Swim WOD #2

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CrossFit Longmont hit the pool again this weekend for our 2nd swim WOD (Workout Of the Day) of the summer. Great to get in the pool after a tough week at the gym. Sarge let me program the workout so I was stressing for a few weeks thinking about how to change it up but keep it interesting for all levels. So this is what we did:

20 Burpees
250m Freestyle swim
20 Hand release push ups
250m Flutter kick w/ kickboards
20 Burpees

Turns out the 20 burpees to start really got you moving then when you jumped in the pool it was a bit disorienting for a minute. The swim was 10 lengths of the pool so that broke out the swimmers from the not-so-swimmers. The push ups were a nice break but then it was back in the pool all wobbly for the kickboard. I figured that 10 lengths would really wear on the legs for most. But it would have you breathing well with your head out of water. Plus, you could taunt the fellow competitor in the next lane. The final burpees were a mad rush for everyone who was trying to squeak out a fast time. Ended up with most folks in the 15 to 20 minute range.

Swim WOD

Sydney held her own again and took down a few adults. Kim and the rest of the kids came by and got to watch her do her work. I think they were impressed!

Smaller crowd this time around but summer weekends are always tough to get a critical mass. Thanks to everyone for coming out and getting wet!

Lizzy Turns Two

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My baby girl is growing up so fast. To celebrate her special day, we took her to the dog beach at Union Reservoir. Pretty much from the moment she got out of the car, she was a spaz. Running up and down the beach. Chasing dogs. Swimming out and back. I am not sure where these dogs get the energy.

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Time for her favorite treat! Yum.

Ice Cream

Of course, Ozzy got to celebrate too!

Ice Cream

Lizzy has been a handful this year with some behavioral issues. But she pretty much is the first lifeform to greet me every morning no matter what the mood. Dogs. Loyal partners.

Meghan Trainor @ Fillmore

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Kayla gets to see Dad and Sydney go to shows all the time. “When is my first concert?”, she would ask! I knew taking her to a metal show wouldn’t exactly be a great night. The kid is going to get tired half way through. So I had been on the lookout for a show that would be more to her tastes. So when Meghan was coming to town, I knew that would be a good choice. All the kids like her and know the songs. Win!

Meghan Trainor Concert

Check out the hair. She was ready to party!

Meghan Trainor Concert

We arrived to a record long line. I think everybody shows up on time for these pop shows versus my shows where you stroll in late to be cool. Line wrapped around the block and back on itself. We made due.

Meghan Trainor Concert

We moved around during the entire night. From the balcony, to the floor, to the front, to the back. Just giving the kids different spaces. Up front was good but it is hard on little people. The whole place is standing only so they can’t see crap unless you hold them up. Which Kim and I did! We traded between Reagan and Kayla the whole time. Exhausting.

Meghan Trainor Concert

The show was good. Live band. Decent crowd. I liked it. I even knew a few songs by osmosis so I wasn’t lost the whole time. I enjoy the concert atmosphere and production so as long as your music doesn’t suck, I can enjoy myself. However, Kayla was about done come the encore. She was ready to go. It is a long time for a 5 year old without a seat. But she had a great time and I am glad we all got to see a show as a family.

Meghan Trainor

A little “All About The Bass” from the balcony…

Snakes on a Trail

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With my big race of the year in September, it feels like I have time on my side this summer for training. However, the days are ticking away. The family is starting to talk about school preparation. Summer will be over before you know it. I actually believe that may really help me clamp down in those final weeks of training as we are on a more firm schedule. But we will see.

Boulder Peaks

The dogs and I headed out for a loop around our three favorite Boulder Peaks this weekend: Green, Bear, SoBo. Just a leisurely pace to see how things were shaking out. Felt pretty good. The dogs were slowing me down truth be told. The ascent of Bear on leashes in the heat was killing them. They even stopped in the shade a few times to take a rest. Lots of panting.

Boulder Peaks

We caught a rainstorm as we descended Shadow Canyon. I slipped too many times. Bad shoes. Wet rock. Lost motivation. But we got down. Out on the connector to the Mesa trail I was alert. I don’t like the tall grass there. I don’t like the southern trails. Snakes! And there was one. Came around a bend and a snake was fully extended across the trail. Couldn’t see the head or tail. The dogs were behind me so I grabbed them and held them back. They didn’t even notice it. The tail made its way out of the grass. Rattles. 6 distinct bands. No sounds. He was just moving calmly. We paused. A guy came from the other direction and I alerted him. Gave it some time and when I thought the coast was clear, I leashed up the dogs and took some big steps and ran by. Phew.

Boulder Peaks

The rain storm returned with vengeance. People were cowering under trees. We just kept moving on. No sense in trying to stay dry.

Boulder Peaks

I needed wind shield wipers on my face by the time we got close to the end. Nice epic trail down pour. Felt refreshing by that point. Cooled the dogs off for sure.

Boulder Peaks

Finished up in about 4 hours. Not fast. But not real stressful either. Felt good to get some time on my feet back here in the heat.

Boulder Peaks

Corey Taylor @ Summit Music Hall

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I was probably more excited about this show than any other so far this year. Corey Taylor is the lead singer of two amazing bands: Slipknot and Stone Sour. He is always a treat to see with those bands. So when he came to Denver to promote his new book and do a live acoustic show, I was in.

Corey Taylor

He started off with some conversation with the crowd which then turned to Q and A. Maybe a half hour but everyone was quiet and seemed to enjoy the lively banter. A few super fans got to ask questions and they were literally shaking trying to get the words out. I have a man crush on this dude too but I was able to keep it together.

Corey Taylor

From there, Corey played 2 hours of music. Accompanied at times by this best friend, Jason. Fun to just see these buddies jamming together. Corey played stuff from Stone Sour and Slipknot. But just a few. The rest of the set were covers of great songs to sing along to. Everything from Green Day, to Pink Floyd, to Prince, to Alice in Chains, to Live. It was the best sing-a-long show I have been to! He closed with a now classic rendition of Spit It Out from Slipknot. Done in such a way that any Slipknot concert would get a laugh out of it by the way Corey conducts the song. Here is a long video of lots of the songs together. I am sure I will enjoy watching this for years to come!

Thanks for coming back to Denver, Corey!

Marilyn Manson / Smashing Pumpkins @ Red Rocks

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Red Rocks continues to be the venue I love to hate but hey. It only added when it was raining upon arrival. This dulled the crowds in the early hours so we didn’t have the usual lines to get in. That was a relief. But the rains parted as the shitty opener was finishing up. I found some boys in the crowd to say hi to.

Manson / Pumpkins

However, I wasn’t with them. Red Rocks FINALLY is fixing their shit and has GA seats down low now. I wondered how this would go. It ended up being pretty tame — to my disappointment. People getting their early and camping for seats then being pissy when you crowded in. But being one small guy, I made friends and made my way to a resting place in about row 5, then later 4.

Manson / Pumpkins

Manson was up first. Apparently, they switch from show to show. I was there to see the self-proclaimed anti-christ do his thing. I knew he would bring it. I expected blood and smeared make-up and some rolling around on the stage. Frankly, I think he killed it and the Smashing Pumpkins fans were left thinking — man, that was pretty good!

Manson / Pumpkins

Manson would constantly waive fans over from the crowd to take selfies or sing along with him. When the fan boys tried to do something stupid, he would scold them. Like stealing the mic or his hat. One dude took his hat and Manson went off on him off mic and the guy gave it back. I think the kid was scared.

Manson / Pumpkins

Some folks (like the next act) just come out and play. OK, fine. But man I love performance and that is what this guy does! Here he got out these monster stilts and walked around singing on the wet stage. Weird? Yep. But I dug it.

Setlist:

  • Deep Six
  • Disposable Teens
  • mOBSCENE
  • No Reflection
  • Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  • Angel With the Scabbed Wings
  • Personal Jesus
  • The Dope Show
  • Rock Is Dead
  • Lunchbox
  • Antichrist Superstar
  • The Beautiful People
  • Coma White

Manson / Pumpkins

So then with little into, Billy and crew walked on stage. Plugged in their instruments and started in. No smoke? No flames? No burning crosses? Lame. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to follow Manson. You just sort of bring down the spirits no matter who you are. But the music is solid and Billy still sounds like he did in the 90s.

Manson / Pumpkins

Billy was a little bigger in the middle at this age. More to love? And he had this hangnail that he kept going after all night. Funny to watch down low. Wasn’t sure if you were in row 40 that you would have noticed. Anyway, I would post more photos but they all look the same. The band just plays.

Manson / Pumpkins

While Smashing Pumpkins has some of the most solid songs of an era, I am not that into their obscure shit. And they basically closed the show with it. I wasn’t digging much of it after they played 1979. Sorry…

Setlist:

  • Cherub Rock
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  • Tonight, Tonight
  • Ava Adore
  • Drum + Fife
  • One and All (We Are)
  • Zero
  • The Everlasting Gaze
  • The Crying Tree of Mercury
  • Mayonaise
  • Disarm
  • Landslide
  • 1979
  • Run2Me
  • Thru the Eyes of Ruby
  • Stand Inside Your Love
  • United States
  • Today

Here is some combined video of both acts.

Swim WOD

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CrossFit gets wet! This weekend, my gym moved all workouts to the pool. Instead of our normal Saturday morning WOD schedule, willing participants were to meet at Sunset pool in Longmont for a swim WOD. I competitively swam through high school so this was right up my alley. I still feel at home in the water but don’t get there as often as I should.

Swim WOD

The workout was a 500 meter swim with 55 push ups and 55 air squats. But it was done as an inversion. So swim 1 lap, get out, do 1 push-up, swim back, do 10 air squats, swim again, do 2 push-ups, etc. So the push-ups went up and the air squats went down. I swear that getting in and out of the pool was the hardest part. People were losing a lot of time on that. And you could not dive into the water because of pool restrictions so that took some getting used to.

Swim WOD

Sydney has been doing the CrossFit kids program this summer so she was one of 2 kids in her class that came. The kids usually do some modified workout but today they had the same task as we did. She went in a later heat that I did so I got to cheer her own. She was steady through the whole thing and even beat some adults finishing in under 20 minutes!

Swim WOD

I had fun doing this workout so I was trying to keep a good pace. Ended up finishing in 14:02 which was the fastest for the group on the day. Not too shabby for an old swim team veteran. 2 more of these to come later in the summer.

Leadville Heavy Half Marathon 2015

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Distance 15.1 mi
Time 3:08:27
Rank 93 of 549
GPS Analysis Strava

Previously, Previously.

Leadville Heavy Half Marathon 2015

With summer underway, I relocated up to Leadville to kick off summer training. I had planned to hit a lot of peaks but the extra snow pack kind of crushed my motivation. Plus, it was cool and rainy. However, as the days went on, the weather turned the corner. I had a few good runs and started feeling better. My family decided to come up and stay that weekend so I registered for the race just 3 days prior. It is one of my favorite’s so I figured I should get out there if not just to run with friends.

The race staff got Denver news coverage on the snow prep too!

I still remember the day when I got 8th in this race. Probably my best mountain run of all time. Not in that shape today but that was OK. We headed out at 8 AM and I took the climb easily. Even with the time at elevation, my lungs were not happy. I purposely did not medicate on this stay in Leadville to get a clean test. And it showed. Hacking on the ascent while running.

Once we hit the incline of the pass, I was able to start making up ground as the runners turned to hiking and my paces was greater than theirs. I was on the top of the pass in no time mentally. Said hi to Ken and turned tail back to town. The downhill is always glorious — if you train there.

marathon

With all the snow, the race staff had dug tunnels through the snow for us so it made things cozy but really fun. Made up lots of ground on that downhill picking off the folks that weren’t ready to downhill the big rocks. Was having fun. Started seeing my marathon buds and saying hi as they had a long way to go.

The roll back into town is always a grind. 4 miles of road downhill. The Hokas did well. Concentrated on keeping the knees up and the pace came in nicely. Got passed by one guy on the road but he had me easy. Wasn’t able to break 3 hours today but I was content with the finish.

Such a fun race. Start in town and run to the top of the mountain in the back of this photo, then return. How simple.

Leadville Heavy Half Marathon 2015

While I am not racing the Leadville 100 this year, the races there remain near and dear to me. I hope to return to the series one day.

Ozzy Turns Two

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I still think of him as a puppy but he has been his own man since we got him. Always interested in the chase, the run, and the adventure. So for his birthday today, we left work a bit early and went to see if we could get up on top of Colorado real quick. We arrived at the Mount Elbert parking lot — I was the only car. Ugh, in this post-Dave Mackey era nobody likes to see that. So I was a bit skittish but the weather looked as good as it had all week. No snow until just above treeline. What was there was no big deal. The lower slopes were really clean. Deeper wetter snow on the upper slopes. Anyway, that didn’t matter to Ozzy — that is why he was there! Never seen a dog roll around so much then just run his ass off up and down a hill.

Mount Elbert for Ozzy's Birthday

Mount Elbert for Ozzy's Birthday

Mount Elbert for Ozzy's Birthday

Mount Elbert for Ozzy's Birthday

Mount Elbert for Ozzy's Birthday

Paved Paradise

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Yes, Joni (and Justin). And we put up a parking lot.

Paving

So I have been trying to get a driveway put in at the cabin for a few years. No luck. Contractors don’t complete the bid. Or they don’t ever show up. The mountain work ethic always leaves a lot to be desired. So Kim and I are asleep and I hear someone hooking a horn and saying “hello” outside. WTF. I look out and there is a road crew car with lights on top and a guy standing there. I go out in my boxers all groggy and ask if he needs help. He goes on to explain that he is paving a parking lot up the road and he has a load of asphalt he needs to move quickly. He says it looks like I could use a driveway. Am I interested?

Seriously, I don’t know what to think. Is this some practical joke? Yeah, I want a driveway. When? Now, he says. Equipment is rolling down the road. No pressure. How much? He needs to move it so it is about 1/2 price of prior quotes on asphalt. This wasn’t what I had planned to do today but now it just became what we are doing.

Paving

Trucks show up with machinery minutes later and they start grading out what we have. We pulled out our landscaping prints and they quickly traced the borders out. A few hours of prep and they started pouring hot asphalt. I was still sort of amazed. Neighbors started coming over saying they were looking for an asphalt guy too. This guy ends up doing 3 more driveways in our neighborhood this week.

Paving

So we paved paradise. But it wasn’t paradise. I had been snowblowing a dirt driveway for 4 winters. I was sick of breaking shear pins. Never again. And the dirt and dust and mud? Gone. At least from the cars. We still have plenty of non-pavement acreage to keep us occupied.

The whole thing was surreal.