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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Bill Beagle on July 20, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bill Beagle on July 13, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Joe Paisley on July 8, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Well, my 20th birthday has come and gone, unfortunately before my 20th peak was climbed. When I initially challenged myself to climb 20 14ers before my 20th birthday, it seemed monumental. A hefty goal, worthy of all my attention, and significant in my humble summer life. The mountains, along with my training for the Triple Crown, gave me a much-needed purpose in an otherwise slow few months. I let these personal challenges consume me, and regarded them with the utmost importance. I did my…Continue
Since every successful running team needs someone to run the anchor leg, I am officially declaring myself the…Continue
I just read Jon's (PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Team member) most recent post. This last part really stuck out: "Anyhow, looking forward to the Garden. I just ended a 30 day period which saw me cover two marathons, two 14ers, a 50K, and two 50 milers, so it will be nice to have a short distance weekend. I think I have a decent shot at a sub 70.".......... I think I can officially say I am incredibly intimidated by the other runners I'm going to encounter tomorrow. I just ended a 30 day…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Bill Beagle on June 6, 2012 at 3:04pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Phoebe Blessing on May 19, 2012 at 1:53pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Bill Beagle on May 15, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…
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.
Added by Tim Bergsten on July 30, 2011 at 6:44am — No Comments
In yoga class, lying on my back on the mat, eyes closed, concentrating on breathing and letting go of the stresses of…Continue
Added by Tim Bergsten on June 14, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments