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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The Prow (5.8R) on Kit Carson 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 07:26 PM - Weekend Fun
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Kevin and I took a 3 day weekend to play around in the Sangres in celebration of Kevin's 30th birthday. We got a cookie in Crestone, CO before hiking up from the Buddhist Zen Center thruogh Spanish Creek. The blowdown (317 tree crossings supposedly) plus strong rain/sleet did not make the hike in pleasant. The storm blew off though, and we dried/melted our socks and boots with a fire while cooking up some Mountain House and sipping wine.

4:15am - Awake
5:05am - Out of camp after oatmeal breakfast
6:05am - First pitch of climbing - we did it free up to the crux move.
7:05am - Finally roped up and practiced for the overhanging 5.8 crux. Kevin led into the chilly vertical world. I second with freezing fingers and am suprised by the 30 meters of runout on the top of the pitch.
8:05am - I lead pitch 2 and choose to go right and end up off-route and stressed with hundreds of feet of exposure and only a tricam keeping me from a factor 2 fall. I eventually get back on route and fight rope drag to the top of the climb.
9:35am - Kevin joins me at the belay, and he begins simul-climbing the 5.5-5.6 lower angle upper pitches.
11:05am - Summit the prow.
11:35am - Summit Challenger Point
12:30pm - Summit Kit Carson after knocking off the last pitch of the climb.
1:35pm - Summit Columbia Point
2:05pm - Summit Kitty Kat Carson
2:35pm - Summit Obstruction Peak
3:00pm - By now, I've become crippled from my hamstring/knee issue from the 7 mi run a week ago. I hang out in The Bear's Playground while Kevin fastpacks it toward Humboldt Peak. The thunder turns him around and we slowly work our way back to camp down Spanish creek. We enjoy watching all the deer jumping around through the bushes and, with what little strength was left, do a little bouldering.
5:30pm Back in camp for food and bourbon.

We hiked out in the morning and checked out Tres Piedras for climbing options on the way back to ABQ.

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BBQ Saturday Night 
Monday, July 16, 2012, 08:30 PM - Weekend Fun
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AMRC folks joined me on Saturday to BBQ the new batch of grass-fed beef. It was nice to welcome Leigh and Justin back from Denali safe and sound. Very relaxed evening.
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Weekend Training 
Saturday, July 7, 2012, 01:34 PM - Weekend Fun
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Got a sluggish and painful 5.3 mile run in after work on Friday. Ted was sold out, so Ben, Tobi and I hit up a kickball party and then Anodyne.

Saturday morning, I managed to get motivated and bike around the city (40.2 mi). Munched on some fruit and then ran the Ridgecrest lap (3 mi) to the pool and did a continuous 2500 yds (1.4 mi). Brutal workout before the heat kicked in! Relax time!


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Sunday - Climbed Crackula (5.8) with Kevin. Easy approach - right at the junction of the La Luz and Spur trails. I knocked out the first pitch with a few deep breaths, but my placements were good so that made me happy. Kevin easily finished the route. We got off the crest around noon as the monsoon started rolling in. Then I helped Kevin finish building his new chicken coop for the 5 noisey birds.
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Sandia Peak Climb 
Saturday, June 30, 2012, 05:32 PM - Weekend Fun
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~1:30 on the climb and about 40 min on the decent. New record speed on a bicycle for me: 45.3 MPH. Pretty fast, but I'm sure I could find a steeper hill around here somewhere.


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Chama Float with Jason 
Friday, June 29, 2012, 08:35 PM - Weekend Fun
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Floated the Chama for the first time this last weekend. We used inflatable kayaks (IKs) and took the Saab 99 up to the put in. After the bridge the water was excellent. 2+/3- waves to play around in. Only sad part was that I lost my coozie.

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Playing Tourist in Santa Fe with the Family 
Monday, May 28, 2012, 08:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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Caught the rail runner up to Santa Fe on Saturday. Everyone was very into the shopping. I managed to run off with an old friend, Lesley, for a few hours while the rest of the gang hit the museums.







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Solar Eclipse on Sandia Peak 
Monday, May 28, 2012, 08:25 PM - Weekend Fun
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Hiked La Luz with cousins, Anne Elise and Tim, and Aunt Holly to watch the eclipse from the top of the mountain.

Picasa Album
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El Rito Climbs 
Monday, May 28, 2012, 08:20 PM - Weekend Fun
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Met up with 10 camper/climbers on a Saturday for some climbing at El Rito.




Sleet!


Car party!


The rough road lead to a minor incident with the van...


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Jay Benson Tri Results 
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 08:51 PM - Weekend Fun
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Ok run - started strong but then fell into a slower rhythm at about mile 2. Bike felt fast with all the people that I was passing, but I now know that I lost the race here. Just couldn't push harder for some reason and had slight knee pain. The swim wasn't too quick, but I was breathing every stroke and my flip turns under the lane lines didn't work out perfectly. Overall a relaxed race, with a relaxed result.

5/15 in age group.
43/196 males - 56th on the run, 62nd on the bike, and 37th on swim.
49/441 overall (male, female, and teams).

Results



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Warrior Dash 2012 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 08:29 PM - Weekend Fun
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I took and unimpressive 255th out of 8396 racers at the New Mexico Warrior Dash. But I got really muddy!

Pictures
Results
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Pics of Revenge of the Elderly from Mike 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 07:26 AM - Weekend Fun
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Last Day at Taos 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 07:22 AM - Weekend Fun
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Geez I look look like a total creeper.


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Weekend Workout 
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 07:27 PM - Weekend Fun
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Friday - Craig and I rode up to Tijeras at lunch (21 miles) and then I met up with Ben and Leigh for a run with the new run FARR (Friday Afternoon Rescue Runners) group. Ended up doing 7.6 miles in 83 min.

Saturday - Up early and getting some vertical with my Baruntse mountaineering boots. Did a painful 6 miles and totally blistered my heals on both feet. I'm going to have to do major work with them to build up to Rainier vertical and distance! Met up with the AMRC OCC at Ranger Rock for high angle practice. It's fun being on the other side of the learning curve and helping the new guys learn the ropes. Got a beer with Lance to talk him into the Rainier trip at Molly's, a biker bar in Tijeras with live country/rock - that was an experience. Cycled downtown for a uninspiring date at Anodyne (4 mi, -400 ft elevation) and then had to ride back up in the rain and dark; how fitting.

Sunday - Final spring soccer game with Lovelace. Started the game at the top of the table of 22 second division teams. Ended in 2nd place with a sad 3-5 loss. Our defense fell apart a couple times on fast breaks. Hard to keep up when fit, young Mexicans are running at you all game. I played a mediocre left halfback and felt bad for not pressuring harder... but no injuries! I was happy to have a beer and burger with the team in celebration of a good season.







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BBQ and cornhole on Saturday 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 08:43 PM - Weekend Fun
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Relaxing Saturday


Chilling by the pond


Cornhole


And BBQ

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Revenge of the Elderly (5.7) 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 07:36 PM - Weekend Fun
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After the success on Flake 'n Bake, I had Mike come out to continue my trad climbing lessons. We climbed Revenge of the Elderly and ran into a couple work friends on the route next to us! Slab sport on the 1st pitch, which made me a little nervous. Then a little crack work to a cave/bridge on the 2nd, followed by an interesting stretch where I practiced placing nuts and cams, then running out of slings, then spaciously placing pro and finally to the top!

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Other Mike and other other Mike (our friends).


Route in yellow.

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Flake n' Bake 
Friday, April 20, 2012, 04:33 PM - Weekend Fun
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Led a couple laps up flake n' bake (5.5) in Lower La Cueva Canyon to break in my trad rack. I appreciate Mike and Tom's help in providing some pointers for a beginner. It took a while, but no dramas aside from organizing the double ropes while tandem belaying two partners and needing to borrow a headlamp for the 2nd climb and hike out.
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Taos Yurt Weekend! 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 08:42 PM - Weekend Fun
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Went up to Taos Friday night with Briana and Kaycie. Took about an hour to get through Espanola so we hiked up to the Yurt in the dark. We all switched into and out of our ski gear about a dozen times before the snow finally stuck around for the final mile. Even then Kaycie had a rough time of it on XC skis because it was icy. We made it to the yurt in record (slow) time of 3 hours, but had a killer pasta dinner and then passed out.


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The following day we three skied down the TSV for a half day of Taos lift service. I hiked a Kachina before meeting up with the rest of the gang at the Bavarian.


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We repacked and hiked with the gang of 9 up to the yurt. Drinks, games, cards, and a great dinner before stoking the fire and passing out for the night.



After a long morning of cleaning up everything a repacking everyone's gear we skied back down, for a couple runs on Al's. Briana was Lady Gaga; I was a snow wizard; and Josiah was lame.

To wrap up the day, the gang headed down to watch the Pond Skimming. Photos are here.
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