Friday, February 20, 2009

Back Home

I touched fake rock last night at the gym. It sucked.

I am running 20+ miles a week though.

That rocks!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Climbing? What?

I haven't touched rock, fake rock, or anything relating to rock in over two weeks.

This sucks.

I hope I can find time tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Things That Matter

A friend of mine is participating in a walk to help raise money for Breast Cancer research. I don't think there is a single person who reads my blog who hasn't been personally affected or, at least, has known someone with Breast Cancer.

She is traveling to Denver and will be walking over 60 miles in three days. She is hoping to raise $2300 in the process. If you can help in any way, please do. Here is a link to the official site and where donations can be made.

Thank you everyone.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jack of All Trades

I don't want to be that guy who can't stay with one thing and has a new sport every couple of years. It is a pretty common thing in my family. Sorry Bre and Dad, but its true. I look back over the last couple of years and between soccer, mountain biking, and peak bagging I feel like I've bounced around a bit. Climbing doesn't count. It has been on one constant for more than 13 years now.
While soccer was mainly an opportunity to hang out with my brother and sister it was a sport a have grown to love. I would continue playing if I didn't have to drive 40 minutes to do so, pay $45 to play, and then show up just to play half of a game. Maybe as my life slows down in a couple of years it will be something I can start up again. As for now it has to be put on the very far back-burner.
I won't speak to mountain biking. Over the last many years it has been something I've just done when invited by someone else.
Peak bagging has been a hobby of mine for several years now and something I don't plan to quit any time soon.
Last year my wife started pushing me to jog as a means of keep my cardio up and staying healthy. She doesn't want me to have a heart attack. After pushing through the first excruciating weeks of miserable outings things got better and I really began to enjoy myself. Now running has turned into a full-grown passion. I am running 5 days a week, with a minimum workout of 4+ miles a day and long days above 6 miles. I have already booked my registration for my first 10k and plan to run a half marathon later this year.
All of this is in preparation for getting back in the mountains. This summer I plan to run 2 - 3 days a week in the mountains, linking peaks and hitting the trails. By next year I want to sign up for my first mountain race and maybe someday do an ultra-marathon, such as the Wasatch Back. I also have a goal to jog King's Peak with a longterm goal of getting the record for the Triple Crown, car to car (currently just over 13 hours).

What's my point? I want running to be a life-long activity. I have made an effort to surround myself with people who will motivate and inspire me. I really believe that I can be successful at this and continue doing it when I'm old.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lost in Translation

I have been really busy with work and even busier at home with the Kids and Em going to school full time.
Then, a couple of days ago I had to travel to Plano, TX, where I am currently working for the next two weeks. So basically, I haven't been climbing much lately and won't be touching anything climbing related until after the 14th.

I have been running more and more lately though. I have caught the bug, that is for sure. While I am stuck running on the road instead of the trails I'm enjoying being out there and pushing my limits.

I have been working on pushing my distance. My regular routine is about 4.5 miles. After a 4.2 mile day yesterday here in Plano I found an extended route that would allow me a 6.2 mile day. Leaving the hotel at about 6:15am I took off on the new course. The first mile and a half you have to run almost solely on the grass as there was no shoulder or sidewalks. As it was my second day I was a bit more used to it, so I didn't have to work as hard to get through it. Beyond that point I found I was able to run on the sidewalk the rest of the course. Phew.

I was able to complete the course in just over 50 minutes, pretty good considering I've never run that far before. I'm hoping that within the next 30 days 6 miles will become my regular workout and my long days will be 8 - 10.

While its not sending projects in LCC, it is a lot of fun and I feel great!

I record my running sessions on