Wednesday, April 27, 2022

bike thieves suck

Sat - big hike up in Palmer Lake with the HAMS crew.  16 miles in eight hours with a heavy pack, followed by a good lunch at O'Malley's.  

Sun - got in 20 miles on the bike, then dropped by the new Trinity Brewing location, which is where the old Red Leg used to be.  Great place.  I never used to lock my bike at the old Red Leg, but for some reason I did today.  Which was good, because while we were drinking, two dudes ran up, jumped on two unlocked bikes, and rode away.  One of the bikes was Amanda's, and while I'm usually happy to watch bad things happen to her, nobody deserves to have a bike stolen.  To add to the shitshow of an afternoon, I wrecked my bike on the way home and messed up my leg pretty bad.

For the week:

run - 37 miles, 13 hours

ride - 79 miles, eight hours

hike - 41 miles, 17.5 hours

Mon - 16 miles on the bike, out searching around local homeless camps for Amanda's bike.  Too sore to run and could barely walk the dog.

Tues - bike commute 26.  Ten there, eleven back.  Leg is improving but still to sore to run.  Did get over for an easy climbing session at lunch, my 50th trip to CityRock this year.

Wed - run commute 29.  Still feels like I have a charley horse and probably should have taken one more rest day, but I'll be traveling tomorrow and won't have time to run.

Off to Atlanta for the Sweetwater 420 music festival.  I was hoping to do well in the 5k but I think the leg injury put the kebash on that.  Still hoping to go sub 20 though.

Friday, April 22, 2022


Mon - easy four miler on the Garden trails before watching the Boston Marathon.  15 mile ride after work.

Tues - bike commute 24.  Eleven there, 14 back.  

Wed - run commute 28.  Five there, four back.  Guitar lesson in the evening, I'm finally starting to improve on my barre chords.

Thurs - Pikes via Barr Trail.  The upper two miles are a total shitshow of soft snow right now.  Lots of post holing as deep as my waist.  On the way down I found a lost hiker and got him safely down to the timberline shelter, where he said he knew his way back to town.  Eleven hours on the day, a long slog with a fairly heavy pack.  My eleventh straight month of a 14er summit.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

smartest dog in the room

Sat - had to take care of some other dogs, so early Sat morning me, $100, Mookie, and Millie headed up Mount Muscoco.  It's now a seven mile hike as the Cheyenne Canon road is closed, but the dogs didn't mind.  Later that day I got in a good 90 minute run in Ute Valley Park.  Took a hard fall there and tweaked my back, but other than that it was a solid run.

Sun - 55 mile ride up to Palmer Lake and back.

For the week:

run - 36 miles in seven hours

ride - 115 miles in eleven hours

hike - 35 miles in 14 hours

Mookie has graduated his first dog training class!

Friday, April 15, 2022

run commute 27

Mon - my pack from Cheyenne Mountain was sitting untouched in the garage, so I took it with on the four mile dog hike in Red Rock Canyon.  Then headed up to the track for 2 x 1 mile.  6:49, 6:39.  Evening was a bike over to the Incline, down Barr Trail, and back home.

Tues - bike commute 22.  Booked my flight to Seattle for the Rainier attempt.  One way ticket, $100 and the dogs are going to drive out to meet me, then we'll take our time returning home.  Route to be determined.

Wed - run commute 26.  Five there, four back.  Guitar practice in the evening.  Moondog Music, the shop where I have my lessons, is moving at the end of May - only half a mile from my house.  Will be awesome but I'll have to work to keep my regular status at Benny's.

Thurs - run commute 27.  Five there, four back.  CityRock 45 at lunch.  Post work trip to Pub Dog with Mookie.  Training has been going well for Mook but he still can't read.

The snow climb of Whale Peak has been cancelled due to avy conditions, so now I'll probably get in some good dog hiking and a long ride or two.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Cheyenne Mountain

Mon - track was sloppy so it was an easy jog on the Garden roads.  7.5 miles in 65 minutes.  In the evening I got in 20 miles on the bike with an incline in the middle.  Some dude just ran a seven minute mile down the incline and I can't even fathom that.

Tues - bike commute 20.  Eleven there, 14.5 back.  

Wed - run commute 24.  Five there, four back.  Guitar lessons have switched to Wednesday night for the summer.

Thurs - run commute 25.  5.5 there and back via Sonderman.  Great Thursday evening as I walked Mookie down to Pub Dog and drank a beer while watching him wrestle with a six month old Great Dane.  Pub Dog might be a weekly event from now on.

Fri - bike commute 21.  Ten there, eleven back.  Just me and the dogs this weekend as $100 took off to Trinidad for a big ride.

Sat - early morning Bear Creek dog park followed by an 18 mile run in 2:46 on the COVID loop.  Later on I climbed 1000 feet up Gold Camp Road on the bike totaling 13 miles.

Sun - Cheyenne Mountain hike with the HAMS group.  40 pound pack.  Good times.  14.6 miles in 5:38.

Another solid week:

run - 47.5 miles, 8.5 hours

ride - 102 miles, 9.5 hours

hike - 41 miles, 16.5 hours

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

the week

Sat - nice run up to No Name Creek.  No snow until then, but after that it gets pretty sloppy.  9.4 miles in two hours.  After that we took off in the van for Oil Well Flats.  Just a quick trip to see how Mookie would do.  He loved it.

Sun - easy 5.7 mile run in Red Rock Canyon.  Was planning on heading out on the bike but it started raining pretty good, so I went to Front Range to watch some music instead.

For the week:

run - 46 miles, eight hours

ride - 81 miles, 7.5 hours

hike - 32 miles, twelve hours

Friday, April 01, 2022

out like a lamb

Mon - track.  5 x 800m with 400m RBI.  25 mile bike ride on the paved bike paths after work.

Tues - bike commute 18.  Eleven there/eleven back.  Four mile dog jog with Mookie over in the Garden once I got home.

Wed - run commute 22.  5.7 there.  Four straight back home.  Weather improved in the evening so I got in a quick 80 minute ride on the COVID loop.

Thurs - run commute 23.  6.2 miles there, four back. CityRock 38 at lunch.  Mookie got his rattlesnake vaccine today.  Quick five mile ride in RRC before hitting Fossil to pick up my new mug.

Fri - bit hungover but got in bike commute 19.

Pretty decent month for me, especially considering we added a new member to the family.  For the month:

run - 197 miles, 35.5 hours

ride - 312 miles, 30.5 hours

hike - 136 miles in 55 hours

Group pic from the CMC snow class.  We'll be going to climb Whale Peak, a lesser known low 13er, in mid April.