Just a tiny bit lost…

The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness. ~ John Muir

Yesterday: Run, Raccoon Popsicle, 2 hours
Today: Off (workin’)
Tomorrow: Run, ???, 3 hours

Man, I am swamped. This is a good thing for sure but I am way busier than I thought I would be at this juncture. Things are going well.

Yesterday, I made the mistake of going for an exploratory run prior to a conference call. What I thought would be an hour and a half quickly turned into two as I got lost on the trails around my house. I used to run and ride up here all the time but it has been awhile since I navigated these particular trails. There is a huge network of trails in this area, most of which are old mining roads. They criss-cross the landscape indiscriminately and taking the wrong one is fairly easy to accomplish.

I ran at a steady pace from my house up to Golden Gate Canyon State Park where I spun a lap on Raccoon Trail. It was warm for up here – upper 80s – but I felt fine as I ran the first hour or so. I had a little time to burn and decided to take an alternate route home. I quickly got a bit lost and found myself having to backtrack then do a heinous poach through someone’s back yard to get back home in time for my call. Plus, I had to run a lot faster on the way back than I planned but made it with a few minutes to spare. Good stuff.

Today was spent working and attending meetings. It was good to take a day off and to set things up for work over the coming weeks. Tomorrow’s plan is a bit up in the air right now but I’ll be out there and so should you. Tell your boss I said it was okay to take the day off.


Patience makes perfect…

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ~ John Quincy Adams

Yesterday: Run – Zoo Loop (GGCSP), 3 hours 15 minutes
Today: Massage/Hike/Walk – Somewhere, 1 hour
Tomorrow: Golf/Yankees Game – Denver

FINALLY a good run.

Yesterday’s run felt great and I have no residual aches or pains this morning. Everything just clicked… from tempo to food to hydration. Hoping this is an indicator of things to come.

I headed out into the forest behind my house and wound my way up to Gap Road where I linked up with Elk Trail in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. GGCSP is one of the gems of the Front Range and, for whatever reason, not too many people seem to know about it. (Which, frankly, is okay by me.) Elk Trail is mostly downhill and starts in the conifers and slowly moves down through meadows and aspen groves, past an old homestead then eventually links up with Mule Deer Trail.

This whole area was once rife with Bootleggers and the remnants of their presence can still be found if you know where to look. There are abandoned cabins, rusted out delivery vans and the like dotting the canyons and hillsides in and around the Park. If you know where to look, you can see evidence of some interesting history.

Mule Deer rises up from the valley floor through the forest to a gorgeous high-meadow where another homestead once existed. This is one of my favorite spots in the Park where Coyote Trail meets Mule Deer. There is a small spring nearby and wildlife abounds (though I didn’t see much during yesterday’s venture). Rach loves it up here and we hike Coyote often.

Mule Deer continues through more arid terrain and eventually dumps back to some tricky, steep singletrack before it connects with Raccoon Trail. This is another favorite – a fairly mellow 2.5 mile loop that wraps through diverse terrain. The wildflowers were starting to peek out through the grass all along the route – boding well for this summer’s season. From Raccoon, I hooked up with the campground loop, refilled my water and headed back home the way I came. More of a popsicle than a loop per se. I was home in just under 3:15 and then sat in the creek for awhile to soak my legs. The remainder of the day was spent freelancing and hanging out with Rach.

Lessons learned:

  • Start out slowly: This is key to being able to set a decent pace long-term and to ensure that you don’t blow up early on in the run.
  • Clif Shots are gross – but are your friend: You have to just gulp these things down but they seem to help a bit. I still like the Margarita Shot Blocks better.
  • Pizza doesn’t work for a Stu: Dean Karnazes swears by it but it didn’t really work so great for me. Perhaps it was the Soy cheese or the fact that Rach makes really yummy spicy pizza but my stomach couldn’t take it.

View the full run album here.

My pops is coming to town tomorrow for a belated Father’s Day celebration. We are going to play a round of golf then go to the Rockies/Yankees game. Dad’s a big Yankees fan so I try to get tickets whenever they come to town. I am really looking forward to spending some time with him enjoying the summer weather. It is not supposed to be too hot tomorrow nor is it supposed to rain so we should be in good shape.

Okay, off to get some work done before meetings in Boulder.

See you out there.


I do stuff…

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty. ~ Imelda Marcos

Recently, Rage made the observation that the pile of shoes in our mud room consisted of mostly size 10s. I must confess, the volume of footwear I possess is a bit ridiculous. It seems that every activity in which I participate leads to a new shoe purchase. Plus, I am currently rotating 3 pair of running shoes, etc., etc., etc.. It is a bit obscene. So I looked into recycling programs for shoes to see what one can do to help get shoes that are worn but not worn out into the right hands. Good stuff.

Yesterday, Rage and I went for a hike in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. This great little front-range treat is just up the hill from our house and features some killer hiking and biking trails. I plan to spend a lot of time there this summer.

Today, I plan to go for a run after work up near my house. I want to see if the trails in Roosevelt National Forest are clear. I’ll keep you posted.

Edit: No running tonight. I am feeling a bit like a wuss and it was hailing during the period I was planning to head out. I am trying to rally the troops for a Singlespeed ride tomorrow after work. Anyone who is interested, let me know.


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