RTW Ruminations: Mar 16 – 2903/31/2015

3/16/2015
Mon – Dinosaur Mt+Fatiron+SoBo+Bear+Seal Rock+Green (5:04, 8000′)
Back from Spain, and I’m so psyched. It seemingly changed from winter to summer while I was gone (+10F and several feet of snow when I left two weeks ago, very nearly +80F today!). Tagged Dinosaur via AP-PR on the way over on the Mesa and then headed up Shadow Cyn/SoBo via the Fatiron. The Fatiron is one of Gerry Roach’s Top-10 Flatiron Classics, and in my opinion it’s made even more so by being logically positioned for a summit of either SoBo or Bear Peaks (or both, as I did today)…

RTW Ruminations: March 9 – 1503/19/2015

After flying into Barcelona late last night, I had a much-needed day off from really any kind of activity today. Since the race on Saturday, I’ve had a hard time eating much food. Which is super frustrating, because I feel starving and ravenous most of the time, but then when I go to eat a solid meal, it doesn’t take long for me to become nauseous and lose my appetite. I’m not sure this has ever really happened to me after a race before…

RTW Ruminations: Feb 23 – Mar 103/06/2015

2/23/2015
Mon – Gold Hill+Cherryvale Loop (5:23, 41mi, 3500′)
This run was fun. I do enjoy running. Sometimes—amidst all the joys and rewards of scrambling, climbing, and skiing—its easy for me to forget the sheer kinesthetic pleasure of clicking along at a steady pace, covering ground quickly and efficiently. Growing up in the more mellow topography of Nebraska it was certainly the most apt, logical form of athletic communion with the landscape for me at the time, and that deep-seated relationship—20 years now!—will never go away…

RTW Ruminations: Feb 16 – 2202/23/2015

2/16/2015
Mon – Green Mt (2:01, 3000′) + Climbing Gym
I was leery of running for the fourth day in a row, but today’s heavy snowfall precluded any driving for me, so no skiing. I employed Microspikes and trekking poles to punt through the fluff on the uphill and then had a blast floating down the Ranger and Gregory Canyon trails. As it turned out, my shin was 100%—a big confidence boost, but I’m looking forward to a couple days of skiing now, just to be safe…

RTW Ruminations: Feb 9 – 1502/18/2015

2/9/2015
Mon – Bear & Green via copious scrambling (5:05, 8500′)
AP-PR-FH-O-BR-Stns-Fist-Green-1st-Amphitheater Pinnacles. Hit the two local peaks with lots of scrambling along the way, facilitating the vert. Also, a surprising amount of running (back and forth on the Mesa Trail, all the way down Fern Canyon, all the way down Green Mountain), so this was an encouraging outing for my shin…