Friday, August 29, 2008


The new King's Chef on Bijou and Nevada is getting their liquor license! Nothing like a bloody mary to go with that bacon cheeseburger to better cure the hangover!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

nice hat!

"go bust a meth lab, you pussies!"

That was definitely the best quote from the movie "Super HIGH Me," which I watched last night. The DEA, which as a federal agency does not recognize state law, raided one of the medical marijuana stores in Los Angelas. A bunch of very heavily armed DEA agents, carrying more weapons than I ever did while on combat partols in Iraq, busted down the doors, scaring the crap out of a group of tie-dyed hippies. As the agents were removing all the marijuana, one of the hippies yelled, "go bust a meth lab, you pussies!" Classic! The war on drugs, such an efficient use of taxpayer money...

Paris/New York/London/MOAB!

I have to go to Grand Junction for work in mid-September. Guess who will be doing back-to-back long runs in Moab!!! Woohoo!

today's apple and my improving ninjitsu skills

Actually thought I was picking up a Braeburn, but when I got to the checkout line I found out I actually picked up a Red Delicious. So I went with that.

The veggie streak is over, I ran this morning and didn't have time to eat until I got to work.

Coming out of King Super this morning, with two bags of groceries, I noticed the wind had picked up a shopping cart and was blowing it at a high rate of speed right towards my jeep. So I took off running and did a flying Bruce Lee-esque kick to deflect the cart about a foot from my grill. This redirected the cart but did not slow it down. I was about to go stop the cart (using my Flash-like super speed, of course) when I noticed I had redirected it about 50 feet right into the shopping-cart-return-thing in the parking lot. This is on top of getting into a fight with a swarm of bees on Saturday, and emerging victorious.


Just heard the new AC/DC song. It sounds just like every other AC/DC song. Probably would have been a lot better had I been drunk and playing the air guitar.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

all that jazz

Just ate my first ever Jazz apple. On the apple scale of zero (Gala) to ten (Red Delicious), five being Golden Delicious, I'd give the Jazz a 3.7. And it's pretty expensive for an apple, so I doubt I'll eat one again anytime soon.

When did King Super become just as expensive as Safeway?

Big Sam's Funky Nation!

Just found out that these guys are gonna be playing a show on September 12th at Venue 515 in Manitou. Tix are $15 at the door and $12 in advance, and will be well worth it. I won't be there, as I'll be in Telluride that day enjoying the Blues and Brews festival! Woohoo!


I have eaten mixed veggies for breakfast three days in a row now. It's my highest vegetable intake over that long of a period in...well, since I've been alive. I have also eaten an apple, a banana, and some grapes on those three days.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

back to the grind...

Toying with this schedule for the upcoming winter months. Won't be able to start 'till October as I have a bunch of stuff coming up. Hoping to start picking up my pace on all these, the new goal is to qualify for Boston:

Monday AM - bike to work
Monday PM - weights/hoops at the Y

Tuesday AM - 5 miles easy
Tuesday PM - Manitou track workout

Wednesday AM - 10 miles easy
Wednesday PM - CRC happy hour

Thursday AM - 5 miles easy
Thursday PM - Fartlek/Tempo

Friday AM - bike to work
Friday PM - weights/hoops at the Y, Incline

Saturday - long run (20 miles)

Sunday - hill workout

mountain lions and bears, oh my!

Just got this e-mail. I ran in this area on today's morning run. As I was running along Ruxton there was a guy coming down the hill and he says to me, "dude, be careful, there's a bear right around the corner!" I'm not afraid of anything, so I continue on, but all I find are two dumped trash cans. Bears are smart and know not to mess with me!

A Manitou Springs Elementary School parent who lives near the west water tower, on Duncan Ave., on the plateau above and between Ruxton (aboveMiramont Castle) and Manitou Ave (uphill on Minnehaha), reported signfiicant Mountain Lion activity in that area this weekend. Their neighbors had a large dog killed on Friday afternoon 4:30 or so, and three other neighbors have been stalked. The cougar stalked another neighbor on Pine Terrance that night at 9:30pm. The other two incidents were 5:30 Friday afternoon, near the original incident, and the day before in the same area. Some of those stalked just "felt something was not right in the woods" and turned around, others heard "something" following them, very quietly, definitely not the resident bear. Another found, on turning around and retracing steps, cougar tracks over hers and her dogs tracks. All those stalked were either an adult and a large dog (Golden Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback...) or adult and large child(age 11). There may have been additional incidents, these are the only ones they have documented. They called the Department of Wildlife, who were closed for the weekend. They then spoke with the operator at the Colorado State Patrol, in Pueblo, the emergency number for the DOW, on Saturday night, who took down information. They have warned all neighbors on the East of the UteTrail (they are on the east side of the ridge, Ute Trail is on the westside of the same ridge at the water treatment plant) which many Manitou residents hike or run. They also have tried to think of (and contact) any residents with elementary age children on Minnehaha, Pine Terrace, Illinois, Pilot Knob, etc, but as the elementary student phone book has not published yet, we may have missed some. They have also tried to warn those with dogs to keep them close, and indoors as much as possible, until they have more information from DOW. As they understand it, a cougar takes dogs when the cougar either is very young ande stablishing territory, or old, and unable pull down deer, or starving(as in a drought year), and will have a range of 5-10 square miles. Families, let's all work together and be vigilent to protect one another and our children! Christine L, Secretary, Manitou Springs Elementary School

drink for whining!

You lost. Go away.


Swiped this off Yeti.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Leadville DNF

Just a quick write-up so I can put this one behind me.


What’s worse? Standing in the rain at 3:50AM and knowing I wasn’t ready for this, or shitting in the bushes ten minutes into the run knowing I wasn’t ready for this?

That was the first few minutes of my recent failed attempt at Leadville. I knew in the days leading up to the race that I was still not recovered from my last adventure. But I kept telling myself I could fake my way to the finish line. After all, I had just finished big, bad Hardrock, right?

Therein lies the tough thing about Leadville. I have never heard so many horror stories about blowing up during a race as I hear about Pb. Neil, the caretaker at Barr Camp and a ten time finisher (and multiple DNFer) at Pb, thinks this is because somehow Leadville is considered an “easy” hundred miler. As such, runners are often overconfident heading into the race. This was the case for me, and I found out the hard way that when Leadville bites, it bites hard.

Anyhow, knowing I wasn’t ready, I was not about to throw in the towel. I decided to go for the big buckle and hope for a miracle.

Things started out alright. Yeah, I did have to jump into the bushes at the ten minute mark. The breakfast at the Hostel wasn’t the best, but at least I got rid of it early. The rest of the run to Mayqueen was pretty uneventful. Ran a good chunk of it with 1SGT Sowers, who is stationed at Fort Carson and who I often see at these ultra races. The opening section around Turquoise lake is really cool, you can see runners’ flashlights all around the lake. I felt good on this section but I could tell my body was not up for another hundred miles so soon. Hit the Mayqueen aid station in 2:22. Six minutes faster than last year despite the pit stop.

Left Mayqueen with my iPod and ran the rest of the way to Sugarloaf Pass. During the Leadville training weekend I had run this entire pass, but I decided to play it safe today and walk the hill. Eventually I got over the pass and hammered the long downhill to Fish Hatchery. Hit Fish in 4:24, almost 20 minutes faster than the previous year.

Fish Hatchery to Halfmoon is the most boring part of the course. It’s mostly on a paved road. Normally, this pain is dulled by the great view of Colorado’s two highest mountains, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. Couldn’t see either on this day, as clouds covered both peaks. So I just turned up the tunes and plugged away.

Coming into Halfmoon, it was nice to see Jim and Beverly, two running friends from the Springs. I finally changed my socks here, and I saw my feet looked horrible – trench foot that looked like I had been standing in a pool of water for days. I also noticed a blister forming on the base of my big toe on my left foot. As I was throwing some duct tape over it, a medical guy came up and asked me if I was alright. Guess I wasn’t looking so hot. But I told him I was fine and immediately left the area, didn’t want to take any chances.

I was looking forward to the next part of the race. Halfmoon to Twin Lakes is mostly along the singletrack of the Colorado Trail, and is mostly runnable. Just me and some great tunes and the trail, it felt good to be alive. Lots of Aspen trees along this section too, I always love running through those. I was still running well here, getting to Twin Lakes in 7:52. The year before I had arrived here at 8:42, and it had taken me half an hour longer to run this same section.

So I’m sitting at Twin Lakes. I duck into the port-o-shitter and then find my drop bag. While changing shoes I have a sudden realization that I’m due to blow up. Not a great feeling as I’m staring the Hope Pass double crossing. Not sure why I got this feeling here, as I was actually feeling somewhat decent and was almost a full hour ahead of last year’s pace. Usually I can deal with these negative mental thoughts, but they seemed to be getting the better of me today.

I run the entire way from Twin Lakes to the beginning of Hope Pass. The river crossing isn’t bad and actually feels good on my tired legs.

I start the climb and it hits me hard. I swear it was steeper this year. And as if I didn’t have enough problems already, mother nature decided to join the party. From the bottom of Hope Pass up to the Hopeless aid station, I saw rain, snow, sleet, marble sized hail, and the first sunshine of the day. Gotta love that Colorado weather.

Hit the Hopeless aid station at 9:40, over an hour faster than last year. I grab a cup of ramen and chill out with the llamas. Eat your food, Tina! A few minutes later I hit the top of Hope Pass and finally I get to run again. Get a boost here as I see Rick in 5th place, not very far behind the leaders, and he looks like he’s still feeling good. Hammer the downhill pretty well but once I get to the dirt road I’m toast. It’s about 1.5 miles long, but seems like 15 miles. I’m unable to run any of the hills. Eventually I reach Winfield. 11:37, still almost an hour ahead of last year.

I change socks and re-tape my hotspot. My feet look like shit and are hurting. My quads are fried. Even my calves, which I’ve never had a problem with, are shot. But the worst thing was my mental state. Honestly, I just didn’t believe I could finish this race. Halfway through it just dumped on me that I still had to run 50 miles, including pulling an all-nighter (which I hate Hate HATE doing), and I just didn’t think I had it in me.

I pushed on. It’s weird, looking back at it I really didn’t feel that bad physically. Definitely better than the year before. But mentally I was never able to find my game.

Tried to run back down the dirt road to Hope Pass, but I had trouble. My legs just didn’t want to move. Then I started the LONG trek up the backside of Hope. Holy bejesus, I don’t think I ever moved so slow. Felt like I got passed by everyone in the race during this climb. During the training weekend I did this section in about 90 minutes. On race day it would take me 2:15. Ouch.

I gave my last effort at a rally coming off Hope Pass. I blew through the Hopeless aid station, passing a lot of people who had passed me on the uphill. Did manage to run from Hopeless all the way down to the river crossing, picking up Rich along the way. Was able to waddle in with Rich to Twin Lakes. Hit TL inbound in 15:03, still an hour ahead of last year’s pace.

Finally saw Katie here. Never accused of being smart, besides trying to pull off the Hardrock/Leadville double, I thought I would attempt this one without a pacer and with little crew. I actually tried to get Katie not to come, but she insisted as it would give her an excuse to hang out in the mountains.

She shoved a ton of food down my throat and helped me change shoes. I think she could tell I wasn’t having any fun. I looked at her and said, “I’m really not sure I can do this.”

That was the beginning of the end for me, as after saying that I allowed myself to believe it, and mentally and physically things went downhill very quickly. I still pushed out of Twin Lakes and up the big climb there, and I was very much further along when night finally came than I was the year before, but I was done.

I had made it about two miles up the big hill when I gave up. The final seven miles to Halfmoon were nice downhill singletrack and I should have been able to make good time here. But I was done. The following slog to the aid station was nothing but a slow moving pity party for me. Physically, I have felt much worse in races before. Mentally, I have never allowed myself to completely fall apart like I did out there, and I’m not very proud of it.

I must have looked really bad, because when I came into Halfmoon a few of the aid station workers said, “oh, you’re the guy with the green light everyone was talking about.” I didn’t even think things over, I just went to the medical director and had him cut my wristband, ending my race.

This race is going to haunt me for a long time. A horrible failure for me, I’d grade my performance as an F-. Had I been able to pull it together for ten seconds at Halfmoon, I would have noticed that A) I was 1:15 ahead of my pace the previous year; B) I had actually done this section 15 minutes quicker than the year before; and C) I HAD WELL OVER TWO HOURS UNTIL THE CUTOFF FOR THAT AID STATION!

In hindsight, I should have had a seat for a while to see if I could recover. Katie was there, and was trying to tell me this, as was the medical director, but I was hearing none of it. Mentally, I had just quit, and I was not going to recover.

What really stings is that lack of mental toughness. That had always been the thing that kept me going, long after the effects of any natural ability or hard training had been exhausted.

Will I ever do another hundred miler? I’m not sure. I can’t imagine going out on a DNF, especially one as disappointing as this. On the other hand, I really can’t say I’ve enjoyed any of the hundreds I’ve attempted. It’s such a huge financial and time commitment, and I’m not sure it’s worth it in the end. You’d think it would be worth it when you cross the finish line, but I’m always too wasted to enjoy that. I could do well at marathons and even 50 milers with only a quarter of the time spent on training, allowing me to have much more of a life here in Colorado. We’ll see…

the end is near!

It sure has been a helluva summer here in Colorado, but I'm starting to notice signs that the end is near. Soon the weather will begin to change and all the fat people who can't walk up a flight of steps will start talking about how they do all the black diamond runs on their snowboards. But I'm not going into hibernation quietly, check out my next three weekends:

Aug 31 to Sept 1 - Colorado Invihash
Sept 5 to Sept 7 - Imogene Pass/Ouray Bandito hash
Sept 12 to Sept 14 - Telluride Blues and Brews

The final two weekends will put me out and about on the Hardrock course. Purely for show, of course, as I'm certainly not thinking about doing another hundred after I swore them off at Leadville...

Cheyenne Mountain

Finally got my ass up to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, the second most prominent peak in Colorado Springs. Somewhere, 30 stories below, an Air Force officer woke up to the sound of an alarm and said, "Holy shit, the alarm is going off, who's in charge here? Me? Oh god, someone call the Army!"

FYI, the actual peak is about half a mile southwest of the antenna farm that is visible from the highway. And yes, that is Pikes Peak looming in the background.


This is the door of Hattie's Pub in Salida. I used to always photograph this place on my visits to one of my favorite mountain towns, because they would have a sign listing the number of both American troops and Iraqi civilians killed in the current war. The sign has been taken down and the bar is for sale, though the pub is still open.

No need to worry though, Salida has not lost it's way! It's a town where you'll see more bikes than cars on Main Street, and most of the bikes sport this sticker:
I biked to work today, reducing the US demand for oil by approximately 1.5 gallons and keeping a small amount of money out of Osama's hands.

Friday, August 22, 2008

why I didn't finish Leadville...

My new official excuse. Stolen from Keith, who has a lot more experience coming up with lame excuses than I do.

"I have no excuses. I am just not challenged by Leadville anymore and I became bored."

more Hardrock pics

Met Christian for a few beers last night at Oscar's, he gave me some of the pics he shot at Hardrock. Before we left for the bar I told him, "no hidden cameras, everyone already knows I drink a lot." Unlike our current (though not for much longer!) DA, I was bright enough to ride my bike after pounding back a ton of beers. Anywho, here are some of the pics:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Day That Never Comes

Just heard the new Metallica song on KILO FM. Not too shabby. Thank gawd they're not going back to their softer crap.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Only ten days to go 'till Pitt begins it's undefeated, national championship season! Woohoo! Good article in SI on how Pitt is the next great dynasty in college football can be seen here.

top 8

TrailRunner magazine listed Austin in the top eight trail running cities in the country. They quoted Henry and Joe in the article. No Colorado towns made the list.


LeRoi Moore, the sax player for the Dave Matthews Band, died last night. I was pretty shocked, when I saw DMB in Denver a few weeks ago they said he was ill but would be back soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Really, really starting to beat myself up over Leadville. Working on the race report and analyzing the splits doesn't help.

I crashed and burned hard a few miles past Twin Lakes. It was a very long slog of a walk, where I let my vagina bleed all over the place and gave up running for good. It was definitely the worst I've ever felt - a nice mixture of severe depression and horrible physical pain. Almost brought me to tears. My time from Twin Lakes to Halfmoon - 3:30.

Rewind things to one year ago. Melissa had just brought me back over Hope Pass and I was feeling good. Really had the feeling I was gonna finish the race. I was tired, but nothing that wouldn't be expected after covering 60+ miles. I dediced to pick things up to get some breathing room under the cutoff times. My split for the same section of the course last year, in much better weather - 3:45.

This race is going to haunt me for a long time.


Looks like Karl Meltzer's speed record attempt for the Appalachian Trail is in trouble. Read about it here.

legalize it!

Looks like the Incline will be open to the public soon. Read about it on the Gazette out there blog. I hope they keep the "no trespassing" sign, I always touch it for good luck.
Once I find a date, I'll look into having a party. With a midnight hike up the Incline, of course.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Good week for live music in Manitou!

Thursday evening local favorites Creating A Newsense are playing at Venue 515. Should be a good day, the year end Incline Club party and then some good tunes.

And this weekend is the Mountain Music Festival at Soda Springs Park. Three cheers for free festivals!

Pb splits

Here are my splits up until I dropped. Last year's splits are in parenthesis.

Mayqueen 2:22 (2:28)
Fish Hatchery 4:24 (4:42)
Halfmoon 5:45 (6:13)
Twin Lakes - 7:52 (8:42)
Hopeless - 9:40 (10:44)
Winfield - 11:37 (12:30)
Hopeless 2 - 13:55 (14:44)
Twin Lakes 2 - 15:03 (16:00)
Halfmoon 2 - 18:30 (19:45)

what's next?

Pretty bummed out about the DNF even though I know I made the correct decision. I actually quit the race at about 62 miles, but instead of walking back to Twin Lakes my walk of shame had me stumbling over the next seven miles to Halfmoon. Had a lot of time to think out there (probably took me three hours to cover those seven miles), and I don't think I'll be doing anymore 100s for a while.

Gonna take some time and see if I can get some of my old speed back. I've always wanted to run Boston, and when I go there I wanna lower my PR (2:55). Don't laugh - I'm only four months removed from my hungover 1:26 half marathon at Platte River.

The tentative schedule, as always subject to change:

Sept 6 - Imogene Pass

Sept 21 - Pony Express (15 miles) OR Boulder Backroads Marathon

Sept 27 - Cripple Creek Crawl

Oct 19 - Denver Marathon OR Palo Duro

Nov 8 - Rim Rock Run (37K)

Jan 5, 2009 - Turquoise Lake 20mi Snowshoe Race

March 2009 - Salida Marathon

May 3, 2009 - Pittsburgh Marathon

August 2009 - Nolans 14er route (100 miles over five days)


I'm not a fan of that band by any means, but I think two of their songs will make it onto the soundtrack of my life: Crazy Bitch and Too Drunk.

mark your calendars!

Prepare your livers! BRC IV will be held on Friday, October 24th!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Leadville DNF

Sometimes, the mountains like to remind me who the boss is.

Dropped at Halfmoon, 70 miles into the race. Report to come once I get some sleep. Congrats to the few folks who were able to finish this one.

Friday, August 15, 2008

on-out... Leadville! Wish me luck!

Cripple Creek Crawl '08

Check it out here. I'm thinking of running it, should be some good training.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


"Life is a headlong rush into the unknown. You can hunker down and hope nothing hits you, or you can stand tall, lean into the wind and shout "Bring it on darlin'! - And don't be stingy with the jalapenos!"
-Red Spicer

Red is the RD of the Palo Duro trail races in Amarillo, TX (the Palo Duro trails are the only place in Texas that somewhat remind me of Colorado). I met him last year when Herb and I rode down there for the 50 miler. Had never met him before, but he treated me like I was family and, even though we arrived late, gave Herb and I a camping spot right by the start/finish. Great guy.

Red is currently not doing well and is in the hospital. My thoughts are with him. My Pabst at Beer Stop Rock tonight will be dedicated to him.
Do the Olympics seem to have lost their magic? People seem more interested in the scandals now than the actual events. And the events just seem to have lost their magic. Will there ever be an Olympic moment as great as this one again?

Panic - 7/26/08 - Charlotte, NC

Think I've decided on the new Panic show to download for Leadville. Heard great things about the July 26th show at Charlotte. Check out the set list!

Set I:
-Blackout Blues
-Walkin' (For Your Love)
-And It Stoned Me
-Pickin' Up The Pieces
-Hidden Oversoul
-Henry Parsons Died
-Action Man

Set II:
-Chainsaw City
-All Time Low
-Life During Wartime
-Chilly Water
-Barstools and Dreamers
-Charlotte Jam
-Surprise Valley

-Dream Song
-Ain't Life Grand

Holy fuck, what a show that would have been to see! Those tunes will sure as shit get my lame ass up and over Sugarloaf Pass. Probably grab some more live versions of my favorite Panic tune, Climb To Safety, for good measure.

I'll wear my iPod from MayQueen until Twin Lakes. I like having my head clear for the battle against Hope Pass. If I'm running well and have daylight left, I'll pick up the iPod again from Twin Lakes back to Halfmoon.

Thinking of something different for the trip back. Maybe some Leftover Salmon, who rocked the house at Mile High (and is playing Halloween night in Denver!). Maybe a new Cheese show or some Mule. Would love some new love John Butler Trio, but good recordings of his stuff seems pretty hard to find.

FYI, rumors have Widespread Panic in Denver on New Year's Day!!!!!!!!!!

I love it when it sucks!

Weather forcasts turning ugly for both Leadville and Pikes Peak. Expect cold temps and even some snow!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dave vs. Lance

Cool video on the recent Leadville 100 mile mountain bike race can be seen here.

Phelps to enter men's steeplechase

Wow, the guy really is amazing.

everybody poops

Everybody poops. Not everybody writes about it like this guy. Whether or not they admit it, something like this has happened to every serious runner.

FYI, not only have I written about my poop on this blog, one time I even weighed it!


I watched the Olympics for the first time last night. It was mostly swimming, with some women's gymnastics thrown in.

It's been a while since I've had cable (almost four years now) so maybe I'm behind the times, but the amount of commercials was appalling. I've watched the Olympics before and it was never as bad as it was last night.

And I'm officially done caring about swimming. I watched four races last night - and they were all world records. At one point, it was two qualifying rounds of the same event in a row, and the world record fell both times. Is this normal? I've heard about the new speedo suits, and about the "water cube" and how fast it is, it just seems to devalue swimming WR's with so many records falling. Phelps won a gold medal in the butterfly (I think?) in a world record time, then had to swim again in less than an hour. Doesn't seem like it takes a big physical effort for a WR. Track & Field starts soon, maybe my faith in the Olympics will be restored when the conversation turns from easy world records to performance enhancing drug use.

And what was up with the panda sex clip? Who the hell is that Andre-the-Giant in women's clothing NBC has working? How awkward was it when she asked that tiny panda zookeeper about pandas gettin' it on and if the guy panda (named Lulu, FYI) ever gave the women pandas any chochlate? Even Bob Costas seemed a bit taken back by that one.

I certainly don't miss having cable. Wasn't a total loss though - I got to watch election returns and it was nice to see local DA John Newsome get his ass beat!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hope Pass lightweight double crossing?

Maybe someone can point out if this is a stupid idea or not.

The hardest part of Leadville is the dreaded Hope Pass double crossing. It's the 20 miles from Twin Lakes out to Winfield and back. It goes up and over Hope Pass, the highest point of the course at 12,600 feet.

You leave Twin Lakes and things aren't too bad for about 1.25 miles. Then you do the big river crossing. Soon after that you begin the climb, almost 3,500 feet straight up. About half a mile from the top of Hope Pass (roughly 4.5 miles from Twin Lakes) there's a small aid station. Then you hit Hope Pass and bomb down the other side to Winfield. Drink a Pabst at Winfield, then head back up and over the Pass and back to Twin Lakes.

Last year, and the plan for this year, I wore my camelbak with 3 liters of water and gear for a storm. Lots of weight. After thinking about it, I'm wondering if I can get through this section using only water bottles.

My splits from last year:

Twin Lakes to Hope Pass AS: 2 hours
Hope Pass AS to Winfield: 1:45
Winfield to Hope Pass AS: 2:15
Hope Pass AS to Twin Lakes: 1:15

I think those times will be faster this year since I'm in better shape and I know the course.

Anyone see any reason I can't do this section with one water bottle?

I can chug a ton of fluid at Twin Lakes and Winfield. They have to hump everything up to Hope Pass via llama, so I'd feel bad for using that much water up there, though I could refill my bottle. Also thinking I can chug an entire bottle from Twin Lakes to the river crossing and then refill there. Yeah, there's a giardia risk, but even if the water in the river is bad, it won't show up for a week or so.

There's also a risk with the weather, as I'll be above treeline around Colorado t-storm time with no rain gear. But this is a risk I think is much less than anything I took on at Hardrock, so I'm not too worried.

So what should I do: one bottle or two?

ultra profiles

Notice how the two Colorado ultras tower over everything else! And look how cute the Boston Marathon profile is...


Pringles now has Bacon Ranch flavor!


I'll be wearing lucky number 138 out at Leadville. Looks like they have 561 folks who have signed up.


Running Slows The Aging Clock, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily (Aug. 11, 2008) — Regular running slows the effects of aging, according to a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine that has tracked 500 older runners for more than 20 years. Elderly runners have fewer disabilities, a longer span of active life and are half as likely as aging nonrunners to die early deaths, the research found.

Monday, August 11, 2008

thursday Thursday THURSDAY!

This Thursday, 7PM. Easy effort for all those racing this weekend. I'm sure if anyone asks nicely, BLOS and I can lead a pack back to Beer Stop Rock...

Leadville weather

Looks like highs in the mid-60s, lows in the mid-30s for this weekend in America's highest city. Plus, it's a full moon! Near perfect weather for me.

They had snow on top of Pikes Peak today, FYI.

olympic hashing

Article on hashing in Beijing from the Rocky Mountain News can be seen here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

another great weekend!

Good times gettin' shitty drunk at the Manitou Craft Lager Festival and curing the hangover with a climb up Mt. Democrat. Pics can be seen here.

Lance finishes second

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Lance Armstrong finished second in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race on Saturday, pushing six-time champion Dave Wiens to a record time.

It was Armstrong's first competitive bicycle race since winning his seventh straight Tour de France in 2005. Wiens took the lead from Armstrong with 10 miles to go in the 100-mile race and finished 1 minute, 56 seconds ahead.

Wiens crossed the finish on a flat back tire in a time of 6 hours, 45 minutes, 47 seconds, shaving 13 minutes off his old record. He set the record last year while holding off Floyd Landis.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

First beer

At 9AM. Net is nowhere to be found.

Friday, August 08, 2008


Stopped by the memorial for two bikers recently killed on the way home from work today. Pretty eerie pulling up to the corner (it was on 26th and Westend - near Bott Park and across the street from the cemetery we often hash through on the annual Black Socks trail).

Really hit home when I saw pics of the two riders on the pole - biking on trails, drinking Pabst on mountain peaks, having good times with friends - basically the same types of pics I'm always posting on this blog. I tried to imagine life just ending so quickly, one second you're having a good time with good friends, the next second you're just gone. I couldn't even wrap my mind around that possibility. Life is too short folks, don't waste what little you have.

Some pics of the memorial:

Here's a shot of the intersection where the accident happened. The road running straight up and down is 26th. Hard to tell from the lousy pic, but the bikers would have been moving very fast (it's downhill) into the intersection. The driver, heading south on 26th (towards you in this pic), didn't see the pack of bikers and made a left onto Westend, hitting them. It's a slight turn and you wouldn't have to slow your vehicle down to make it.

Leadville looms...

Next week at this time I'll be out in Leadville. I haven't really had a good run since Hardrock. Legs still feel heavy, even with the reduced workouts I've been doing. Even calling off the Incline today, which is gonna suck because Bone is gonna talk mad shit, even though I can normally beat him backwards up the thing. Schedule from here on out is 30 minutes every other day.

Craft Lager Festival

Don't forget about the Manitou Craft Lager Festival tomorrow! Woohooo! I'll be there signing autographs from 10AM to 10:15AM. At 10:15AM I'll probably pass out under a bridge somewhere for a few hours, before rising again to drink some more...

hell yeah!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

let's be careful out there

Unfortunately, two local cyclists died after being struck by a truck yesterday (Wednesday). Read Dave's post about it here. The Gazette article, with the can of worms opened up in the comments section, can be seen here.

I always feel a loss when local athletes are lost like this. I will be biking to work tomorrow in their honor.

Obama's acceptance speech

If anyone is interested in applying for tix to see Barack Obama accept the nomination on August 28th, click here. I'm hoping to be there because A) it'll be cool to witness such a historical event; and B) all the liberal chicks will be in the mood to put out afterwards!


Another lackluster week headlined by Saturday's complete meltdown on Barr Trail. I don't even remember the last time I couldn't get at least up to Barr Camp without walking, on Saturday I was hurting while I was still on Ruxton Ave. Made it about half a mile past No Name Creek before raising the white flag. My legs just have nothing in them anymore. Still, even though I haven't had a decent run since Hardrock, I have a nagging feeling I'm going to run well at Leadville.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Trinity update

Stopped by Trinity Brewing on the way home today. The place is coming along, but it's gonna be a while. Some plumbing issues are holding things up. Todd said he was hoping to be open by the end of August, but it looked like there was a lot of work to get done in that time.

Got to meet Jason, who is sort of a legend among front range boozers. He seems pretty psyched about the brew he's gonna be making there.

The place is gonna be awesome when it's finally up and running. They're working on the bar right now. 15 or so stools long. There's a restaurant section, and in the back they're gonna have a pretty sweet lounge.

Hoping to snag a part time gig there, so keep your fingers crossed for me. At least I know they trust me - I was given the Trinity company visa card to go get beer for the construction workers.