45 minutes

I’ve learned over the last weeks to be more proactive with work; a weekend of being mentally fried does not make for good progress on the grading front, thus the 2″ stack of papers I have sitting in my inbox right now. I’m not sure when that’s going to get done, but it needs to…More

Ridin’

Chris Plesko just put up an excellent report from his Old Pueblo race. Learning is the hard part. Well done Chris, I admire your grit and honesty, and look forward to seeing ya in a month. Got out and “just rode” for 90 minutes this afternoon, pushing a bit on the hills to break things…More

Racin’

Thus far today the snow and rain have held off, so I hope to begin some interval work on the bike this afternoon. Between hiking, running, and cycling in the last eight months I’ve built an excellent base, demonstrated by my rapid recovery the last three weekends. I’ve consistently gone from thrashed to solid in…More

M’s new ride

We’ve “needed” a second car for a while, America being the car-based society that it is. Hardcore holdouts like Mr. Nice aside (and you rock, sir) I find it hard to get around from home to work to trails to store and back without a vehicle. Ergo, Josey the Xterra will become mine on a…More

New Hance-Tonto-Kaibab

If there is any place where the abyss looks into the observer with ease, it is overlooking Grapevine canyon on the Tonto trail. The black schist is stark and vertical, the dull-pink granite intrusions laid diagonally. Huge and consistent stripes that blend the near wall into the far, without the river inlayed at the bottom…More

Pretty Picture

Courtesy Mike Curiak, from the Iditirod Trail race in years past. Black and white is good stuff.More

Weekend Fear

Through mysterious circumstances at work, I have Monday off. So, I’m headed off to the Grand Canyon tomorrow for a three day solo backpack. I haven’t been backpacking in ages, given that overnighting on the river last September to alpine-start Choprock doesn’t really count. And solo backpack, I can’t even recall. Solo backpacking is freaky…More

Wahsatch Pics

The course map. The 5.4 “crux”, freesoloing in running shoes after a ton of hard up.More

Defeat

I gave up. Julie wins, and is back to a singlespeed. More filing the cog and messing with the chain yielded no results, and brought me up against my prolegomena to any future cycling: I am a poor mechanic with a limited tolerance for tinkering. A character flaw, yes, but so be it. I’m going…More

La Fin du Monde

In February 1994, after 18 months of research, Unibroue launched La Fin du Monde (the end of the world). It is a 9 percent alcohol, triple fermentation beer. This type of beer was originally developed by the monks of the Middle Ages to be served on special occasions. La Fin du Monde is a deluxe…More