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.

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.

Denver Cruisers – Decades

Last night (Wednesday) was Denver Cruisers’ weekly summer ride, this time with the theme of “Decades.” Pretty open ended. Anyway, it was my first time going, and it was a blast. Things started off at the Gin Mill, with a meeting time of 6:30. I figured I’d be home 9-10 or so. Nope, things didn’t even get going from there until about 8:30.

Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

There was easily a few hundred people out for the ride (and despite it not being a “booze cruise,” it certainly was).

This is…somewhere.


The first stop (at a bar/venue that I don’t remember the name of) had a rockin’ band, and…a stripper pole? Not quite what I was expecting.

Good times, and I’m sure I’ll join them again. And I really, really need to get a cruiser bike.


Today marks the 140th day of work for the year. With only 7 days of driving in so far (the last time in April), I have just hit the 95% mark for bike to work. I expect to hit the 200-day mark sometime in early December. Last month I had over 700 bike-not-drive miles, which more than doubled up anyone else in the region, winning me a $30 Sports Authority gift card. Now, what to buy…hm.

I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately, because not a lot of post-worthy things have been happening, that I have pictures for. Hopefully I’ll get some from mud volleyball, and I wish I’d had my camera at the Rockies game on Sunday to get a shot of Fowler taking on the right-field wall at full speed.

I expect things will be picking back up soon-ish, although marathon training is coming on strong, which will eat up some time. I have abandoned the full-barefoot goal as two months is simply not enough time to get my feet from where they are now (pain and blisters after only a mile or two) to being able to run 26 on them, so back to the Vibram FiveFingers.

Next weekend I expect to go for the Tenmile Traverse, which should yield some great photos.