Monday, December 17, 2012

2012 Books Read

Its that time again!  At the end of year I post my list of books that I read at year and link them to Amazon so you can check them out if interested. Here is my list for 2012. I put a * behind the ones that are worth reading.  I have a couple more books that are in process right now and if I finish those before the end of the year I will just add them onto next years list.

If you have any suggestions of books to check out for 2012 I am all ears. I try to read at least 12 a year but if I ever want to knock down my growing list I am going to have to read more than 25.  The only reason this list is so long is because there is a bunch of Kindle Singles on here and short books on investing.   Hope you find something that you will enjoy!  Happy Holidays!

2012 Books Read

2.  The Long Run- Mishka
9.  Iron War*
12.  The Duel*
16.  The Ledge*
18.  Foundation
28.  Unbroken *

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SOLD___Denver Broncos vs Browns Tickets for sale

Not really the place to post this but thought I would put it out there as another source of advertising.  You can see the Craigslist post here.  I bought these tickets to catch a game when the wife is at work with a buddy but it seems something has come up.  If anyone is interested let me know.


I have two tickets for the Denver Broncos vs the Browns for sale due to not being able to make the game. Hard tickets, not a print out. I am selling them for what I paid for them, $275 each.

The seats are on the first level - section 122 - row 31. On about the 40 yard line visitor side of the stadium.

The price is per ticket and I will only sell as a set. Cash only.

Great seats!

No emails will be answered without your phone number.

If interested please email me your phone number and a good time to call you.

Friday, September 28, 2012

For Sale: 2003 Quintana Roo Tequilo 57cm

If you or some one you know is looking for a fast, kick ass tri bike I have one for sale. Please forward if you know someone who might be interested. I am also willing to trade for a 29er Mountain Bike.

I bought this bike for around $2000 back in 2004 and have only rode about 1800 miles on it. It has been sitting the garage for the past 4 years unused and now it is time to get rid of it to make room for new toys. There are some minor scratches on the paint from moving but that is it. Never been laid down or crashed. BEST OFFER that is fair takes it. I am also willing to trade for a 29er Mountain Bike. Info on the bike is below, the photo above is from the web and is the same paint job as the bike for sale. I am also going to leave the Catseye cycling computer on it also. Let me know if you have any other questions. I am located in Broomfield/Westminster and willing to meet up with you so you can see the bike.

Bicycle Type Road race & triathlon

Sizes: 57cm

Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material 6000 aluminum
Fork Brand & Model QR Carbon
Fork Material Carbon fiber composite w/carbon fiber steerer, aero crown

Component Group Shimano Ultegra
Brakeset Tektro dual pivot brakes, Dia-Compe 188 TRI levers
Shift Levers Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end
Front Derailleur Shimano 105, bottom-pull/braze-on
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra SS
Crankset TruVativ Elita Team, 39/53 teeth
Pedals Not included
Bottom Bracket TruVativ GIGA pipe SL
BB Shell Width 68mm English
Rear Cogs 9-speed, 11 - 23 teeth
Chain Shimano CN-HG73, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost Aluminum micro-adjust, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle QR leather
Handlebar QR aluminum
Handlebar Extensions Profile Aerolite
Handlebar Stem QR aluminum
Headset 1 1/8" integrated Cane Creek IS-5 Integrated

Hubs Formula XS1
Rims Formula XS1, 24-hole/28-hole
Tires 700 x 23c Continental Grand Prix
Spoke Brand Stainless steel, 15ga. (1.8mm) straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Brass nipples

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Longs Peak 9-8-12

A couple of weeks ago I was able to get out for a day with Rob and Bob to play around on Longs for a while.  This is one of my favorite hike/climbs within an hour or so of my house.  It has a little bit of everything.   Here are some photos from our run/hike.  I think these are some of the best photos that have been taken on one of my many climbs of this awesome mountain.

New sign?? I don't recall ever seeing this before this year.
Rob working his way up.

Looking down the Homestrech
Looking down the Homestrech

Rob's 1st Longs Peak Summit

The team today.

One of my new favorite photos of me!

Super Bob.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

F'ed it up- Quick Leadville Report

I have been sitting here pondering what to write and say for the past couple of weeks since trying my hand at Leadville again and I have nothing.  I just plain ass FUCKED it up in the days leading up to the race and don't feel like typing out all the details.  Without going into the details I basically let a situation that I don't want to share right now effect the sleep I was getting in the 2 days leading up to the race.  By the time race morning rolled around I had only 8ish hours of sleep in the 48 hours leading up to the race.  I was able to keep pace through mile 60 but by the time it started getting dark outside I was falling asleep standing/walking.  I just could not keep my eyes open!  Nothing worked and I ended up being timed out at Mayqueen mile 87.  This really sucked, I was in the best shape I have ever been and blew my shot.   I want to thank my wife of course for her awesome support along with Fred Ecks, Eric Lee, and Neal Palles for their help in crewing and pacing.

Right now as I write this I am not sure if I will be doing much racing anymore.   Just getting kind of tired of training plans, ect.  I still am going to run a lot just may not race much.  I keep having thoughts of finishing the 14ers and starting to get ready for my dream mountain climb which I am not ready to share about yet.  That just may become my focus over the next 1-2 years which will be great, it is where I was before I got into ultras and would love to get back to that spot.

Here are some photos from the race.  Enjoy.

Photo by Rob Timko
Photo by Rob Timko
Going around the lake during the first 13miles

Photo by Rob Timko

Leaving Fish (mile 24) Photo by Rob Timko
Coming into Treeline(mile 30ish)
Twin Lakes (mile 40) Photo by Rob Timko
Coming into Twin Lakes Photo by Rob Timko

Leaving Twin

Over Hope Pass 1st time
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Pacer Fred leading me the 2nd time up Hope Pass
Little tired coming in to Twin Lakes (mile 60)

Refueling at Twin (mile 60)

Super Pacer Eric Lee waiting for his turn to pace.  Photo taken by unknown
Shoe change at mile 60 Twin

I have no photos from during the night. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Getting right in the head for Leadville.

 Since Leadville is getting closer and closer by the minute I have been thinking more and more about the fun and suffering that is going to take place for me this weekend.  It has been 2 years since I have ran further than 40 miles so it feels like it is my 1st 100 miler all over again, which scares me a bit.  Anyway needless to say I know that I have better training than in years past but I am still struggling mentally with the upcoming jog right now.  Hopefully that works itself out over the next few days.

I got this sent to me by a friend of mine Chris Gerber last year and thought it would be fitting to share for the upcoming adventure.  I have been saving it for a while now.  Enjoy.


This seems rather fitting for ultrarunning...when you're out there playing the games you can't win, the games against you.

"Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!

There are points to be scored.  there are games to be won.

And the magical things you can do with that ball

will make you the winning-est winner of all.

Fame!  You'll be famous as famous can be,

with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.

Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times

you'll play lonely games too.

Games you can't win

'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!

Whether you like it or not,

Alone will be something

you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance

you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

There are some, down the road between hither and yon,

that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go

though the weather be foul

On you will go

though your enemies prowl

On you will go

though the Hakken-Kraks howl

Onward up many

a frightening creek,

though your arms may get sore

and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike

and I know you'll hike far

and face up to your problems

whatever they are."

Excerpt from:

  - Dr Seuss, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crossfit and crosstraining for kids?

Is it ok for kids to lift weights or not?  That is a question that every parent will have to face sooner or later if they have kids who take their sports seriously.  And what age is ok?  Braden is one of those kids.  He just has a drive for hockey.  He would play it all the time if he could.  I would say his love for hockey is as high or maybe higher than my love for trail running and being in the mountains.  After his second season ever of ice hockey was over this past spring he asked Ashley and I what he could do to be better for the next tryouts in the fall.  Our answer- get faster, stronger, better hand/eye coordination and be more skilled.  So this summer we set out to try and give him all the advantages that we could. 

First he spent 2 months playing baseball for the first time in his life.  What better way to work on hand-eye coordination. Guess what ends up happening?  One of the best players on the team, NICE!  Here is a video of the very first time he ever batted in a game.

Yes you saw that right, in the park home run!

The next part of the evil plan that Ashley and I came up with is hockey camp all summer.  When this is all set and done he will have spent about 10 weeks of 2-3 times a week on the ice leading up to tryouts on Aug 18-19.  His skating skills like stopping, turning on a dime, and speed have increased dramatically this summer!

The final part of the plan was to get him functionally stronger and help him learn how to control his body's movements better.  This was Ashley's idea and I think it was brilliant! This is where people may strongly disagree with us but that is the differences parenting styles.  We put him in a Crossfit for Kids camp for 8 weeks at Ashley's Crossfit gym in Louisville called Crossfit Juila.  Man has he gotten stronger!  Most everything they do is body weight lifts like pushups, situps, running, get the O rings, ect.   He no longer does the worm when doing a pushup, instead now he knocks out a bunch of pushups keeping his body nice and flat like one should.  But they did throw in a little bit of deadlifting and tire flips for the older kids. I think that this type of lifting is ok for kids that are 11-12 years old and older as long as it is taught correctly and highly supervised.   Braden loved doing the deadlift.

His first time deadlifting

This is his deadlift PR of 95lbs!  Not bad for a 80 pound kid.

Well you may or may not agree with our approach to sports with Braden but one can not say that we did not give him all the tools he needs/wants to be successful!  Here's to a successful tryouts on Aug 18-19th while I am slogging through the Leadville 100.  Cheers!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pawnee- Buchanan Loop w/ Crater Lake added

Last weekend Donald and I decided to do something fun for our long run we needed to do to get ready for Leadville.  His idea- the Pawnee Buchanan Loop in Indian Peaks Wilderness.  This was an awesome loop!  I put it right up there with the Bells 4 pass loop.  I am going to let the photos tell the rest of the story.  The total route was 27.3 miles with 7300ft of gain.  Enjoy.