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    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    expected 8min miles, ran sub-7:30.. sounds like all kinds of winning, to me.. nice !
  2. aw I'm sorry.. but doesn't sound like a good situation, better out of it.. best for the next venture !
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    Week 8: Aspen to Crested Butte Double!

    a nice walk in the woods.. great pictures, thank you.. catching shuttles from the trailhead just seems wrong.. did it myself a week or so back, though.. even with a little running on that trip. ha. the usual rule of thumb with a backpack is 2 mph, and another 30min per 1000ft of elevation change, up or down.. then you don't need Strava 😉 my son got a $150 fine for not having a bear canister while backpacking up there.. I told him to buy one at REI and I'd pay for it, but would he listen ? not to his old father. I'm such a softy I actually helped pay his fine too, since I try to encourage backpacking behaviour..
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    Hinson Lake 24 Race Report: Get Your Banana Ready!

    I noticed that too 😉 more like a 100k.. but who's counting the walking laps, amirite ? ha. very impressive, glad all systems seem go for NY..
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    Week 9

    yes, I hate that CO just doesn't do fall.. from 90 degrees one week, to 20s and snow the next.. would really like some mild 50-60deg sunny days in between somewhere. Looks like we might get a few this week, but now have a bum knee that isn't up for running.. tut.
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    It's a Race Report!

    was going to say.. I hope you at least beat the showy dude in Beast Mode shirt.. ha.
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    Week 7: Trip to Telluride!

    the other name for the Grey Jay is 'camp robber' 😉 one took a bite of my wife's sandwich as she was holding it, at a campsite in Oregon once.. thought about doing that BVF hike, but the hiking on a road with cars didn't sound very attractive.. looks pretty good though, nice..
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    an accidental 10k

    The 5k was intended, the 10k happened by accident.. This was my only race for the year, the church 5k for IOCC charities. This year the money raised went to the St. Nektarios Fund, which builds schools in Uganda and Kenya. When Fr. Armatas arrived at the last school site, he found the children had already made some thousands of bricks, to build their school with.. No-one wanted to stand in front on the start line so I went over and started first, I have no shame. A young Ethiopian passed me first, jogging easily (for him) then a Peruvian. At the 3km mark a young Russian man joined me and we ran together until near the finish. He said 'do you want to sprint for the finish ?' I said no thanks and encouraged him to finish strong. The Ethiopian boy won in about 19min. So, first American ! ha. Well, first American citizen, I'm also an immigrant. One of our boy scouts, now an Eagle Scout, finished shortly after me. This is Pericles, known as Percules in the scouts since he's so strong. We decided to jog back around the route to meet up with our families. My wife was walking very fast, trying to keep up with one of the vigorous old ladies who power the church, so was just a km or so back. We went on to find Pericles' mother but never saw her. By that time we were more than halfway around, so decided to just keep going, and ran his first 10k. His mom found me later and said, "I was worried about Pericles for a bit, but then realized you were here, so if he was doing something crazy then he was probably with you so it would be OK." Not quite sure if that's a compliment or not.. didn't think I was such a wild and crazy Scoutmaster 😉 Here are my times on this race. As a stripling of 50 in 2010, 2010, 20:31 2013, 22:30 2015, 23:37 2018, 24:47 I'm running more distance and more speedwork now than I was in 2010, so that doesn't help either. I'm getting slower faster than I can train harder.. My friend Carl is a sponsored runner so I've been joining their Thursday evening runs from the Lone Tree Runner's Roost. This is my speedwork, trying to keep up with all the gazelles here. It gets a good turnout usually, many of these folks have ultra trail running habits. In the pic I'm the slow one standing diffidently at the back.. I had hoped to do at least one triathlon this year, but in the event wound up driving #1 son back to college in MN the week before the planned race. I took a couple of days off to fish some trout streams in the Driftless area. Never knew that MN had rainforests and tornados, but experienced both in the course of a not-very-relaxing few days.. came home a bit shattered. It seems to take me weeks to recover from a holiday, anymore..
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    August is like the Sunday of Summer

    exactly.. never had a coach, but almost hired one to train for one of my last goal triathlons, since I finally figured this out, how difficult it is to be objective about training. loved your own first-day-of-school pic, that was funny.. congrats on the new car, the Volt makes sense to me. I'd really like a Bolt, but then need to install solar panels, house battery, etc, to make it work: given that Colorado electricity mostly comes from burning coal..
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    Predicting Times

    that's a great book.. my experience was the same as Alex's, only slower. All my PRs at distances shorter than the marathon, came from starting way too fast and hanging on grimly. If you go out at planned splits then it's very difficult to get a significant negative split for a PR. Go out at 'it is a good day to die' pace, and sometimes get a nice surprise.. other times, you just wish you could die.. 😉
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    In the Darkness

    this is sheer brilliance.. reasons, who needs reasons. One of the reasons I used to have is that running is very precisely measurable, and hard work gets results, unlike every other sphere of human effort: where hard work usually just gets you hard work and has to be its own reward. Nowadays that don't work anymore, slowing down faster than I can train harder.. For me it's partly the terror of missing a workout (good point you make here, it really is a terror) and partly there is still joy to be had from running.. slow and hard as it may be. Gaudeamus hodie ! (let us be joyful) not to be confused with gaudeamus igitur, that beer-drinking song.. here's a tankard..
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    ow.. Tegaderm is what you need for that road rash.. heals much faster.. love speed but hate skiing.. it's odd, had a friend who climbed Mt Kenya, she loved to climb which terrified me, but would not go on a simple whitewater canoe trip with me, the water terrified her.. can't actually run fast anymore, so have to get on a bike to go fast.. ha !
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    You may want to skip this one.

    +1 I could not have survived this long, without cross-training.. bike, swim, weights, walking the dog, calisthenics, etc etc.. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(18)30227-X/fulltext "the punchline was clear: amongst over 1.2M people in the USA between 2011-2015, people who exercised had about 40% better mental health than people who didn't exercise, even after we controlled for a whole bunch of things including BMI, physical health, and sociodemographics"
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    excellent ! both our boys loved the jog stroller, worked well.. "faster Daddy, faster !" but I couldn't always obey 😉
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    Mt. Baker Summit Report

    wow - that's truly impressive.. I love mountains but ice climbing gives me the heebie-jeebies.. you are brave 😉 yes, running is entirely different from bucking a heavy pack up a mountain.. I could always outrun my brother, but he would walk me into the ground on backpack/mountain trips. My friend Heather used to load up her backpack with 40lbs or so, for the daily dog walks, just to get the backpack-specific workout.. looks like you are in the plastic double boots, which is what Denali will need.. fitting those can be tricky, hope you can get some good fitter to look at it before then. If your toes are hitting the front of the boot then it's not the right boot for you.. and this can be fixed..