympic Training Center and turning north onto Union, I'm in the middle of the road trying to get all the way across the street (it's a busy street and hard to get to the other side - kinda like Frogger). I actually feel good about myself because I pass a street sweeper. But in my gloating, the street sweeper, which can't see me, makes a U-turn and almost runs me over. Didn't know these things could turn on a dime like that. Wondered how horrible a death that would be.
Anywho, the stats:
Start time: 7:30AM
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 1:59:53 minutes
Pace: 9:09 per mile
Weather: 45F, "feels like" 40F, lots of fog
Monday, March 26, 2007
And mark your calendars - New Monsoon is making a return trip to the Sheep on May 9th!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Start time: 8AM
Distance: 14.7 miles
Time: 2:51:27 minutes
Pace: 11:39 per mile
Week #17 distance: 21.7 miles
Week #17 time: 3:49:22
Average week #17 pace: 10:34 per mile
Total quest distance: 540.5 miles
Total quest time: 87:32:17
Average quest pace: 9:43 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 31.8 miles
Average daily run: 7.4 miles
Start time: 7AM
Distance: 9.0 miles
Time: 1:24:13 minutes
Pace: 9:21 per mile
Weather: 45F, steady rain
Friday, March 23, 2007
Start time: 4PM
Distance: 4.0 miles
Time: 58:39 minutes
Pace: 14:39 per mile
The CoTex blog has a few pics of the dude ranch where the event will be held.
My Pikes Peak blog has a few new pics, including a great shot from the last Kimchi hash. The Pikes blog was inspired not only by my infatuation with the mountain but by this blog, which unfortunately hasn't been updated since August. Maybe Wiley will read this and be shamed into an update for the ex-Austinites.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Start time: 5:15AM
Distance: 4.7 miles
Time: 39:35 minutes
Pace: 8:25 per mile
Weather: 43F, "feels like" 40F
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Week #16 distance: 37.2 miles
Week #16 time: 6:00:38
Average week #16 pace: 9:41 per mile
Total quest distance: 518.8 miles
Total quest time: 83:42:55
Average quest pace: 9:40 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 32.4 miles
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Had an interview up in Denver two weeks ago with the Department of Labor. Wouldn’t have taken the job, just wanted to get in some interview practice. Which is a good thing, since I ended up getting lost and showed up a full 20 minutes late. Weird interview, it went well but the guy asking all the questions kept telling me to apply for a higher paying job with the same company. I applied for that one, but it’s in Englewood, and I don’t really wanna leave the Springs.
Despite getting shitty drunk at the Nuggets game last week, I still made it to some special “multi-tasking/typing” test to work for the City of Fountain 911 dispatch center. Nursing a raging hangover, I was clocked at 59 words per minute and got a 97% on the other part of the exam. The lady in charge said it was a great score and they would contact me for an interview. I think the hours for that would be pretty weird though, nights and weekends and stuff like that. Not sure I wanna get into that, but it would be an exciting job. And I’m sorry, C-4, but I didn’t get all dressed up to come bring your phone back…
Got a call from the DOC today and I’ve passed the background check on the road to becoming a parole officer. I’m scheduled later this month for a psychological exam. The DOC wouldn’t be wasting this much money on someone they weren’t interested in hiring, so this might be looking pretty good. In a perfect world I’d get a job here in the parole office, which happens to be the same office I work in now, the only difference is that I’d actually be above the poverty line for once. Plus, I’d get to go to the PPCC Peace Officer course, and I’d be allowed to carry a gun. That would go over really well at the Kimchi hash!
If things really go to hell quickly here, I can always get put on orders for the Air Force. They always need cops out at Cheyenne Mountain.
Ugh, is it 5 o'clock yet???
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Took a few pics down in Salida, they can be seen here.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Start time: 11AM
Distance: 5.0 miles - Fountain Creek trails
Time: 42:12 minutes
Pace: 8:26 per mile
Start time: 5:45M
Distance: 6.0 miles - Fountain Creek trails
Time: 50 minutes
Pace: 8:20 per mile
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
And even though we have an official website, I'm still updating the CoTex blog. Keeping everyone posted on the goings on with running a decent sized hash weekend. I'm of the opinion that it shouldn't cost $69 bucks to do a hash weekend, so I hope to post budget stuff once the weekend is over for everyone to see.
But next up on my list of internet things to do is to get the Austin hash a link on the Kimchi page. Go here to let webmeister extrodinaire Lick My Lincoln that he's a fag as long as there's no love for the A-towners on the Kimchi site. Of course, if he does put a link up, he'll still be a fag, and will remain a fag until he attends the Focus on the Family "hey, quit banging that dude in the ass" three week retreat.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Just read about this guy in The Week. The story:
A 100-year-old British man managed to fight off a gang of three teenage muggers. Centenarian Buster Martin, who still works full time as a car mechanic, was walking home from a pub when the teenage gang "pushed me against a wall and tried to take my money from me." Furious, Martin shoved one mugger and king-fu kicked another between the legs. "They ran off scared after I did that," said Martin, "and I still had all my money."
Sounded a bit too good to be true, but I googled the story and it looks legit, as seen here and also on wikipedia.
So, at 100 years old, this guy staggers out of a pub and kicks some ass on the way home! Hell yeah!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Yes, I have been drinking today. A lot. But I just know we'll get the made-for-TV matchup of Ben Howland vs. Jamie Dixon, and after that anything is possible.
Gagger, when A&M loses to Penn in the first round, do you automatically root for UT the rest of the way? How great would it be to see A&M-Corpus Christi make it farther than the Aggies!!!
Highlights of the week definitely were finding the new trails up in Boulder and right here at the AF Academy.
Week #15 distance: 59.7 miles
Week #15 time: 10:26:43
Average week #15 pace: 10:29 per mile
Total quest distance: 481.6 miles
Total quest time: 77:42:17
Average quest pace: 9:40 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 32.1 miles
Only four of us showed, a pretty small turnout. The other three were much more faster than me, so I knew I was in for a long day.
The first two miles along the front range trail were uneventful, but then the trail running started. Stream crossings, shiggy, rolling hills, it was awesome. The Falcon trail just might be my new favorite trail here in the Springs. You do all kinds of technical trail running through the woods, and then pop out for a breathtaking view of Blodgett Peak. Then it's back into the woods for more killer trail running and you pop out right by the Cadet Chapel. Even the part that runs through the golf course is fun, kinda brings back memories of my cross-country days.
I had an inspired run and managed to keep up with Sticky Fingers for a full two and a half hours before falling back. I was hurting, but I managed to rally and keep up with the chase pack for the rest of the run. The chase pack included a former Western States 100 mile winner and a guy who had just completed his 88th marathon, so I still had to hoof it to keep up.
Ended up calling it a 21 mile day, though everyone else thought it might be longer. I was sore as hell the rest of the day, even taking DFL honors at the Pikes Peak hash later on.
Start time: 7AM
Distance: 21.0 miles - Falcon Trail
Pace: 11:23 per mile
Friday, March 09, 2007
My IC page can be seen here. Should probably get around to updating it now that I've been in Colorado over a year.
Anyways, at the CRC, a few non-hashing folks were talking about how good Arctic beer is. Pretty cool. I woulda invited them to the brewery but that's a little over the top for the local running scene. Still, there's a group that goes to Kinfolk's every Sunday to have Arctic, so maybe word is getting out about how awesome their beer is.
Start time: 6PM
Distance: 5.0 miles - Colorado College track
Pace: averaged 3:03 per half
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Not nearly as cool as the green LVH3 "Patrick 3:17/Don't hafta be Irish to throw up on St. Pat's day" shirt I have though.
Start time: 5:20AM
Distance: 4.0 miles - Rock Island out and back
Pace: 8:34 per mile
Weather: 34F, "feels like" 29F
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Start time: 6PM
Distance: 7.0miles - Fountain Creek north from CRC
Pace: 8:35 per mile
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
1. Calamity Jan's
2. Putting Green Lounge
3. Baby Doll's
4. Wagon Wheel
5. Black Sheep
6. Knob Hill Lounge
7. Irish House IV
8. Walkabout Pub
10. Skybox Lounge
11. Bijou Bar and Grill
Dive bars, strip clubs, non-English speaking dance halls, industrial rock hangouts, drug dens, retirement homes, a gay bar, and a brewery. Covering all the bases here!
Found out that I get to fulfill my two week annual tour by going to the Air Force NCO professional development course. I asked if it was similar to the Army PLDC, which I went to way back when it was still a month long (it's only two weeks now) and someone laughed and said, "yeah, except it's a lot easier and you don't go outside." So I'll get to crash at my place every night and won't miss any hashing. It's a two week course, the last week of April and the first week of May. Trying to play the patriotism card to get my civilian job to pay me while drawing military pay and BAH, we'll see if I can swing that.
Also got out of duty the weekend of the Platte Road Challenge. Gonna announce a start time soon. NIPS and I will be doing the Greenland Trail 50K that morning, so I'm looking at a late afternoon start, to give me time to finish and recover.
Not a whole lot else happened during the weekend. Lots of sitting around bullshitting. Got out early enough on Sat to say hello to the Kimchi hash and then hit the Banff Film Festival (it's coming to Austin on March 25 and any outdoor lover should go check it out) and early enough on Sunday to head out for a nine mile run while the sun was still up.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Start time: 5:30PM
Distance: 9.0 miles
Pace: 8:09 per mile
Weather: 40F; nice to see the sun staying out longer, gawd I can't wait for DST!
Week #14 distance: 40.4 miles
Week #14 time: 6:38:04
Average week #14 pace: 9:51 per mile
Total quest distance: 421.9 miles
Total quest time: 67:15:34
Average quest pace: 9:33 per mile
Average weekly mileage: 30.1 miles
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Should I be looking for a new apartment?
Start time: 3:30PM
Distance: 5.0 miles
Pace: 15:53 per mile
Weather: cold, below 30F, and it only got worse as I gained altitude
Friday, March 02, 2007
Anyways, to finish the world beer tour you gotta drunk 110 beers. I had three last night.
1. Blarney Stone
2. Black and Tan
3. Killian's Irish Red Lager
They're currently having an Irish themed "mini-tour" and if you drink eight Irish themed beers by March 17th you get a t-shirt and a blow job from a leprechaun.
So three down, 107 to go. Not nearly as cool as Lovejoy's beer college, but at least I'm still in pursuit of beer knowledge.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Lots of notable happenings on today's run:
-For those that don't believe me and think I just took a long nap and made this up, I saw Catwoman out running. Just to point out the type of guy I am, I actually stopped to say hello to her, despite the fact that she only has a Forerunner 101, the mark of a lower class, less fortunate human being. Yup, sometimes I like to slum it with the hobos. Of course, I made sure she knew I had the Forerunner 201, and I slapped her if she looked directly into my eyes.
-The run along Fountain Creek after America the Beautiful park is awesome. You have a nice creek flowing on one side of you, and killer views of the mountains on the other side. But as I leave the trail to head back north to my house, I cut up on a sidewalk with the Colorado Springs impound lot on one side, the El Paso County jail on the other side, and a huge junk metal recycling shop in front of me. Quite a drastic change of scenery.
-The run down Las Vegas St was awful. After the jail/impound lot, there are a bunch of industrial sites, including the city wastewater plant. Plus, the wind was horrible here. Miles 15 to 18 were so shitty that if someone would have offered me a ride home here I probably would have taken it.
-Shortly after finally getting off Las Vegas St, onto south Nevada, there's a train underpass. It's going up a hill, and it curves, so even if I had been paying attention I really couldn't see much coming the other way. So my brain suddenly registers that I'm about to be run over by a kid on a BMX bike, but I didn't have enough time to do anything. The kid rams into me. But I don't even move. Despite a near direct hit (his handlebar hit high up on my left thigh) the kid, who is overweight and probably weighs about what I do, and the bike bounce off me and skid along a fence and finally come to rest about ten feet past me. This amazes me, as I know I have just defied the laws of physics and should have been horribly injured. So I run back to check on this kid, who is a cartoon-ish pile of limbs and bike parts, he's pretty shaken up but not hurt seriously. He looked about 13 years old, and has a great future as a hasher as throughout it all he didn't lose the cigarette from his mouth. Thank god for the fence, or the kid woulda been thrown about eight feet down into the street and probably run over by a car.
Anyways, the stats:
Start time: 12:30PM
Distance: 22.0 miles
Pace: 9:18 per mile
Weather: weather.com reports 30F with a "feels like" temp of 16F, but it seemed a lot warmer.