Friday, March 31, 2023

Let's Go Bucs!

Typing this on Friday afternoon and I'd like to point out that the Pirates are currently on pace to win 162 games this year.

Mon - 6 x 400m in the morning, 14 mile ride in the evening.

Tues - zip, had to go to Denver for work.  But I did get to check out the Campus Lounge for the first time.  Quality joint.  Celebrated Millie's fourth birthday with four miles in Red Rock Canyon before hitting Fossil.

Wed - run commute 13.  Five there, 3.5 back.  Then biked over to guitar practice.

Thurs - 4.4 mile AM run, then bike commute 30.  Mookie is doing well with his tricks class.

Fri - bike commute 31.  Went over 1000 bike miles on the year on this ride.

Off to Canon City for the weekend.  Hope to get some good rides in, hopefully this wind dies down a bit.

The numbers for March:

run - 26 runs, 138 miles, 26 hours

ride - 31 rides, 293 miles, 29.5 hours

hike - 40 hikes, 115 miles, 44.5 hours

Wednesday, March 29, 2023


Passed my wilderness first responder course.  Loved it.  Evacuating a human from the wilderness is hard work.  Here's a shot of me helping to carry out a skinny guy.  Barely carried him half a mile and I was pretty worked.  

Pretty low numbers for the week as the class once again dominated my life.

run - 28 miles, five hours

ride - 57 miles, 5.5 hours

hike - 29 miles, 11.5 hours

Back into the normal schedule this week.  Weather seems to be warming up.  Van trip to Canon this weekend, looking at making April a big bike month to start to prep for the Divide.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023


The wilderness first responder course I've been taking has been great but I'll be glad when it's done.  30 hours of online stuff, eight hour days of classroom stuff Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and another Fri/Sat/Sun coming up.  Oof.  Plus my boy Mookie has started another class, it's time for him to learn some dog tricks.  

For the week:

run - 24 miles, 4.5 hours

ride - 40 miles, four hours

hike - 16 miles, six hours

Given the heavy snowpack along the route, and the fact that DeadPhish Orchestra is playing near my house on June 9, I'm thinking of pushing my start date for the Divide bike ride back a week.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023


Wasn't expecting to run well in Salida but that's exactly what happened.  Kept things very easy up until the mile 14 aid station.  It was snowing almost the entire time, but with warm temps it was a lot of fun.  I had a beer at the aid station and that PBR fired me up and I had a terrific second half.

Also had a brew at the mile 21 aid station.  Shad was too busy running hard to stop for a drink and he ended up missing a turn on the course.  I think there's a lesson to be learned here.  Ran really hard that second half all the way to the finish, and I'm paying for it now as my legs are toast.  Had a blast the remaining time in Salida, visiting all the usual hangouts and trying to drink all the beer in Chaffee County.

For the week:

run - 50 miles, 9.5 hours

ride - 90 miles, ten hours

hike - 30 miles, 11.5 hours

I'm taking a wilderness first responder class and my next two weekends will be spent doing that, so the rest of March will be a wash mileage wise.  In April biking will take priority as I start to prepare for the Divide.  Running is more or less done for me until August.

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

free solo

Solid week.  Including a local show by the Lil' Smokies and a trip up to Leadville for skijorning.

For the week:

run - 21 miles, 4.5 hours

ride - 105 miles, ten hours

hike - 25 miles, 9.5 hours

I made the fuck up of all fuck ups on Tuesday at CityRock.  Warming up, I picked an easy route, climbed to the top, and started to down climb.  About halfway back down I noticed I had failed to clip in to the auto belay.  Luckily I was able to get down OK.  I think the wall I climbed was 43 feet high.  Gym staff was not very happy with me.

Thursday, March 02, 2023


Decent month considering some really cold and crappy weather, some track meets, some dog sitting, and the trip to Arizona. 

For the month:

run - 29 runs, 125 miles, 25 hours

ride - 23 rides, 286 miles, 27.5 hours

hike - 36 hikes, 88 miles, 34.5 hours

Was worried about the upcoming Salida marathon, which as usual I'm unprepared for.  I thought the cutoff was six hours, and if the course was a mess I could challenge that with my current ability to do a long run.  But I double checked and the cutoff is 7.5 hours!  Much greater chance of me beating that cutoff.  Hope to finish in 5.5 hours but I could definitely see me closer to six if I have a bad day.

Wednesday, March 01, 2023


Incredible time out in Tempe for the Innings Festival.  We might be back, as it's super easy to get to from our house and a near guaranteed warm weekend in late February.  Highlights were the Offspring, Weezer, the Black Crowes, Umphrey's, and of course Eddie Vedder. 

For the week:

run - 28 miles, five hours

ride - 48 miles, 4.5 hours

hike - 25 miles, nine hours