Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pikes Peak Brewing

Friday - run commute 27.  3.7 miles to work, 3.2 miles back.  Met $100 and Hollydog at Front Range on the way back so we could enjoy a nice brew on the walk home.  The current menu at FRBBQ includes these items:

Our order:

On Saturday Marc and I met at Red Leg Brewing at 10:30 to ride up to Pikes Peak Brewing.  Red Leg wasn't open yet, so we were just sitting out front drinking a beer when the owner pulled up and invited us in for another brew.  First time during quarantine that I've drank inside a bar.

22+ miles from Red Leg up to Pikes Peak Brewing via the Santa Fe trail.

With a stop at 300 Days of Shine.  They sell hand sanitizer  now.  And delicious drinks in mason jars.

Good times at Pikes Peak where we ran into Kircher and Jeremiah and a few other like minded folks.  Been trying to get up there since this whole COVID thing blew in but we had some really wet weather (Santa Fe is a shitshow for a few days after snowfall) and then the damn vice president caused the trail to shut down.

Good day on Saturday as I got in nearly 50 miles on the bike.

Bit hungover on Sunday so I cruised the COVID loop on the bike, 14 miles, then went for a seven mile run in Red Rock Canyon.  Dropped by the Buff Lodge on the run for a brew.  Nacheaux works there now.

Monday - another COVID loop on the bike before work, then a 6.6 mile run in Red Rock Canyon over lunch. 

Tues - bike commute 33.  Eight miles to work through Sondermann.  Rode the world's greatest commute home, via Bear Creek Park and Red Rock Canyon, 13.5 miles.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

bike commute 32

Monday - started my new proj of running every single street in Pleasant Valley.  I'm approximately 33% there.

Tues - bike commute 31.  Eleven miles to work, 14 miles back home. 

Wed - run commute 26.  4.3 miles to work, with the middle two miles at 6:30 pace.  5.4 miles back home through Sondermann.

Thurs - bike commute 32.  Eleven miles to and fro'.  On my way to work, near the library about half a mile from the office, I had a random homeless guy spit on me.  Ran up to me in the middle of the street and launched a full on loogie.  I've been around homeless people a lot since I moved to Colorado, and I've never had anything like this happen to me.  Super weird. 

Got some new signs for the front yard.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

AF graduation

The annual iconic shot taken by my friend Christian Murdock.  This one looks a little different than usual.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

beer to go!

Tues - more shitty weather so another easy day.  Four mile run on the Garden trails after work.

Wed - bike commute 29.  Eleven miles to work, 13 back home.  Dropped by Red Leg on the way home as my Hazy supplies were getting a bit low.  My normal route to/from work goes right by the location of the new Red Leg brewery, and work continues and is coming along nicely.

Thurs - morning garage WOD followed by run commute 25.  3.6 miles both ways, easy.

Fri - bike commute 30.  Four miles to work, eleven back home.  $100 and I ordered supper from Front Range BBQ and not only was it delicious, but I also got a sixer of the Ska Hazy and they have beer to go!  Pictured below is the hazy from Goat Patch Brewing.  So damn perfect for the walk from FRBBQ to the house.

Fridays have become a quality night at the house as we watch Ben Morrison (lead singer of the Brothers Comatose) from his living room, then $100 has her weekly chick chat zoom thing and I retreat to the basement to practice guitar and watch the weekly Brendan Bayliss (lead singer of Umphrey's) Wine Not set.  I am up to four chords now.  But it still takes me a while to switch from one to another, and my fat fingers continue to mess things up.  But last night I was going through a song, and I may have been pretty drunk to hear this, but I swear what I was playing almost sounded a little bit like the song.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020


On Monday I did something I can't ever remember doing before - a complete zero day.  No biking, no running, no taking the dog out, no weights.  I was terribly hungover, it was below 20F all day, it was snowing hard, and the office was closed.  And this made for a perfect storm where I sat on the couch all day.  Practiced some guitar and watched The Mandalorian in it's entirety.  Took a nap.  Ate two bags of chips and a gallon of chocolate milk.  Oof.

The one productive thing I did paid off big though - they had toilet paper at the local King Soopers!

Monday, April 13, 2020

tortoise & hare 5k

Actually did two virtual things on Saturday.  The first was a virtual 5k dog walk to benefit the Ark Valley Humane Society in Salida.  Signed up for this a while ago thinking we'd make a van weekend out of it.  We went through the Garden over to the Buffalo Bike Lodge, where they had an adult lemonade stand, then made our way over to Trails End for some mason jars of various IPAs.

Before the drinking could commence I headed up to Holmes middle school for the virtual Tortoise & Hare 5k.  The goal was to break 20 and I accomplished that, running 19:19.  Mile splits were 6:14, 6:13, and 6:09.  Pretty happy with the result.  I had thought I was in shape to run sub 90 at Platte River, and I think this shows I at least had a shot at that.

The race had 418 finishers including runners from Arizona, California, Texas, Hawaii, Washington, Great Britain, (including this guy), Ireland, New Zeland, and Slovakia.

Ran the 5k shirtless.  70F and sunny.  Woke up today with several inches of snow on the ground.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

muscoco overnight

I've had some good times on Muscoco over the years.  Looks like my first time was back in 2006 sporting a pair of Montrail Hardrocks.  Our first non-neighborhood dog hike was in the area.  My first overnight was with Kircher less than a year ago.

Decided to break all the rules on Friday as Marc and I got out of the house for another overnighter to Muscoco.  First stop, of course:

The expansion of Fossil is almost finished and it looks fantastic.  Maybe someday we'll be able to sit around the new bar.

9.5 miles up High Drive and back down the Canon to the trailhead.  Then another two plus miles of hiking to get to the summit.  So over two hours once we leave Fossil until we are cracking our first crowlers.

Didn't see another person until we were on our way down on Saturday morning.  Lots (and lots and lots) of cars on both High Drive and Gold Camp Road all night though.

Friday, April 10, 2020

incline 17

Pre-work Friday incline.  That monstrosity of a closure sign at the bottom step wasn't there today, so maybe this thing is officially open?  I mean, how am I supposed to know without a sign telling me what to do?  There were two interesting signs on Manitou Ave on the drive in though - ordering Manitoids not to flush anything except toilet paper down the shitters. 

I was at the beginning of the climb (maybe 1.25 miles from Memorial Park) just before 5AM, and I saw two other dudes coming down, so who knows when they started.  They must be waking up at 3:30AM to beat me over there.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

bike commute 27

Monday - my new work from home day.  Still got up early to hike the dog and run 7.3 miles on the Garden trails.

Tues - bike commute 26.  On the ride home I broke quarantine and dropped by to say hello to my dog Moose.

Wed - run commute 24.  4.2 miles to work and 5.4 home through Sondermann Park. 

Thurs - bike commute 27.  Back through Sondermann Park.

Still doing the daily garage workouts and they are starting to pay off. 

I realize I have a lot of RWPD type problems associated with this COVID thing - bars and breweries closing, the climbing gym shut down, the no-refund policies of a few races I missed.  But tonight I was supposed to be seeing Pearl Jam in Denver and I'm mildly bummed.  But somehow I will survive.

Sucks about people getting sick and croaking for sure, but if one can turn away from CNN for a few minutes you will notice there has been a lot of good going on out there.  Decreased air pollution.  Lots more folks enjoying the outdoors.  Musicians doing live shows from their living rooms.  Folks taking up new hobbies.

Including a ton of people either starting, or upping their game, on the guitar.  So no shit a few days ago I dug up an old guitar that had been sitting in our basement.  And I played it.  Saturday, literally, was the first time I had ever played a guitar.  And I have played every day since.  And if I told you I was going to play the first few seconds of Come As You Are, and I played it, you might be able to actually recognize the song.  So we'll see where that all goes.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Tortoise & Hare virtual 5k

On Saturday there is another Pikes Peak Road Runners virtual race.  The annual Tortoise and Hare 5k.  It gives you a handicap based of sex, height, age, and weight, and is often won overall by an elderly female.  I've volunteered at the T&H for quite a while, but no such work to be done on Saturday.  If anyone wants to take part you can sign up here.  Already have one runner from Alaska and three from Ireland taking part.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

week in review

Pretty good week.  Despite getting five inches of snow on Thursday the weather is definitely trending towards spring.

Run - 33 miles/6:18
Bike - 74 miles/oddly also 6:18
Hike - 25 miles/9:10

Also continuing on with the garage gym sessions.  Definitely moving the fitness needle in a good direction during this shitshow we're all going through right now.

Slowly adapting to the new normal and accepting the fact that I might not do any real races this year.  Agree 100% with Kieran's post but I'm hoping things somehow play out differently.  We have a big road trip planned around The Rut but if that gets cancelled we'll probably switch to a trip based around a gas station and the loneliest road.  And once things start opening up again we will be headed up to bag the state highpoint of North Dakota.  Struggling with not using the van right now as it's very easy to rationalize a road trip, but for the time being we've decided to sit tight.  Still might make a drive to Fremont County though, one of my favorite breweries released a Tiger King themed IPA.

There is legit reason to believe that my beloved University of Pittsburgh may have a cure for this thing.  My friends are now weighing whether they want this disease to crush humanity or have to listen to me bragging about this for the next few decades.  One of the best online comments I've ever read was when someone mentioned that "Pitt will defeat COVID this week and lose to gingivitis next week."