Monthly Archives: June 2007

Locked and loaded

After scoping out racing schedules and calendars for the next few months, I finally decided on some events and have registered for my next 4 races:

7/4 – Freedom Festival 5k
Running this one with the kids along the parade route. Should be a lot of fun!

7/7 – Leadville Trail Marathon
Not your typical marathon. Starts in Leadville at around 10,000′ and takes a combination of 4WD roads and some singletrack to top out at 13,188′ on Mosquito Pass before heading back to town. I don’t have the time to go through a taper and recovery cycle for this one, so the plan is to just take it as a training run and continue my buildup for Katcina Mosa and use it as a test to see how I respond to the high altitude.

8/4 – Katcina Mosa 100K
62 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing on some VERY rugged terrain. This is a giant loop in the canyons and on the mountains near where I grew up. I’m familiar with most of the route, though there are a few sections I haven’t seen before. I’ll definitely be doing a couple of lighter weeks to taper down for this one and will hopefully have a good solid run without having to dig too deep. It’ll be a long day – the race starts at 3:00 AM! Looking forward to running through the old stomping grounds. This race captured my attention last winter and became my long-term goal back then. I’ve had the course map set as my computer background since New Years Day.

9/28 – The Bear 100
Yikes. September sounds like a long way off. Really it’s only 3 months from now. 35 hour cutoff time. I’m hoping to complete it in under 30 hours. Dang, that sounds like such a loooooong time to be on the feet. I definitely need to toughen up – I’ve got some work to do in that department…

Running with the bulls, errrr bikes.

I had the opportunity to run out in Fruita today. Back on some of the same trails I did my 50 mile race on last April. It was quite a bit warmer today – in the 90’s, and I didn’t start running until 1:30 in the afternoon. Good heat training, I guess.

Water was a concern. I had a 70z camelbak fully stocked and headed out to see how long that would last me. Running with the load on my back wasn’t the greatest feeling, but I kept the pace slow for the first few miles and just tried to ease into it.

Even though it was a Saturday, things seemed pretty deserted. I guess all the smart people got their fun in before things got too hot…

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Fun Weekend

The kids were all out of school on Friday, so I took the day off from work and we went to the Zoo. It was a really nice day, not nearly as hot as it usually is when we go. We were all dragging by the afternoon and were definitely ready to get back home. It’s hard work having fun!!

On Saturday we put a decent effort into weeding and yard work before lunch. Then I took the kids over to the canyon for a little ride. It’s so nice to have such a great place to ride close by. People drive from all over the Denver area to ride in our neck of the woods.

This was the maiden voyage of Natalie’s new birthday bike. It’s on the big side, but she’s growing like crazy! I didn’t dare go with anything smaller (this was basically the smallest ‘adult’ size). She rode so great today! I was very happy, and so was she. It was great weather and we all had a super time. As I was riding along with her, she said “I’m sure glad I have an athletic dad like you, or else I would be home right now instead of riding bikes.” Made me laugh.

More pictures here.