Running has been going splendidly the past 2 weeks or so. Feeling smooth; getting more and more fit on a daily basis. I have begun running in the snowy trails behind Western State College this past week and it has been great to get back off of the roads. The main run I do behind WSC is ‘Signal Peak.’ The apex of Signal is only 5 miles from my door, and with approximately 1500′ of gain; this makes a good run in a short amount of time. A ‘Krupicka-esque’ (http://www.antonkrupicka.blogspot.com/) streak of 100 summits in 100 days? Nope; I will be out of town too much over the next 6 weeks to make that happen.. however I do like the concept. I will run Signal Peak and beyond (many miles of jeep roads out there) about 3 times per week when I am in town… I love it.. good climbing.. some super steep; some mellow. I like the fact that I can get up to 9000′ in 5 miles, and I also like the fact that when I run this run from my doorstep I am on dirt/snow in 2 minutes or less. (As opposed to the usual winter-time pavement running in Gunnison).
Also of note… I have been able to run with some good folks this last week. Ryan Burch (http://www.ryanwburch.blogspot.com/) and his wife Megan have moved to town; and it has been great for Annie and I to hang out with them on a few occasions. I have also been super fortunate to now have run with Ryan twice; and looking forward to many more. He makes good company as he is a better pure runner than I am; and the conversation is varied and awesome. I look forward to logging many more miles with Ryan this season. Crested Butte ultra-guy Benjamin Dunn and I got in a solid 2 hour run on Friday. Benn is a great guy who will have tremendous success this season as he has gained substantial fitness this winter. He is also great company with good conversation ranging from training to politics and hedge-funds. I also look forward to running with him more and more. Of course my main running partner and good friend Tim Parr (http://www.timruns.com/) just got married; and we have not run since then. Needless to say; I am looking forward to running with Tim and his ridiculous positive energy and freakish running ability again. I can’t wait to get out and run with you again soon Parr.
A kind soul drove the entire ridge-line: packing it down for running!
It is becoming clear that I am more and more looking forward to running with people on a daily basis; maybe I’m becoming a social runner after-all; scary! But, with all these great people around to run with; its hard not too. Thanks you guys for keeping me balanced, humbled, and motivated. So; as I progress through this winter I will be maintaining at least over 80 miles per week while lifting and cross training.
A distorted view of what I just ran up. We call this Cross Hill.
I will be traveling quite a bit over the next 5-6 weeks too. Annie and I will both be traveling this upcoming weekend with the Western State College Nordic Ski Team that I work with over to Aspen for the Owl Creek Chase 21 km XC Ski 1/2 Marathon. (This follows the same concept as the GoldenLeaf 1/2 Marathon; Snowmass to Aspen). After that we will come back, work super hard for three days and then on Thursday the 18th depart for the Olympics in Vancouver. Annie and I were invited to head up there with friends from CB. This will serve as an inspiring vacation of sorts as we will be watching 5 Nordic events over the course of 8 days. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by generous people. Once back from that trip; it is on to Steamboat Springs for the season-ending RMN Junior Ski Races. After that I will be headed to Maine for XC Skiing National Championships. More on that trip later.
A final view of Signal Peak. 9042′. Great run.
Clearly a lot of travel which I am looking forward to… however Annie and I are greatly looking forward to a quiet spring with limited travel and consistent time together. Thanks for reading. Here’s to balance. Live well. Train well. DC