Thursday, January 31, 2008
I'll catch up on my running posts, including the one hash of the year I count as a workout - the asshole trail - soon. If you just can't want any longer, my runner's world log can be seen here.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
However, most of her days will be focused on Manitou Springs, so trips to OC's will be few and far between. She'll hafta man up and down four beers tomorrow (Wednesday) if she wants to claim the prize by the time she leaves.
So, anyone who wants to A) see Gagger; and B) snag a cool t-shirt, should be at the Old Chicago's on Tejon Wed night around 9:30PM.
the act of putting seran-wrap on ones face and proceeding to take a hot steamy shit on the seran-wrap, thus letting them feel the warmth of the poo on their face
Hope you all learned something.
-Methamphetamine: Effects, Treatments, & Recovery Implications
-Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment
-Medications in the Treatment of Addictions: Current Strategies
-From Discovery to Recovery: Neuroscience, Spirituality, and 12-step Facilitated Recovery
-Assessment and Treatment of PTSD
-Alcohol: Disease vs. Will Power or The Reptile Within
-God, Ether, and the Devil: Stages of Change in Recovery
Yup, all this from the guy who is planning a pub crawl Fri night, a Boone's Farm breakfast to kick off Manitou Mardi Gras, and who took the morning off on Monday since I knew I'd have a super bowl hangover.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The real Banff Mountain Film Festival is a big outdoor film competition, and the winners of that competition go on the world tour. Saw it last year and it rocked! Most of the folks who read my blog at least pretend to like going outside, so this festival will have something for everyone. As a bonus, they keep the poser ski flicks to a minimum.
Friday, January 25, 2008
As an aside, I'm now in the mood to down a HG800 40oz...
Not that I didn't like my Vasque Blur, which have served me well for several hundred miles, but they just felt too heavy, too much more like a hiking boot than a trail running shoe. So now that I once again have access to the Colorado Running Company I've switched back to La Sportiva (they're sorta local - their north American HQ is up in Boulder). Decided to go with the Imogene, which is a little lighter and more flexible than the Raja (which I loved - they got me through Leadville). Won't have 'em broken in enough for this Saturday's winter series 8 miler, but they should be good to go for the Incline Club this Sunday.
Oh yeah, the Colorado Springs Old Chicago restaurants are having their Bristol mini-tour now. Started that last night too. Saw a shirt, if you're a fan of Bristol you're gonna want to finish this one. Sorry, Free Bus(c)h, you won't be finishing this tour. But since you can do four beers per day, @ss Gagger has a chance...
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Last night Melissa and I did two loops around Washington Park in D-town (5.5 miles) and then hit the Cherry Cricket. May have finally found a place that tops the Crown for best burger. The only thing that may save the Crown's #1 ranking is the fact that the Cricket is more expensive. Great, great burger though, and they also have cheap PBR. After the Cricket it was off to the Broken Arrow (a Dead bar!) and then to the Recovery Room. Good times! So much for staying sober for a while...
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
But I was fearless heading into the comp. Yeah, there were people there who had been climbing since before I was born. There were young kids who were obviously more into the sport than I was. I was definitely the rookie of the night, but I didn't let that stop me.
In the rec division, there were ten different problems, we had three hours to try 'em all. I nailed the first seven in a row! So for a bit, I thought I might be able to win the division. However, problem #8 gave me fits. So I skipped it and nailed #9. Off to #10, which also kicked my ass. I continued to try 8 and 10 the rest of the night, but the more I tried the more tired I got, and I could get less and less along in the problem. Continuing to try like this ruined my score, as you lose points every time you fall off. They were hard falls too, especially on #10 which had a killer overhang. I should have quit a lot earlier, but I was there to climb and I wanted to keep trying. Just after two and a half hours, I couldn't close my hands anymore, so I turned in my score sheet and hit the keg (Bristol Red Rocket!).
Ended up in 4th place in my division. Yeah, there were only six of us, but I'm still pretty happy I wasn't last place. Had a great time, and it was nice to try something completely new. Learned a lot, and I think I'll be in the running to win the rec division at the next comp.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Start time: 8AM
Distance: 8.5 miles
Pace: 14:41 minutes per mile
Friday, January 11, 2008
Of course tonight it's the boulder comp. Pretty excited about that. Don't think I'll fare real well against competition but it'll be a great learning experience.
Saturday it's the Pikes Peak Road Runners winter series 10K. I probably won't drink to heavily on Friday night, so hopefully I do better than I did at the Rescue Run. Saturday afternoon I'll be hanging with the Pikes Peak H3, then later in the evening I'm gonna check out the Dewey Cox movie.
Sunday morning's IC run heads up to Barr Camp. Hope I can make it up there, it's been a while since I've seen Theresa and Neil. Post IC grub at the purple castle, and then I'm just gonna chill out until acid jazz at the Mariner. Was hoping to hash on Sunday afternoon, but there's no trail along the front range. Sure wish Denver and either Fart Collins or Boulder would do the alternating Sunday thing like the CKH3/P2H4 does.
Should be a fun, laid back weekend. Give my liver some time to prepare itself for TexMex...
Kudos to Katie, Allison, and BLOS for braving the crappy conditions and chilly weather, and for hitting Kinfolk's and the Townhouse afterwards. Unipalmer, also pictured above, arrived late from Wyoming but I look forward to the competition he'll bring to the Thurs night incline crowd.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tonight's hike up the Incline and post-workout happy hour at Kinfolk's will be dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak. He passed away today.
Good article on the guy can be seen here.
Start time: 5:50AM
Distance: 3.2 miles
Pace: 10:41 minutes per mile
Hung around for some beer and wine with the crew afterwards. Then it was off to 15C for a cigar and some Fat Tire. Good times!
Start time: 5:30PM
Distance: 7.0 miles
Pace: 8:26 minutes per mile
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Next group workout is this Thursday, 5:45PM, at the Incline. You'll need screw shoes or yaktrax. It took me 40 minutes last week, I figure it might take me 50 minutes this week due to the shitty conditions.
Start time: 5:30PM
Distance: mile warmup, 6 x 400 meters with 400m rest, mile cooldown
Time: averaged just under 90 seconds per quarter
Pace: 5:59 minutes per mile
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
For the record, both Susan and Sarah have chickened out, so even if I do finish in last place I still reserve smack talking rights over those two sissies.
Oh yeah, the new issue of Rock and Ice has a great article about Austin! It's no Colorado, but Austin has quite a climbing scene down there.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I won't be crying as much as Lulu after her Bandera adventure, but as you can see, the Hardrock course has a few hills:
Including this one, the high point of the course, Handies Peak:
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Start time: 3PM
Distance: 14.0 miles
Pace: 8:50 minutes per mile
Weather: 45F, real tropical for Colorado this time of year
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Thought I was having a shitty run today, stupid peanut butter bagel I had for breakfast was messing with my system (and I apologize to all those who had to start behind me and fight through the stench) but it turns out I set my season PR, taking 18 seconds off last week's time. I still harbor dreams of breaking 40 minutes on this course when the weather warms up.
Start time: 5:57AM
Distance: 4.2 miles
Pace: 11:05 minutes per mile
Weather: 25F, chilly with clear skies
Start time: 5:30PM
Distance: 5 miles
Pace: 8:45 minutes per mile
Weather: 25F, nice night besides the cold weather
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
"I want to do a 50 miler I think. And ultimately 100 miler. Oh wow. I just realized that. Shit! I am in trouble!!"
Just wanted to put that out there for all her friends to see...