One of my favorite after work runs is now open. Late season snows pushed this back - I ran this in May last year. Good to have this back in the rotation!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
My last year of running the DDC - next year Joey and Danny get the full reigns as I'm retiring from the MTB race scene. Alternative route this year due to a lot of snow still up on the main route.
Jesse Jakomait in the lead from start to finish for another win here.
I helped host the Hotel Draw aid Station and went for a run opposite of the riders. My first run up corral Draw and it was really fun.
Kylie Krauss won the womens portion and this photo says it all. She stopped here after the picture and chatted with me for a while. You do not have to be in race mode when you are shredding the field.
Good thing we missed Indian Ridge in 2015.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
I passed through Flagstaff for work and was able to run up Schultz on through Dry Lake and Brookbank and return on Rocky Ridge. Fueled up at Macy's to make a great pass through. All that time sitting in the car made possible on trails I've recreated on nearly 20 years now.
Monday, June 01, 2015
2 months after surgery today and things have progressed well. I only wear the delta cast for running, but do not need it for work or most other things. The wrist bends forward ~30 degrees but nearly no movement backwards. In other words I will have to do knuckle push-ups the rest of my life. So I'm a little scared about tripping and landing on my hand at this stage so I've got the cast for support. I could probably ride a road bike, but the running works well. This was my longest run since the surgery - the 20 mile Hermosa-Dutch-Pinkerton-Flagstaff-Jones loop where the ones prior have mostly been road runs which are too boring to post pictures here.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
So I finally had wrist surgery - this thing has been killing me. Old bike injury, led to multiple MRIs with the last one having the word 'severe' mentioned a few times in the radiologists report. Had to stop biking - have not ridden in over a year and my handwriting turned illegible. Proximal Row Carpectomy is the procedure with a whole row of bones removed to "double up" on the remaining cartilage and rid me of arthritis. Any longer and it would be a total wrist fusion. Here is the procedure - now it is time to heal up and recover.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The 2015 season is complete, or at least I think it is. I took advantage of end-of-the year pricing in addition to historic lows of the Euro vs. the Dollar and bought a new set of race equipment. 6.96 lbs total for the boots, bindings, and skis - that is both pair too. 3.5 lbs per leg. No kidding!
I raced the Wasatch Powder Keg solo race at Brighton UT and also the USA Skimo National Championships in Crested Butte. 3 days of racing for $150. If it was MTB racing that would cost 6 times as much. There I raced the Friday night Vertical Climb race, the solo race on Saturday, and the Duo race with Tim Bishop of Denver on Sunday. Tim and made the podium (although neither of us were there fore the actual podium - we skipped the awards to both get home to see the family) as we took 3rd place Master's Class. Both Wasatch and Crested Butte were the same based on this seasons weather - icy and very difficult. Crested Butte also included a technical climb with 1000 ft of rope requiring a lashed ascender and via ferrata (Italian for fall protection device) mounted to a waist harness. Fotos here albeit through a bunch of social media links.
All photos by others of course on social media. I did take a self photo prior to the solo race with the climbing equipment lashed around my waist and the skis on my pack (with shovel, beacon, probes, extra skins, etc).
In short this was a blast and I'll be back next year. I've biked and run through the winters and been bored the entire time. This season was just perfect even if the weather did not cooperate. I hit 51 days of skiing for free, skied for free at Telluride, Brighton, Hesperus, Purgatory (poach), Wolf Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Wolf Creek and from races I did Taos, Powderhorn, Santa Fe, Sunlight, Irwin Lodge, Crested Butte, and of course Brighton. Not one lift ticket was purchased, although a few were given to me via race entry. The skimo gear pays for itself!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Before this recent snowstorm which was needed, I did find time to venture back up to Telluride for another ski day. 4 big laps with ~8k of climbing as I found a route to go uphill higher.
Quintin Tarantino is filming a new film up here (The Hateful Eight) and they needed snow so there was a cool photo of Samuel L. Jackson in the local paper burning skis in a bonfire as an offering to Ullr. Apparently it worked, albeit a few days later. I'm probably headed back this weekend unless I figure out a way to do the Power of 4.
I've been running the Trab skins on the Hagans which the skin attachment doesn't quite fit into the notch, but after breaking 4 ski ropes this season I'm liking the Trab metal clip. Small diameter stretch cord is apparently hard to come by here in Durango.
Friday, February 20, 2015
I headed down to New Mexico for some Ski Mountaineering (skimo) Races at Santa Fe and Taos. Like most things these days, results and photos are on social media and not on websites so no links - and of course I had no time for photos. In short the pros were over in Europe for the world championships so pack fodder like me moved up in the finish order substantially. New Mexico also had a lot of locals show up which is so great - the state is really embracing this. Not close to where CO or UT is but they have potential. Both SF and Taos promote uphill skiing. The highlight was including Kachina Peak in this years race. Too hard to describe with words, but hands down Taos has the best skimo race course of the COSMIC series in my opinion. I have NM friends who make the 24HITOP or MTQuad their main winter athletic challenge, but all they need to do is buy some race skis and plan around this Santa Fe / Taos weekend. Wow, I'll be back again in 2016!
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
That is a sigh of relief. Hesperus was open on Tuesday which means it's closed for uphill access. I came back on Wednesday and found it closed which is a good sign for me. Weird to want to see a business closed. but for here that means my usual 6 runs on a 550 ft. climb. My normal route is straight uphill but this climb is off piste to the east and this cool sign appeared showing uphill. I assume it was for winding fence strand as it was rusted and appeared quite old. Who knows though maybe Hesperus as one of CO's oldest ski areas, this was indeed an uphill sign when 13 ft. long boards had deer or elk fur underneath,
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Monday, February 02, 2015
Finally got some much needed snow and it came in time for the Divine Incline at Powderhorn Ski area. Results are here. Once again I'm happy with the result as the fields are stacked full of the countries top skimo racers and not much in the way of large fields. You show up give a hard effort and are happy with the finish. I took no photos fo course, but the next day it was sunshine and time to enjoy the recent snow. I skied the Maestros, my go to ski during the week and my new fatties, the ZAG UBAC / Millets. Those things just float over the powder and are light enough to keep up a good climbing cadence.
The Coltex skins are fast for such a wide ski and worked perfect in the new, heavy and wet snow.
I brought my race ski pack, also from Millet. I love this new pack!
I went up to Ohio Peak and like usual saw tons of cars at the other more well known places and had the area all to myself.