Friday, February 26, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
We seem to have survived the arctic blast. Much warmer over the weekend. Mileage was down due to the low temps but it was a good run week.
Run - 44 miles/7.5 hours
Ride - 8.4 miles/one hour
Hike - 17.2 miles/seven hours
And another good week at CityRock.
Easy six miler on Sunday AM on the Garden roads, then $100 and I jumped on the bike and rode over to Metric Brewing. 15 miles total.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
It kind of warmed up on Saturday and I took advantage of it with a good long run. 20 miles on the Midland, Santa Fe, and Sinton trails. 3:09:26. Still some ice out there on the trails but otherwise it was a good day to be outside. My first twenty miler in a long time. Maybe I'll beat the cutoff at Salida.
Friday, February 19, 2021
I think we have made it through the cold.
Early Monday morning we got down to -16F, breaking a record that had been around since 1895. Had a few days in a row where we didn't even reach 0F. And then we got significant snow on Wednesday. But hey, we had power, so things could've been worse!
Mon - 6.7 miles in the Garden, wearing all the clothes I own.
Tues - bike commute 13. Straight there and straight home on the fat bike. CityRock 19 at lunch, for the first time ever I climbed 5.9 on the first attempt.
Wed - run commute eleven. Five there and four back. The snow started around 2PM so the run home was nice. CityRock 20 at lunch. Solid hour of guitar lesson followed by Benny's, followed by some late night sidewalk shoveling.
Thurs - early morning sidewalk shoveling followed by run commute 12. Four there and four back. Lots of ice and snow, making these combined walk/jog suffles. CityRock 21 at lunch. Hit up Fossil in the evening for Shelby's last shift, good times there.
Fri - today was the light at the end of the tunnel, the beginning of the thaw out. But when I got up to walk the dog it was 5F. I made some coffee, took the dog out just long enough for her to shit, then played guitar until it was time to catch the bus.
40s for the weekend, which is going to feel downright tropical. Hoping to get in a good long run on Saturday and a good long ride on Sunday.
Seems like the COVID bullshit is finally, maybe starting to take a turn for the better??? I'm optimistic enough that I bought tix today to see Tedeschi Trucks at Red Rocks for their two night run in late July...
Monday, February 15, 2021
Not much going on over the weekend. I went to CityRock on Friday. The temps have remained significantly below zero so I just hunkered down indoors. Got some shit done around the house, did some reading, but nothing active. Yeah I could have bundled up in five layers and went out and crushed some ten minute miles but I just didn't have the motivation. I'm pretty sure this is the coldest stretch in COS since I've lived here.
For the week:
run - 28 miles/5.5 hours
ride - 62 miles/6.5 hours
hike - 16 miles/6.5 hours
I did have a good week at the climbing gym, so at least there's that.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Thurs - run commute ten. Was thinking about getting after some faster stuff, but it was 11F when I left the house. Wasn't much warmer on the way home. Ugh. CityRock at lunch.
Fri - I purposely slept in, until 4:45AM, hoping it would magically be warmer out. Nope. 5F while I was out shoveling the walks. Dog wasn't having anything to do with going outside. 3F when I left the house at 7:30AM to catch the bus. Gonna be a rough weekend as things won't start warming up until Tuesday. The current predicted high for Sunday is 5F. Yay. We sure have had a lot of days under 20F this year.
So mostly indoors this weekend. Highlight will be watching the Pearl Jam show that starts streaming tonight. Lots of guitar practice as well.
$100 has had both her vaccine shots. I've had one and will get my second one in early March.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Sunday - good ride up to Pikes Peak Brewing and back, just over 40 miles as I ended up at Trinity Brewing. Longest ride of the year so far.
Mon - pretty sore from the weekend, but still wanting to start hitting the track again, I headed up for 5 x 200m super slow. Seven mile ride at lunch on a new trail in Red Rock Canyon, then Red Mountain in the evening.
Tues - bike commute 12. 6.9 miles through Sondermann there, 4.9 miles back home. Really good climb at lunch.
Wed - run commute nine. Five miles there in 45 minutes, 5.7 super slow miles back home via Sondermann. CityRock 16 at lunch.
It has been trending colder each day for a while. Culminates on Sunday where the current predicted high temp is 8F. Yay. Glad I got in some miles this past weekend, 'cuz ain't much happening this weekend.
Sunday, February 07, 2021
Good day on Saturday. Nice 2.5 mile hike with the dog over in Williams Canyon to start the day. Always forget how awesome that place is. Followed that with a solid 18 mile run on the Santa Fe trail, all at MAF pace. Headwind most of the way, but the run felt great. 2:47:23. After that I was lucky enough to get in a second dog hike, hanging out with my boy Moose and Amanda’s new dog Milli Vanilli.
Manitou Mardi Gras is cancelled this year, but we celebrated on Saturday. Trails End, then the bus to Manitou for the Royal and Manitou Brewing, then back to Fossil. Good times.
Friday, February 05, 2021
Wed - run commute seven. Five miles to work along the Midland and Santa Fe trails. Pushed fairly hard the middle three miles, hit them in 7:07, 7:06, and 8:03 (some of that was at a red light), which is as fast as I've run in a long time. CityRock 13 at lunch, and a very easy four miles back home. Guitar practice in the evening, where we worked on Tom Petty's Wildflowers.
Thurs - bike commute eleven. Ten there, eleven back. CityRock 14 at lunch. Started up the garage gym sessions this week, lots of sandbag get ups and leg blasters. Good stuff.
Fri - run commute eight. Legs were toast from all the leg blasters. Five miles to work in 48 minutes. Not on social media anymore, including Strava, so I am now able to run different routes to work instead of defending my stupid local legend status on the Midland Trail. Today I took a different route that runs on a long overpass over highway 25. Pretty cool section that isn't well known.
Recent piece on the Roman Villa, where we have eaten once a week since this COVID thing started. I climb once a week with one of the owners, and they throw in two meatballs each week for our dog.
Not much on deck for the weekend. Long run on Saturday. Ride on Sunday. We'll see whatever else comes up.
A lot (three, plus a Colorado resident who was killed in an avalanche in Alaska) of avalanche deaths in Colorado over the past few days, including the owner of Bonfire Brewing.