Aug 11 – 2408/26/2014

Mon – Mt. Elbert (2:12, 4500′)
Up West Ridge, down NE Ridge from Halfmoon Creek. Great run. This outing gave me the confidence that I can actually do UTMB. I’ve been maintaining–even improving–my fitness for the past month, but I haven’t been able to do much or any legitimate running. Today’s route involved 45min of running before the 3000′-in-one-mile hump up the backside of the peak and 40min descent down the standard trail. Not only was my shin pain-free with all the running, but I matched my PR for the West Ridge climb despite the crisp temps rendering the talus footing a bit frosty…

Aug 4 – 1008/11/2014

Mon – 1st & 2nd Flatirons (1:00, 1600′)
I had to get up to Twin Lakes for an NB photoshoot, so I just did another easy hiking/scrambling cruise from Chautauqua to baby my shin. After downclimbing off the First I decided to just downclimb the Freeway on the Second, too, to spice things up…

July 21 – Aug 308/08/2014

Mon – 1st & 2nd Flatirons (0:58, 1600′)
Biked up to Chat under the merciful cover of some high, thin clouds—it would’ve been unbearably hot otherwise as temps have been pushing into the upper-90s in Boulder lately—and resolved to just take it easy on the shin, all hiking and scrambling, no running.

July 14 – 2007/23/2014

Mon – Handies Peak (2:01, 4500′)
Parked at the Grouse Gulch aid station spot and headed up and down the mountain via American Pass. I never really realized it, but the vast majority of people who climb this mountain are doing it from American Basin or even Burrows Park. It’s a long hump from Burrows, but there isn’t the frustrating 500′ loss in elevation that occurs when dropping into American Basin from the Grouse Gulch approach. The summit held a large, enthusiastic high school cross country team from Missouri. Cool to see them getting out and enjoying Colorado, but I wasn’t very inspired to hang out up there for long myself. I guess I’m turning into a bit of an old man…

June 30 – July 1307/17/2014

Phew! It’s been a busy few weeks, but I finally got a two-week update here:

Mon – Venice, IT (0:34)
After the 1h15min boat ride from the airport to the city center, I found a hotel room for the night and changed to head out for my first run since the race. It was an out-n-back along the waterfront on cobbles—with lots of small up/downs on the bridges spanning the frequent canals—and I was pleased to find that the only thing sore was my bone-bruised right knee. But, damn, it was really sore. Afterwards, I promptly got lost and spent three hours wandering the corridors and canals of Venice. If I’d just gone left from my hotel door instead of right…Venice is an incredibly beautiful city, though…