Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Not a bad month for the off-season. 

166 miles running.  Low but I'm definitely getting more quality efforts in.  And I think I'll possibly bust a decent 5k sooner or later.  1693 miles on the year, right on pace for my 2000 mile goal.

187 miles on the bike.  All of them either to/from work or to/from the bar.  2481 miles on the year, again right on target for my 3000 mile resolution.

54 miles hiking.  65 trips to CityRock and 21 to Accolade on the year.  Definitely starting to feel the benefits of not spending every waking moment running and hitting the gym from time to time.

Monday, October 30, 2017

run commute 54/CityRock 64

5.5 miles to work, 6.5 miles back home.  Good CityRock session over lunch.

A few of us biked over to Ute Valley Park on Sunday and handed out beers with about half a mile to go to the end of Fall Series III.  Think it was over 70F.  Tonight on my run home it was below 30F and it is about to start snowing.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Creepy Crawl 5k

18:39, but significantly short at 3.0 miles.  Probably 19:19ish for the correct distance.  Atrocious third mile as I went 6:03, 6:12, 6:32.  Getting back into 5k shape is taking longer than I thought it would but I think I'm going in the right direction.

After the race we got to hit up the Manitou Coffin Races.  Pitt won.  Got to have a few drinks with Becca and Andy.  PSU lost.  Great Saturday!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

run commute 53/CityRock 63

Easy five mile run to work.  Hard lunch session at CityRock.  Easy five mile run home.  14 mile bike on the legacy loop in the evening.  Gots to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Juju Smith-Schuster is now tied for my favorite Pittsburgh Steeler (with former Pitt guy James Conner).  Dude is in the NFL but doesn't drive.  Bikes everywhere.  Then his bike got stolen, so he had chose to walk to practice.  Luckily, someone found the bike.  Read about it here.  The bike is a Ghost Square Cross 5 that is currently less than $700 at REI, though when it isn't on sale it's almost a grand.  It's hard to tell exactly how much a player makes, but he earns at least just north of one million per year.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

bike commute 70

Five miles to work, eleven miles home on the Mariachi.  Good CityRock workout during the day.  2.7 mile night hike with the dog in Red Rock Canyon.  Good day.

Monday, October 23, 2017

run commute 52

Slowly starting to emerge from the crud I had been dealing with since Thursday.  Was prepared to take down all of Alex's local KOM's, but then this guy got in my way:

5.5 miles to work, four miles home.  Then an easy 2.7 mile hike in Red Rock Canyon with $100 and the dog.

On Sunday afternoon our library hosted a talk by Kevin Fedarko, author of one of my favorite books ever - The Emerald Mile.  Great talk and it really lit a fire for me to get back to the Grand Canyon.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cheyenne Mountain Run

It's been a rough week and after 2.5 miles of the Cheyenne Mountain Run I had nothing left in the tank.  Walked most of the second half of the climb, only jogging when I saw Tim taking pics, and I even walked a good chunk of the downhill.  Nothing wrong, just didn't feel like running.  Yet it was still great to get outside on a great trail with a bunch of friends.

11.5 miles in Cheyenne Mountain State Park, followed by my return to the Pikes Peak Hash.  Red Leg to Coach's via Ute Valley Park.  Good times!

Friday, October 20, 2017


Not a good week, but at least I'm trying to get out there and enjoy the late spring weather.

Monday - run commute 51.  5.5 miles to work following a three mile dog hike, 4.5 miles home.  CityRock 59 at lunch.

Tues - bike commute 68.  Five miles to the office, four miles home.  Grabbed the dog and the van and headed down to Canon City for the evening, night outside 22.

Wednesday - nice 5k hike on some of the new trails near the Royal Gorge.  Definitely worth checking out.  Got in 26 miles on the Lorax once back in the Springs.  That evening, $100 was having book  wine club at the house, women only, so I hit Red Leg before heading over to Fossil.

Thursday - another day off.  Got in a five mile run in Red Rock Canyon, then took the fat bike back there for a dozen miles.  Very rough day in the Springs running community as word of Mike Safari's death shook us all.

Friday - nice morning hike with the dog.  We saw a bear!  Then I rode five miles to CityRock.  Liquid lunch at the new Oskar Blues restaurant.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tiger Classic

$100 and I got to see The Brothers Comatose at Bristol on Friday, so I was not feeling very stellar on Saturday morning.  I still drug my ass out of bed for the Tiger Classic 5K over at Colorado College.  Despite the hangover I didn't stink up the joint too bad, running 19:19.  6:21, 6:23, 6:17.  Hope to get under 19 very soon.

After the race it was time to slay the hangover with the Brewery Heavy Half.  17 miles, nine brewries.  Manitou, Fossil, Cerberus, Goat Patch, Iron Bird, Fieldhouse, Gold Camp, Bristol, and Smiling Toad. Good times!

Sunday was spent nursing a hangover as well.  Did get in 7.5 easy miles on the Garden trails, a good hike with the dog, Accolade number 20, and an hour of hot yoga.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Accolade 19

Thurs PM - Had an early work function so nothing in the morning.  Which was OK, because the afternoon weather was fantastic and I'm glad I got out early.  The dog and I had a great 5.7 mile run around the Section 16 loop, and then I took the Lorax out for an hour on the Legacy Loop.

Fri AM - 5k hike with the dog in the Garden, followed by a gym session at Accolade.

Big beer news for Colorado as Surly announced they will be distributing here!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

bike commute 67/CityRock 57

AM - Quick 5.6 miles on the Mariachi through Sonderman to CityRock.  I found $1 on the trail!  Score!  But I later gave it to a homeless dude.  Yes, he probably bought alcohol with it.

PM - Fieldhouse to Fossil via Bear Creek and Red Rock Canyon, 12.4 miles.  Great ride.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

bike commute 66/CityRock 56

It was 26F at 5AM when the dog and I went for our walk.  Where the hell did summer go?

Hadn't been on a bike since before the Zion/Vegas trip, felt like forever.  Just rode five miles to CityRock since it was so damn cold.

Good workout at CityRock.  Love the new earlier hours.

It was 58F at 5PM when I rode home.  18 miles, including a stop at Marc & Amanda's to see my other two dogs and mooch a beer.

This, from the Gazette today.  Don't Boulder my Springs!

Monday, October 09, 2017

run commute 50

Sunday AM - nice early morning 90 minute hike in Stratton Open Space with $100 and the dogs.  Followed by ten miles on the Garden roads, 1:25.

Sunday PM - one last hike with the three dogs.  Went and did Iron Mountain.  Meesha and Moose definitely had fun during their stay, but their evil mother came and picked them up after the hike.

Monday AM - 3.2 miles in the Garden with the dog, followed by the 4.4 mile run to work, 37:39.  Hit my resolution of 50 run commutes on the year.

Sunday, October 08, 2017


This gal had a pretty decent race as well.  For some reason I can't find any Chicago pics of her on the interwebs yet.

Saturday, October 07, 2017


Not quite what I was expecting at the Venetucci Pumpkin 5k this morning.  But I have a good excuse.  Someone wiped some marks off the course, so I spent a good chunk of change being lost.  Ran an extra quarter mile, stood around a bit, then ran back to catch the pack.  Guessing I would have been right at 19:59 without the mishap.

In the scene wasn't messed up enough, as I caught back up with the pack, a goat jumped out of the bushes and started running with us.  He was having a blast.  He ran a good quarter mile with me before stopping to eat some leaves.

Mile splits of 6:05, 7:29, and 6:39.

Good effort, so I'm happy with the day.  Hope to redeem myself with a sub 20 at the Tiger Classic next Saturday.

Friday, October 06, 2017

run commute 49/accolade 18

So some shit went down while we were in Vegas.  We were drunk and not paying attention to the time, but we were either at the Double Down (two miles from the Mandalay Bay, which sounds close, but we were not in danger) or in a cab back to Fremont Street when the shooting happened.  I heard about a shooting back on Fremont, but didn't think much of it at the time.  Much later a beep on my phone woke me up at 2:30AM and I saw I had a bunch of text messages asking if we were all OK.  Then I found out the extent of what happened.  I went down to Fremont Street (at least six miles away from the Mandalay Bay) at that time, and there were two cops on every single corner, every one carrying either a shotgun or the cop version of the M-4.

And if that didn't cast a shadow on the trip, Tom Petty died the next day.  Sheesh.  Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show?  It was somewhat creepy on our way to the airport though, when we passed the Mandalay you could see the window that had been smashed out.

I'll get some pics up soon.  Had a blast in Zion and in Vegas.  Happy five year anniversary to $100!

Going to try to get some regularity with the workouts going again, I've been somewhat undisciplined since Pikes.  Ran to/from work on Thursday, seven miles total.  We currently have three dogs so there was a good Garden hike super early on Friday, followed by a quick trip to Accolade before work.

Have a 5k tomorrow down at the Venetucci pumpkin farm.  Not expecting much but I hope to break 20.  A good start point to get back into 5k shape.

Forgot to mention I did my first road hundo down at Bikes & Brews in Canon City two weeks ago.  Eight hours.  Good stuff.