Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Agile Fox Friday Foto – 09.21.2012

After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own.  I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week.  No recycling.  I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots.  Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.

The 2012 wildfire season will likely break the 2006 record of 9.8 million acres burned, with 8.4 million scorched so far and no signs of letting up.  That is an area equivalent to the entire state of Maryland.

After an intense June and July, Colorado has been quiet on the fire side of things.  We are currently living with some very hazy conditions due to being downwind from the ~30 fires that are still burning in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

These skies can make for some unique sunsets, so with that in mind I headed out to see what I could capture.  The actual sunset was fairly mild, but the time before the sun went down was spectacular!  Unlike anything I’d ever seen.

I had planned to shoot across the lake with the sunset in the background.  What I didn’t see coming was the incredible streak of orange that developed across the water.  I was casually walking across the dam, because I had plenty of time before the sun actually went down, when I saw the reflection starting to form.  It’s normal to get some nice reflections as the sun goes down, but it usually happens much later – and the reflected light fans out and dissipates as it spreads over the lake.  I could tell this was going to be different.  Something special.  The haze was cutting down the intensity of the sunlight and allowing the reflection to form much earlier than usual, which kept it in a tight path all the way to the near shoreline.

Camera flailing, backpack shifting and bouncing all over, I sprinted across the dam for all I was worth.  Trying to get into a good position with the most water in view.  As I was running, I remembered that when shooting into the sun, cranking the aperature down all the way (so the lens opening is more like a pin hole) creates a cool starburst effect.  It seemed to take forever, and I was probably 30-60 seconds too late for the absolute peak moment, but I was happy to set up the tripod and get this  shot off before the river of gold got sucked back into the shadows as the sun rocketed below the horizon.

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Chatfield Sunset
1/400, f/22, 24mm @ ISO 640

2012 Training Log – Week 38

Why is it that I feel like every race report I read has a variation on a theme – “Some course markings got sabotaged so the trail we were on came to a dead end.” ??  (via Cory).

Stay tuned for…  How to Vandal-proof an Ultra.

After a long hot summer, with mostly lackluster running, I am finally feeling somewhat back in the saddle.  The Leadville Rebound took a couple weeks longer than usual, but has been in full swing lately.

I am at exactly 2200 miles for the year, only 25 more than this point last year.  Fail.

I have taken approximately 22,000 more photos than last year.

Probably some correlation there.

Speaking of photos, I randomly came across two of me from races earlier this spring.  It was a little funny because I distinctly remember being photographed in each case, but the pics never turned up in any of the usual spots after the races.  Then 6 months later I stumble across both of them in the same week.  This one back in April was a pretty good race for me (other one is Copyright so I’ll not post it here).

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Looking serious at the Earth Day 50K.
Credit: unknown (sourced from Michele Hartwig’s blog)

This week was my first 70+ total in a while.  70 used to be the default, now it is the goal.  My how things change.

I am signed up for the Rock and Roll Denver Marathon this Saturday.  Going to use it (possibly along with some extra miles) as a long training run.  I have been toying with the idea of another 100 miler this fall, and there are several I would love to do.  Boulder is not at the top of that list, but it may prevail simply due to logistics.  Also looking at the 24 hour option.


Monday
10 miles

Boneyard. Includes 4 laps @ 8:42 pace. Felt decent. Much better than last week.


Tuesday
10 miles

Out and back on east west trail. Felt a lot stronger than I thought I would.


Wednesday
14 miles

Awesome trail run at red rocks with Tim. Im not feeling 100% yet, but 80’ish is amazing compared to what I have been used to.  Really felt strong today.  Cool and misty weather helped a ton.


Thursday
8 miles

Easy jog.


Friday
7.8 miles

Boneyard. Lots of txt messages. Had to play catch-up with Stu and ran fairly hard on tired legs.


Saturday
20 miles

Figure-8 loops on the East/West trail. Test driving the New Balance MT1010s. Pushed a little beyond comfortable from the start, trying to set up for a good effort. First 10 went well, but probably dug a bit too deep passing and then staying away from rattlesnake-guy who made an appearance around mile 5. Monarch was tough, legs were toast. Feet killed me from mile 6-14, especially the left. Not the shoes fault.  Spent some quality time with the knife digging out the callous afterwards.


Sunday
OFF

Chased the sunset instead of running. Could have used a little more pop in the sky, but I found a sweet location.  It’ll be awesome in another week or two when the leaves change down here.

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Total: 70 miles / 11:24

The Agile Fox Friday Foto – 09.14.2012

After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own.  I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week.  No recycling.  I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots.  Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.

I had an hour to kill last Saturday while my girls were at a friend’s house.  I took my camera and went searching for something to shoot.  Being in the middle of a bright and sunny day, the landscape options were all a bust.  I remembered that a good rule in those situations is to look for a subject or an abstract rather than something like a landscape that benefits more from good lighting conditions.

I went by some horse pastures to see if anything was going on, but the horses were all taking cover from the sun.  I drove down into Chatfield State Park, still not knowing what to do, when I remembered the model airplane field.  It’s a really nice facility with a large asphalt runway, a pavilion, picnic tables, taxi lanes, and dedicated work areas.

Just by chance there was some sort of event going on and the place was filled with people and the air was a constant buzzing of plane motors.  I was surprised how large some of the planes were.  I don’t know the scale, but they seemed pretty big!  It was super challenging to deal with focus, zoom, and shutter speed all at once while the planes darted overhead.

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Cleared for Landing
1/1000, f/9, 280mm @ ISO 200

More shots here.