Friday, September 29, 2023

Big Richard

Mon - easy four mile hike with the pups in Salida along the Arkansas.  15 mile ride in/around Ute Valley in the eve.

Tues - bike commute 82.  Six miles through Sondermann in the AM, eleven miles via Bear Creek Park in the PM.

Wed - three mile hike with the dog over in Red Rock Canyon.

Thurs - run commute 34.  Five in the AM with the middle three at 3:20 marathon pace.  Easy five back home.  Mookie passed his nose work class at All Breed and he will be taking on a more challenging course soon.  After class $100 and I caught the Big Richard show over at Lulu's.  Fun band.

Fri - easy five mile run over on the Garden trails.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Sawatch 50/50

$100 and Mookie and I took off in the van for Chaffee County this weekend.  She did some hiking and fishing, I took on the Sawatch 50/50.  West Line Winder 50k on Saturday, Sawatch Ascent 50k on Sunday.

I wasn't fully recovered from Pikes, but I got the job done.  Ran 6:15 on Saturday on the nice trails behind Buena Vista.  Loved the Ascent course, but it was rough and I finished in 8:11 for the 33+ mile course.  Was running well on Sunday but there is a long, technical downhill just after halfway that I really struggled with.

Not much else on the schedule before the Panama City Beach marathon, so I'll start gearing towards that.  3:30 or bust.  Will be driving down there, hitting some state high points along the way.

For the week:

run - 71 miles, 16 hours

ride - 32 miles, 3.5 hours

hike - 21 miles, nine hours

Friday, September 22, 2023


Was a rough start to the week as my legs were trashed from Pikes, 99% of which was the downhill on Sunday.  Should be back to normal by Saturday morning, which is good because I hope to get in some miles this weekend in Chaffee County.

Few more pics.  Top one from Peter, about mile 25 just before you leave Barr Trail.  Bottom one from a hasher friend up at the summit on Sunday.

No pics from Ascent day as I wore a Pitt shirt, and we won't be discussing Pitt here very much until hoops season rolls around.

Monday, September 18, 2023


Solid weekend on the mountain.  Had a good day for both races and my body is a wreck today, don't think I could have run any harder.

Was steady on Saturday.  41:32 to the W's, 61:43 to No Name, 2:36 to A Frame, and 3:43:54 at the top.

Sunday was 42:28 to the W's, 62:58 to No Name, and topped out at 3:47:12.  I started the downhill feeling sluggish and awkward, but things got better farther down and I ran really well after Barr Camp.  Descent was 2:08:42, pretty solid for me.  5:55:55 overall.  Accomplished the goal of a sub ten double.  Now sitting at 13 Ascents, eleven Marathons, and nine Doubles.

Always great seeing so many friends out there on the mountain.  Let's do it again next year!

Friday, September 15, 2023

the week so far

Mon - yet another big ruck.  Mookie and I and my 50 pound ruck headed over to Red Leg and back.  6.3 miles total.

Tues - bike commute 80, then four miles with the dog on the Garden trails.

Wed - run commute 31, five there and five back.  Guitar in the evening, then hit Red Leg (again) to catch up with an old San Antonio hasher buddy.

Thurs - not much.  Brother got to town for a visit, plus I had to make a rare drive to work so I could get my race packet for the weekend.

Fri - run commute 32, straight there and straight back.

Very easy week as I get ready for Pikes.  Excited as usual for the weekend but not expecting much.  I'm guessing I'll be close to four for the Ascent and around 6.5 hours for the 'thon.  Getting older and slower but at least I'm still getting out there.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023


Took the liver a bit to recover from the Minnesota trip.  Good times.

Mon - easy ten miler on the Garden roads.

Tues - bike commute 78.  Bob was in town so I met him at Goat Patch after work, then we headed to Fossil.  

Wed - early morning Red Rock Canyon hike with Bob and Mookie.

Thurs - run commute 30.  Six there, 5.3 back home.  CityRock 75 at lunch.

Fri - bike commute 79, ten there and eleven back.  Easy four mile run after all that.

Sat - 2.5 hour run over in Red Rock Canyon.  Hot.  Possibly the last day of summer.

Sun - Travis Manion 5k up in Denver.  I wore a 50 pound pack and went 27:22.  That shit was hard.  I can't even fathom how some dude ran in his EOD suit.  Hit So Many Roads on the way home, I'm guessing they go the way of Sancho's soon.

For the week:

run - 41 miles, 7.5 hours

ride - 35 miles, three hours

hike - 25 miles, ten hours

Fall weather has arrived.  Haven't had many chances to see the Peak due to cloud cover, but yesterday morning on my dog hike I got a glimpse.  Race weekend could be interesting.

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

pearl jam

Incredible time up in Saint Paul.  Got in some good hikes and runs along the Mississippi, visited lots of great dive bars and breweries, and Pearl Jam put on two fantastic shows.

Gonna take a few days to recover from this trip.

For August:

run - 137 miles, 28 hours

ride - 235 miles, 25 hours

hike - 98 miles, 41 hours