Final Grants Training 
Monday, February 13, 2012, 02:15 AM - Weekend Fun
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Practiced the bike/run transition at the La Luz TH. Hip flexor is definitely sore again. This is going to be a painful race.


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Clouds on Upper La Cueva Canyon.

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Breakfast with CSer Nathalie 
Monday, February 13, 2012, 02:14 AM - Weekend Fun
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Loving this easy weekend. Sleeping in and blueberry muffin breakfast!


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CSers 
Monday, February 13, 2012, 02:13 AM - Week activities
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Dinner with Sarah and Eddy.




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Ski Tuner! 
Monday, February 13, 2012, 02:12 AM - Work
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Built a ski tuning setup!


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Grant's training 
Monday, February 6, 2012, 02:43 AM - Weekend Fun
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All the individual components have been completed. Here's an estimate of my race time based on training data.

Bike up: 68 min
Run up: 63 min
Ski up: 45 min
Snowshoe up: 32 min
Snowshoe down: 14 min
Ski down: 23 min
Run down: 45 min
Bike down: 35 min
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Total: 5 hours, 25 minutes. (Give or take transitions, plus the additional exhaustion.)
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AMRC Mock Winter Low Angle and Avy Re-cert 
Sunday, February 5, 2012, 02:54 AM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Avy re-cert at the gravel pit couloir with low angle rescue. I was on strike team and botched clearing the field for the beacon search by chasing a rope to a "dead" body.

At least I got a free tree ski out of the day!


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Mandy's Bday Dinner 
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 12:58 AM - Weekend Fun
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Bet you can't do this 
Friday, February 3, 2012, 03:13 AM - General
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20 hr Sunday 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 04:31 AM - Weekend Fun
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After Todd's raucous b-day celebrations at the Taos House, I got up about 6am, packed up my sleeping pad and bag, and headed up to the ski area. Skinned and skied while ski patrol bombed Kachina. Got up above the Phoenix, transitioned, and crashed on the turn onto the return trail. Quick ski but, back at the car, realized that I managed to lose my skins somewhere on the mountain. YEA, unplanned, extra training! Transitioned to boots and ran back up the mountain. Found the skins at the bottom of trail (phew!), but ran up 3/4 miles for good measure anyway.

Caught 5th chair, but was the first on the backside. Tore up the groomer at 65 mph with my Volkl race skis.


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Ran gates at NASTAR, but didn't do well: 24.52 handicap... Silver.

Skied a few new lines in Taos: the sunbaked Twin Trees, thin Walkyries Chute, and, surprisingly, Hildalgo. Met up with Nate, Grant, Todd, Kat, Mai and skied the backside for a while. Good to play around with friends... finally, hucked the small cliff under 4.



Final run on the ridge with great glow over Wheeler. Drove back home into the blinding sunset.



Got home exhausted and decided to check my phone. New text: "2nd mission..." Oh, shit. Unpack, repack, food, water, go. 5 stranded hikers 14-16 years old; one with broke leg. News. Official. Justin led us on a goose hunt up Embudo Canyon, so after directing the chopper to the kids, we trail-ran all the way back to incident base. I was burned at this point so I pounded about 500+ calories in GU, GoPros, fruit leather, and other bars, and set out to find the kids. Found them up the north face with the rest of the AMRC team. Escorted them down on a trail I came across--the only thing that I contributed for the night--into the arms of their parents.

On the drive back, I thought I was obeying the law, but still managed to get pulled over. Basically the last thing that I needed to have happen at 2am after a brutal day of exercise. Apparently my left headlight was out. The van's falling apart at an increasing rate.
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Saturday's Race Results 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 04:29 AM - Weekend Fun
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Moved up a slot!


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Lunch Run 1-30-12 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 03:27 AM - Week activities
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And the best thing to watch before ski racing... 
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 03:55 AM - Interesting Internet Fare
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Bang! Not a fan that he beats Bode though.
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What not to do before GS racing... 
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 03:35 AM - Interesting Internet Fare
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...watch a bunch of ski racing crashes. Ouch!

Double Ouch!
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Great music 
Friday, January 27, 2012, 05:34 AM - Music
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Lots of good stuff I found because of the Art of Flight soundtrack:
The Naked and Famous - Punching in a Dream
The Naked and Famous - No Way
The Naked and Famous - Young Blood
M83 - We Own the Sky
Deadmau5 Feat. Rob Swire - Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Nero Remix)

Trancey:
Avicii - Levels (Hardwell Bootleg)
Avicii - Penguin
Hardwell - Cobra
Orjan Nilsen - Legions
Orjan Nilsen - Viking
Mark Sherry Feat. Sharone - Silent Tears (Orjan Nilsen Remix)

Noiser:
Chuckie - Who is Ready to Jump (Dada Life Mix)
Zedd - Shave It
Dada Life - Happy Violence (Extended Vocal Mix)

Great drop:
Kid Cudi - Pursuit of Happiness (Feat. MGMT & Ratatat) (Steve Aoki Remix)
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Week activities 
Friday, January 27, 2012, 05:25 AM - Week activities
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Took a 6 mile run with Mike and Mandy after work on Tuesday.

Wednesday, I joined a handful of AMRC people for a training at Flake 'n Bake. Cool to running a high-angle lower off the cliff-face in the middle of the night with the city glowing below. I could see about 10 lights on tramway cycling through red/green.

Thursday, listened to Sec. of Energy Chu during his post-state of the union tour. Actually found him to be intelligent, personable/funny (joking about guys in basements with red staplers - then telling everyone to go watch Office Space), and he emphasized high-bandgap transistors and PV energy. Even if the money isn't coming in, it's nice to see the people at the top care about the stuff that I'm working on.

Tuned and waxed skis tonight in preparation for Saturday's race.
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Taos Sunday! 
Monday, January 23, 2012, 04:29 AM - Weekend Fun
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Skinned, shoed and skied the return run with Jason before a full day of 4+" power runs. Also got in 6 ridges with Taz, Ty and Ben before the end of the day. Good times.




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Red River GS Race 
Monday, January 23, 2012, 04:26 AM - Weekend Fun
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Raced in red river. Did much better this year with the Volkls!



Results


Corporate Cup and other race info here:
http://home.comcast.net/~skijay/site/?/home/
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Wine Tasting at My Place! 
Monday, January 23, 2012, 04:22 AM - Week activities
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The spread:


The crew:


Voting:


Unveiling:


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Ice Climbing Trip 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 05:13 AM - Weekend Fun
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Ice climbing trip to Ouray with AMRC folks was a lot of fun. 3 days of climbing and my forearms are feeling it.

Ice Climbing Pictures


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Bike Fitting 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 05:11 AM - General
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Working with Jason to get proper bike dimensions. Goodbye Trek 1000. Hello Specialized Roubaix.


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