I've dealt with the past week and a half of this whole "not-running-on-an-injury" thing pretty well. Now, my resolve is wearing thin. I know, I know, runners are not like sharks - we don't die if we stop moving. That may be true in the most literal sense, but the similarities ends there. There is a emotional and social death that occurs when a runner is not running for more than a few consecutive days. Dramatic? Yes, but hear me out. When you run, you have lots of friends who run.…Continue
Added by Mary Baldwin on July 29, 2014 at 8:37pm — No Comments
Are we saying goodbye to the Ascent Cycling Series for the year or forever tomorrow night? Who knows at this point - but regardless, it's the finale of the 2014 racing. Race Number 5 for the 2014 Ascent Cycling Series and lucky 101 for Andy. We are returning to the familiar trails at Bear Creek for the second time this year - how many miles have I raced there over the years? Too many to count, yet each race is different. Back to the traditional Ascent race style after the length of the CMPS…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 29, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
The last race of the Ascent Cycling Series looms on the horizon. Race 5 of 5 will go down at Bear Creek Park this Wednesday night. It has been a great season and there are a lot of classes battling it out for the final podium positions that will not be decided until the dust settles Wednesday.
One more race means one more chance for me to experience entering in to race trance mode. That is what I have…Continue
Added by Cameron Chambers on July 29, 2014 at 5:51am — No Comments
"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”
― John Muir
I'm finally back to having cell-phone signal and reliable access to the interwebs after my last 9 days of…Continue
Added by Brianne Pierson on July 28, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments
By: MtnMama of UpaDowna.org
A few months ago, I started hearing buzz from our local trail and open space advocacy groups about a new trail that was going to be built. The mountain this trail will be built on has a lot of controversy surrounding it, and has always been known as a…Continue
Added by UpaDowna on July 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
We all know when training is involved there are so many sacrifices that are made. The event really dictates the sacrifices involved. 5k’s are different from 10k’s, from half marathons and even more different than the Pikes Peak Ascent. This particular event is the sacrifices while training for the Pikes Peak Ascent.
The training for the PPA really began back in March when some runs went to North Cheyenne Canyon and the Chutes. From there it was Section 16, Garden of the Gods, Barr…Continue
Added by Gene Chavez on July 27, 2014 at 9:19pm — No Comments
You know that smell that accompanies overheating engines on the Pikes Peaks Highway? If that's how an engine reacts to the grade and the altitude, just imagine how human quads feel. I no long need to use my imagination in this situation, because I experienced the real thing this morning.
I parked just before the gate onto the Pikes Peak Highway around 7:45am and got started with my ride around 8. I had no idea what to expect of this challenge; no idea how long I should expect to…Continue
I have finally run to the top of Pikes Peak. It was a beautiful Colorado day, a day I have most officially named, The Day of the Marmot. Our furry, mountain friends were my constant companions during the last three miles of the run, cheering me on from the edge of the trail. Here is one of my kind and fearless amigos:…Continue
I recently decided to run my first ultramarathon, which I’ve referred to as “only a 50K” because there are options much longer than that, to which I haven’t been lured yet, even on a careless whim. I blame this endeavor partly on the fact that I’ve spent too much time around some…Continue
Added by Vanessa Shawver on July 27, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments
After a few days in Breckenridge last week, it was back to our regular lives in Colorado Springs. The kids have less than one month left of their summer vacation, so we are trying to make the most of our time off.
I don't know if it was spending a couple of days living and breathing at 10,000 feet or if I am starting to really recover from chemotherapy, but I felt energetic the first few days of the week I started my running week with a 17 mile run on the Santa Fe trail. This…
Added by Tonia Smith on July 26, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments
Saturday's Classic 10K, part of the Grand Prix Series, was more like a shuffle that landed me at least 10 minutes from my PR. This is a downhill course on pavement, it should have been an opportunity to set a new PR. Instead it was an opportunity to dwell on the merits of listening to your body. When a handful of Advil doesn't make a dent in the nearly nauseating jolt that shoots through your right leg with every step, your body is no longer politely requesting that you reconsider your…Continue
The Ascent is less than a month away. After my training run to Barr Camp last week, I now have more confidence I can finish the race in the cutoff time.
I usually set three goals for big races: one I should be able to meet, one that would stretch me a little, and one that is my BIG goal. Here are my goals for the Ascent:
So on Saturday, 7/19 I ran up the Barr Trail for the first time in a long while...just a couple of miles due to time restrictions but enough to inform me that I am woefully under-prepared for the Ascent. Let me just say that I'm glad they keep a light on all night at the visitors' center so I'll be able to find my way to the finish. I was thinking of incorporating some of teammate Sean O'Day's suggested Lactate Threshold training into my regimen but I think I'm lactate intolerant. Besides I…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 21, 2014 at 11:56am — No Comments
Added by Tonia Smith on July 21, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments
Wow! That was a hard 50 mile race. As I mentioned in my race preamble, this was my third weekend in a row racing a 50 mile mtb race. This was the shortest in distance (just over 48 miles) but the longest finish time by 30 minutes. It was 45 minutes longer than it took my last week when I won the Silver Rush 50 in Leadville. Hard day in the saddle at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
The race was nine laps and the heart of that being nine times grinding up onto Cougar Shadow and bumping…Continue
Added by Cameron Chambers on July 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Pikes training is a blast. Seriously, it's so much more complex and intricate than your standard 16-week canned marathon plan. There are so many things one can do to prepare, and so many ways to leave oneself wondering if enough has been done! It doesn't matter if you're an elite, grizzled middle-of-the-pack vet, or newbie just hoping to hit the cutoffs...there's always something more to be…Continue
With Cheyenne Mountain State Park race promoter Andy Bohlmann will have put on 100 races. That is no small feat and something that I myself am extremely thankful for all his effort. Having lived in Colorado Springs for only four years now I was able to participate in the last part of this run to 100. In the years I have been involved I have had nearly every experience from winning, losing, wrecking, and tons of smiling. The fact that I can have all these rich experiences aboard a bicycle all…Continue
Added by Cameron Chambers on July 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
So here we are only 4 weeks out from the magnum opus of races and I just took an entire week off. Crazy, I know, and not really what I'd planned. I'm now naturally concerned about what that desert of a week has done to my training, how much muscle mass I've obviously lost, and what a week at sea level has done to my red blood cells.
I wonder these things, but I don't regret the week off from my mad running schedule. My much-needed break was spent with my family, in the most…Continue