Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Black Hawk Loop

A very late start did not derail a very fun day.  I ran the Blackhawk Loop in Reverse, coming down Bolam which was a good choice as I got to the Pass relatively quickly, running up Hotel Draw.  Beautiful adventure all for the price of some gasoline.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Locals Loop

Hermosa-Dutch-Pinkerton-Flagstaff-Jones Creek, always a blast!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Local Trails Work Too

September comes after the summer heat which is followed by the summer monsoons leaving cooler temperatures and solid trails.  It's nice to have this back in the rotation any time of day.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Not Much on the Adventure Front

Things have slowed down since the Grand Traverse Run.  The little one brought home a head cold and promptly gave it to her dad.  Jeni escaped unscathed.  

I've done trips to the gym, and even hit a treadmill for a short while.  The gym was fine but the treadmill was as much fun as watching the grass grow.

I took a trip to Flagstaff and had plans to run Mt. Elden and perhaps even summit Humphrey's Peak, but rain and the cold did not allow for plans.  I finished work at 10 AM Wednesday and decided to just head home.
 I did get to have breakfast at Macy's though.  Without a doubt the best coffee shop on the planet.
 I also found this old gem while spending time in a clients library.  I'm thinking you could build a pretty substantial building if you followed this old code.  Access for wheelchairs and power supplies for computers might not be so great though.
Let's see if I can piece something together this Labor Day weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Grand Traverse Summer Run

I completed the GT Summer Run, ~40-miles point to point from Crested Butte to Aspen over Star and Taylor passes, following most of the ski mountaineering race route.  I surprised myself and finished less than 8 hours, and was happy with the result.  No photographs from me, but there are some floating around Facebook.  Awesome course, great time, excellent event.  We finished at the base of Aspen Ski Area, 1A.  Anyway I now have completed both the skimo and running version of this event.  I'll have to do the mountain bike one next year.

On the way back we stopped in one of my favorite towns, Paonia - the organic growing capitol of CO.  There is a new town cafe called the Hightower and they make most of their food from scratch and use local products when and where they can - typical of this community.  They are known for their strudels and had apple, cherry, peach, blueberry and raspberry available - all of the fruits grown locally naturally.  We got the peach one, and it has the creme cheese filling (dairy from locally raised cows) on the bottom.  Wow, that was a post run indulgence I will not soon forget.  Stop by there when in the area, you will not regret it.  The town also has one of my favorite micro-breweries.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rico-Silverton Trail

I finally ran the Rico-Silverton Trail down from Rolling Pass to Silverton.  I started at Cascade and ran up Engineer Mountain and then worked my may over from there.  Really scenic and fun trail, but I should have checked about the road down below - it was crowded.   

 The next day the family decided to test my tired legs and subsequently dropped me on a trail run.  Fast crowd I run with.  

Monday, August 04, 2014

Late Starts

We had a very wet week from the afternoon monsoons, which means if you sleep in then the high country will be a downpour.  I stayed in town this week and enjoyed the local trails with cooler weather.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Red Cloud & Sunshine Peaks

Slowly working on my 14er list and I climbed Sunshine (14,001) and Red Cloud (14,032) this last weekend.  Here are some photos.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crawford 100

I entered - and finished - my first 100 mile running race, the inaugural Crawford 100 held up in Crawford. CO.  It probably could be called the West Elk 100 as well as it is really the West Elk section of the Gunnison National Forest but even that will not help most people as this is a very remote place.  The photo below is Needle Rock a prominent feature on the way to the forest.
 All finishers got this cool belt buckle and a huge medal with another embedded image.  Spoiler alert - two of us finished and I took first place!  8 signed up and only 5 toed the line.  This is a brand new event and it is a hard one for sure.  
 I finished the race in Hotchkiss and ordered this double burger....that is 1lb of meat there.  Alas my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I only ate 1/2 of it. 
 This is a photo of the course from the race promoter Charles Johnston of EverRun Racing.  It is a new organization but it fits in perfectly here on the far western slope.  In the first weekend of August they have another 100 miler up in Ouray.  Man I wish I could do that one!
 A race volunteer Cherri Marcinko took this photo of me somewhere in the race.  she was awesome and came down from SLC just to help out!  The course had great aid stations, awesome and difficult singletrack, but the truth is I really don't remember much.  I just ran.
I do remember this one though, at mile 75 I was hungry and GU gel packs were not going to do it anymore.  Joe Oglesby a lifelong local of Crawford manned this aid station and he fed me Dinty Moore from a can and an awesome sausage and cheese biscuit.  Joe was great and I really enjoyed taking this break with him.
 I raced very well until the last aid station at mile ~88 or so.  It was actually mile 93 for me as I had gone off course a little over 5 miles up to that point, but after refueling at the aid station a huge downpour came and I was at ~11k on an exposed trail.  I saw a bear jump out of the trees below my feet (this was a steep mountain) and bound down below.  It was surreal.  I put on my rain jacket (again) and knew I was about 8-10 miles ahead of the guy behind me so I waited under a small tree for the rain to never did so after 30 mins or so I ran through the rain and got my feet soaking wet.  I wore thick socks coated in Vaseline which turned out to be a real problem as I got a bad case of trench foot.  I wish we would have taken a photo of that at the end - bright white with huge crevasses - those crevasses are the problem because it is a pinching pain when you step.  Really painful.  I alternated running and walking but on the final 5.5 mile road descent the rain had turned the caliche soil into a thick gooey mud.  So I walked the whole way...finally pulling out my socks (you can see them below in my hand at the finish line).
Pulling off the socks and having the shoes untied helped a bit but it also gave me two bubble blisters I had to contend with afterward (they disappeared so no aftermath).  But instead of finishing strong on a downhill road I came into the finish at a whimper.  The 2nd place guy came in a little while later and his feet were fine.  Thin socks and well draining shoes.  Wow, lesson learned.

The other racers were just awesome and very supportive.  I had know idea what to do or what to expect and each one gave me some tips either the night before or while on course.  All of the other racers were vets of at least ten 100 milers with one guy having done 12 since 2012 and he considered himself a rookie!  Great community and I'm glad to at least see a small part of it.  

I'm hooked on this local series and will plan on being back again in 2015!