Leadville and Motivation

The Leadville Trail Marathon is now four weeks behind us. I signed up for it in memory of Rob Janssen, who passed in a climbing accident last year. My training was almost all-consuming leading up to it, as evidenced by my near-total lack of peak skiing this year, despite an excellent spring. The race was an amazing experience, but took it out of me in a way nothing has before. Motivation was nonexistent, energy levels through the floor, and recovery slower than molasses.

Things finally changed his week, thanks to the preseason Salvagetti/Happy Coffee Cyclocross team meeting. After a month of not wanting to do anything, I’m now to the point where I’m even looking forward to trainer workouts. It’s good to be back.

Because I need to get caught up on photos and such, below are two photos from the Bailey Hundo. The first is Christopher Jones blasting the end of Sandy Wash, the second Levi enjoying a free massage at the aid station.



Denver Snow Day

I recently got a GoPro camera, and I put together my first video during the snowpocalypse that hit Denver last week. I’m really looking forward to getting some more experience with it. Enjoy!

Keeping Water Unfrozen

This is an idea I’ve been kicking around in my head for some time now. Come wintertime, keeping your water from freezing in the backcountry is vital. I eschew hydration bladders altogether once the snow flies, as the “tricks” to keep it unfrozen (blowing air in the tube, get an insulated hose, etc.) are all too unreliable. I’ve occasionally seen it suggested to add a little vodka to your water to lower the freezing point, but always wondered just how effective that relatively small amount of alcohol would be. I finally got tired of simply wondering, did some research, and threw everything in to a spreadsheet. Continue reading


Yep, it’s finally over. In some ways it felt like it took forever, in others I can’t believe it’s time for a new year. All said, 2009 was a pretty decent year for me. I got serious about riding my bike to work (and hit over 95% at one point, which thanks to injury and fear of reinjury is back down to 75%), I ran a great half-marathon and finished an abysmal marathon, got out camping a few times, had some great ski days, made plenty of new friends, took some pretty decent photos from time to time, and had a few amazing days in the mountains. I’ve got quite a few plans for the next year, and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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:

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.