Denver Zombie Crawl 2009

This past Saturday was the Denver Zombie Crawl on the 16th St. Mall. Fortunately, one of Brian’s friends is a makeup artist, and was able to do us up properly.

Part of the horde of thousands. Apparently the record was set (which would’ve required over 4,000 people), though I don’t know the total number. The organizers were also hit with plenty of fines, probably for obstructing buses and getting fake blood over everything.

Ecto-1 made an appearance.

One of the many buses being attacked:

Good times.


First Ascent Launch Party

As some of you may know, Eddie Bauer is launching a new product line called First Ascent that brings them back to the technical side of things. They’re doing launch parties across the country with the guides involved in the design, all of which are involved with RMI. It was essentially a short (10 minutes perhaps) pitch about the gear, followed by an hour of Q&A with Jim Whittaker, Peter Whittaker, Dave Hahn, and a couple more RMI guides. The gear looks great, though the shells are definitely designed with more of a bent towards climbing than skiing (a little more length would be nice) but otherwise solid-looking equipment at very reasonable prices. It was great talking to a couple of the world’s premier climbing guides about gear and strategery, and I got a photo with Jim Whittaker, first American to summit Everest:

Denver Marathon

Well, it’s done. The pain will be lasting for a few days though, my guess is by Wednesday I’ll have full function in my legs back. I didn’t make my sub-4:00 goal, not by a long shot. New blisters started forming and subsequently popping starting around mile 5 and going until mile 22-23, and my legs turned into jello about halfway through. I hoped my general fitness would help me to a quicker time, but no such luck. The three weeks of not being able to do anything at all really killed me, as my HR was up around 190 even while churning out 8:00-8:30 miles. I finished in 5:09:45.

Now a couple thoughts on the race. First, the number of toilets at the start was grossly insufficient. I got there at 6:30, immediately got in line, and barely had time to run over to the bag check and make it to the starting line before the race started. Next, the course that is billed as “flat” is anything but. There are hardly any flat sections, and there are a few multi-mile long gradual, soul crushing hills scattered through the event. The Gu tables really should’ve been stationed right before water stations, rather than out on their own, but that’s not a huge issue, and finally, they need to get some real beer for the finish. I didn’t even bother going to the beer tent, since I’ve heard MGD64 is even worse than Michelob Ultra. Come on, we just did 26 miles, at least give us some High Life. Other than these issues, the event was run pretty well. Volunteers were largely great, traffic control was flawless (for the runners; I’ve read horror stories from people trying to drive through the mess). The official course cyclists were everywhere and helpful.

Once my legs recover, I think I’ll get working on speed for a while, since I can’t do any weight training for a couple more months. I feel a need to go back and do it right (ie break 4:00) but we’ll see how that goes.

Back at it

Well, the sling is finally off after a miserable three weeks. I rode my bike for the first time since the crash, and it was great. I don’t think I’ll be able to do any cyclocross racing this year, or at least not until November. My bike to work percentage was crushed by this. I was up around 96% for the year, and as of today I’m at 88.89%, and it’ll take four solid weeks just to get me back to 90%. At least I should break 200 days for the year.

In other news, the Denver Marathon is on Sunday. I haven’t been able to run for the past three weeks due to this, and except for one run in between this and a prior injury recovery, I’ve run about 5 miles in the past two months. My goal is sub-4:00, but I’ll be happy just to finish, given the circumstances.

Out of commission

There haven’t been any posts in a little while now, and while I’ll try to get some content up, I won’t be doing a whole lot for two more weeks, as a result of dislocating my shoulder in a bike crash on my way home from work early last week. I’m wearing an external-rotation sling which is a miserable contraption that holds your arm out in front of you at a 90 degree angle. It comes off in two weeks, which happens to be 2-3 days before the marathon that I’ve been unable to sufficiently train for. It’s destroying my bike to work ratio, which was over 95% and will be under 90% by the time it comes off. I just hope it doesn’t interfere with cyclocross or ski seasons.