Monday, November 29, 2021


Fri - up early for a bike ride with my brother in Red Rock Canyon.  So early we finished at Fossil at 9AM to enjoy $3 Mammoth IPA.  Then hit OCC Brewing and Smiling Toad before returning to the house to prepare for our annual wine & cheese party.  Good day.

Sat - obviously hungover but I did get out for a 13 mile ride on the COVID loop.  Watched a lot of college football today, including Pitt getting their first ten win regular season in 40 years.

Sun - won the Mr. Colorado award today.  Took my rescue dog to the dog park, joined the Incline Club for a ten miler on Barr Trail, drove our Subaru Outback to hot yoga, and rode my rigid singlespeed on the Red Rock Canyon trails, ending at a local craft brewery.

For the week:

run - 21 miles in four hours

ride - 63 miles in seven hours

hike - 18.5 miles in eight hours

Not too terrible a week given the drinksgiving holiday and the time lost recovering from the booster shot.

Thursday, November 25, 2021


Mon - my track partner cancelled on me, and I kept it easy.  8 x 200m.  Incline in the evening, still enjoying warm weather.

Tues - we are now into the holiday season as my brother and his dog arrived for a visit from Pittsburgh.  So as it is every year, the running and riding will be sporadic the next week.  Fossil Brewing for a bunch of evening beers.

Wed - got my booster shot on Tuesday morning, and while I was fine on Tuesday I woke up on Wednesday feeling like garbage.  Called in sick to work and slept in until noon.  Took a few naps, and was back in bed by 9PM.  Oof.

Thurs - annual Turkey Trot way over on the east side.  I felt good, booster sickness a thing of the past and it may have helped me by keeping me out of the pub until late.  Good race for me, the effort was definitely there, and I finished in 19:18.  Splits were 6:40, 6:28, and 5:54 (course was out and back, uphill the first half then a screaming downhill back).  41st out of 2329 finishers, which sounds good but over 2100 of those were dressed as turkeys while walking their dogs.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

red not chili peppers/Yonder/Pitt

Monday - AM track, 2 x 1 mile with 600 RBI.  6:35, 6:29.  Not my best day ever.  Monday evening was a bike/hike up the incline from the house.

Tues - bike commute 79.  Ten there and eleven back.  CityRock 87 at lunch.  Pitt hoops got their first win of  the season.  Probably won't be too many of those this year.

Wed - quick five miler to work in the cold.  Middle miles in 7:31, 7:10, and 7:39.  Good bouldering session at lunch.  Third (out of five) HAMS lecture in the evening.

Thurs - 14F when I got up.  The house was cold too, because the heater died sometime over the night.  Good times.  Luckily that was an easy fix.  Thursday evening I headed over to the Black Sheep to see the Red Not Chili Peppers.  Lots of fun there.

Fri - easy 5.5 miler over in Red Rock Canyon.  Then over to Murphy's, finally open again after an extended closure.  Tonight's band was Yonder Mountain String Band.  So psyched they came to the Springs!  They didn't disappoint as the show was killer.

Sat - a bit hungover from back to back late nights, but still made it over to the annual Turkey Trot Predict.  No watches allowed, you guess your time and try to go run it.  I guessed 21 flat and ran 20:20 (note: faster than GZ ran a 5k today).  The rest of the day I sat on the couch and watched Pitt win the ACC Coastal Division.

Sun - they recently opened some new trails over in Cheyenne Canon, and I went over to check them out.  We actually got some snow last night, but it was nice over there.  Twelve mile loop with 2500 feet of climbing.

For the week:

hike - 23.6 miles, 9:13
bike - 29 miles, 2.5 hours
run - 33 miles, 6.5 hours

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


Started doing the incline on Monday evenings.  Ride four miles over to the trailhead, hike straight up and back down, then ride back with a stop by Manitou Brewing for a High Ground IPA or two.  I leave the house at 4PM and it's completely dark by the time I get to the top of the climb, but at least the weather hasn't turned cold yet.

Also started going to the track on Monday mornings.  No great workouts yet and my speed is definitely lacking, but I have put together several weeks of at least going to run around an oval.

Other than that it's been more bike and run commutes.  59 run commutes and 79 bike commutes so far this year.

Got up Pikes via Crags on Saturday for the calendar challenge.  Six straight months so I'm a third of the way through the challenge.  Windy and cold but pretty mellow for mid-November.  Looks like I might even luck out with an early December summit without winter conditions.  Alex just hit five years of monthly Pikes summits, FYI.

For the week:

run: 36 miles in ten hours
ride: 72 miles in 6:45
hike: 23 miles in 9:45

After the Pikes climb we jumped in the van and headed down to Oil Well Flats for the evening.  First van trip since the Montana drive.  Perfect conditions down there.

Looks like we might have settled on our '22 van trip.  I'll be attempting to climb Rainier in the June/July time frame, and $100 suggested she drive straight out to Seattle, pick me up, and we take our time returning home.  Lots of potential routes on that one.

Sunday, November 07, 2021


Took the week off to let the back heal up.  It's close to 100% now.

HAMS has started and it's been fun.  Looking at a June/July summit attempt of Rainier.

$100 and I signed up for one of the classics - Bay to Breakers.  I will be doing the pub crawl version.

Went up to Fort Collins and saw Lotus.  Great show.  Gig was at Washington's, and I still need to make a trip to the Aggie.

Then caught Ana Popovic at Stargazers on Saturday night.  Phenomenal guitar player.

Finally quit social media.  Had to mail out invites for the 10th annual wine & cheese party.  Think I got everyone.  It's on Black Friday if anyone wants to show.