Sunday, February 25, 2024

Lil Smokies

Busy for the next few weeks but we were able to sneak out to see The Lil Smokies.  They were supposed to play Lulu's, but that place shut down and is in the process of moving to downtown COS, so they played the Black Sheep instead.  Been a while since I've been there, missed that place.  Great show!

Working on mechanical systems and hauling stuff at SAR.  Struggled with this on the Rainier training but something must have stuck as it seems a little easier now.

Good 2.5 hour long run over in Red Rock Canyon on Sunday.  As with most of COS, the shaded stuff is still icy and/or muddy.  The non-shaded stuff is dry and we have fires burning on the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.

Still getting the miles in.  For the week:

run - 51 miles, 12.5 hours

ride - 45 miles, 4.5 hours

hike - 25 miles, ten hours

Sad week in my drinking family as we found out that one of our favorite bartenders at the Skybox passed away, and just heard that a long time hasher friend lost a battle with cancer.  

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Missoula and Wrigley!

The Pearl Jam ticket lottery went well!  This August we'll be taking a van trip up to Missoula to see PJ at Grizzly stadium, then driving back before flying to Chicago for two nights at Wrigley Field.  Pit tickets for all shows.

That pretty much wraps up the schedule for the rest of the year.  Add in SAR stuff and dog classes and I should be pretty busy.

May 30 - Mt Hood

June 22 - San Juan Solstice

July 27 - Creede 100

Aug 3 - Foo Fighters @ Mile High

Aug 21 - Borah Peak

Aug 22 - Pearl Jam @ Missoula

Aug 29 & 31 - Pearl Jam @ Wrigley

Sept 21 & 22 - Pikes

Oct 20 - Detroit Marathon

Friday, February 16, 2024

dark matter

Mon - easy 5k jog before SAR class.

Tues - bike commute 13, ten there and eleven back.  Four miles on the Garden trails with Mook after work, trails around here are in horrible shape and I'll be sticking to roads for a bit.

Wed - run commute ten.  Five there, three back.  SAR class in the evening, it's going well.

Thurs - run commute eleven.  5.8 there, 6.2 back.  Good efforts.  CityRock 25 at lunch.

Fri -  bike commute 14.  The return of winter weather.  Ugh.

Pearl Jam released the first song off their new album and it's a banger.  I put in for tix in Missoula and Chicago, we'll see how the ticket lottery falls next week.

Busy next two months.  SAR class on Monday and Wednesday evenings and all Saturday morning, then Mook has class on both weekend days.  Oof.

Monday, February 12, 2024

super half

Was feeling pretty good on Sunday morning and thought I'd easily get sub 1:45 at the Super Half.  But after nearly killing myself on ice 20 times in the first four miles I gave up and jogged it in.  At least I represented next years super bowl champions.  Think I was around 1:52.

After the run at Benny's word started leaking out that Kelvin Kiptum had been killed in a car accident.  Terrible news.  

run - 47 miles, 8.5 hours

ride - 37.5 miles, four hours

hike - 23 miles, ten hours

The weather has definitely affected my training lately, hopefully that starts improving soon.

Friday, February 09, 2024


Mon - easy 6.5 miles on the Garden roads.  My first SAR class in the evening, went over all kinds of equipment and gear.

Tues - bike commute eleven.  Ten there, eleven back.  When I got to work and looked at my phone I noticed I had 56 gmail messages, so I knew something was up as that's a month of email for me.  Someone got my info, spam bombed my account (got well over 5000 spam messages over a 24 hour period), and bought a $980 Dell laptop with my debt card.  Caught that quickly and the spam slowed down after I cancelled the card, though some is still seeping through.  Whoever did this has tried to buy two more Dell computers with the now-defunct card.  Fun.  To unwind I took Mook up Iron Mountain twice after work.

Wed - early Ute Valley hike with the dog, first hike of the year without a ruck.  Forgot how nice it was to just walk sometimes.  Run commute eight after that.  SAR class in the evening where we worked on knots for two hours.

Thurs - run commute nine.  Four miles there, 6.2 back home through Sondermann.

Fri - bike commute twelve.  Started snowing this morning, supposed to continue through Saturday afternoon.

Not much on tap for the weekend.  SAR class on Saturday morning.  Was supposed to spend Saturday afternoon in Manitou but they moved Mardi Gras to early March due to weather.  Super Half on Sunday, hopefully I can average around eight minute pace.  Then, instead of watching the big game with two teams I could care less about, I'll be hanging with Mookie as he starts the next round of agility training.

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

the week

Decent week.  Caught Bert Kreischer on Saturday and he was fantastic.

run - 30 miles, seven hours

ride - 49 miles, 5.5 hours

hike - 24 miles, 10.5 hours

Not a great climbing week due to taking Saturday off to watch the trials.  4412 feet of vert for running, 2636 for biking, and 3126 for hiking.  Just over 10K on the week.  

Got quite a bit of snow on Saturday.  Gonna take a while to melt out.