After a long weekend of bluegrass, beers, and shredding pow, I was able to get out for a short run with Rooster today. I saw some great bands like the wood brothers, les claypool, leftover salmon, elephant revival, fruition, and chain station. I also sampled lots of great colorado breweries like bonfire, Avery, telluride, epic, ska, and crazy mountain. I also rode lots of good powder back at bluesky basin and the back bowls of vail Saturday and Sunday.
Needless to say my dog was getting neglected all weekend and deserved some trail time. I have been testing out my sweet new Mio Alpha 2 latley and really like the heart rate data it gives me. I wore my Hokas for this run and they did pretty good on the snowy trail as usual. It was a beautiful sunny bluebird morning in Vail and rooster was having a blast as always. I had some green tea with coconut oil after. I’m at work now wearing some new injinji socks I am sampling from Peak Performance and really like them!
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It was a fun morning split-boarding up Meadow Mountain with Rooster. It was sunny and in the 40s and has been unseasonably warm here in Vail. I was in a t-shirt at the top and overheating most of the time. I went up farther than last time but not all the way to the shack. I was able to find some good snow on the way down and rooster had a blast as usual. I did some squats and deadlifts at the gym yesterday and getting out to skin uphill felt great!
Had a great first race of the year Saturday at the Leadville Snowshoe Marathon and Half Marathon. I did the half in 1:58:15. I was the 4th person to finish, the 3rd male, and 1st in my age group. It was a beautiful day at the Mt. Massive golf course. I had some technical issues with my new Northern Lite Direct mount race shoes and had my right shoe falling apart around mile 10 on a snowy downhill. I should have took more time putting them together with locktite but, lesson learned. I need some neoprene cycling booties to keep my feet dry as well. I tied the paddle part of the snowshoe on to my shoe with a long sleeve shirt I was wearing, this worked great as it was a beautiful sunny day. I felt strong pretty much the whole race, going out steady then pushing the pace, I probably passed about 10 people but had no one passing me. I got some bad blisters from the screws poking through, ouch, first time getting blisters during a race. Not too many people came out to race but it was a lot of fun and I had a great day. I had a bowl of chile on the deck of the club house in a ADK chair after while watching some of the finishers, snowshoe racing rules. I had an Epic Liver Bar on the ride back to Vail to help with recovery. We’ll see if I can get my shoes back together for Colorado Snowshoe State Championship at Tennessee Pass Cookhouse on the 21st. My legs were pretty sore today but I was able to snowboard Vail all day and make it back to Blue Sky basin for some brats. There’s the Vail Winter Uphill race coming up on the 22nd as well, that’s a fun one!
Winter is back in Vail! I’ve been busy with work and SOS but have still managed to get out and enjoy life. Yesterday I was trying to splitboard with the dog but was short on time so settled for a run and was very happy with that. It was snowing out and the north trail was fresh pow the whole way! It was a little difficult staying on the trail sometimes but I’ve run this section 100s of times and know it very well. We saw a healthy red fox watching us from a distance on the way up! It was beautiful out there! I wore my Hoka ATRs which I love, paired with some sweet Melanzana socks my girlfriend got me for Christmas! It felt good to get out there and I am hoping to do a half marathon snowshoe race Saturday, if I can get my snowshoes together tomorrow(Friday) morning. On another note, I’ve been enjoying working retail at icebreaker in Vail and peak performance footwear in Edwards but I think what I really want to do is move into some sales rep/account manager positions within the outdoor industry, soooo looking for leads!
I’ve had an amazing past few days. My dad was in colorado and took my brother and I Cat Skiing at Chicago Ridge yesterday. Then this morning I got to skin up Vail with my dad before saying good bye. The day before Cat Skiing I tried to get back into some power lifting for off season strength training and my lower back/quads are kinda sore. I didn’t let that slow me down on yesterday’s cat trip though! It was such an amazing day with my dad and brother, shredding pow and smiling ALL day! We got 10 epic laps in with a small group and awesome guides. Every run was untouched powder and it did not disappoint! The guides promised fried baloney sandwiches for lunch which turned out to be steak, baked potatoes, soup and salad, even cheesecake dessert. Lots of epic bars went down before and after and lots of slashing and laughing in and above the trees. We had the best views of the entire Sawatch range the whole day and I couldn’t shut up about running 14’ers and Nolan’s 14.
This morning it hurt to walk up the driveway walking the dog but I was able to put on my wet snowboard boots and skin up Vail Mountain with my dad and man I’m glad I did. I love starting the day off with a good skin and the sun was a shining! Winter in Colorado is a beautiful thing and this life doesn’t get much better!
I have been super busy with work and the holidays but have gotten some great runs and skins in lately. 2014 was an incredible year for me, completing my first 50 mile race. I look forward to going even farther in 2015. I have been enjoying an “off season” and snowboarding a lot but right now I have a bad cold and am writing this from a sauna as I try to sweat it out,
It was a beautiful sunny December day here in Vail. My legs were a little stiff from my first skin of the season so I went for a loop on the north trail with rooster. It was pretty snowy but doable and packed out for like a mile by both trailheads. This is my backyard loop from red sandstone to buffhner creek, about 4-5 miles with great views of Vail ski resort, the gore range, and mt of the Holy Cross. I wore my Altra Lone Peak 2.0 which i LOVE! I was wearing shorts and a light t-shirt, I had some EFS first endurance gel mixed with water in my handheld. I was fun being out there with rooster and I felt great.
I almost forgot how much fun splitboarding is! Last night I got out for a little full moon skin action on Vail, going from Vail Village up past mid vail to the top of chair 4 and Henry’s deck. I went with my friends John and Luke and it was just a beautiful night out there. When we got to the top the grill was already going for some reason so we hung out for a little bit, had a beer and ate some food. John brought hummas, crackers, pepperoni, chocolate brittle, and hot dogs, quite the spread. I was feasting on epic bars the whole night and decided to throw a turkey bar on the grill, I was shocked at how grilling it brought out the flavor, it was sooo good. The ride down was ridiculously fun! The whole mountain to ourselves, under he moon on fresh soft corduroy! I absolutely love the feeling of skinning up and having the mountain to yourself and the night just adds a whole new element of awesome to everything. We saw one groomer the entire time, leaving around 7pm and getting down around midnight.