San Juans: Redcloud and Sunshine (July 11, 2015)

Day 2 in the San Juans found us with a much simpler day: Redcloud and Sunshine.  Redcloud is a pretty straightforward walkup peak while Sunshine is a quick jaunt over and only at 14,001 feet!

The night before, Kris and I had set up camp at the Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead.  The road up to it is straightforward and in pretty good shape.  Narrow in some spots, but nothing most 2WDs with decent clearance can’t manage.  Arriving at the trailhead, we found that we would be anything but alone.  It was the pre-Handies aid station for the Hardrock 100.

36 mile mark of the Hardrock 100.

36 mile mark of the Hardrock 100.

We talked with the crew at the station and found that were towards the last third of athletes.  Hoping for a relatively quiet night, we settled in early, falling asleep before the sun even went down.  Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn had knocked us out cold.
3 AM, the alarm goes off.  We take our time getting ready and are on the trail by 4:10.  Feeling better, but still fatigued from the previous day’s effort, we start slow.  The trail joined us in our slow start, taking 1.7 miles to climb the first 1,000 feet of the day.

The trail follows the creek to tree line and even a good ways past it.  In the blackness of early morning, the sound of rushing water dominates the senses and we experience very little beyond the water and what we can see from our headlamps.  Around 11,600 feet, we hit the remnants of a massive avalanche.  In the early morning light, we struggled to find  the best way out of it.  It wasn’t necessarily finding a safe route, we just wanted to find the trail as opposed to awkward rocks/scree.


Coming back across the avalanche remains.


Looking up at the path of the slide. Snapped trees were strewn across the snow.

We eventually picked up the trail right next to the creek and were back on our way.  Shortly after, we noticed clouds already building to the southwest over Handies.  This was more than a bit confusing/disconcerting considering the forecast called for a 0% chance of rain.  Knowing this, we continued climbing, but kept a watchful eye as we approach treeline on the clouds behind us.

Morning clouds build over Handies

Morning clouds build over Handies.

As we arrived in the basin, the clouds stayed to our southwest, so we continued up.  Eventually, some wispy clouds floated their way over, but nothing that was threatening.  The train through the basin meanders a bit, but is excellent trail that gradually climbs until  around 12,400 feet where it quickly jumps up to a ridge below the summit approach of Redcloud.  We made quick work of this section since the sun stayed pinned behind the surrounding mountains and kept us quite a bit colder than we had anticipated.

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We hit 13,000 feet about 2:15 into the hike (6:15 AM) and were greeted with our first views of the true summit of Redcloud.  We stopped to put layers on and watched an incredibly quick hiker make work of the summit approach to Redcloud and move his way over to Sunshine.  He had passed us somewhere in the 11,500 foot range and seemed to be continuing at his quick pace.

The view to the top here can be a bit demoralizing as you stare up at a bunch of rock and a trail that is full of sweeping switchbacks.  Thankfully, the trail is relatively stable and you just need to put your head down and one foot in front of the other to reach the false summit around 13,800.  From here, its quick jaunt to the base of the summit pitch and then a simple switchback hike to the summit.


Looking over at yesterday’s accomplishments. Wetter horn on the left (the one with a slant on the right side) and Uncompahgre (the giant one on the right)


Looking at our next objective: Sunshine. The clouds are starting to add in some variableness to our day.

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We were on the summit less than 3 hours into our hike and caught the final bit of a beautiful sunrise over the peaks to our east.  With the clouds moving in, we did not spend long on Redcloud.

The hike to Sunshine is straightforward.  Its relatively downward with an ascent at the end to reach the peak.  We completed the traverse in 42 minutes.  As nice as it was to have reached our second summit of the day…we still had to go back over Redcloud on our way down!


Sunshine Summit. 14,001 feet. The lowest 14er in the US!


Sunshine summit looking back at Redcloud.


Once again, clouds were still building so we didn’t spend too long on the summit.  We were quickly off on our way back over to Redcloud.  Its around 1.5 miles between the summits and its definitely more up on the way back.  Nothing steep or technical, but enough to make you notice.  I struggled to keep pace with Kris, but we still found ourselves on the summit of Redcloud for a 2nd time 43 minutes after leaving the Sunshine summit.  It was all downhill from here!

On the descent, I began to feel a pain in my right heel.  Not one for bone injuries or pain like this, I was a bit nervous as to what it was.  Stress reaction? Stress fracture?  Hot spot in my boot?  Who knows.  With the Leadville 100 coming up, I was exceedingly cautious and protected it for much of the descent.

On our way up, we had caught a glimpse of huge Columbine fields in the early morning light.  With the peaks summited, I took a moment to grab a few shots on the way down.

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Kris and I decided that if someone put a gun to our head, we could hike Handies.  However, we wanted to enjoy the peak, and with that in mind we decided to save it for another day.  As we finished our hike, the skies opened up and drenched us with a chilly rain for the last 5 minutes of our hike.  As we broke down our tent, Handies was obscured by gray clouds, reaffirming our decision to leave it til another day.

After all, we’re not just in this 14er business for the peaks, but for the experience and views as well.

Redcloud/Sunshine Stats
Elevation Gain: 4,675 feet
Mileage: 11.9 Miles
Total Time: 6:19 (2:52 to Redcloud, 3:34 to Sunshine)
Average Speed: 1.9 mph

The GPX file for this trip is attached to the Trip Report:

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San Juans: Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre (July 10, 2015)

Having run out of 14ers that were of the shorter driving distance from Denver, it was time to start journeying to the San Juans in the southwest corner of Colorado.

The drive out was a bit longer than planned due to construction on US 50 between Poncha Springs and Gunnison.  Added a solid hour onto our trip.  Fortunately, we had left earlier than anticipated which gave us plenty of daylight to get to camp.

The majority of the drive to the Matterhorn Creek Trailhead is pretty easy from Lake City.  The last half mile or so has a few challenging sections though.  With the rain and my unwillingness to risk too much damage to my car, we parked just above the 4WD turnoff after spinning my tires on a rocky section.  Not worth it for a half mile.
The 3 AM wake-up call came quick and we were on the trail by 4 AM heading towards Wetterhorn.  We made fast work of the early trail in the dark, hitting treeline in 45 minutes.  It was still dark, but we were starting to see the peaks in the early morning shadows.

Wetterhorn in the early morning light

Wetterhorn in the early morning light.

The peak’s rise from the valley is stunning and truly a sight to behold.  It almost seems as if a strong wind out of the south could topple the peak.  The terrain here is an interesting mix of rock, grass, and trail.  Not quite scree, not quite smooth trail.  There is still quite a bit of snow left in the basin, but the trail is largely clear.  Only one snow crossing around 13,000 got the blood pumping a bit.

Crossing snow just below 13,000 feet.

Crossing snow just below 13,000 feet.


Rock hopping and finding Columbines.

We were on the ridge about 1:45 after we started.  The sun was beginning to illuminate our remaining route.  A dusting of snow had fallen overnight,  but nothing that created any problems.  There were clouds to our south and west but they seemed to be relatively stationary and did not look threatening.

The wind had however picked up and the temperatures were still cool (in the 30s?) so we put on our shells to break the wind and our helmets to be prepared for the upcoming class 3 section.

Sunrise in the mountains...never beaten.

Sunrise in the mountains…never beaten.

We started our way towards the summit.  We only had 1,000 feet left to gain and the prospect of summiting before 7 was exciting considering we still had to trek across the basin and climb Uncompahgre.

The ridge is a mix of hiking and class 2 terrain until you get to the last couple hundred feet.      As you approach The Prow, the fun begins.  We were able to pick our route pretty easily.  The rock is solid and the snow added a little spice to it, but was negligible over all.  We didn’t need any traction etc.


The Prow in the foreground. Summit in the back.

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As we worked our way through the sections, we were having so much fun that we lost track of how close to the summit we were.  All of the sudden, Kris took a step and he was on top of the peak.  It was 6:30 AM, the sun was filling in the basin, clouds clung to the basin to our northwest and the views of the surrounding peaks were incredible.  Wisps of clouds floated in all direction, but lacked intent. Uncompahgre was creating its own cloud, but it seemed peaceful as well.

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We took a minute to call our wives, grabbed some food and headed down.  It was going to be a full day and with the clouds, we didn’t want to lose too much time.  Down climbing the class 3 terrain was pretty straight forward.  A lot of “butt-scootin” what the snow, but nothing too sketchy.

Marmots playing tag!

Marmots playing tag!

Once we hit the 13,000 foot ridge, we picked up the pace knowing that we had rolling terrain for the next 4 miles.  We picked up a faint trail that took a tangent to connect with the stock trail to take us to the base on Uncompahgre.  The views in the basin are sweeping  and impressive.  Rolling meadows filled with flowers gives way to the steep walls of Uncompahgre and a canyon to the north.

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We reached the point where our stock trail joins the standard trail on Uncompahgre a little less than 2 hours after leaving the 13,000 foot ridge on Wetterhorn.  Happy with our speed, we began climbing towards the 14,309 foot summit.  Despite being a class 2 climb, the summit of Uncompahgre is guarded by steep rock faces.  The route to the peak initially meanders a bit to position the trail for one of the access gullies to the summit.

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The trail is excellent as we approach the summit.  Just below 14,000 feet, it starts to fade into rock and class 2 terrain.  However, it is still relatively easy to follow.  This is the 6th highest summit in Colorado and 9th highest in the lower 48.  I was bonking pretty hard as we approached the summit.  Reaching the summit here was much more challenging than Wetterhorn or most of the other 14ers I had done.  Talking with another hiker and he had experienced similar difficulties as well.  Was it the elevation?  Mileage?

We summited at 10:30 AM.  6.5 hours and 10.75 miles into our day.  The summit had cleared, but now it was Wetterhorn’s turn to be in a cloud.  The sky still did not look threatening, but clouds were definitely starting to fill in.


Looking back at Wetterhorn.


View to the northwest.

We spent a little bit of time relaxing on the summit.  The legs definitely felt the day’s effort and we still had 8 more miles to go.  Throw in about 500 feet of climbing and we were about to enter the hurt box.

Clouds started to move in with moisture as we dropped below 14,000 feet so we took a faint trail around 13,300 that cut off 0.75 miles.  As we got back down to the basin, it started to rain lightly and the sky filled in with gray.


Rain coming, but no lightning!

Once in the basin, we got our rain coats on just in case the deluge came, but it never did.  We worked our way back to the high point of the pack trail around 15 miles.  Along the way we picked up another hiker who was meandering along the trail and wanted to hike faster. By the time we finished, we were very thankful that we had.  He told us stories of his climbs and how he wanted to finish before he was 60.  Can’t remember how many he had, but he’s close!  Somewhere in the high 40s/low 50s.

The last little bit down to the trailhead is a slog.  It had gotten warm after the rain and with the high mileage of the day, our bodies were breaking down.  Our pace stayed steady around 3 mph though and we got back to the car 9.5 hours after leaving it.

We grabbed our Snickers and Gatorade and collapsed to the ground.  Our legs were toast. We were toast.

Wetterhorn/Uncompahgre Stats
Elevation Gain: 6,407 feet
Mileage: 18.5 Miles
Total Time: 9:30
Average Speed: 1.9 mph

The GPX file for this trip is attached to the Trip Report:

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Week 26-Week 29

Summer has finally rolled around and with it has come a welcome increase in miles.  My left hamstring has been bugging me as well, so running has been tapered back for the time being.

Week 26 (May 11-17): 75.7 miles RIDE, 0 miles RUN
Week 27 (May 18-24): 67.1 miles RIDE, 0 miles RUN
Week 28 (May 25-31): 63.9 miles RIDE, 0 miles RUN
Week 29 (June 1-7): 120.9 miles RIDE, 0 miles RUN – Elephant Rock 100k Ride

RUN: 54.7 miles
BIKE: 883.5 miles

As we progress into the more focused and specialized stage of training, I want to take a post to focus on this year compared to last as well as my first road ride (Elephant Rock 100K).

2014 v. 2015 (As of June 7)
2014 Bike Miles: 1,007 miles
2015 Bike Miles 883.5 miles

While there are less miles this year, I am confident that my fitness is better.  Many of the miles logged this year are more structured and focused on longer rides  Last year, I was commuting and a lot of my miles were from shorter rides of 8-10 miles.  For comparisons sake:

In 2014, I had 35 rides of 10+ miles and 7 rides of 20+ miles as of this date.
In 2015, I have 43 rides of 10+ miles and 13 rides of 20+ miles as of this date.

Also, my longest ride is farther.  In 2014, my farthest ride was 41 miles from Lakewood to Boulder.  This year, I’ve ridden 33 on the mountain bike and 60 miles on the roadie at Elephant Rock.


A few quick pictures from my May 23 ride in Breckenridge.  Beautiful day for a ride.  The weather was variable, a bit chilly, and had a bit of snow tossed in, but roads were mostly dry and it was great to be in the high country.



The top of Swan Mountain

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Elephant Rock Recap (
As I’ve continued to grow in my cycling, there was a gap in my riding experience: a road ride.  I had the opportunity to be an ambassador for Elephant Rock which involved posting ERock information and my riding stories to Facebook.  I enjoyed the opportunity as it not only allowed me to ride ERock, but to also dig deeper into the road riding world.  A place unfamiliar to me.

Leading into ERock, my training was becoming increasingly organized but still not where it needed to be.  I was bit nervous at how my body would respond to 60 miles.

Turns out, I was ready to roll.  I was hoping to finish around 4 hours and was able to complete the course in 3:34 (a bit longer if you count the rest stop that was extended due to the train, but still under 4!).  My average speed was 16.9 mph and I closed the last 5 miles or so averaging around 22 mph.  I rode with Jon and Erin Delk (although Jon left us early on to take the full century route) and we both felt as though we still had a bit left in the tank.  I’m OK with that though as the main purpose of ERock for me was to figure what I’m capable of and to start to gauge my gas tank for the upcoming racing season.

Elephant Rock is a great ride if you’re considering it.  The course is well marked and provides a variety of different terrain challenges.  The first half of the 100k was mostly rolling hills.  We had about 2,000 feet of gain by the 30 mile (50Kish) mark.  The back half  has less climbing, but closes with a decent climb up Tomah Hill that is about 3 miles long and climbs 400 feet or so.  The event takes great care of you and is incredibly well supported.  Looking forward to returning next year!

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There have been quite a few other highlights in the past month!


Closing out our time in the suburbs with one last ride up Coalton. It’s been a good climb to us!


Excited to be back in Denver and have this view from City Park again.


Rain has been a constant this May and June. Making some of the major paths unrideable at times. (Picture taken from twitter…not mine)


Back on top of our favorite ride: Evergreen Peak!


Confluence Park is a bit blown out.


Few things are as enjoyable as going biking with people learning to ride. Erin Moran hitting her first log here. Not phased at all!


Fresh paint!


Like I said…so happy to be back in Denver.


Trails in the foothills are mostly good to go. Some muddy spots around…ride through not around!


Cherry Creek Bike Park is green, mostly dry and ready to roll!


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Week 19 – Week 25

Its been a while since I’ve updated.  Over a month actually.  I blame track season.  It was (is…Day 2 of State is tomorrow…but things have quieted down) a great season but took a lot more out of me than past seasons.  At the end of the day, I love what I do.  And I love being on the the oval every day.

I’m going to use this a summary post to show whats been going on with my life.  I’ve been in ride whenever I can and however much I can mode for the last 6 weeks.  Between, track season, repeated doctor visits, and my sisters wedding, life has been busy!

Week 19 (March 23-29): 3.3 mi RUN, 23.8 mi RIDE
Week 20 (March 30-April 5): 0 mi RUN, 59 mi RIDE, 2D Snowboard
Week 21 (April 6 – 12): 2 mi RUN, 44 mi RIDE
Week 22 (April 13-19): 0 mi RUN, 23.1 mi RIDE
Week 23 (April 20-26): 6.5 mi RUN, 9.9 mi RIDE
Week 24 (April 27-May 3): 0 mi RUN, 59 mi RIDE
Week 25 (May 4 – 10): 2.6 mi RUN, 16 mi RIDE

RUN: 54.7 miles
BIKE: 555.9 miles

Thankfully, we’ve made “progress” on the chest pain and shortness of breath.  I had a stress test and spirometry done.  Both came back with me passing with flying colors so the doctor has confidently eliminated heart and lungs as the cause of my pain.  I still have the pain, but I’ve been very diligent about taking my NSAID and hoping that will help clear it up.  We are going to revisit it after the school year ends and life quiets down.  Hopefully, things work out!

More regular entries should resume now that track is over.  Hopefully health comes with it!


First flat in a while…I blame Google Maps for its dirt roading…


Anyone know the purpose of these?


Google Maps needs a road bike feature.


First time with this view of Stanley Lake. Beautiful.


Clear Creek was rushing!


Painted Bike Lanes = Awesome.


Squeezing in some work before the storms.


To ride this direction or not? I chose ride!


Flowers are out in bloom.


This is accurate for the past few weeks.


Beautiful day to ride home from Betasso.


Andy breaking in his new Remedy on Link Trail.


Andy’s new whip.


One last day on skis at Vail.


The Wall.

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Week 18: Chaos With a Strong Close

Weekly Summary
– Rough week for the schedule
– Got out for 2 hours on Sunday…woohoo!
– Starting to get excited for summer…Elephant Rock and LT100!

Monday (3/16): 11.6 mi. RIDE, 1 mi RUN
Tuesday (3/17): OFF
Wednesday (3/18):
11.6 mi RIDE
Thursday (3/19):
Friday (3/20):
OFF (Track Meet)
Saturday (3/21):
OFF (Track Meet)
Sunday (3/22):
21.3 mi RIDE

RUN: 1 miles
BIKE: 44.7 miles

2015 TOTALS:
RUN: 40.3 miles
BIKE: 321.1 miles

Monday (3/16): 11.6 mi. RIDE, 1 mi RUN
Strong ride down BV2.  Little bit of running to map out a route as well for the team.  Loving the nice weather!

Tuesday (3/17): OFF

Wednesday (3/18): 11.6 m.
Legs are a bit crushed.  Took it slow today in hopes that they come back.  Not optimistic for any regularity of the next few days with track and the NCAA tournament (Xavier in particular).

Thursday (3/19): OFF
Friday (3/20): OFF (Track Meet)
Saturday (3/21): OFF (Track Meet)

Sunday (3/22): 21.3 mi RIDE:
One of those days where I just kept riding because it was fun.  It was initially a sufferfest with the Coalton Jeep Road climb, a stiff headwind, and dead legs from 16 hours on my feet in the previous 48 hours.  However, I kept telling myself that if I kept riding, it would feel better.  I was lying to myself until I got to the backside of Flatirons Vista.  Despite lacking any downhill ability, I had a blast rolling over the rocks and exploring the technical challenges.  It was a great way to spice up a long ride.  3 hours next week?

Good to be back on dirt!

Good to be back on dirt!

This is much better than defying death by dashing across HWY 93

This is much better than defying death by dashing across HWY 93

It's not biking season until you have to fix a disc brake!

It’s not biking season until you have to fix a disc brake!


This day a year ago...scrambling to finish our track meet.  We failed to do so.

This day a year ago…scrambling to finish our track meet. We failed to do so.

Always forget how great the view is over the first hump at Flatirons Vista

Always forget how great the view is over the first hump at Flatirons Vista

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Ride Song of the Week:

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Week 16, Week 17: Settling Into the New Normal

Weekly Summary
– Starting to find my routine that works with track season
– Lots of PRs on the bike/CC Bike Path!
– Ride song of the week on the bottom!

Monday (3/2): OFF
Tuesday (3/3): 
3.3 miles RUN
Wednesday (3/4):
Thursday (3/5): 
2.7 miles RUN
Friday (3/6): 
11.6 miles BIKE
Saturday (3/7):
 13.1 miles BIKE
Sunday (3/8):
13.4 miles BIKE

Monday (3/9):
13.5 miles BIKE
Tuesday (3/10):
11.4 miles BIKE
Wednesday (3/11):
Thursday (3/12):
1.7 miles RUN
Friday (3/13):
Saturday (3/14):
11.5 miles BIKE
Sunday (3/15):
21 miles BIKE

Week 16: 6 miles RUN, 38.1 miles BIKE
Week 17: 1.7 miles RUN, 57.4 miles BIKE

RUN: 39.3 miles
BIKE: 276.4 miles

Tuesday, March 3, 2015:
Neighborhood run with the track team.  Running fitness is better.  I don’t notice much pain anymore in my neck etc.  However, the shortness of breath is persistent.  Went to physical therapy today to help with the nerves in my neck.  Main advice was to do traction every day.  My neck looks strong.  However, the PT was not optimistic this would fix all of my symptoms as he hadn’t seen them before.  I’m remaining hopeful as I like to make things difficult for doctors.

Thursday, March 5, 2015:
Typical run.  Nothing too much of note other than its brevity.  Always good to get out.

Friday, March 6, 2015:
Weather was beautiful, but the track hadn’t melted yet so no JV meet.  Took a trip down memory lane by biking from school to Union Station.  I miss that ride every morning.  So much better commuting on 2 wheels as opposed to 4.  I do not miss navigating Florida just east of Quebec during rush hour with more potholes than usual though.

Saturday, March 7, 2015:
Route: BV2.  Bicycle Village (BV) to Union Station where I catch the BV bus.  I will be friends with this route for the coming couple of months.  With the nice weather, I attacked the ride.  Having 30 minutes in between busses motivated me to get going too…  Door to door in 39:39, first time under 40!  Felt good, but definitely bonked at the end.  Needed more food!

Sunday, March 8, 2015:
Trails were unrideable without causing damage so I headed out on the road.  Felt pretty gassed and really out of sync climbing (even though the climbs were minor).  Had planned to go all the way into Boulder and south on Cherryvale, but I cut it short down Mcaslin.  3 days in a row of riding had taken its toll…but you gotta take advantage this time of year!

Monday, March 9, 2015:
I’m a big believer in teaching your body routine.  Traditionally, I take Monday’s off because the kids have their biggest workout of the week that day and it takes a while to get through.  However, C’s schedule has dictated otherwise lately.  It’s taken my body a bit to get adjusted to it.  Another trip down the BV2 route…another bonk.  Gotta figure out my nutrition during the day so I can finish these rides!  39:36 today.  3 second PR

Tuesday, March 10, 2015:
Boom!  Finally connected the dots for a good ride.  Route PR for BV2 at 36:11…massive 3:25 off my previous best.  Got to the bus as it was leaving and felt great.  Could have gone farther.

Thursday, March 12, 2015:
Legs have been crushed by Tuesday’s effort.  I was lazy when I got home and didn’t stretch.    Just did a quick run chatting with my athletes so I could shake out my legs.  It was tough…they dropped me frequently.

The finish line for BV2.

The finish line for BV2.

Saturday, March 13, 2015:
Wildly successful track meet today and dropped another PR down BV2.  34:10!  Helped big time by the 30 minute bus schedule again.  That’s a hell of a motivator.  Felt great.  Was on an emotional high with the PR/first time averaging over 20 mph on a decent ride.

Sunday, March 14, 2015:
Kinda Dirty Bismarck…Started off great with a nice dirt climb up the Coalton Jeep Road.  Then all of the good single track was closed so I went around on 128 and 93.  Couldn’t get back on til I was almost back to Superior.  Oh well.  It was a gorgeous day.  I had great music on and relatively loneliness on the trails.  Today was a day that reminds me why I bike.


Pavement on the fat tires.

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Ride Music of the Week: 

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Week 15: Reaching for Routine

Weekly Summary:
– Track season started…so of course it won’t stop snowing.
– Some sense of routine this week…prioritizing training and “me” time
– Much more running than biking…got show kids the routes!

Monday (2/23): Off
Tuesday (2/24): 1.5 mile RUN
Wednesday (2/25): 2.2 mile RUN
Thursday (2/26):  Off
Friday (2/27): 1 mile RUN
Saturday (2/28): 3×10:00 Tempo RIDE
Sunday (3/1): 3 mile SNOWSHOE

RUN: 4.7 miles
BIKE: 19 miles

2015 TOTALS:
RUN: 31.6 miles
BIKE: 180.9 miles

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 1.5 mile RUN
Hodgepodge running day.  You grow to love these days as a coach.  Quick run over to Wetlands to check out the conditions there…no bueno.  Hard, rutted ice.  Ankle twisting heaven.  Back to Utah Park to measure out a 1000 meter loop.  At least had a decent idea of what would work.  Just ended up trimming down our 1200 meter loop to 1000.  Love running in this weather!

Wednesday, February 25,2015 – 2.2 miles RUN
Bring on the snow!  Sent the athletes out in decent conditions.  Light snow for the first 15 minutes…and then the front came through.  Finished the run with a 1 sided face-snow-beard…on the windy side of course.  Several athletes finished with newly whitened hair as the snow picked up.  Felt good and still enjoy this weather for running.

Friday, February 27, 2015 – 1 mile RUN
Quick run to map out the parking lot for our Mile Time Trial.  Quick 2 loops, which the kids promptly crushed me on.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 3×10:00 Tempo
Stats: Int1-131 bpm, Int2-139 bpm, Int3-147bpm
Felt strong.  Really enjoying this workout as a benchmark workout to track my growth.  Also discovered the Cyclometer App (  100 million times better than Strava Premium and only costs 5 bucks a YEAR as opposed to Strava’s 50+ bucks

Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 3 mile Snowshoe
Beautiful day outside of Ned.  Pictures to come later this week once I’ve cleaned them up.  PLENTY of snow up high.  Up to 4 feet in spots.  Just a quick hike up towards the Hessie trailhead until it was time to turn around.  Cross training is one of the most underrated parts of winter.  Snow is a close second…in the high country.  FREE THE ROADS!

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