Taos Ridge and GS Race 
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 08:39 AM - Weekend Fun
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Jeff, Timothy, and I drove up to Taos on Friday to get a day of skiing in before the GS race. I forced them to hike a Kachina with me. Jeff and I managed OK, but Timothy had some trouble with it. Gorgeous day up there though! Well worth the time!






Coming I finally slotted a Hunziker chute that I had been eyeing for a while. The entrance was rocky, but I thought I could make it in clean. First turn and GRRRIINNNDDD on a big rock under 1" of powder. Ug. The rest of the run was great and I worked on jump turns.


Jeff and I also did Lift Shack Chute and Juarez. Had dinner with Bill at the Downtown Bistro, a classy spot with live guitar and a fire place. We were the only ones in there but the food was good, and a SF Pale Ale was even better. Jeff and I headed back to Angela and Tim's for the night and watched the Blizzard of AAAHHH's - Glen Plake's finest moment in Chamonix.

Saturday was the GS race -- last of the Corporate Cup series. Course was set very straight, so I went into it too conservative on the first run, but tucked more on the 2nd to shave off 1.5 seconds. Still ended up mid-table though 22nd out of 44!



After lunch, Jeff and I kicked back to watch the Freeride Championships off Kachina. Amazing stuff, with huge air and arials.


Sunday, was the first soccer game of the season. I felt I played a solid game and we came away with a 2-0 win.
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SF GS Race and Taos Sunday 
Monday, February 25, 2013, 09:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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I had a rough day in Santa Fe Saturday. Warming up for the GS race I crashed coming over a cat-track roller at about 35 in a turn. Blew off my ski and slid downhill on my back for 80-100 ft. Then I went over to the race course... and things didn't improve much. Poor performance and my 2nd run got later and later. I couldn't hold the edge with the speed, and then I was way out in the rough.



Jeff and I got a beer and dinner at the Railyard in SF before I headed up to Taos to crash with Briana and Josiah. Good party at a great house with a hot tub on Blueberry Hill.




Up at Taos I happened into Lance, Soup, and Michele. Leigh and Arthur, Paul, and Ben was up too, in addition to Bri, Josiah, Marc, Meghan, and others from the house. Wow, what a ski party! Ben, Lance, and I peeled off and skied bumps for most the day. I got 4 ridges in Juarez, North Face (tough!), St. B, and St. B to Elevator (maybe?). Lance, Ben, Soup, Michele and I got Lunch and a beer at the Bavarian in the sun, but then the weather turned south. The last ridge hike had blowing snow with nearly no visibility - thank goodness for my beard, because it was freezing. Then the long, miserable drive home at 30 mph on packed snow.



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Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 07:59 PM - Weekend Fun
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Even though I wasn't able to do the Quad solo this year, I managed to find a Team with Kelley, Jeff, and Chris. I did the snowshoe portion which meant waking up at 5:15, catching a bus to the run/ski transition and waiting around for 6 hours. Jeff and I hung out for a bit before I made the ski up to the transition area.



I had about 2 hours before Jeff would show, so in the mean time I took photos of Jason and Mike as they came up heartbreak hill. The photos are here. They both crushed it with sub 5 hour times. I help bring down Jason and Mike's snowshoes and skins, which meant that I could use Mike's shoes for the run. They were so light and fast! I wasn't warmed up very well, but I managed a 18:25 up and a 9:55 down. The up shoe was the 4th fastest of the day out of 128 guy soloists, 33 girl soloists, 20 pairs teams, and 33 four-person teams. Not too shabby, though I was fresh and most of those people weren't. I gathered things up and skiied down past a dozen or so pizza-wedged racers. Back at the transition Jeff and I drank a beer and basked in the sun. Beautiful day on the mountain and so nice to not to have to sit at red-line for 5 hours. We caught a bus to the bike/run transition and with Kelley and a cute racer from Boulder stowed-away in the back of a pickup with a topper. We ducked down as we snuck past the cops and back into town while passing a little celebration jaggie. We ended up in 7th out of 33 teams. Not bad for our last-minute hack team!

Sunday I headed out for the first Lovelace soccer practice of the season. We had enough turn out for a 11 v 11 scrimmage, although it was clear I haven't touched a soccer ball in 6 months. Afterward I gathered parts at Harbor Freight and can back to fix everything broken in my life. As Jason put it, "That's a little rough, stuff is breaking faster than you can fix it!" I worked on patching the water line to the house while Jason worked on the van. After 3 trips to the store and hours of toiling in the night we restored water to the house and successfully replaced the control arm on the van. Hurray!



Monday - Jason was fired up to put the hotrod cam in the 99, so we hollowed out the garage and souped-up the race car. Only took 1.5 hours! Afterward we went to O'Niell's for a Geeks Who Drink for Bruce's birthday.


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Quad Training and Taos Skiing 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 08:13 PM - Weekend Fun
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Jason and I did a 3/4ish dress rehearsal for the quad. I have some sort of aggravated tendon in my right calf so I minimized the running. 1 mi run down, 1 mi run up, ski up, shoe up, shoe down, ski down, drive down, bike down with the hill climb, and bike back to the car. 3:30 effort and hard day out in the warm weather. Hip flexor and calf seriously pissed at me, so I decided to bail on the solo effort this year :(

Got home and grilled steaks and green chiles with Jason, Mike and Tammy. They brought over some amazing green chile corn bread and we tilted back a few IPAs.

Up at 4am, Jason and I blasted up to Taos and xc skied to the Phoenix. I bailed on the run to Williams, but met up with Briana, Marc, Megan, Chris, Josiah, and later Jason and Victor for some killer, non-stop skiing. Jason and I had dinner with Jeff while watching some of the superbowl and then cruising back to the burque.



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Angel Fire Race, Red River Yurts, and Taos Powder 
Monday, January 28, 2013, 09:04 PM - Weekend Fun
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After a trip to U Pull and Pay (awesome) on Friday for car parts, Jeff and I cruised up to the yurts at Red River for a party with Mike, Louie, Kelley, Bruce, and 6 others. Jeff and I left early Saturday morning to make the Angel Fire race. Jeff ripped it up and I made it down the mountain. Jeff and I also did the Stampede for Texas appreciation day in the rain!



Stampede Video

We came back to Kelley rocking some serious yoga and then Mike had to show off his moves in my St. Patties outfit. We all partied hard with the gang on Saturday night and saucerboy made an appearance! Good crew and a lot of card games and debauchery.




Taos turned out to be pretty great on Sunday. We met Adam, Kirk and Jen at the base, and even though we got a late start (10:30 first chair), we had fresh tracks on Lorelei, Walkeries (x2), and Ash Pond. Pretty chill day but we did knock out Rhoda's, Spencer's, Jean's Glade, Showdown, Edelweiss Glade, and Inferno to end it.


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AMRC Mission and Taos 
Monday, January 28, 2013, 08:25 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Around 10pm on Friday night as I was about to go to bed AMRC was called out to a 16 year-old girl who ‘fell’ off the top of the Sandia crest, rolled about 150 down a steep icy slope, free fell 80 feet, hit the ground and slid for another 50 feet, and then fell another 20 feet into some trees. Justin twisted my arm so I responded. I got to the crest about 11pm and rappelled down the limestone band at the top of the Sandias. I was on the first team of 3 to reach the hypothermic girl with a fractured right shoulder, bloody mouth/face, and severe (10 out of 10) pain in her hip. With Supra and someone from the sheriff’s office, we checked for internal abdominal bleeding and a possible femur fracture, assessed vitals, warmed her up by getting her onto a foam pad, had her drink warm fluids, and our coats before the paramedic and MD arrived. After 2.5 hours of keeping her from going to sleep and packaging the girl with an IV in a sleeping bag and SkedCo, we moved the girl into position for the national guard helicopter to hoist the patient. During the hoist, I helped man the tag line with Tyler while the helicopter rotor washed every stick, leaf, and piece of medical gear into my face. Getting the team and gear back up the 80 foot cliff face took another hour and after sorting gear and driving home it was 4:15am. I got 20-25 minutes of sleep before the alarm went off and I jumped back in the van. I caught myself dozing a couple times to Santa Fe and promised to pound caffeine when I got gas, but I finally closed my eyes a little too long about a mile south of the Camel Rock exit. The car drifted into the concrete barrier separating the two directions of traffic, broke the middle window, and bent the driver’s side front wheel. I was able to get to Espanola to buy plastic sheeting at Lowe’s and align the front wheel at the only shop in town that was open. At this point it was too late for the Red River race so I skied Taos with Ben, Tobi, and Luke Saturday and Sunday. I need to replace the window and lower control arm but otherwise I was lucky.

KRGE
KOB



Saturday morning I headed up for the xc ski and snowshoe to Williams Lake. 32 min for the xc ski from the car to transition. Took it easy on the snowshoe but still made it on first chair by 10am!
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Weekend Ice Warrior 
Friday, January 18, 2013, 08:39 PM - Weekend Fun
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Feeling sick, I bailed on the trip to Ouray with Lisa, Jeanne, and others. Instead Mike and I headed up to San Antonio Hot Springs. Mike convinced me to get up early and climb Jemez Falls with him before meeting the others at the TH at 10am.



It was -16 F on the drive through the Jemez... that'll freeze something. We bundled up and skied a couple miles out to the falls. My toes were very frosty in my xc ski boots.




We rapped down to the pool at the base of the falls and immediately heard the water gurgling underneath the ice. Mike tested the pool and Boom! It collapsed. Bad start. I tiptoed around to the base of the climb and put in a screw for the belayer - KaPOW! The ice shattered because of the extreme cold. A 6 foot horizontal fracture + a couple foot vertical crack met at the center of my screw. Scary! Mike lead a bit but gave up when he saw how poorly it was attached to the rock. I decided to give it a shot. For only a 15-20 foot climb it was pretty exciting being delicate on the thin ice. I got a screw in at about 14 feet and felt much better. The rest was a walk up.





I broke my ski in the cattleguard at the car on our way out. Super bummer!



We didn't make the rendezvous, so we hit the trail to San Antonio Hot Springs. 4 miles of flat, beautiful skiing. The weather was perfect. At the end of the trek, we met Tyler, Brad, Louie, and Kelley at the springs. Little vino and some warmth in the snow sure do go well together. After a couple hours we made the journey back to the cars, and grabbed dinner at the restaurant in Jemez Springs.



In other news, I hosted the January TTT wine tasting for 19 people and got my WFR cert registered with the NM EMS Bureau.


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Red River Race Camp + Taos + AMRC Search & Training 
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 10:43 AM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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USSC Ski Race Camp at Red River was great. Got to run a bunch of gates and got one-on-one advice on improving my technique from some of the best skiers in the NCAA. I made "leaps and bounds" with my skiing and I'm stoked for the GS race season! Some work friends got together on Friday night to have dinner and drinks at Timbers - good time with friends, even if they are snowboarders. Jason and I also had the killer room in the Alpine Lodge overlooking the ski hill and we watched the UNM Ski Team Train on Saturday morning. Saturday night's banquet and torchlight was fun with a little more partying with the gang that evening.




Sunday, Jason and I skied Taos. First time up for the year, and it wasn't too shabby considering how poor the snow conditions were. I made a little video of the GoPro footage we shot that day.






Wednesday, I headed out for a search with AMRC. Lance and I plus Michele and a couple other Cibola folks bushwhacked up into Sulfur Canyon in search of a waypoint on the potentially suicidal 48 y.o.'s GPS that indicated he might be there. But there was no sign of the guy. Another disappointing search. A day later the search was called off and the guy was never found.



Friday, I finished my WFR certification with a field test. I quickly diagnosed my diabetic patient's condition, provided 15 g oral glucose + food, and we walked out together. Great class. I just hope that I'm able to retain everything for when it counts.

Friday night, Jeanne and I biked downtown to meet up with Josiah, Briana, Dave, and few new friends. We hit Marble for a beer and then watched a few bands at Low Spirits. Everyone was on bikes, so it was a really fun night of cruising the streets with a gang.

Saturday, I joined the AMRC team for Andy's Training Challenge, which included repelling, ascending, radio use, navigation, knowledge of the climbs in the Sandias, knot work, a low angle haul without spilling a water bucket, splinting, and shoe improvisation. It was a fun night out, and Jason, Brendan, and Dave won the race handedly. Couple take aways: 3:1 haul system with grigri and a prussic or minitraxion is super quick for ascending, and you add 10 to go from a magnetic reading to true b/c declination is 10 degrees East in the Sandias. There was also a core shot to one of the ascention lines but no one could figure out what caused it.






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Being Shane 
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 07:04 PM - Weekend Fun
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Friday - Led the two pitches on Gemstone (5.8) with Supra. Glad to have finally climbed with him! First move on the 2nd pitch took me a few tries but I eventually got it. Went to Kelly's for Jen's going away party. Good crowd and we all wished her luck in Christchurch.

Saturday - WFR class + simulated patient scenarios. Then party at Marc and Mary's place for the burning of snowzobra. I went as Saucerboy, and it turned out Tyler had the same idea, so we had a lot of fun running around the party with ropes and climbing gear. Little beer pong, tree climbing, a miniparty in Josiah's Dolphin, and a dance party.

Sunday - Errands and fixing up the house. Got in a 3.9 mi run too!



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Waiting for snow 
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 08:52 PM - Weekend Fun
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This week I've been getting everything ready for the winter: fixing the cars, bike, house, doing laundry, cleaning, etc. Got the SAAB fuel leak patched and snow tires on, fixed the van's coolant leak and cleared the codes & check engine lightby disconnecting the battery for 30 minutes (required to pass emissions, apparently), plastered the interior wall, fixed trim in kitchen, added another hard drive to the computer, replaced the delaminating rear tire on the tri bike, changed flat on commuter, covered the pond, paid bills, monkeyed with Shimano 105 shifter for an hour and it still is inconsistent on the down shift, and still had a couple parties and saw a couple movies.

Tues - WFR (16 biked miles)
Weds - AMRC + O'Niells (21)
Thurs - WFR (16)
Fri - MSP Ski movie "Superheros of Stoke" and a beer at Marble (5)
Sat - Jeanne's housewarming + Paul's Bday BBQ at Todd's. Everything was going great until I took a cream pie to the face... (3)
Sun - Skyfall with Todd. I was happy with it.




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Oct 27-28 Weekend 
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 06:53 PM - Weekend Fun
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Friday - Todd and I biked over to Jen's pumpkin carving party. Good time with some AMRC folks, hashers, and other friends.

Saturday - Long day in the WFR class learning ortho, airway managements, and splinting. Later, I went to Timothy's wedding with Laura, who was down from Boulder, and then hit up a Halloween party at Imbibe. Terrible DJ, but it was good to party with an old friend.

Sunday - Lazy morning with Laura and blueberry waffles. I worked on the water-damaged wall (drywalling) and then played soccer. I had a good game and won the game in the last 5 minutes by beating a defender and slotting it past the goalie. 3-2 Lovelace!
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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2012 
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 04:57 PM - Weekend Fun
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Cool time lapse here.

Biked out with Dan, a friend of Pearl's, to the Balloon Fiesta at 6am. Little chilly but we managed fine and didn't too much trouble with the crowds. I set up the time lapse above before heading back to the house. 22 miles round trip. Free fitness!





Soccer team did manage to lose 3-4, to a team that we were much better than. 25 shots but nothing would hit the back of the net!
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Alabaster Cave 
Sunday, October 14, 2012, 04:44 PM - Weekend Fun
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Ben, Jen, Ella, Mike and I explored Alabaster Cave Saturday. It was a great quick trip with some very tight squeezes. I recreated The Descent for everyone.






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El Rito 9-28-12 
Monday, October 1, 2012, 08:13 PM - Weekend Fun
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Saturday I headed up to El Rito with Leigh, Justin, Arthur, Tobi, Jen, Ben, Tim, and Curran for some climbing and camping. Somehow I couldn't figure out how to get up Crest Chewel (5.9+) and had to rest for a bit at the top. Then I climbed Slacker Ken (5.9) on top rope. On the rap down I didn't have an ATC, so I muntered and half way down, went penduluming off the arete and out into space to everyone's surprise. Lead Herbie Goes Bananas (5.7) for Arthur, top roped Tooth Fairy (5.10b) but cheated a little by stemming off the back wall. Then I made it all the way up to the 1st bolt on bolting barbie (5.12a) before calling it a day. Nice camp fire, marshmallows, and brews to celebrate.

On the way home in the morning, I stopped off for soccer in Bernalillo. We had a nice 8-1 route to boost our spirits.








Routes in El Rito
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La Selva Climb on Muralla Grande 
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 09:50 AM - Weekend Fun
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Welcome to the jungle!

Kevin and I headed out for a climb Saturday but we couldn't find the right start. We did a couple of off-route pitches above our skill level (I've fallen on rock pro now! The #2 camalot held nicely!). We did eventually find La Selva at about 2pm. We knew that it would be cutting it close for getting off the rock in daylight, but we carried on in good style nonetheless. I took pitches 1, 3, and 5, leaving the crux for Kevin. We were struggling with fatigue and probably didn't bring enough water. At one point Kevin was cramping in his quad and hands. But we did manage to finish the class 5 stuff right at sunset and summitted by headlamp!





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San Juan Float 
Monday, August 20, 2012, 07:31 PM - Weekend Fun
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Floated with San Juan River from Bluff to Mexican Hat, UT over the course of 3 days with Lisa, Jen, Jeanne, and 6 new friends.

I borrowed Jason's IK and cruised down the class 1-2 river with a full cooler. According to my GPS data, Day 1 was 8.4 mi, Day 2 was 14.7 mi, and Day 3 was 4.7 mi. What a relaxing weekend!

Lots of photos are here















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Jason's Weekend Boot Camp in San Diego 
Monday, August 13, 2012, 07:22 PM - Weekend Fun
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I landed in San Diego on Thursday night with a small pack of bike and swimming gear. I was prepared (as best as I could be) for Jason's "recovery" weekend.

First order of business: chill out on Shelter Island drinking a beer and eating sushi by the yacht club. We moved over to the 24' boat that Jason's sailing club owned and watched the marina activities. What a very different world from NM.

Friday: We hopped on mountain bikes and road down the single track through Penasquitos Canyon to General Atomics. It was a hot 10 mile, 10am ride down to the campus, a tour of the labs, and then back up the canyon in the noontime sun. Luckily there were a couple spot where heat exhaustion was slowed, when the trail worked into the trees and through the creek.



We headed out to Silver Strand and Coronado Cays to visit a friend of Jason's from High School. Victor's wife's side of the family had a house and a wonderful 38' sailboat. We took it for a spin under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with the extended family. It was a little bit of a party cruise with Jason and I and our cooler. So much fun! Then we weaseled our way into a great dinner with the family afterwards.




Saturday: The next day we headed out for a long 21 mile bike ride back down to Shelter Island. Jason's bike racing skills are still as strong as ever but I did my best to draft my way down to the ocean. We took out the 18' boat and had a great time in the bay. It's cool to be out there under sail cruising past the city skyline, military ships, and tons of other sailboats. I especially liked the seals sunbathing on the buoys. We sailed over to Coronado and got some pizza and beer for lunch. I did my best at the tiller, but my skills and vocabulary were weak after 3 years of landlubbery since I last took the Georgia Tech sailing class. We jump back in the boat after the meal and headed into the wind back to the marina.






After a full day of sun, derigging, and lots of BBQ pizza, I really didn't feel like a 21 mile ride, but Jason did most of the work and I suffered along at 19-22 mph. Jason managed to take his eyes off the road for a second while I was passing for a pull and he found his weight and his tire on opposite sides of my rear wheel. It was enough to catch his front wheel and he went down at 20-25 mph into the 4-lane road. Road-rashed and ego-bruised Jason and I were glad to get back home.

Sunday: Jason was up at 4:30am to go run a 15K race. My legs were in no shape for that, so I slept in and took Chama (the dog) for a walk. We headed off for the awards ceremony and breakfast around 10:30 and then took a long loop in the SAAB up into the mountains through Alpine, Pine Valley, and Julian. We tasted a few mediocre local wines at the Country Cellar. We ripped passed Lake Henshaw and over Palomar Mountain to San Diego. After a delicious barbecue steak with green chile, it was time to get on a plane again. Fun weekend!


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Chill Weekend 8-5-12 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 07:45 PM - Weekend Fun
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After canceling the Chicago Basin trip, I had a whole weekend to relax and repair my IT bands.

Friday - Meet up with boys for a night of partying downtown.
Saturday - Helped Jeanne move, pizza and beer, and then watched the Dark Knight Rises.
Sunday - Created a cool photo montage. Called out to Cuba for AMRC mission, but couple were found before Brad and I got out there. Mojitos and Descent 2 at J&L's.



Monday Went over to Mike's for backyard minigolf, drinks, and highlander. On my way home, ran into a bit of trouble when my bulging tire kept expanding. The thumping got louder and louder until KABLOOM! Insto-flat! ...long walk.


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Cochiti Lake Tri 
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 07:45 PM - Weekend Fun
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I went into the Tri knowing that I wouldn't be able to run with my IT band issues. This said, I wasn't prepared for the results I saw on Monday. I was leading the age group by 10 minutes after the bike!!! What a freaking rip off. This was probably my one chance to win my age group and I was injured for it! There were three 25-29 year olds signed up who would normally beat me. One didn't show, one moved up to the overall top 3, and one must have flatted judging by the times.



Swim: Got battered right away in the water and it continued for nearly a mile. I finally got some space on the 3rd leg of the triangle, but then the next heats started in, and I was back in the fray. I didn't help that I was having trouble swimming straight for the buoys and could only see about a foot in the murky waters.

Bike: Good for the most part. The roubaix was great on the bumpy dam road and there wasn't too much wind. I definitely do well on the climbs. After watching people pass me on the flats and the big guys crush the downhills, I took a lot of joy in repassing them. Watched in dismay as a chick in a pink aero helmet road right past me. When I saw the 27 age written on her leg, I did my best to catch back up to try and get a date out of the race, but she was too strong. (Melissa Welker went on to win the overall women's.) I ripped the last downhill into the transition area with particular style because I jumped off the lip onto the boat ramp with everyone watching - probably a few inches of air on a road bike!

Run: Came off the bike, GUed, and was fresh to run the 6.2 miles. Almost instantly, knee was killing me. I climbed the hill, back down, watched Tom running his usual, killer 6 min/mile pace, and promptly gave up. Walked the 5 miles into the finish. The old 60+ folks were nice enough to say things like, "you can do it, don't give up" and "I hope you're on your cool-down." I think that sealed it. I will be back to exact my revenge on the olympic distance tri community.

Inches from the finish line, one more person passes me...


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The Ramp with 5.8 variation 
Sunday, July 29, 2012, 04:46 PM - Weekend Fun
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I climbed The Ramp with Mike on Saturday. We ripped it up to the crest in the SAAB 99 (Sorry Mike), and then headed down Echo Canyon. Mike and I did the 4 pitch climb in 2 pitches (rope drag X a million), but I was proud to have managed the face climb and even did the 5.8 variation up to the set of bolts. Mike lead pitches 3&4 and did a nice job sewing up the roof. We spent the rest of the morning climbing up and around something we hoped was called "the fin" in search of a set of bolts to rappel on. They were never found.

Leading pitches 1 and 2.



Mountain booty collected: 0.5 BD Cam! Time taken: ~20 minutes.
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