Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Memorial Day weekend

I had 5 days off work in a row for this past weekend (Friday through Tuesday). Got a lot of running and training in along with the Bolder Boulder. Here is the breakdown followed by pictures from the weekend.

Thursday 5/21: easy 6.5 mile run on the treadmill followed by a 1 mile walk all after work

Friday 5/22: In the am I did a 16.5 mile 4800ft gain trail run at Mount Falcon and in the evening I did a 4 mile mountain bike at Green Mountain while Ashley ran.

Saturday 5/23: 19.1 miles 3500ft gain road run up Mount Evans, topping out at 12,000 feet above sea level. Then I spent the rest of the day watching Braden play in the hockey tournament.

Sunday 5/24: Hike up Bear Peak (10 miles 3500ft of gain) outside of Boulder in the am, then spent the rest of the day checking out the expo on the Pearl Street Mall for the Bolder Boulder. I got to meet Ryan Hall, an Olympic marathon runner for the US.

Monday 5/25: Bolder Boulder in 47:17 (2 miles with the kids) then a 3 mile run back to the car after watching the pro race.

Tuesday 5/26: Hill walk in the treadmill (4.25 miles with 2200ft of gain) at 5am then drove up to Longmont and helped my boss move into his new house until 6pm. Very long and tiring day.

Total miles covered on foot this past weekend: 66.55 miles (not counting all the walking around Boulder I did)

Total gain covered on foot: 14,300ft of gain.

Not to bad for the past 5 days. What did you do?


  1. Why didn't you go to the top of Evans?

  2. I started lower down and ran up the road. Once I got over 11,000 it was raining and thundering plus I had to get back for the kids hockey games so I turned around. Got in 19 which I am very pleased about.

  3. But the road is open to the top? You think any of the 14ers up near you will be runnable soon? Pikes just got new snow.

  4. On Saturday they only had it open to Summit Lake which sits at 12,900. I am sure they will have the rest open shortly. Evans or Bierstat would be your best bets right now. You up for running with me on Saturday? Looking at doing 8 hours in the area starting around 8am. Easy pace and for me it will be all about exploring. I will shoot you more details as I figure them out tomorrow or Friday.

  5. For conditions on Bierstat keep an eye on this blog. He goes up there often.

  6. Mt. Evans Road is open to the top (ran it on Monday). There's a fair bit of snow on the north and east side of the mountain, but the road is totally clear. The 1/4 mile hike from the top parking lot to the summit is snow covered, but well-tracked. Summit Lake is still snow covered.