Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Had a blast up at the Fort Collins bars, breweries, and brats hash! Trail included booze at the Pickle Barrell, O'Dell brewing, Lucky Joe's, and the Town Pump. Also got to do a rope swing into the Poudre river, I was the only hasher of the day brave enough to do that. Wussies, I tell ya. Thanks to Free Bus(c)h for the crash space, sorry we almost killed your hubby last night...
Pics can be seen here.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I took in $485 for mugs. This accounts for 21 mugs minus the $25 that Late Night owes me, minus the $5 that Net paid me in beer, and minus $10 that I gave Lincoln to start up the Kimchi website. So even with that money I took in $525. This also includes me paying my $25, it's not like I got a freebee or anything. The bill from the the mug guy was $584.85, which I had to pay before he would ship the mugs. It was my error in guesstimating shipping costs, and I was way off, and I didn't think I should penalize those who had already paid me for my mistake.
Warning was posted to both my blog and the Kimchi blog several times in the past month, as well as announced at Kimchi circles. Warning such as "if you paid me for a mug and you are not on this list you need to let me know ASAP." Nobody let me know.
Most people were also smart enough to let me know via e-mail if they paid me at Arctic. Just quick notes such as, "hey drunkard, I gave you the ducats for a mug last night." There were times when I went to Arctic with $20, yet when my hungover ass woke up the next morning I had $50 in my pocket. I know I'll never leave Arctic with more money than I came in with, so of course when I checked my e-mail there were messages from the hashers who paid me.
Anyways, that's all I'm gonna say on the matter. I'd pull a SMB "I hate you fuckers - I quit the hash!" except that today is the Fort Collins H3's annual Bars, Breweries, and Brats hash! Woohoo!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Good run out in Calhan tonight. Fun course, reminded me a lot of my days as a Shikellamy cross-country runner. Lots of tight turns, lots of loose sand, lots of waist high weeds, a few long hills thrown in for good measure. Supposidly there was some really beautiful scenery too, but I was too busy putting the hammer down to notice. Hit the finish around 23:38, and I think I heard the guy call out my 5K split as 19:48. Unfortunately I finished in sixth place, the top five got Teva sandals. Bummer. Katie also had a good run, finishing around 34 minutes.
After downing a few post-race PBRs, Dani, Katie, and I headed over to the El Paso County fair, where I accomplished my day's main goal of finally riding a camel.
So during the race I posted PR's to all points except for No Name Creek. Still, my inability to break the two hour barrier in that race will taunt me for another year.
A) I feel like I've put in the required distance to complete the race;
B) I've never run a 6K before.
Wish me luck! Believe Tits and $100 are going too, but with chicks you just never know.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Trip will include camping at the Sand Dunes (and hikes up Star and High Dune), hiking back to Zapata Falls, several 14ers (Lindsey, Little Bear, Blanca, and Ellingwood are in that area), possibly some of the centennial 13ers, and a stay overnight at the nearby UFO watchtower.
Date is not final yet, but it's looking like the weekend of August 24th to the 26th. Just wanted to get the info out there in case anyone wants to join us. Yes, it will be a physically demanding weekend, so whiners should just stay at home.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
7.8 sign - 56:59 (old PR was 57:44)
Barr Camp - 1:16:56 (old PR was 1:17:05)
Strangely, I was 38:56 to No Name Creek. My PR to that point is 38:40. Musta been a rough stretch. They still have to post the splits to the top of the W's, but I think I got a PR there too.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
"He's not very bright at all,'' the source said of Vick. "And that's a big part of his problems. He's a very unintelligent person and he makes poor decisions because of it. It's not a white or black thing. Paris Hilton is an idiot, too. Mike Tyson was totally dumb, but for a long time his trainer kept him protected from his worst mistakes. You have to have someone around you who can protect you from yourself at times.''
Sometimes the simplest answers are the most correct.
I had to hold back tears! Imagine if Lovejoy's and the Carousel Lounge went to TexMex in El Paso as friends. Then they flitred all weekend long. Then, after becoming severely dehydrated after completing the entire asshole trail, they both started pounding Jager. And then they fucked, uprooting trees, and shrubs, and flowers...and because birth control is for wussies, the Carousel Lounge got knocked up.
Anyways, yeah, the Rocket Room is like a cross between two great AH3 bars. Literally, imagine taking Lovejoy's and stretching it out a bit so you could fit the stage and dance floor of Carousel Lounge in there.
Luckily for me, who is in shape and really has no life, the scant 2.5 miles between my house and the Rocket is within walking distance! Woohoo!
I really like it where I live, but I'd really love to live over in Manitou. And there are some places available along Ruxton Ave (yeah, I could do the Incline every morning before work).
What to do?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
After I've ran a few miles and had a few beers (and glasses of wine) at the Colorado Running Company tomorrow, I'm gonna head over to check out the Rocket Room. I know it's a school night, but anyone is welcome to join me.
Monday, July 16, 2007
If anyone wants to join me, I'll be trying out the Rocket Room on Wednesday after the CRC happy hour. They have $2 pints of Red Rocket all the time! However, it's a true dive, and they have local bands that don't play covers of '80s songs, so unfortunately the place probably won't survive here in the Springs. Visit it while you still can!
Also, next Tuesday is the Paint Mines 6K out in Calhan (about half an hour from the Springs). Low key event, and everyone is pretty much guaranteed a PR since there ain't many 6K races out there. You can rego at the Colorado Running Company and it's $20 if you get it in before July 23. No shirt, but you get a music CD and some other schwag, and since Teva is a sponsor of the race there will probably be some good door prizes. Let me know if anyone is interested, we can work out carpooling.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Had a really tough time getting up the W's due to all the slowpokes starting out too fast. Takes a lot of effort to go around people on the Barr Trail. Was already smoked by the time I got to the top of the W's, luckily I was able to recover by the time I got to No Name Creek. Shortly after No Name the trail flattens out somewhat and I can usually pick up the pace, but today I wasn't able to respond like I normally do. Wonder if climbin' 14ers takes more out of me than I like to admit? Oh well, better to discover that now than at Leadville.
Congrats to Boobs, QnA, and Tits for their finishes! 100% finish rate for the hashers!
Pics of the race and the Manitou pub crawl that followed can be seen here.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Since most people who read this couldn't even fathom making up to Barr Camp in the alloted time (good luck to Boobs, QnA, and Tits!) here are the details for the pub crawl:
The crawl will start at Soda Springs Park in Manitou at 11AM. This is the awards ceremony for the BTMR. It is a stong possibility that I'll get some hardware (I placed in my age group last year and plan to run faster this year). BYOB here, but you must have at least one brew to count for the crawl. And if you only have one you're a panzee.
Around noon-ish we'll start crawling down Mantiou Ave to the following bars: Ancient Mariner, Kinfolk's, Royal Tavern, Townhouse Lounge, and the Keg.
Be advised that parking will be retarded on Sunday morning. Park at Memorial Park (by the train just as you come into Manitou) and walk down to Soda Springs.
Dark clouds? Who cares. Lightening? I'm not scared. Bigfoot armed with an AK-47? Bring it on! Getting to the top is my only concern, I'll worry about getting down later.
Free pitcher of Pearl to the first person who can tell me how I got that blue shirt in the pic.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Anywho, the following are in for the Quandry hike this Sat:
(Chinwacker and Pays For Bus(c)h included in that???)
The following have excused absences:
The BTMR is barely an excused absence. I'm doing it too. I hope to win some hareware in a very competitive age group, yet I'm still going.
Most of the others I e-mailed have given LAME excuses and I won't embarass them by mentioning their names here. Wussies.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Way too many recreational athletes meeting an early end lately.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
For what it's worth, I would offer my life for the chance to go hunt Osama in the mountains in Afghanistan/Pakistan. In fact, even if they told me there's a 100% chance I wouldn't come back and a .001% chance I'd be able to be the one to put a bullet in his head, I'd go without taking a moment to think about it. Concerning Iraq, I'm kinda upset I'll hafta get a buzz cut to go. I'll still go, 'cuz that's what I signed up for, but it's kinda obvious that 'ol W and I differ on our thoughts concerning the national security of this country.
Nobody at the hash cares:
A)whether it's harder to raise a child or raise a dog;
B)whether being single or married makes life more difficult;
C)what community college classes you're currently taking are any harder than any other classes that same community college offers.
Seriously, as far as I'm concerned, everyone I enjoy hanging out at the hash with is Paris Hilton. No job, endless bar tab, no reprocussions on your behavior.
So fuck both of yunz for putting me in the middle of a stupid argument. As a matter of principle, I'd take Net's side, though that doesn't mean he's any more right than Dani.
Both Net and Dani live in, while not quite the Broadmoor section of town, pretty nice neighborhoods, and both are doing pretty well for themselves, and they need to take a step back and realize how good they have it before the next time of the month rolls around.
Friday, July 06, 2007
To end this post on a good note, congratulations to QnA for making his first trip up to Barr Camp!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
FYI, the OC's on Tejon here in the Springs was the second Old Chicago's to open, behind only the original one up in Boulder.
First part went up the Barr Trail to Barr Camp. Needless to say, I'm pretty sure I'm ready for the upcoming BTMR. Checked in with Neil and Teresa and they said the CRUDers had left less than ten minutes before. So I quickly wrote "Wisconson Sucks!" by Katie's entry in the log (she had been there earlier and was on her way to her first summit of Pikes) and took off down the Elk Park trail.
The Elk Park trail reminds me of why it's so great to be a trail runner. It's a beautiful trail that runs from Barr Camp out to Elk Park along the Pikes Peak summit highway. Some of the best views of Pikes, but most people won't ever get to check it out since it involves a hard physical effort. Great workout to go along with the views, since the entire six miles out is above 10,000 feet.
Finally caught up to some of the CRUD guys just in time to go check out the Oil Creek tunnel. Had heard about it before and wanted to see it. Next time I'll hafta bring a flashlight so I can go deeper into the tunnel.
Anyways, back at Barr Camp I realized I was running out of time so I couldn't join the group for their run up to A-Frame. So I went back down the Barr Trail. Figured I ran a marathon, and I felt really good afterwards.
For those keeping score at home, that's two really good long runs in a row. Starting to get a little bit of my swagger back after the ass thumpin' I took at San Juan.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
A 2006 study by Texas A&M found that the average American walks about 900 miles per year.
Another study by the American Beer Instutute found that Americans drink an average of 22 gallons of beer a year.
This means, on average, Americans get approximately 41 miles per gallon!
Monday, July 02, 2007
Between Friday and Sunday I bagged three 14ers and hared a shadeless trail up in Golden. Most of it without a shirt. Most of it without using sunscreen.
I'm now a deep shade of red with blisters all over my shoulders, back, and arms. And it hurts just to have a shirt on.
Should be all healed by Wed though, so it looks like another run up Pikes before the Traveler show! Woohoo!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Total time for the hike was just under eight hours, but that included long breaks on top of the peaks. Pretty technical and steep terrain out there, which made the going somewhat slow. Highlights included seeing a weiner dog on top of Shivano, a stranger asking for my picture because he couldn't believe I was drinking PBR on a 14er, and Katie making a snow angel on the Angel of Shivano.
With the two peaks, I now have 15 14ers on my list. Katie is up to five, and yes she has drank a PBR on all of them.
Ofoto is giving me issues downloading pics, so hopefully they'll be up sometime tomorrow.
We weren't the only hashers climbing, I heard Free Bus(c)h made it up Grays and Torreys. Woohoo! Heard Knees Up was gonna attempt a high peak in preparation for the Leadville marathon next weekend, hopefully she was successful too.
By the way, it's no secret that it doesn't take much to get me to head down to Salida, but I finally got to eat at Moonlight Pizza, and holy cow was it delicious! I really like Amica's grub, but the Moon buries it. Defititely try it out if you're ever down there.