Thursday, December 29, 2016

couch tour

Lots of good shows streaming over the next week.  We caught one of $100s favorite bands, O.A.R., last night from the comfort of our living room.

Friday, December 23, 2016

whiskey #50

Pendleton. The bartender at Woody's in Moab knew nothing bout it.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

12 days of x-mas: days eight and nine

Good climb at CityRock on Thurs morning.  Off to Moab early Friday.  Fruita on Sunday.  Lots of hiking and biking.  Can't wait!

I will go over 3650 miles on the bike for 2016 on Saturday.  Ten miles a day.  My running was way down this year due to age and injury, but I still averaged over five miles a day.  Think that will be my goal for next year: 3650 bike miles and 1825 run miles.  Also trying to talk some old dude from up north to throw down in the Double.  I'm halfway there.

Days eight and nine.  My niner was the Eddyline, which was good.  Can't say I didn't steal some of $100's nine.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

12 days of x-mas: day seven

Loved this article.  It's from a bike magazine, but it's about runners as well.

Good day yesterday.  Got out in the AM for a five miler, then biked to work.  After work, I took the dog over to Red Rock Canyon for a short run.  About a mile into the run she took off, and I couldn't find her.  I looked for about ten minutes, which felt like ten days, and no luck.  Then by chance I caught her light off in the distance.  When I finally got to her, she was chowing down on a deer that looked like she had been torn apart by coyotes not long before.  I could have left the dog overnight and she still would have been eating when I came back this morning.

Ran to work this morning.  Six miles.  Threw in some two minutes on/two minutes off, doing the best I could on our sidewalks which are still icy (I blame the ice, but being fat and out of shape doesn't help either).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

summer is here!

I used to believe the unofficial end of winter was when I started hording tickets for the upcoming season at Red Rocks.  But christ, last month they announced a late August date for Nathaniel Rateliff, and by the time Kircher and I got on the same page about going the show was sold out.

So I didn't hesitate to grab the next show that came up:

Oddly enough, I have seen Collective Soul at Red Rocks more than I have seen Widespread Panic there.

Speaking of Todd and the Monster, and Night Sweats, and Red Rocks, last night I headed over to Red Rock Canyon with Todd and Amber on fat bikes.  Great two hours of goofing off over there.

Followed that ride with beer number six of the twelve days:

And just to get caught up, beer number five during the start of a TV binge:

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Whiskey #49

Old Grand Dads

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Whiskey #48

12 days of x-mas: day four

Drank this in the shower at 4AM before catching my flight to Pittsburgh.

Glad I'm not running today as it's f'ing 11F out right now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 days of x-mas: day three

Nice hour run on my Mesa Loop this morning despite the frigid temps.  This route goes by the overlook responsible for perhaps one of the most popular photos in the country:

Of course when I run by at 5:30AM on a cold December morning the place is empty and depressing.

Red Leg has redone the cans for their Howitzer Amber Ale to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 4th ID.  I spent most of my time in the Army in the 4th ID.

Day three of the beer exchange.  I'm a few days ahead, but my trip to western PA will fix that.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

12 days of x-mas: day two

Good seven miler this morning on the Garden roads.  Bike commute 122.  Then a nice 3.6 mile run/hike in Red Rock Canyon under the full moon with $100 and the dog.  Great day.

Some old favorites for day two.  Drank this while watching the 30 for 30 episode of Catholics vs Convicts.

Monday, December 12, 2016

week in review

Terrible week on the workout front.  Frigid weather, holiday happy hours and parties, junk food galore, my mom in the hospital and trying to deal with that from two time zones away.  23 miles running, even less biking.  Did get to the gym a few times, and at least I finally went sub 20 in the 5k.

The twelve beers of christmas has started.  We choose yesterday at Marc & Amanda's annual shindig.  Number one for me was a twofer:

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Chasing Santa 5K down the highway in Fountain on Saturday morning.  Went well.  Crossed the finish line in 18:50, but my watch read 3.07 miles.  So I walked the other .03 to get a full 5K, finishing in 19:15.

Split 6:01, 6:07, and 6:15.  Much better than my last two 5k's.  Was barely holding on for that last mile though.

Thanks to Pikes Peak Sports for the pics.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016


A bit different for the upcoming year as I won't be trying to reach some arbitrary goal at a race.  None of the races will require that much more than my usual hour of jogging before work.  A lot less running, giving me more time to do other stuff.  Some live music, van camping, exploring a few sections of the Colorado Trail, hiking some more 14ers, climbing, mountain biking, visiting some new breweries.  Instead of just sucking at running, I'll suck at a bunch of different things, but at least it will be fun.

The highlights:

Feb 3 to 6 - Austin
March 3-5 - McDowell Mountain Music Festival
March 18 - Salida Marathon
April 20-23  - 5 Point Film Festival
May - Bikepack the White Rim Trail
June - Burning Can
June 24 - San Juan Solstice
Aug 19/20 - Pikes Double
Sept - Crested Butte One Good Weekend
Sept 30 - Monument Marathon
October - Zion/Vegas


Not much going on here as winter has arrived.  It's been below 20F for a few days now, so I haven't been outside much.  Did go on a nice 2.5 mile hike with $100 and the dog at Stratton on Wednesday, but other than that it's been the gym and the treadmill.

The dog is not excited about winter either.

Don't feel too bad for me though.  I did get to visit two of my favorite local breweries yesterday.  It's always warm inside a brewery!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

whiskey #46

Only $3.99 for the bottle, and that included a dog biscuit the cashier gave to hollydog.  And it wasn't that bad, definitely worth the four bones.

whiskey #45

A favorite of my dad's back when he was a big drinker.  Decent stuff for the price.  Notice the ball ice that I now have the capability to make at my house!

Monday, December 05, 2016

night outside #14

Saturday was global fat bike day, so after the 5K I took the fattie over to Red Rock Canyon for a few miles.

After that we decided to take the van out for what will probably be the last time this year.  Back to Canon City, though instead of hitting up Oil Well Flats again we tried somewhere new, on the other side of town near the Royal Gorge.  Of course we dropped by Florence Brewing on the way.

It was dark by the time we pulled in, so we set up camp and chilled around the fire.  Cold night, well below freezing.  For those who think the van thing is all cush, we had a water bottle next to the bed and it was frozen solid the next morning.

Sunday morning we did some hiking along the Rim Trail.  Awesome views of the Gorge.

Back by noon on Sunday, and headed out for a ten miler on the Garden roads.  40 miles on the week.  Starting to show some consistency on the workout front, but it's all for waste as my diet and alcohol consumption during these holidays has been pretty crazy. 

Sunday, December 04, 2016


Still chasing a sub-20.  Should have done it on Saturday.  But at the halfway point of the race there was an intersection with no sign of where to go.  Wasn't sure if we should head forward, turn around, or take a left turn.  So we stopped and waited for a while.  Then I started jogging back the way we came, assuming it was an out and back.  After 25 meters or so a volunteer drives up and tells us we should have gone left, so I turn back around to finish the course.  Pretty sure that took at least a minute off my final time.

Oh yeah, I was dressed as Santa for the thing.

Last Thursday the brewers' cup (thankfully) ended.  Red Leg won.

All photos ripped from Pikes Peak Sports.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

incline #40

The Incline is back, baby!

Terrible weather in COS yesterday afternoon, but I got over for a good post-work climb.  Forgot my watch, but I saw my buddy Josh just above the halfway point for verification.  As usual, even though the weather had plunged the city into chaos, once on the Incline life became awesome again.

Remember the strava negative split challenge?  Josh ran some podunk marathon in Kansas, negative split by one second, and gets free shoes!