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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Crown' (18)

LRB

Since the crowning achievement of the Triple Crown is climbing a mountain, it is only fitting and proper to include hills in one's training is it not? So let me introduce you to one of my favorite little places of pain, a little something I call "LRB." It's located in Fox Run Regional Park and comes about 2.5 miles into a 3 mile loop (in the direction I run it). Attaching a video and some pictures (in photos) for your consideration.…

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Added by Bill Beagle on May 15, 2014 at 10:59pm — 4 Comments

Ai-Yi-Yi

Well, here we go again, a third stab at that great sentinel above Colorado Springs. I mentioned to someone that I was part of a group attempting the Ascent again and this person, a very nice person mind you, never says a bad word about anyone, said "Yeah, I know" and then I distinctly heard them mutter, under their breath "Crazy fools."

Yup, crazy alright, seeing how fast one can haul their butt up a mountain and yet, somehow, in some peculiar way, it just gets in your blood and you…

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Added by Bill Beagle on May 5, 2014 at 9:00pm — 3 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

Holy Cross-Training

So my training last weekend consisted of a hike up Mount of the Holy Cross, as I hadn’t yet climbed this 14’er (barely making it into the category at 14,005). The roundtrip was 11.5 miles with 5,600 feet of elevation gain (3,700 net) so it was a good workout. I did not run any portion of it. The 1.6 miles of talus at the end of the ascent and conversely, the beginning of the return trip, makes the 16 Golden Stair on Pikes look like a Legos playground. To a person, everyone who has…

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Added by Bill Beagle on August 1, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Huffin' Up Herman

So I’ve had an idea in mind for a different workout and finally gave it a try on Thursday, July 19. Monument Preserve has long been a favorite place to run. It offers varied terrain, some up and down but certainly not killer hills and scenic trails that weave in aall over U.S. Forest Service land. There is a main parking lot for the preserve, right along Mt. Herman Road but I usually park at a pull-off area another half-mile or less up the road, almost directly across from a Forest Service…

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Added by Bill Beagle on July 21, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

HilLove

I’ve always enjoyed running hills and with one exception I’ve always lived in states where there were ample opportunities to to roll up and down a running course. I seem to recall, many moons ago, reading in some magazine about a runner who said races are won on hills, that hills were the place to exert some effort, to pass and maybe even demoralize your competition. Well, if you’ve been reading any of the previous blogs here you know that I am not really out to win anything but still…

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Added by Bill Beagle on July 20, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Two Legs Under Me

The Summer Roundup was a lot of fun and great to see the rest of the team again. For six people who just came together by chance, we’re a fun bunch if I do say so. At the end, there was JT, looking dapper in his lucky Schlitz hat. Anyone else remember Schlitz? He had this amazing, Emergency Energy Recovery and Rescue Kit. It resembles a cooler. Ahh, that ice could be so soothing on the knees but it serves a higher purpose of  cooling down the even more soothing barley-pops…

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Added by Bill Beagle on July 13, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Roundup runners pleased to be back in familiar groove

Competitors were just happy to be able to run in the 13th installment of the Summer Roundup Trail Run 12-kilomter race Sunday in southwest Colorado Springs after the cancellation of the upcoming Barr Trail Mountain Race due to the recent Waldo Canyon Fire.

“It’s important to the racing…

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Added by Joe Paisley on July 8, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Gem of a Day for the Crown

One jewel of the Triple Crown in hand (Garden of the Gods 10-mile Run) I pursue the next, the Summer Round-Up.

Since every successful running team needs someone to run the anchor leg, I am officially declaring myself the…

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Added by Bill Beagle on June 12, 2012 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

Taper Time

Ran the entire GOG 10 mile course on Friday, June 1 for the third and final time. A good, former long-distance running friend said “You know you should start tapering two weeks before any race.” Oops, I’m kinda inside that timeframe aren’t I. I’ve taken a couple of runs, just under 5 miles, with the great group of people who meet in the Garden every Tuesday and Thursday morning. For me, that means getting up at 5 a.m. but boy is it worth it to watch the creeping sunrise gradually paint…

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Added by Bill Beagle on June 6, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Sprucing UP

The Ascent looks even farther away from here, atop Spruce Mountain just north of Palmer Lake. As mentioned before, this is one of my favorite places to run (5.3 mile loop) and this is just one of the great views this trail provides. This vantage spot is called Windy Point, with Mt.…

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Added by Bill Beagle on May 21, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

It's in my genes...

Well, my last paper has been submitted, and my final exam complete. For better or worse, finals are over and I no longer have an excuse to put off my training. My brain is still feeling a little fried, though, and I'm honestly at a complete loss as to where to even begin. Every time I see Pikes Peak, I get this rush of excitement for the Ascent, but it's always followed by a millisecond of feeling sheer terror in the pit of my stomach.

Right now, though, I’m more nervous for the…

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Added by Phoebe Blessing on May 19, 2012 at 1:53pm — No Comments

My Perfect Training Plan

Hello everyone! First I would like to thank Tim Bergsten, Ron Ilgin and Mike Mazzola for letting be apart of the PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Running Team.  Should be a fun…

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Added by Don Solberg on May 17, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

It's a Bear



Ran the Summer Roundup Trail Run route today (5/15). This is the best part, coming down High Drive after going up for the first 3.8 miles before turning around. I don't want to tell you what my time was because I don't want my competitors to have an unfair advantage. I wouldn't want them to…

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Added by Bill Beagle on May 15, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Channeling David Byrne

First and foremost, I am flattered, humbled and honored to be a member of the PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Running Team.
Having now lived in the Pikes Peak region for nearly nine…

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Added by Bill Beagle on May 14, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

A surprising win

PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Runners race team member Jen Shotwell and Triple Crown of Running race director Ron Ilgen at the Paint Mines 6L Trail Run in Calhan.



To say the outcome of the Paint mines 6k trail run in Calhan was a surprise is an understatement.  I truly didn’t have any…

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Added by Jennifer Shotwell on August 17, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Shared experience

By Jen Shotwell

PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Runners race team

My hubby and I have different approaches for preparing for the Triple Crown of Running race events.

Mine…

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Added by Tim Bergsten on July 30, 2011 at 6:44am — No Comments

Making peace with setbacks

By Jen Shotwell, PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Runners

In yoga class, lying on my back on the mat, eyes closed, concentrating on breathing and letting go of the stresses of…

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Added by Tim Bergsten on June 14, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

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