Boulder Visit 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 08:55 AM - Trips
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Left early for the NREL PV Module Reliability Workshop to catch up with folks in Boulder. Sunday I had lunch with Paul at Southern Sun (for Stout Month) and crushed Paul 21-18 at cornhole. I borrowed an old steel bike to cruise downtown and grab a beer with Waggy and Casey at the Twisted Pine. Then homemade Hawaiian pizza dinner with Bourbon Milkshakes and a little Texas Hold'em with Paul and Russell.






Monday I had a wonderful breakfast at Snooze with R&R, hiked the Mesa Trail, and had lunch with Laura and Ben before catching the GS bus down to Golden.







Thanks all!
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SF Race Results 
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 03:58 PM - Weekend Fun
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SF Ski Track

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Shane McConkey 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 09:24 PM - Interesting Internet Fare
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In Deep's MSP tribute.

Music: Pennywise - Bro Hymn


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29th Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 07:17 PM - Weekend Fun
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4:57!!! Great weather and a great race. Took 2nd in my age group and 23rd overall.

Race Results

Bike up: 64:07
Run up: 56:16
Ski up: 39:16
Shoe up: 25:42
TOTAL UP: 3:05:20

Shoe down: 10:36
Ski down: 21:44
Run down: 45:01
Bike down: 34:56
TOTAL DOWN: 1:52:17

TOTAL RACE: 4:57:36

The bike started great. I held the front group through town and was proud to keep Jason in close sight for the first few miles. Around the prison, the first and 2nd splits occurred. I was dropped by both and was cursing riding alone up the hill. Passed by a couple other guys, but linked up with the 3rd group. Struggled hard to stay with that group, but absolutely refused to drop out of the draft. Maxed my heart rate for 5-10 min up the 2nd climb. Found a big guy to draft on the downhill and caught a little breather there. Final climb was great. Stayed with the group and basically hugged the female winner's rear tire to the top. I was completely exhausted at this point and my feet were frozen. Transition was fairly quick but forgot to take out bike tools so wasted a few seconds running back to drop them off. Feet didn't thaw until 2 miles into the run when they started tingling.




I had to put the breaks on for the up run, ski, and shoe because I could feel my legs tightening up and ready to cramp. Slammed a GU on all transitions, but couldn't get anything down while pushing hard. Found someone who was paced well at about mile 2 on the run. Had to let him get away on the climb because it was too much for my legs. Courtney from AMRC gave me a little cheer at the ski transition which I certainly appreciated - everything helps! I was surprised that I lost a place on the ski because I expected to be one of the quicker folks on that section. My camelbak was frozen at the run/ski transition though so I had to rely on water stations for the entire upper mountain section.



I couldn't run the snowshoe because as soon as I started jogging quads, hamstrings, and calves all started to seize up. I was passed by at least two on the shoe up, but ran past Tom from AMRC (who summitted 7 seconds ahead of me!) and one other guy on the down shoe. Cramped on the way down but still managed to jog some of it.

Ski transition was slow, but raced the downhill well. Passed by someone on skate skis on the flats but I repassed him on the 2nd hairpin when he crashed. Clean run with some good tucking at the top. Rehydrated on run transition. The volunteers were kind enough to give my hamstring a mini-massage while I finished up tying my shoes.



The final 5 mi run was brutal and nearly wiped out a couple times on the steep. Held the gap on the guy ahead of me but still got blasted by a real runner at about mile 3. I looked at my watch at the halfway water station and realized that I could pull off a 5 hr race if nothing went wrong. That helped me push to the bike transition. The volunteers had my bike waiting, my shoes by the bench, and my pack ready. Didn't bother with the jacket, bike tools, or extra layer of socks and just jumped.

Thanks for all the training fun Jason!



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Final Grants Training 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:15 PM - 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 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:14 PM - Weekend Fun
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Loving this easy weekend. Sleeping in and blueberry muffin breakfast!


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CSers 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:13 PM - Week activities
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Dinner with Sarah and Eddy.




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Ski Tuner! 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:12 PM - Work
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Built a ski tuning setup!


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Grant's training 
Sunday, February 5, 2012, 07:43 PM - 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 
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 07:54 PM - 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 
Friday, February 3, 2012, 05:58 PM - Weekend Fun
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Bet you can't do this 
Thursday, February 2, 2012, 08:13 PM - General
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20 hr Sunday 
Monday, January 30, 2012, 09:31 PM - 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 
Monday, January 30, 2012, 09:29 PM - Weekend Fun
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Moved up a slot!


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Lunch Run 1-30-12 
Monday, January 30, 2012, 08:27 PM - Week activities
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And the best thing to watch before ski racing... 
Friday, January 27, 2012, 08:55 PM - 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... 
Friday, January 27, 2012, 08:35 PM - Interesting Internet Fare
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...watch a bunch of ski racing crashes. Ouch!

Double Ouch!
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Great music 
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 10:34 PM - 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 
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 10:25 PM - 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! 
Sunday, January 22, 2012, 09:29 PM - 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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