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August 2012 Blog Posts (23)

my big, fat road trip wedding

I held out as long as I could, but it was bound to happen sooner or later...

I’ve lived with Katie for the past three years in a great house on the west side, near an endless amount of trails and fine drinking establishments.  She has always signed off on my goofy adventures, often…

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Added by Jon Teisher on August 30, 2012 at 3:32pm — 1 Comment

A New Sport is Born

Apparently this happens when one gets rid of cable:

 

Added by Brandon Stapanowich on August 26, 2012 at 11:04pm — 2 Comments

Oh What a Feeling

Wow! There’s a word that’s almost as overused as awesome. However it succinctly sums up all of my feelings in one, tidy, three-letter word. The Ascent was the exclamation point on one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, i.e. participating in all three Triple Crown runs. I…

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Added by Bill Beagle on August 24, 2012 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Pikes Peak Marathon Race Report

Above: Victory soak in Fountain Creek. Photo by Christian Murdock. Below: Don and me, the only Pikes Peak Sports.us Triple Crown Runners who signed up for the marathon! Photo by Phoebe Blessing.…

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Added by Katie Benzel on August 23, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Just another fine day on the mountain

The Pikes Peak Ascent is over and another Triple Crown Series is done! This year was quite special and being chosen for the PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Runners team was definitely the icing on the cake!

I am not sure how many people have even been reading the blogs, but in a way it does not…

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Added by Sharon Anne Greenbaum on August 22, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

2012 Leadville Trail 100 Run Report

     Last weekend was a huge weekend for area trail runners. In fact, I'm almost certain that every person I've met in the running community was involved in either the Pikes Peak races in Manitou, TransRockies, the Leadville Trail 100, or some combination thereof. For myself, after testing the 50 mile waters in 2011 at Lake City and then Pagosa Springs, Leadville was beckoning me to the "hundy" distance.

 

     For some, having an intricate calorie and hydration plan complete…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on August 21, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Next time I will solicit donations for my walk-a-thon...

Back to the drawing board.  Once again, Pikes handed me my ass on race day.  I’ve run up the mountain faster when I lived at sea level in Austin than I have the last two years.

I was on pace through No Name Creek, but I knew from the moment the course turned onto Ruxton that I wouldn’t be able to execute.  Really struggled between No Name and Barr Camp, and I hiked it in from Barr Camp.  3:28 and change, once again failing miserably in my effort to join the sub three…

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Added by Jon Teisher on August 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

YES!

I will write about this in more detail soon enough, but for now ... HOLY CRAP I DID IT!

Added by Katie Benzel on August 20, 2012 at 2:34pm — 2 Comments

Ascent notebook: Dynamic volunteer keeps the porta potty line moving

Barb Calder-Durbin of Lincoln, Neb. has perhaps the biggest responsibility of any volunteer at this weekend’s Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. She makes sure every racer has a chance to pee before the start of the race.

With a line a block long, competitors begin to worry they may miss the start. Calder-Durbin, a…

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Added by Joe Paisley on August 18, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Nomadic runner Rickey Gates has seen the world, one mountain at a time

In a Pikes Peak Ascent competition full of distinguished runners, Windy Creek, Colo. native Rickey Gates, 31, the men’s runner-up on Saturday, stood out for both his achievements and his unusual racing experiences.

The 2008 U.S. champion in trail running and mountain running and five-time member…

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Added by Joe Paisley on August 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Delaney savors victory after a painful Ascent

PIKES PEAK ASCENT RESULTS HERE

Jason Delaney felt the joy of victory. He already knew the pain of running the 2012 Pikes Peak Ascent all too well.

The Golden resident won the men’s race up America’s Mountain…

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Added by Joe Paisley on August 18, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Evil Roots

On Sunday, August 12 I joined a handful of other volunteers for a Barr Trail Work Day sponsored by Friends of the Peak. Almost all of us intended to run the Ascent with all but me being veteran runners with at least several or more Ascents under their soles. All of that experience went a long way toward determining just what kind of "improvements" we would make to the trail. That is, we didn't want to sanitize it too much. This is a trail run after all, right? Mostly we took out some nasty…

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Added by Bill Beagle on August 15, 2012 at 9:23pm — 3 Comments

Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail Review



Ok... so I'm probably one of the last to put up a review for the Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail... but better late than never!  I've had these since late May, and so I've probably logged more miles in them than I normally do…

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Added by Jeff Gallup on August 15, 2012 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Here Goes Nothing

The Attack Pack and friends ready to take on the Falcon Trail in the dark.

Whenever I sign up for new race distances or athletic endeavors, I always envision feeling far more "ready" when race day/week/month actually arrives. The time between signing up and executing stretches on forever, week upon week of…

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Added by Katie Benzel on August 13, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

UpaDowna interviews USA Pro Challenge Rider Timmy Duggan

We were busy with back to back gear company appointments at the Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, UT, and professional cyclist Timmy Duggan was busy training at the Garden of the Gods, but we both somehow found a few minutes to talk over the phone and discuss his recent race in the Olympics as well as his upcoming races in both Utah and…

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Added by Randi Hitchcock on August 10, 2012 at 9:51am — No Comments

almost there

Finally getting over my post-Hardrock funk.  Took a full week off, and since then I’ve had some trouble getting back into things.  Damn inertia.  Last two weeks have had a few quality workouts though, so maybe I can still salvage a good performance at the Ascent.

I went to lovely Reedsburg, Wisconsin (near Madison) over the weekend to visit my girlfriend’s parents.  Besides drinking a ton of New Glarus and eating my weight in cheese, I managed to prove that every dog has his day.  We…

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Added by Jon Teisher on August 9, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Racing for Chocolate milk

It's always bittersweet to end a series as fun as the Ascent Cycling series. Throughout the summer, I've been looking forward to 6:15 on Wednesday nights. No matter how crazy the weekend before has been or how hectic the upcoming weekend will be, on Wednesday nights it's been time to race my mountain bike. I've known there will some fast women on the line, plenty of speedy juniors to chase and the possibility that Russel, Cam and the rest of the really speedy local (and national) pros will…

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Added by Tracy Thelen on August 9, 2012 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Wheeze & Whine

Well I always knew I was the runt of this litter. Last weekend Don does a 9-mile run in the blast-furnace of New Mexico with 4,000 feet of elly gain and JT did some kind of crazoid run in Rock Springs, Wyoming which I can’t find any info on because I don’t think they have internet service in that little whistle-stop. While they were busting butts I was doing a measly walk up South Arapahoe Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, a modest 10-mile (roundtrip) hike with 3,300 feet of gain,…

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Added by Bill Beagle on August 8, 2012 at 11:28am — 4 Comments

I am Bike Racing

I am bike racing tomorrow at Bear Creek Park. I am bike racing the series. I am bike racing every chance I get.

‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is not effort without error or short coming,…

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Added by Cameron Chambers on August 7, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Short Track on Steroids!

 

Okay, so technically these are crit races, but it still feels like a short track race on steroids. That's what I've jokingly called the Ascent Cycling Series in the past. A 2.5 mile lap, repeated for an hour, then the sprint to the line. All out from the gun until the finish. So much different then the cross country races of two to two and a half hours where its a hard start, then settle into a strong…

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Added by Tracy Thelen on August 4, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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