Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pikes Peak Training and a new race

Looks like a New Race on Pikes Peak - up the Pikes Peak Highway from the Toll Gate to Glen Cove.  11.6 miles, 3675 elevation gain, avg 5 - 8% grade.  Inaugural race this August 28th - same day as the Assault on the Peak - bike ride from Manitou, up to Pikes Peak Summit.  

My idea of a Pikes Peak Triathlon from a month or so ago is starting to get legs / wheels / closer.  The revised (unofficial, unplanned, uncoordinated and very unlikely that I will try it) version:
1) Run from the Toll gate up to Glen Cove, 2) bike from Glen Cove to the Summit, 3) buy a "world famous donut" from the Summit House.

My son and I are entered into the Barr Trail Mountain Race on July 17th.  We are both curious / excited / hoping that he can maybe get close to the age group record (2:42:52) for the 10-14 yrs.  He is 12, by the time he is 14 it may happen, hopefully by him.  We hiked up to Barr Camp a few weeks back a couple of weeks ago - round trip took about 6 hours, so we only need to take off 3 hrs 20 mins or so and the record is his.  We hiked, rested, took a 30 minute stop at Barr Camp.  No rush at all that day - just wanted him to see what he is getting into.

Last night - we started his training for it, so, from the start line up to the top of the W's.  31:03.  Very proud of him.  I had him lead the whole way so he could set the pace.  We stopped a few times for water - (was 89 degrees when we parked to start - although not too bad in the shade), calf stretching and breath catching - never stopping the watch.  According to official race splits - he beat the record by over 50 seconds.  We have a long way to go, where so much can happen and realise there is so much more than the W's to this race.  But this very proud Father is a little giddy about what potentially lies ahead.


  1. Doubt I will do the road race being a week after the marathon.

    31 to the top of the Ws? Was that from the Cog? Or the Firehouse?

  2. From the Cog Station / BTMR start line.

  3. From him when we got to the top of the W's "Wow, that was harder than when we hiked it a few weeks ago". Me "puff, wheeze, gasp - uh huh"

  4. Eh. Youth is SO wasted on the young.

  5. Agreed, along w/ money and Ice Cream. It's all good though.

  6. Sounds like you have an up and coming mountain runner - awesome that you two can enjoy it together! Wheezing and gasping is standard fare on that beast of a trail :)