Friday, December 30, 2022

'22 numbers

On x-mas day I hit a patch of ice on my bike and ended up landing on my knee.  Alcohol may have been involved as well.  So I'm basically down to just run/wobbling four milers to stay in the bet with Toby.  I can take Saturday off so I'll take a full rest day to get this thing healed.  Nothing long term, it just hurts like a bitch.

For the year:

run - 1652 miles, 337 hours

ride - 3002 miles, 295 hours

hike - 1381 miles, 576 hours

Not a big year, but I had some good highlights.  Rainier, a bunch of 14ers, another state marathon, a new dog.

The 14er monthly streak came to an end this month.  Still hoping to get some winter 14ers in over the next few months.

Pitt ended the year on a high note: big hoops win this morning over North Carolina, then a great game and a win over UCLA in the Sun Bowl.  HAIL TO PITT!!!

Monday, December 26, 2022

week in review

Weighed my bike over the weekend, came in at a svelte 65 pounds.

Decent week despite plenty of holiday beers.

run - 40 miles, eight hours

ride - 78 miles, 7.5 miles

hike - 14 miles, 6.5 hours

Friday, December 23, 2022


Tues - bike commute 86, ten there and eleven back.  Five mile run on the Garden trails in the evening.

Wed - Five mile Garden trail run with Mookie before bike commute 87.  Ten there, four back as I had to get home to get the car for a quick trip up to Pikes Peak Brewing to pick up Kircher's dog.  Watching Ollie while he and his family visit South Dakota over xmas.

Thurs - a crazy cold front blew in late Wednesday.  National Weather Service reported that as it rolled through Cheyenne the temp dropped 32 degrees in nine minutes.  Not the best conditions for run commute 70.

But I got it done.  Four there and four back.  It had warmed up to 0F for the slog back.  Oof.  When does summer get here???  

Nice to watch Air Force beat Baylor in the Armed Forces bowl.  Them Texas boys from Baylor really struggled with the cold temps.

Fri - run commute 71.  A balmy -1F with no wind for the four miles in.  Ten whole degrees for the run home.

Not much planned for Christmas.  Some dog hikes, some running, some biking (temps return to our normal winter mid 40s to mid 50s on Saturday), maybe some beer drinking thrown in there.  Looking at an attempt on Mt. Sherman on Monday to keep the 14er streak alive.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022


Good weekend down in Salida.  $100 ended up getting an All City Space Horse and has already put quite a few miles on it.

There also might have been a little bit of drinking over the weekend.

Low week for me.  Haven't done much since the first 13 miles of the Seattle Marathon, that's gotta start changing soon.

run - 17 miles, 3.5 hours

ride - 40 miles, four hours

hike - 26 miles, eleven hours

I did make a running bet with my friend Toby from Salida.  Minimum of a four mile run, five days a week.  My run commutes only count as one day.  First one to fall off the wagon owes the other $200.  We started on the 19th, which was a run up Iron Mountain with Mookie.

Not being on social media anymore, information about the '23 Tour Divide is hard to come by.  But I believe tomorrow is the day I send in my letter of intent.  June 9, 8AM, Antelope Wells, NM.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

catching up

Took a bit of much needed downtime after Seattle.  Now as I'm trying to get back into it, the weather is making things difficult.  Dreaming of warmer days already.

run - 35 miles, seven hours

ride - 68 miles, 6.5 hours

hike - 21 miles, nine hours

Had lunch with our cadet, she has finals this week before heading home to Texas for a while.  She said she will be back next semester.  She seems to be taking to the Academy life quite well.

We now get to see hollydog whenever we head out the front door for our dog hikes.

$100, who bikes to work almost everyday, had her beloved Jamis stolen on Friday.  Some douche cut the lock and took off while she was at happy hour.  So we're off to Salida this weekend to shop for a new bike.  Bike thieves suck!

Tuesday, December 06, 2022


Not a whole lot after the Seattle Marathon.  Was pretty tore up after the race, and $100 and I spent the rest of our time there exploring the city.  Bunch of breweries and dive bars, the Space Needle, and of course the Pearl Jam and Nirvana exhibits at the museum of pop culture.  Seems like a cool city.

I took the next week off of any physical activity.  $100 was in Chicago for work most of the week, so it was just long dog hikes with Mookie.  Needed the rest as it took me a while to recover from the 'thon.

Did catch Nims Purja up in Boulder for a talk.  Incredible dude.

On Friday we went up to Denver and caught Doom Flamingo/Andy Frasco & The UN at the Ogden.  Some of our favorites, and both shows were fantastic. 

As it is every year, I had long forgotten about the Rock Canyon half down in Pueblo until race weekend.  Came close to bailing on this, but in the end I was glad I went.  Nothing special, I kept things at MAF pace, but it ended up being a pleasant run and it kind of broke me out of a funk.

Might have found a new Monday night activity.  Love doing the Incline, but I'd like to get Mookie out with me.  Doing the Iron/Red/Iron out and back gets you the same amount of climbing over seven miles, plus none of the whiny anti-dog bitches who think they own the Incline.  And no idiot city employees asking you for your reservation to visit public lands.

Tuesday was bike commute 81, my first ride in a while, and CityRock 112.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Very sad news but Holly recently passed away.  She hadn't been doing very well, then one morning she didn't wake up.  Gonna miss that pup. 


Not pretty.  And it went exactly as I planned - a good first 16-17 miles, then I fell apart.  3:30 pace until then, ended up finishing in 3:50.  Halfway done with my 50 state challenge.

Had fun exploring Seattle.  Checked out the Space Needle, the Museum of Pop Culture (lots of Pearl Jam and Nirvana stuff), a bunch of breweries, and some dive bars.  Very cool city.

Thursday, November 24, 2022


 A few too many beers on Wednesday night, then it was frigid cold with crazy winds at race start.  So I just jogged the Turkey Trot.

Off to Seattle on Friday morning. 

Sunday, November 20, 2022


Had big goals of a sub 19 at the Pumpkin Pie 5k in Denver yesterday.  Got up there and it was cold AF and the entire course was covered in ice.  Hate to make excuses but the course just kept me from going all out, each step worrying me about a fall and injury.  Still a solid run for me though.  Lots of fast dudes as this was the Colorado 5k road champs.  32 dudes and two chicks crushed me, but they were all young and somehow I came away with the age group win.  Saw some good peeps at the race and caught up with Shad at Over Yonder after the run.

Turkey Trot on Thursday, which will be a jog for me as I have the Seattle 'thon on Saturday.  If all goes well I'll get state number 25 in the books.  Going to go out at 3:30 pace, but give my lack of long runs I'll probably start falling apart around 18 miles.  Only goal is to get to the finish line.

Sunday, November 13, 2022


Successful Pikes hike via the Crags yesterday, my 35th round trip on Pikes and my 18th straight month of a 14er summit.  Balls cold at the TH, -1F, but it warmed up quickly and was actually a pleasant day.  

Debating on whether or not to keep the 14er streak going.  We'll see.

Friday, November 11, 2022

sleep outside

Mon - 7.5 mile trail run in the AM, four miles straight up and down the Incline in the PM.  It gets dark early now if you haven't noticed.

Tues - bike commute 76.  Ten there, eleven back.  Decided it had been way too long since I slept in a tent so I found a nice undisclosed location very close to my house.  No, this was not due to $100 kicking me out of the house.

Wed - off work today so after spending some quality time with the dogs I headed out for a 17 mile run around the COVID loop.  Better than nothing but I certainly haven't put in any amount of work for my upcoming Seattle 'thon.

Thurs - bike commute 77.  Ten there, eleven back.

Fri - First cold day of the year here in town.  Mid 20s with a dusting of snow when I took The Mook over to Red Rock Canyon for his morning hike.  Bike commute 78, straight there and straight back.

Pikes attempt on Saturday...

Sunday, November 06, 2022

Boulder XC

Another cross country race up in Boulder on Saturday.  We took the van up to the Front Range Inn in Lakewood as they let you park overnight in the lot.  Boulder early Saturday morning, greeted by significant snow still on the ground and high winds.

It was a successful day even before the race started as I got to meet one of my all time favorite runners:

I ran a good race, starting a bit slower and moving up through the field over the final half of the race.  The conditions were crazy - slippery snow the whole way - so not a fast day but I still managed a 20:49 off miles of 6:59, 6:48, and 6:46.

Another bonus was that I got to run the masters race and then watch the open race.  BStap usually doesn't bother with a run unless it's at least 30 miles but he did pretty well, dueling and then outkicking the top female.

Carson did not do pretty well, dueling with nobody and definitely not outkicking anybody.

After everyone was done running we headed up to Nederland.  We had planned to sleep up there, but there was a ton of snow, and it was snowing, so we hit Very Nice Brewing before heading back down to the Front Range Inn for the night.

Solid week for me.  At some point I'll start biking a lot more.

run - 38 miles, 6.5 hours

ride - 25 miles, 2.5 hours

hike - 24 miles, ten hours

Monday, October 31, 2022


Got in my 17th consecutive calendar month with a 14er on Friday with PT and Mookie.  Already quite a bit of snow up high.

Mook and I drove out Thursday evening for some quality van time.  We were greeted by a bunch of weird signs, which weren't there when I last hiked Q in February.

 Solid hike, though a bit slow due to all the snow.  Mook loved it.

On Saturday I headed up to Palmer Lake for the annual Creepy Crawl 5k.  This can be a fast course if the weather cooperates.  It wasn't terrible, but after a downhill first mile with a tailwind, which I hit in six flat, turning around to run uphill into the wind kind of broke my spirit.  Finished the race in 19:32, but my garmin had it at a bit less than 5k, so I walked the extra distance and still snuck in under 20, though just barely in 19:58.

Saturday afternoon was the annual brewery marathon which turned into the usual shitshow.  I showed up to run the Fall Series on Sunday, but needless to say I'm not a threat to win my age group anymore.

Monday, October 24, 2022

the week that wasn't

A shift in work location, a weeknight show up in Denver, then caught some kind of flu like crud, then had to unexpectedly watch some dogs over the weekend.  Not a whole lot of miles.  The near-puke effort on Saturday hopefully saved some of my fitness.

run - 13 miles, 2.5 hours

ride - 38.5 miles, four hours

hike - 29 miles, 13 hours

Sunday, October 23, 2022


Good times up in Boulder for the masters 5k cross country race.  I had not run an XC race since high school and I forgot how much suffering was involved.  Less than a mile into the race you hit the big climb, a short but steep stretch you run twice, and I was completely gassed.  From there it was all about hanging on and not imploding too much.  6:26, 6:55, and 7:07 for the mile splits, finishing in 21:15.  Not a great race for me, but not a disaster.  My earlier statement of a possible sub 19 was not a realistic goal for this course.  Results aren't posted yet and I'm interested in seeing how I did versus all these old people.

So much fun and I'm looking forward to more of this kind of stuff in the near future.

Thanks to Shad and Amy for the pics.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Marcus King

Got up to the Mission Ballroom to catch the Marcus King Band on Tuesday.  I've seen a lot of good guitar players over the years but this kid is right up there.  Such a good live show!

Monday, October 17, 2022

catching up

Good times down in Trinidad.  I had a solid ride, covering the 100 mile course in just under eight hours.  I handicapped myself real good - I had a very heavy bike and I refused to utilize pace lines.  But I got the job done in time to enjoy some of the finer joints of T-dad.  Grandma's, Sexy Pizza, Moose's, and the Dad Lounge among them.

Not much during the week but I did have a solid fall series race on Sunday.  I'm in a battle for an age group award, and the other guy and I ran together for the first two miles.  I put in a good surge and got away from him, hitting 5k in 19:34, but I barely hung on.  Good tune up for the masters cross country race this Saturday, thinking I might go sub 19 there.

For the week:

run - 31 miles, 5.5 hours

ride - 26 miles, 2.5  hours

hike - 24 miles, 9.5 hours

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

sink navy!

Good week of recovery after Pikes, then it was back to the grind.

Solid week except for maybe Saturday which included a 10AM kickoff for AF/Navy and Andy's birthday party at Fossil afterwards.  The Falcons did squeak by Navy which is always fantastic.

Pitt shit the bed on Saturday evening and we won't mention that anymore.  And the Steelers aren't doing well but it looks like the Kenny Pickett era has begun!

I'm running the PPRR Fall Series this year and race number one was on Sunday at Bear Creek Park.  I ran well despite trying to drink all the beer on Saturday.  3.3 miles with some steep hills in 22:15, fared pretty well against the usual suspects who show up to these things.

For the week:

run - 44 miles, 8.5 hours

ride - 50 miles, five hours

hike - 27 miles, eleven hours

The last of our "COVID tickets," that is tickets we bought way back in 2020 before the 'VID cancelled everything will be used Wednesday evening to see Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  

I have decided to ride the 100 miler this weekend in Trinidad, dropping down from the planned 160.  I believe I could have grunted out the full distance, but the post race party would have ended and all the pubs would have been closed by the time I finished.  

Wednesday was my 100th trip to CityRock this year.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

pearl jam and pizza and pups

Saw my favorite band, Pearl Jam, for only the third time and they were fantastic.  Met up with JP before the show, it was his 80th PJ concert.

$100 and I were way up in the cheap seats and could barely see the band, but we could hear them and that's all that counted.

On Sunday some friends and I did a pizza run.  Started at Hell's Kitchen in Manitou, hit Slice 420 in OCC, then downtown to Fat Sully's, ending at Leon Gessi on the east side.  Four slices, a bunch of beers, and a ten mile run.  Good times.

We had a DNA test run on our pups to see what they were made of.  Mookie wasn't much of a surprise coming back as 100% weimaraner.  Holly's results were much more varied.

Monday, September 19, 2022


Good weekend over at Pikes.  Ran a little faster than I thought I would on Saturday, hitting the top in 3:35:46.  Got to treeline at 2:31:30 and thought a sub 3:30 might have been possible.  I went hard, but you can only do so much that high up.  Still really happy with the day.  169th overall out of 1481 finishers.

I was pretty sore on Sunday but still had an OK marathon.  I was five minutes slower to Barr Camp, ten minutes slower to A-Frame, and the splits grew worse from there.  Hit the summit in 3:54:36.  Had trouble getting the sore legs to turnover on the downhill, and my split from the top back to A-Frame was atrocious.  I did get things going a bit as the air got thicker, completing the downhill in 2:25:08, about ten minutes slower than I would have liked.  My up placed me 142nd on the day, while my down was 147th, so at least I was consistent.  6:19:44.  Ended up 145th overall out of 684 finishers.  While not my best day I was able to do just enough to keep my double time under my goal of ten hours, totaling 9:55:30 on the weekend.

The mountain gets harder every year for me, but I can't imagine not running.  This was my ninth double.  Overall I have twelve ascent finishes and eleven marathon finishes.  This was also my first "Garden to Peak Challenge" finish.  And my 16th straight month with a 14er summit.

Physically I'm a hot mess.  Every year this weekend beats up my body a little more.  This will be a good week for less miles though, Pearl Jam and the Manitou Beer Fest are on tap.

I'll definitely be back here in '23.  Should be interesting as my training will consist of riding my bike from Mexico to Canada.

Friday, September 16, 2022


Mon - 6.6 miles on the Garden roads in the AM as the track was a mess from the rain.  13.7 mile COVID loop ride in the evening.  Went to Manitou Brewing Company for dinner and the tourist rush seems to be over, so I may start hitting the incline again on Monday evenings.

Tues - bike commute 63.  Five miles to work, 16 back home via Cheyenne Canon.  Over lunch I picked up a pair of waffle racers for some upcoming short races.  First time I've worn a pair of these since 1993.  

Wed - run commute 58.  Four there.  Ended up meeting $100 for a drink after work and mooched a ride home from her.  Guitar practice in the evening.  I am still grinding away on the guitar even though I don't mention it much.

Thurs - Off work so I got in a good hike with Mookie before a 40 mile ride on the Santa Fe trail.  Saw Buddy Guy that evening, he is fairly better than me at the guitar.

Fri - nada.  Complete rest day before Pikes.  Looking forward to the weekend!  No, I am not wearing the waffle racers for either race.

Monday, September 12, 2022


Mon - 15 mile run in 2.5 hours on my COVID loop.  Rode the same loop later that evening.

Tues - bike commute 62.  Ten there, four back.  CityRock 90 at lunch.  Weird Al in the evening and he put on a terrific show.

Wed - run commute 56.  Four there, four back.  Guitar lesson in the evening.

Thurs - run commute 57.  5.4 there, four back.  

Fri - nothing.  Mookie has a new dog class on Friday right after work so I'll be driving the next few weeks.

Saturday was a big day for Air Force football as the CU Buffs made the trip to town.  Not a good game as Colorado has a pretty terrible football team this year.  Poured rain the entire game.  I had more cold weather gear on for the game than I did when I climbed Rainier.

The injury bug hit both my Pittsburgh football teams.  Pitt couldn't quite overcome them, but somehow the Steelers pulled out an ugly win.

On Sunday our new cadet paid a visit to the Sabol memorial guest room.  Seems to be similar to our last cadet as 99% of her time here was spent sleeping and doing laundry.  

For the week:

run - 38 miles, 6.5 hours

ride - 50 miles, 4.5 hours

hike - 33 miles, 12.5 hours

Pikes coming up this weekend.  I'm not in danger of not finishing, but I definitely haven't put in the work required to have a good race.  Hoping I can combine to go sub ten hours for the Double.  

Monday, September 05, 2022


Saturday was the home opener for Air Force, which they won handily, including four big plays of 60+ yards.  AF is favored to win all of their remaining games.  We got to hang with our cadet and her family.

On Sunday I rode east over to the Labor Day Liftoff 5k.  Not a super fast course as it had a lot of grass, but I still managed a 19:28 which was a little better than I expected.  I was hurting pretty bad the final mile and I could tell I haven't been racing much.

Sunday evening was a trip down to the state fair in Pueblo to catch Stone Temple Pilots.  Once upon a time that band was a big part of the soundtrack of my life and it was great to see them live.  (yes, I realize the original lead singer died a while back).  Fantastic show.

For the week:

run - 35 miles, six hours

ride - 65 miles, six hours

hike - 30 miles, twelve hours

Friday, September 02, 2022


Life is keeping me busy but I still had decent numbers for August.

run - 27 runs, 158 miles, 32.5 hours

ride - 27 rides, 346 miles, 32 hours

hike - 45 hikes, 132.5 miles, 53 hours

Mookie crushed his American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test.  Only two of the six dogs passed without failing anything, and it's no coincidence both those dogs are regulars at Fossil. Mook starts a "walk with me" leash class today, and after that he is going to visit Switzerland to help with some research at the CERN large hadron collider.

The Backyard Brawl is back baby!  And holy shit, what a game it was!  Hail to Pitt!

More college football this weekend as we're going to the Air Force game.  Running a 5k on Sunday over at the balloon festival, then heading down to Pueblo to see Stone Temple Pilots.