Warm Ouray Ice Climbing  
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 07:35 PM - Weekend Fun
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A very warm ice climbing trip with Leigh, Mike and Tom. Had a great time trying out the new gear: cobras worked great on the ice - not so well on the rock. (Thin cover in the New Funtier at this time of year.) The baruntses rubbed a bit, but I need to work them in before Rainier anyway. Lead a short wall-at, as Mike says, a 4th grade level-but pulled a couple clean big wall ascents in the Alcove in the pouring ice melt.










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New Mix Up! 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 08:45 PM - Music
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Created a new, loud 1 hour power mix with trance, house, electro, and dubstep. If you know where to find it, crank it up!
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Ultimate Ski and Snowboarding Challenge Banquet! 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 08:22 PM - Week activities
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Four races: 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and somehow I ended up winning the Advanced Division and collecting the winning team trophy for the SNL Snow Temple Pilots! Take that snowboarders!


Corporate Cup Unlimited Trophy Winners (and bystanders (me))


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Kwanis Cabin Night Ski 
Saturday, March 17, 2012, 08:10 AM - Weekend Fun
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Mike, Tom and I headed out on Friday night at 8pm in the dark for a lap up on Sandia Ski Area. The night was still and warm (35 F), but the daytime temperatures left snow conditions terrible - 75 deg days = ice. We still made it up in about 40 minutes and then traversed to the Ellis Trail and bushwhacked to the Crest Trail through the forest. It's cool to watch your friends headlamps meandering through the snowy, nightscape. Not a cloud in the sky so when we hit the ridge and saw the city lights plus all the stars, I had to stop for a little bit to take it all in. Patchy snow up to the cabin wasn't too bad on the way up, and I drank a Guinness (St. Patty's Eve!) on the roof of the cabin while we watched the final tram head down for the night at 10:30pm. The small, bright light arced through the mountains on it's way back to civilization in the calm night. Mike pulled out the starmap app and we checked out mars, jupiter, and venus. Skiing down left a lot to be desired. This will be my last ski on Sandia for the season! We worked our way now the ice through weird deep patches in the trees to a clearing where the ice/snow mix left a maze of skiable patches of choppy ice. I fell a couple times but managed to make it through the clearing, only walking on the grass once. The others weren't so lucky. We didn't skin up for the trail back to the ski area, but rather tried to keep our speed up along the icy trail. A little scary at higher speeds through the dense trees because I was leading by ~120 W headlamp. A couple herringbones later, and we caught a line down skier's left in the resort. The ice layer was chopped up halfway down by a groomer to everyone's delight, but Mike still convinced me to ski a line of iced up moguls for no reason. I smirked when I ran it clean and he crashed three times on the way down. Split boarders...think they know everything. I'm also guessing this is how he ended the day with 2 bent poles. For Tom's first season, he did awesome! Very impressed with his progress. Back at the car at 11:35pm. Great time guys!


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Daylight Saving Time is Great! 
Monday, March 12, 2012, 07:12 PM - General
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Got home with plenty of time to hang out in the sun and work on the hammock and garden. Summer's coming!
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AMRC Recertification  
Monday, March 12, 2012, 07:03 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Every 5 years members of the Mountain Rescue Association must accredit with the MRA in 5 areas: search, high angle technical rescue, low angle technical rescue, avalanche, and winter technical. We just completed ours this weekend!! Stressful but rewarding!

Ready for technical rescues!


High-angle scenario.


High-angle rigging.


Snow avy/winter technical rescue.


Lance packing it all up after skiing a victory lap on Sandia!


Day 1


Day 2

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Lovelace Game 1 
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 04:16 PM - Weekend Fun
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Game 1 for the 2012 spring season: 1-1 tie. Sore hip flexor and back of my right knee - but no serious injuries! First game back since the knee injury.


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Cow Man! 
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 08:37 AM - Weekend Fun
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Half cow, half lobster, half man! The cowman has arrived!!!

Trying to jump into the top spot, I borrowed Martin's ski suit to gain the 2-5% on aero. Didn't end up working, but I did look like an idiot!








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Relaxing Morning 
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 08:35 AM - Weekend Fun
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Had a wonderfully relaxed morning. Made up a great omelet and sipped mint tea in the sun.
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NREL PV MRW 
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 09:08 AM - Trips
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Caught up with Charles, Howard, Rob, Jennifer, Chris, etc. at NREL this week. NREL's really changed a lot since I was last there. There are construction projects everywhere!

The nice benefit of business travel is excellent food!



Flight back to ABQ was cool - The Great Sand Dunes NP peaking through the clouds and the city was looking beautiful in the late afternoon.



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Boulder Visit 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 08:55 AM - Trips
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Left early for the NREL PV Module Reliability Workshop to catch up with folks in Boulder. Sunday I had lunch with Paul at Southern Sun (for Stout Month) and crushed Paul 21-18 at cornhole. I borrowed an old steel bike to cruise downtown and grab a beer with Waggy and Casey at the Twisted Pine. Then homemade Hawaiian pizza dinner with Bourbon Milkshakes and a little Texas Hold'em with Paul and Russell.






Monday I had a wonderful breakfast at Snooze with R&R, hiked the Mesa Trail, and had lunch with Laura and Ben before catching the GS bus down to Golden.







Thanks all!
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SF Race Results 
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 03:58 PM - Weekend Fun
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SF Ski Track

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Shane McConkey 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 09:24 PM - Interesting Internet Fare
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In Deep's MSP tribute.

Music: Pennywise - Bro Hymn


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29th Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon 
Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 07:17 PM - Weekend Fun
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4:57!!! Great weather and a great race. Took 2nd in my age group and 23rd overall.

Race Results

Bike up: 64:07
Run up: 56:16
Ski up: 39:16
Shoe up: 25:42
TOTAL UP: 3:05:20

Shoe down: 10:36
Ski down: 21:44
Run down: 45:01
Bike down: 34:56
TOTAL DOWN: 1:52:17

TOTAL RACE: 4:57:36

The bike started great. I held the front group through town and was proud to keep Jason in close sight for the first few miles. Around the prison, the first and 2nd splits occurred. I was dropped by both and was cursing riding alone up the hill. Passed by a couple other guys, but linked up with the 3rd group. Struggled hard to stay with that group, but absolutely refused to drop out of the draft. Maxed my heart rate for 5-10 min up the 2nd climb. Found a big guy to draft on the downhill and caught a little breather there. Final climb was great. Stayed with the group and basically hugged the female winner's rear tire to the top. I was completely exhausted at this point and my feet were frozen. Transition was fairly quick but forgot to take out bike tools so wasted a few seconds running back to drop them off. Feet didn't thaw until 2 miles into the run when they started tingling.




I had to put the breaks on for the up run, ski, and shoe because I could feel my legs tightening up and ready to cramp. Slammed a GU on all transitions, but couldn't get anything down while pushing hard. Found someone who was paced well at about mile 2 on the run. Had to let him get away on the climb because it was too much for my legs. Courtney from AMRC gave me a little cheer at the ski transition which I certainly appreciated - everything helps! I was surprised that I lost a place on the ski because I expected to be one of the quicker folks on that section. My camelbak was frozen at the run/ski transition though so I had to rely on water stations for the entire upper mountain section.



I couldn't run the snowshoe because as soon as I started jogging quads, hamstrings, and calves all started to seize up. I was passed by at least two on the shoe up, but ran past Tom from AMRC (who summitted 7 seconds ahead of me!) and one other guy on the down shoe. Cramped on the way down but still managed to jog some of it.

Ski transition was slow, but raced the downhill well. Passed by someone on skate skis on the flats but I repassed him on the 2nd hairpin when he crashed. Clean run with some good tucking at the top. Rehydrated on run transition. The volunteers were kind enough to give my hamstring a mini-massage while I finished up tying my shoes.



The final 5 mi run was brutal and nearly wiped out a couple times on the steep. Held the gap on the guy ahead of me but still got blasted by a real runner at about mile 3. I looked at my watch at the halfway water station and realized that I could pull off a 5 hr race if nothing went wrong. That helped me push to the bike transition. The volunteers had my bike waiting, my shoes by the bench, and my pack ready. Didn't bother with the jacket, bike tools, or extra layer of socks and just jumped.

Thanks for all the training fun Jason!



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Final Grants Training 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:15 PM - Weekend Fun
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Practiced the bike/run transition at the La Luz TH. Hip flexor is definitely sore again. This is going to be a painful race.


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Clouds on Upper La Cueva Canyon.

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Breakfast with CSer Nathalie 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:14 PM - Weekend Fun
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Loving this easy weekend. Sleeping in and blueberry muffin breakfast!


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CSers 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:13 PM - Week activities
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Dinner with Sarah and Eddy.




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Ski Tuner! 
Sunday, February 12, 2012, 07:12 PM - Work
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Built a ski tuning setup!


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Grant's training 
Sunday, February 5, 2012, 07:43 PM - Weekend Fun
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All the individual components have been completed. Here's an estimate of my race time based on training data.

Bike up: 68 min
Run up: 63 min
Ski up: 45 min
Snowshoe up: 32 min
Snowshoe down: 14 min
Ski down: 23 min
Run down: 45 min
Bike down: 35 min
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Total: 5 hours, 25 minutes. (Give or take transitions, plus the additional exhaustion.)
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AMRC Mock Winter Low Angle and Avy Re-cert 
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 07:54 PM - Weekend Fun, AMRC
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Avy re-cert at the gravel pit couloir with low angle rescue. I was on strike team and botched clearing the field for the beacon search by chasing a rope to a "dead" body.

At least I got a free tree ski out of the day!


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