Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015 Pacing

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Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Shad Mika moments after finishing as a big buckle Leadman. Taking off the gloves like he just whooped someone’s ass.

Well, that was a different way to spend a week. For the last five years, I have spent as much of August as possible in Leadville. I hosted night runs. I had gatherings. I tapered. I raced. Not this year. None of that happened. I actually stayed away until late Friday night where I arrived to a sleepy town who would come to life in just a few hours for the race start. I had a bit of guilt not going over to the start but I decided I would be better served getting my rest for the long night ahead. I woke up and went out on course to a few of my favorite spots. Away from the crowds. Where I would have a stream of runners coming by one by one all to myself. It was fun to watch them starting their day and saying hi to so many familiar faces. Even the unfamiliar faces. Lots of folks saying hi to me by name with accolades like “I love your blog” or “why aren’t you running” or “good luck next month” or “thanks for all you do”.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Lucas & Woody leaving Outward Bound.

I went back to the house and got some chores down while watching the live tracking. It seemed spot on this year. No issues, outages, or delays at least for me. Worked great. Ultra tracking always is such a shit show but for today it worked great. After a few hours, I headed down to Twin Lakes. I went dressed in my pacing gear even though I knew I would have a few hours of waiting ahead of me. I arrived and found a parking spot just 300 feet from the road crossing. Not bad. The place wasn’t packed to the gills like in years prior. Seemed pretty well balanced.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Shad seeing me the first time of the day.

My runner, Shad Mika, had been through hours ago and we were awaiting his return. I got to see the leaders come back through. Ian Sharman was first, a bit to my surprise. Followed by Mike Aish, which I had hoped was leading by this point. Mike seemed a bit off but still his jovial stuff. Spent the next few hours walking around, chatting with everyone, helping out various crews, and relaxing.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Hanging with ultra’s biggest fan, Billy D.

When Shad came in, his pacer, Rebecca, told stories of the puking and general fatigue on Hope Pass. But he seemed to gain new life on the descent to see us so I was luckily getting him on an upswing. We changed out shoes, gear and such and then I started in “You have 2 minutes”. We were on the clock. Everyone in the crew was a bit antsy as Shad had lost some time on Hope Pass and they were hoping for some recovery. With that, we headed up the hill out of Twin Lakes to climb “The Wall”. After sitting and eating all day, the climb kicked me in the chest there for a few minutes. I wasn’t quite warm yet. I gave Shad his poles and we motored. He was hiking hard by the time we hit the Colorado Trail. Frankly, I was doing my decent hike pace and we were just staying together. He was strong.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

The freak ran across the US! Barefoot Alex back in Leadville.

We started talking finish times a bit. I knew the #1 goal was to finish. Leadman was at stake. So I tried to focus him on that. I was trying to see if I could get his mind off the stress of the time and focus on the run. I told him he could walk from here and finish in under 30 hours. It was true. I have done it. But he wasn’t content. He knew that big buckle (25 hours) was in sight. We had a lot of miles to go yet and I didn’t want to get too caught up in pace math. Let’s just run what you can and see how it goes.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

GZ contemplating the rest of his night at Twin Lakes.

We got rolling nicely when we topped out on the slopes of Mount Elbert. Shad was great uphill but a little stiff on the downs. The quads were hurting. We focused on those climbs and the flats and took it easier on the descents. Ran for quite a while before pausing to put on lights. Shad was also peeing more than I was. Encouraging. Everything was going his way.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Shad huffing up out of Twin Lakes.

We motored right into Half Pipe, which was 8.5 miles into my night. Nobody was there. Maybe another runner or two came through. I am used to seeing a shit show there. It was early. Shad sat for a pre-determined amount of time and then we got out of there. I was texting his crew who was waiting for us out at Treeline that we were close. It is only 1.5 miles to them. We ran nearly all of that and arrived at the truck. “We are here”, I said as I pulled in seconds ahead of Shad. They were surprised I think. As the crew attended to Shad, I lurked over to a chair in the dark to get a quick rest myself. My lungs were being shitty tonight and Shad was keeping on it. No rest for me. I did some time checks there and knew exactly were we were. We were in the game on sub-25.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

A look back the the river crossing from the Colorado Trail.  Hope Pass in the distance.

We pulled out of Treeline and Shad was still doing great. I kept offering him clothes but he wasn’t accepting. This trick let me know that he was running hot. Exerting effort appropriately. If he had been getting cold, then it was a sign something was off. It was in the 40s by this point. I was cold. I threw on another layer as we got out onto Halfmoon Road. Shad was still on fire out here. In fact, he just started rolling off ahead of me and I let him go. He would gap me by 100 or so feet and then I would reel him back in on the downs. Depending on when I checked the watch, we were 10 minute pace, then 9, then 8. Crazy.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Runners leaving Twin Lakes outbound.

We went through the Outward Bound field and Shad was still on fire. He led me and I was just trying to tip toe through the field and not twist an ankle on all those cow holes. Damn. We came into Outward Bound and the crew took over again. I attended to my needs and was coughing like crazy. I had my pacer bib covered up by my long sleeve shirt now so nobody knew if I was running or what. So medical came over and asked me if I wanted to go in the tent and get checked out. I guess that cough gets their attention. I just identified as a pacer and they let me be. Shad was ready to roll so we headed out. I left after him as I was finishing stuff so when I ran by the checkout folks, they commented “You look so strong!”. This was ironic to me because last year when I was running, I am pretty sure they said “that guy looks like death”. I didn’t correct them by saying I was pacing. For just a moment, I felt like I was the runner.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Shad was rocking coming into Twin Lakes.

I caught up to Shad and let him know what the timing was now. The traditional 25 hour plan has you at Fish Hatchery at 10:30pm. We ran by it at 10:20pm. Of course, we didn’t have to stop either. This put us 20+ minutes ahead of pace. We were in the game. Now, I almost regret telling him that because Shad then proceeds to start running 8:30 pace on the pavement to Powerline. WTF. I was holding on for dear life. I am not getting dropped by this boy is on a mission.

We hit the bottom of Powerline and I figured Shad would implode. This is where people impode. Me included! Nope. He took the poles and began hiking like he was fresh out of bed. We passed every runner we came upon as if they were standing still. As we kept getting higher, Shad started gapping me. This made me nervous. Am I getting dropped by a guy with 80 miles on his legs? Ouch. But more, is he going to blow up? I need him to be conservative. Oh well. He ended up topping out in 50 minutes. WTF. Strava after told me that was my 2nd fastest ascent this year of that section. Wow.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

A few moments before Shad came in and I got put on duty for the night.

But as soon as we moved downhill, the tone changed. The baby head rocks were killing Shad‘s pace. The quads were beat. We mostly kept it to a jog but there was a lot of zig zagging. He was getting a side stitch from time to time to that we slowed to address. It was eating into pace but he was ahead after the monster ascent. So maybe the move worked. He put the chips on the bet he could make. We didn’t need to keep banking time. We needed to maintain. And we did. The run on the Colorado Trail just flew by for me. Hell, all the sections were over so fast. I never had a minute of “wish we were there”. We hit the pavement into Mayqueen and I ran ahead to signal the crew. We were here.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Bob getting ready to head out of Twin Lakes.

We grouped on the bridge into Mayqueen. Shad had time to do what he wanted to here but he didn’t. He wanted to move on. Been there before. I told him we got that last section with 15 minutes to spare. He had 3:15 to get to the finish. He would really have to fuck up to ruin that. But I got the sense he wasn’t done. I left him in Donald’s capable hands and stopped my watch.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Clyde fixing up Shad‘s feet.  What a crew chief he was!

The crew took me home and I grabbed a hot shower. It was about 2 AM and I was ready for that warm bed I had dreamed about earlier. But I checked the live tracking and saw that lots of friends were still out there. So I put on my warmest clothes, with down jacket, hat and gloves and headed out to the finish line. I arrived to a pretty empty sight. Nobody is out there that time of night. Race staff might have 5-6 folks. But there are no spectators. No cheering fans. The bleachers are empty. Things come alive when a runner shows up. The family and crew quickly appears, cheers their runner in, and then disappears to the med tent or a warm car. It is so anti-climactic.

I saw lots of friends finish but I was there for 2 people.

George Zack was supposed to be close so I walked down a block and waited. And waited. A few runners came through but it wasn’t him yet. Finally, he appeared in sea of runners. He had his lights off and I wasn’t sure it was him. I noticed others and then jammed myself into the group to congratulate him on getting this done with such force. He was toast. He was moving but it was gimpy and he only had a bit more to go. I was able to run through the finish with him and his crew. It was cool to be there for his moment. I spent time helping him get situated after and got him loaded into a car and he was off.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

George just big buckled!

Back on the course, we were waiting on Shad. He was close. Probably 40 minutes after George, Shad appeared solo. On the last couple blocks, he just started running full on as he was close to breaking 24 hours even. He missed by seconds. I chased him with a camera through the arch. Amazing. He sat and was all chatty. Guy was on cloud 9. He seriously appeared to be able to keep going. Impressed. We all dream of those finishes. He did it.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Shad Mika moments after finishing.  He sat in somebody’s chair.  First one he found.

I walked back to my car a few blocks away in the dark contemplating my life, my friends, this town, this race. While I didn’t race it this year, it is still a part of me and I was pretty amazing to see it for the first time from the other side. The sacrifices that go in by the pacers and crews. The time spent. It is draining. People asked me all day if I was coming back, as in racing here again. The answer was always the same — “someday”.  The vision crystallized this weekend.

Leadville Trail 100 Run 2015

Courtney gets the rainbow magic!

Slipknot @ Red Rocks

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Corey said it has been 15 years since they played Red Rocks. I trust him. He ought to know. Plus, I didn’t live in Colorado then. But it was exciting to see a sold out Slipknot show at Red Rocks after all these years. This band is stronger than ever. The new line up works for me. The latest album is solid. I suppose they could continue on forever.

Slipknot 2015

Maybe my only complaint is that with the shorter time festival time slot, the set was pretty predictable. I guess you just get big enough and that is what happens. No messing around. We even did the usual Spit It Out jump up in a quicker fashion — even with the bleachers.

Slipknot 2015

The new GA seating down low at Red Rocks has been OK this season but this show had a bunch of folks on edge. They had camped out and wanted their full seat. That wasn’t going to happen at this show and there were a few scuffles until things got sorted out after the lights went down. I guess I still don’t know if it is better before or now. If the area was flat, people would know what to do. Since it is not, some folks want to treat it like they have an assigned seat. Just gets weird.

Slipknot 2015

I was kind of sad that the summer concert series is wrapping up. But if I had to end on one band, this is a pretty good option.

Slipknot 2015

I was lurking around before the show and saw many members of Slipknot come and go from backstage. Here is Jay and Shawn chatting. Corey came out for a bit in a hoodie. Sid went by riding a bike. It is fascinating to me how this level prepares to go to work.

Slipknot 2015

Shot a little more video than usual this time. Somebody asked why video these. I said it is because someday I will watch them when I am old. For now, I do enjoy showing my kids what they missed. And it is fun to flip them on sometimes to remember a great night!

Setlist:

  • XIX
  • Sarcastrophe
  • The Heretic Anthem
  • Psychosocial
  • The Devil in I
  • AOV
  • Vermilion
  • Wait and Bleed
  • Killpop
  • Before I Forget
  • Sulfur
  • Duality
  • Disasterpiece
  • Spit It Out
  • Custer
  • 742617000027
  • (sic)
  • People = Shit
  • Surfacing

Bullet For My Valentine was one of the opening acts. Great set but it was way too short. I was disappointed I didn’t get to see more of them. I am sure they will be back around on their own with the new album that came out this week.

Bullet For My Valentine 2015

Foo Fighters @ Fiddler’s Green

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Foo Fighters 2015

After running a marathon up Pikes Peak, you might want to get off your feet. Me? Nah. My bestest concert buddy said she would go with me to Foo Fighters. I was so excited! I even wore a Metallica shirt secretly in tribute to her. You see, she introduced me to this shit. She took me to my first metal concert, Metallica! If that never happened in 1991, life would be so much more boring.

Even though it was raining on arrival, I knew this would be a good show. Dave had broken his leg in Sweden last month prior to the tour but the show went on. As famously reported on the Internet, he had a throne built and played the show from the chair. Made for a funny evening. You cannot contain this guy. He is such a nut and has so much energy.

Foo Fighters 2015

The Foos are playing two nights here in Colorado. Sadly, I will only be attending one. But we got our monies worth with 25+ songs. A lot of covers tonight. The crowd kept cheering Dave on when he asked about playing them. Kim wasn’t thrilled. She wanted to hear their own music. I agreed. Maybe they were just spreading it out because of the dual shows. They hit the stage around 8:30 and played until past 11, which was curfew there. It is always a full show.

Dave pulled this drunk guy up on stage that was crying during My Hero. The Internet picked up on it and it trended the next day. Here is the story. It was funny to watch. Dave is always spying back on the crowd and pointing out a random person several rows back and having a conversation. He entertains.

Setlist:

  • Everlong
  • Monkey Wrench
  • Learn to Fly
  • Something From Nothingv
  • The Pretender
  • Big Me
  • Congregation
  • Walk
  • Double Vision (Foreigner cover)
  • I’m the One (Van Halen cover)
  • Another One Bites the Dust (Queen cover)
  • School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover)
  • Cold Day in the Sun
  • My Hero
  • Times Like These
  • Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
  • Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen cover)
  • Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
  • All My Life
  • These Days
  • Outside
  • Breakout
  • Arlandria
  • Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
  • This Is a Call
  • Best of You

No pit tonight. Kim requires seats. So here was the sound and view from row GG.

Thanks for another great date, Kim!

Oh, and what’s up with parking at Fiddler’s this year? You have to pay now? That’s crap.

Pikes Peak Marathon 2015

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Distance 26.2 miles
Time 6:40:46
Rank 254 of 769 finishers
Summit Elevation 14,115 feet
Elevation Gain 7,815 feet
Route Barr Trail
GPS Analysis Strava

Pikes Peak Marathon 2015

With the way they are scheduled, the Leadville Trail 100 and Pikes Peak Marathon fall on the same weekend. But once every 7 years, they diverge and you get them on separate weekends. That happened this year. So I felt that was reason enough to return to Pikes this year for another go at the mountain. Unfortunately, I just didn’t execute the mountain training plan I envisioned back in the spring in preparation for the race. So leading up to the race, I decided, as many do, to label this a “training run” for next month’s big event, the Run Rabbit Run 100. And in that context, I felt like this day went well.

The race implemented starting waves this year to ease some of the trail congestion that is normal on this course as the runners start up through the singletrack of the W’s. I was seeded in corral 6 which wasn’t helpful. When my corral went out, I found myself quickly leading the group out. This wasn’t some Leadville 2011 where I chased the patrol car. I was running 9 something minute pace and was totally conversational. Everyone is my corral seemed to be learning what it meant to be running at elevation. I caught up to the 5th corral as we began to ascend. Being in this position, I was constantly behind a freight train of hikers. Folks who wanted to run, like myself, were constantly looking for space and moving around packs of people. Created a lot more work to do this. We really didn’t get opened up until Barr Camp.

I carried a hand-held bottle as it was predicted to be hot on the way back down. I probably could have gone without. However, it was handy to have as I practiced more fluid intake because I had it. Tried to keep myself nicely hydrated throughout. I was enjoying all the fresh fruit at each of the aid stations on course. It was all going down well. Stomach was great all day. Near the summit, they had those cheap-o Red Vine licorice sticks. I grabbed one. It was so phenomenal. On the way back past, I grabbed 10 and continue to chew on them all day. Everybody has something that just tastes great in a race…that was the licorice today.

On the last few miles to the summit, the leaders came back past us. Always my favorite thing to watch. However, it really starts slowing traffic on the uphill. Everyone yields to the downhill runners per the rules. But I found myself stopped on trail for up to 30 seconds at a time behind a line of 10 folks that were yielding to downhillers. It wasn’t helping our times. Probably nothing that can be done except for be up with those leaders. I guess I am arguing that those leaders get a significant time advantage that gets exponentially worse as you go back through the field. With the slowness through the W’s then that stuff near the summit, I can see a huge advantage to being as far forward as you can be. Even sacrificing your return a bit in order to get better position on the ascent. Oh well. I think I knew that from before, but didn’t adhere to my advice.

It started raining when I hit Barr Camp on the way back. It was welcomed. Cooled things out. It only got a little sloppy in the W’s with the trench filling with water but it was manageable. I was really having fun on the downhill by this point. I wasn’t running super fast but I was holding and I kept picking off a person in front of me every minute or so. I don’t get to “hunt” often so it was good motivation and made the miles melt away back into town. Finally, hit the pavement of Hydro Street and just kept ripping it. Was sub-7 pace for a bit. People were blowing up but I just saw more positions to eat up. I ran hard to the line. I probably couldn’t have held up another block. Cross the line and was glad to be done. But really wasn’t too worn out. If I hadn’t run that last few miles so hard, I probably could have just continued on ultra-style.

Post race, I was sitting in the tent trying to cool down a bit when I bus ran into the side of the medical tent. It took out the guard rail and whole side of the tent. The cops all rushed in as they made most of us evacuate the tent. Seemed crazy to run up and down a big mountain only to be nearly killed sitting in the medical tent. I went outside and notice this car wash where they had setup showers out of PVC pipe. It was glorious. I stood there in fresh cold water until I shivered. It was the best post race cool down ever.

Such a pretty run but I didn’t take a camera today. Sorry. A few pictures of me on the race photographer site over here.

All in all, seemed like a good training run. Ultra pace all day. Legs felt great. Breathing was eh, but I took no inhaler or drugs. Stomach in tact. Really nothing to complain about. Was recovered enough by the time I got home to head to a rock show and stand on my feet for 3 hours. That’s hard-core.

Leadville Zip Lines

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On the way into Leadville on highway 91, this establishment, Top of the Rockies, offers snowmobiling in the winter. A few summers ago, they built a zip line ride as well. I figured they saw my zip line creation and were trying to give me competition. Bring it!

Kim decided enough was enough and booked us on a tour there. Turns out that guy has me beat. Drat. You take a truck up to the top of the mountain then ride down 6 consecutive zips back down the mountain. Pretty cool! The kids said it was amazing. Like they were really thrilled by the whole thing. The zips are long but they go by so quick! The final one goes up to 40 MPH.

If you are a little hesitant, there isn’t much to fear here. The crew locks you on and off each zip. Your job is to basically sit and ride. Fun adventure to share with the family!

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Leadville Zip Lines 2015

Here is a video of pretty much all the rides for the day. Each filmed by the first rider of our group, then subsequent riders filmed by the first.

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Mount Harvard (14,423′) & Mount Columbia (14,078′)

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Distance 15.9 miles
Moving Time 8 hr 33 min
Summit Elevation 14,423 & 14,078 feet
Elevation Gain 5,988 feet
Route Cottonwood TH
GPS Analysis Strava

I just needed these two in order to round out the Collegiate Peaks. I had been putting them off because of the negative reviews of Columbia. Seemed like the mountain was a big piece of shit. And I wasn’t getting good beta about the traverse and whether it sucked or really sucked. But whatever. The dogs and I had a good weather day so we opted to just get after it. A couple miles in, we see Harvard poke out ahead in the distance.  The summit is to the left of center.  High point on the ridge.  Harvard is the 3rd highest in Colorado.  Already have the other two higher.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

I decided to hit Harvard then traverse to Columbia. Roach says go the opposite order. I still don’t know if that is the best route after completing it. Depends on how you want to deal with Columbia’s south slope I guess. More on that later.  As I started reaching the base of Harvard, I turned back to see where I came from.  All the way back down the center of this valley and back to the left around the curve.  You can also see Bear Lake to the right in this picture.  It was the only real left turn option up this whole route you could get confused on.

Mount Harvard & ColumbiaBack to business.  Nearing Harvard again.  The route goes up the left shoulder there.  Dogs were having a great time and enjoying the scenery.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

Until the nasty mountain goat showed up!  I saw him before they saw him so I hitched the dogs up to avoid any confrontation from either party.  He just kind of moved along the ridge watching us.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

“But Dad we would be nice and surely make friends!”

Mount Harvard & Columbia

There is a final little pitch up to the top of Harvard and we were done.  With one peak at least!  Cute little embossed rock there for my summit selfie.

Mount Harvard & ColumbiaBig views from all around.  Could see up to Leadville and down to Salida.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

Ozzy was happy to nail down another 14er.  I may have to go back and retrace some old 14ers that I have and he doesn’t so we can share the count together.  Maybe.

Mount Harvard & ColumbiaLizzy loves it to.  I guess I always think my boy is the mountain man but this girl doesn’t stop either.  She actually broke off a nail on the next section of the route and was bleeding everywhere.  Those dog nails do not stop.  So her paw was bloody but didn’t see to hurt her.  She was leaving a blood trail wherever she went.  I was more worried that she would lose some interesting amount of blood after a while and get weak.  She ended up moving well on it all day.  I was fortunate not to have to attempt to carry a dog off the mountain.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

Ozzy finds snow on every mountain.  This snow was super soft and Ozzy fell straight down into it.  So it was kind of like he “high centered” himself in 4WD terms.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

The start of the path over to Columbia was awesome.  It is great just to hike up high and follow some singletrack.  But that was where the fun ended.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

I had done my reading and thought I knew where I was supposed to go.  Unfortunately, my GPS elevation was off and I didn’t find the part of the route that said “don’t go lower than 13,600 ft”.  We dropped far below that.  Then I got worried I was too far off, so we climbed all the way back up to the ridge.  Only to find some shit that I couldn’t traverse.  Spent a lot of effort there.  Finally saw some folks and dropped all the way back down to nearly where I was before to link up with them.  They didn’t know the route well enough either but they were staying low and had found a few cairns which is always a good sign.

Mount Harvard & ColumbiaOnce we had cleared the gully, I decided to make for the high line again.  Ended up going up to the ridge again and finding that I couldn’t proceed without equipment.  Fuck me.  I just did it again.  That was one of those dumb mistakes that you shouldn’t repeat in the same hour but I did.  I was bonking.  I needed a clear minded pacer.  Finally, we gave up and dropped back down again only to find that same group meandering along.  I stayed with them for 20 minutes out to get my senses back then left them once I finally cleared all the obstacles and saw a straight path to the summit of Columbia.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

After wasting probably 90-120 minutes on that crossing, I was at the top of Columbia.  I felt pretty spent.  Like ultra race tired and bonky.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

Looking back at Harvard, I felt some accomplishment.  I was happy to have that checked off the list so that I don’t have to repeat that one.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

Lizzy didn’t care.  I know she was tired and hungry by this point.  These dogs follow you through your mistakes and don’t complain one bit.  The best partners you can have.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

We stopped at K’s back in Buena Vista for refueling.  The dogs ate some hot dogs and got their complementary doggie cones to help them bounce back from their own bonk.  They were starving.  I misjudged the timing and amount of food I brought for them.  Sorry guys.

Mount Harvard & Columbia

I have no pictures of the descent down Columbia because my phone was about dead and it was raining.  We had seen the clouds coming for us and they delivered.  But there wasn’t any thunder or lightening attached so we just made due and took our time down the steep slope.  If you have been on the Leadville-side of Sherman, this is worse.  Like straight dirt down a 50 foot section with no rock to break on.  Then repeat. It sucked.  And you can see the bottom and it is way the hell down there.  We just kept moving, falling, laughing, and maybe cursing.  You can see some of it in my video below.

All in all, it wasn’t my best day in the mountains. Made a few mistakes on that traverse. But we made it and I will be wiser for that. Glad to get this monster off my back. Nearly out of peaks nearby. Gotta start heading further west to continue the mission of getting all 55!

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Bros For Life

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Once upon a time, I sat in a cubicle at Intel during my summer internship. I overheard the guy in the cubicle next to me talking about a subject that I was familiar with. Turns out he was an intern from Purdue as well! While I was just a freshman, this guy was pursuing his master’s degree. Such wisdom. We went on to become friends, roommates, co-workers, etc. Basically we kick maximum ass when we are together. James Hetfield told us that, in person.

Burke Visit

We both permanently relocated to California in the 1990s but then somehow both split paths when we went to Colorado and he to Michigan later on. And we spawned a whole lot of people along the way.

Burke Visit

The whole crew came to visit us this past week in Colorado for a bit of vacation. We introduced them to some great Colorado adventures! Had a great time hitting the high hills of Leadville on the ATVs.

Burke Visit 2015

Nate and Reagan really hit it off too. Often off riding the motorcycles or ATVs together. Cute to watch.

Burke Visit 2015

Thanks for the visit Burkes. Come back again! Or Nate might cry.

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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Beach

Beach

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…