Spartan Beast @ Breckenridge

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Our employees said, “We should put together a team for a Spartan race”. OK. I sort of thought I knew what I was getting into but honestly didn’t know which variant of all the various strength/mud/obstacle races this was. Wasn’t even sure how long it was. Figured I can run so whatever. Hence, no real training or preparation went into this. I don’t say that to blow it off and be cool. I just thought I would go and see what this is about. However, in the days leading up to the race, we started watching and sharing YouTube videos only to realize we were in some trouble. If you can’t complete an obstacle, then you do 30 burpees to move on. There might be a lot of burpees. But let’s have some fun.

Here is our team at the start.  One guy had to drop a few days before so it only left us with 3.  We were excited to get going.  You had to jump over a 5-foot wall to get in the corral by design.  Just to get you in the mood.

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The map is put online after the course is setup.  So you only have a few days to read it and stress about it.  This tells you what obstacles you will deal with so if you didn’t practice or study them all, you don’t have much time to close that gap.  Upon seeing this map, I was only surprised at the traversal of the ski slopes.  I basically realized that this was going to be a trail run.  I guess I hadn’t really put that together in my head.  The vast majority of miles were on singletrack.

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The Spartan series has a few different distances…Spring, Super, Beast, and Ultra Beast. The mileage on those goes something like 3, 8, 13.1, 26.2. But it varies even more than trail races do. The staff sets up a course and then measures it and tries to get it into those rough ranges. Always depends based on the layout. Ultimately, it isn’t about the exact distance but more what you do in between.

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The water crossing was an early obstacle.  Might have been nice later on when the day was hotter but oh well.  The water was pretty cold.  In the middle, we were about nipples deep at the most.  It was cold enough to start affecting your breathing.  You had to stay calm for a few seconds to get through that part.

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Course photographer capturing another signature photo of me.

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There are 30+ obstacles on the Beast course.  Seems like the courses pick from say 50 so you never know exactly what you are going to get.  Always some standard stuff but always in a different order.  Here was one of many cargo nets.  Some were straight up.  Some were A-Frames.
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This obstacle was a tough one  You had to enter at the steps on the right and climb until you hit a cowbell tied inline on the rope.  The beginning was not so bad.  It was hard to figure how to do your legs.  Up high in your knee?  On your calf?  Down on your ankle?  This is why wearing long socks or compression works well. Less burn.  I ended up falling off probably 1/2 way as the rope starting angling up.  Burpees.

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The spear throw is a signature obstacle.  You only get one throw sadly.  None of us hit it.  The spear is on a rope so you have to be careful with that so you don’t bind up the spear mid-flight.   We mostly threw it too hard I think.

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The finish entails jumping over some fire.  A rite of passage?  Seemed like it was going to be wider than it was.  I jumped hard because I wasn’t exactly sure what hops were left in my legs.  Plus, it makes for a better photo.

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And another medal to hang with the others.  They give you the normal big medal but there is another one hidden behind.  That is a 1/3 piece of a bigger prize you can get if you race the Beast, Super, and Spring all in a season.

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All in all, it was a really fun day.  Well put on by the Spartan group.  They do these nationwide for thousands of participants at a time so they have it down.  I would enjoy doing more of them in the future — with some more specific skill training.

Seether @ Boulder Theatre / Boulder, CO / 2017

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I hate to say this but this might be the only show I didn’t need to see this summer. It was the night before school started for the kids and it was pretty flat. After seeing shows with 20-30 songs from other bands, these guys put on a pretty standard set with 15 songs and called it early.

Setlist

  • Stoke the Fire
  • Gasoline
  • Truth
  • Nobody Praying for Me
  • Rise Above This
  • Save Today
  • Country Song
  • Words as Weapons
  • Fine Again
  • Broken
  • Black Honey (Thrice cover)
  • Breakdown
  • Fake It
  • Let You Down
  • Remedy

Green Day @ Fiddler’s Green / Denver, CO / 2017

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It is a good night when Sydney and Kim will go to a show with me. It does force me to sit in a seat for the show but I will sacrifice. Sometimes. Saw Green Day back in April on their indoor warm-up tour. But this was the big summer outdoor tour. I felt like they should have played Mile High or Coors field but oh well. They played Wrigley Field weeks later.

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So many songs. And these guys always start early and just bring a lot of energy. I never miss them.

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Rained a bit but then stopped. Made for a great night outdoors with my ladies.

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Then during the middle of the set, Billie started picking on the oddly placed Subaru parked near the audience. A promotional thing for the venue for the summer. Then he decided to smash a guitar on it. Pretty rock and roll. I must be getting a tad old because I kept thinking “Not sure you should be doing that”. Punk rockers. Here is some other dude’s video of it.

Setlist

  • Know Your Enemy
  • Bang Bang
  • Revolution Radio
  • Holiday
  • Letterbomb
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Longview
  • Youngblood
  • 2000 Light Years Away
  • Hitchin’ a Ride
  • When I Come Around
  • Welcome to Paradise
  • Minority
  • Are We the Waiting
  • St. Jimmy
  • Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover)
  • Basket Case
  • She
  • King for a Day
  • Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude
  • Still Breathing
  • Forever Now
  • American Idiot
  • Jesus of Suburbia
  • 21 Guns
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Bush @ Thunder Mountain / Loveland, CO / 2017

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I had just seen Bush in June in Denver. Great show. I happened to be back in town and decided to go again for the added advantage of a show in Loveland. When are there shows in Loveland? I hadn’t been to this venue so I was excited to check it out. It is a super small outdoor venue. Loved it. You aren’t going to see huge bands there but if someone you like is there. Go.

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Let’s just watch Gavin in action.

One more time.

Setlist

  • Everything Zen
  • Testosterone
  • Nurse
  • The Chemicals Between Us
  • The Sound of Winter
  • Mad Love
  • Greedy Fly
  • The People That We Love
  • Swallowed
  • Alien
  • Peace-S
  • Little Things
  • Machinehead
  • The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)
  • Glycerine
  • Comedown

Josh Todd & The Conflict @ Thunder Mountain / Loveland, CO / 2017

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Josh Todd is best known as the lead singer of Buckcherry. But he has a side project and they opened for Bush tonight in Loveland. Frankly, it seemed like a good draw to see Josh do his thing up close. At first, I wasn’t sure about the sound of this new act. But it grew on me. Quickly.

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This was only their 4th show performing live so Josh complained it was rough around the edges. But it was super fun to see at this tiny outdoor venue. I just enjoy Josh’s dance moves. I feel like I can do them.

Here is the video for the big hit off the album so far. My kids love this song.

I hope they sell some records. I dig this album.