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.


Car party!

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

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AMRC Pickoff Training 
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 09:20 PM - AMRC
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Great training with some of the AMRC regulars at big block. We did a few different pickoff techniques: counterbalance, block and tackle, and confusing variations of the two - leading to lots of time in painful harnesses. Check out the photos for the mass confusion.

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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).


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High Winds 
Monday, May 7, 2012, 05:34 PM - Week activities
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It's so hard getting to work with a sustained 25 mph wind in your face! Especially on a Monday!

Coming back I nearly couldn't hold a turn into the wind... but I did get home in record time. I hope these are the conditions for the tri. I'd be the only one still on the bike by the end!

CURRENT WEATHER from the Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Laboratory at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Latitude: 35.05 N Longitude: 106.54 W Altitude: 1657 m (5436 ft)

Wind this morning on the ride in
Speed(5 min avg): 12.5 m/s ( 28.0 mph)
Direction(5 min avg): 86 ° (E)
Peak Speed(20 min): 19.6 m/s ( 43.8 mph)

Wind this afternoon coming home
Speed(5 min avg): 15.5 m/s ( 34.7 mph)
Direction(5 min avg): 84 ° (E)
Peak Speed(20 min): 22.3 m/s ( 49.9 mph)
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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!

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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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Friday Training 
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 07:23 AM - Training
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Biked hard to south gate on the way home in my new tri outfit. Then swam a few laps:

400 free
100 back
100 breast
400 free
100 free sprint
450 free

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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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Thursday, April 26, 2012, 07:20 PM - Training
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Weds: Biked hard to/from work on the aerobars, and then hit the pool.

100 Free
100 Breast
450 Free (410 meters ~= tri distance)
450 Free
100 Back
100 Breast
50 Free

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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



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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!

Mike Flakin'

Mike Chillin'

Other Mike and other other Mike (our friends).

Route in yellow.

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Week synopsys 
Friday, April 20, 2012, 04:39 PM - Week activities
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Sunday: Soccer game with lovelace. Had a couple shots not on goal and it ended up being a 1-1 tie even though we were clearly the stronger team.

Monday: Sore from soccer, but broke out the Roubaix for the commute to work and added the 5 mile loop out to South Gate on my return ride. The aerobars are fun and fast, but slightly uncomfortable and in the high winds pretty dangerous. More training to come with these!

Weds: Tried to run some, but was really flat and could only get about 2 miles in.

Thurs: Kickball game with St. Mary's and then Cheesy Climbing Movie night at Leigh and Justin's. We watched the descent and I had glimpses of evil creatures when I got back to the house.

Fri: 9/80 gardening all day. 2 trips to Ace Hardware eventually led to "repaired" front and back drip systems. I finished setting up the garden beds, planted everything, and gave a good watering to all my thirsty seeds. Ran 4.2 Miles around the neighborhood and hit to pool for another mile.
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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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Tri Swim Training #1 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 07:24 PM - Training
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I bought a month-long membership at Highland Pool to build up for the Jay Benson Tri.

Training Day 1:
100 Free warmup
100 Breast
100 Back
50 Fly
50 Fly
100 Free
200 Free
100 Free kick
100 Back kick
400 Free
100 Breast
100 Free
50 Back cooldown
1550 meters for the first day back! (1609 meters in a mile)

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Ice Pics 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 09:05 PM - Trips
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Free Fitness 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 09:02 PM - Week activities
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2.5 mi run + BBQ and slacklining with Josiah, Briana, Frank, Mary and company + 2.5 mi run back home.

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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.


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.


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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