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July 2012 Blog Posts (32)

The Doldrums

Me and LB on our way up Mount Bierstadt, July 22

During every training cycle, especially for a new distance, I hit the skids mentally. I'm considering the PPM a new distance, even though I've run…


Added by Katie Benzel on July 30, 2012 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Can't help Smiling....

Lesson #1 from race four in the Ascent Cycling Series - ignore the crazy guy hollering at you to do wheelies and other crazy stunts during your pre-ride... Oh yeah, can't! Enthusiastic spectator turned course tear down volunteer was my husband and I wouldn't want to disappoint him - so I did the wheelie at the top of the hill and promptly fell off my bike. Oh well - that's what I get for trying to show off! And at least it was during the pre-ride.... A great start to the evening! Anyways...…


Added by Tracy Thelen on July 26, 2012 at 8:57pm — 1 Comment

Personifying Pain

     In my circle of friends, it's a common occurence for inanimate, yet cherished objects to warrant a name. And before you start judging, this phenomemon is apparently fairly rampant in our culture. Ships have been named for presidents from the U.S.S. Washington to the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. Herby and Kitt were both beloved automobiles. Even a healthy dose of the entertainment I enjoyed as a kid including The Brave Little Toaster, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Winnie the Pooh were all…


Added by Brandon Stapanowich on July 26, 2012 at 7:43pm — 2 Comments

Racing for the Win

Throughout the day yesterday I looked outside to see rain, sunshine, wind and heard a few rolls of thunder through the afternoon. I was not sure what we would be in for at race time but it is always a bad to think or plan on anything but going to the start line ready. A couple of times I have been in races that were rained out at or just after the start. That is a head trip, you are mentally turned on to race mode, tapered back in your training, fueled ready for high octane performance, and…


Added by Cameron Chambers on July 26, 2012 at 7:27am — No Comments


Another successful Hardrock is in the books.  For those unaware of this event, here’s the story in picture form:

Due to some property issues near Telluride, the course was a whopping 102.5 miles long this year, the farthest I’ve ever ran, and hopefully the farthest I ever have to run.  The fastest guy ran just under 25 hours.  The slowest runner showed up about…


Added by Jon Teisher on July 25, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Race On

If there is something that makes life more fun than Wednesday night Mountain Bike races, it is not coming to mind right now. I am just coming down off the high from the weekend’s adventure at the 12 hours of Snowmass race. On Sunday I was so tired all I could do was sleep and eat. Monday the legs came around and I was able to ride hard for a few hours in the Canyon. Tuesday I had to back it off because I was getting carried away going too hard. Yup it is time to race again.

This was…


Added by Cameron Chambers on July 25, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

What makes the race

Quick! Name the one thing that really makes a race stand out. Okay, a swag bag filled with goodies is nice. It's always fun to dig through a bag, drooling over the race fkyers and nibbling on the samples. I'll freely admit to having a warerbottle covered in race stickers and I really love all the waterbottles. But I have a cupboard full of waterbottles now and can only use so many at a time. Fancy t-shirts or socks? Always good to replace shirts that have gotten all stained up and socks get…


Added by Tracy Thelen on July 24, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Pikes Peak Guy interview... and giveaway!

Ok... I am beyond…

Added by Jeff Gallup on July 23, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

Huffin' Up Herman

So I’ve had an idea in mind for a different workout and finally gave it a try on Thursday, July 19. Monument Preserve has long been a favorite place to run. It offers varied terrain, some up and down but certainly not killer hills and scenic trails that weave in aall over U.S. Forest Service land. There is a main parking lot for the preserve, right along Mt. Herman Road but I usually park at a pull-off area another half-mile or less up the road, almost directly across from a Forest Service…


Added by Bill Beagle on July 21, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Quick start forces men's winner to pick up pace early

Boulder's Sean Quigley needed to make a fast decision: start out quicker than planned or wait for the early pace-setter to fall back to the pack.

Quigley, 27, and four other runners, including runner-up Sean Brown, 24, of Colorado Springs and third-place finisher Matt Tebo, 23, of Boulder, chose to attack during the Classic 10K and Circle of Hope Run on Saturday morning.

“I was hoping to pick up the pace a little later but one guy went out ahead after one mile,” Quigley said of…


Added by Joe Paisley on July 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Insane Triple Incline

Some days people put ideas in your head. One day, someone told me that a lot of people have done the incline 3 times in one day. Thursday afternoon I set off to accomplish this. I also wanted to make each trip up the Incline and down the Barr Trail under an hour each. Three sub 40 minute incline trips up. I also was able to average well under 8 minutes per mile on the trip down. I don't count the section between the top of the Incline and the Barr Trail. It's only about a quarter of a mile…


Added by Michael Capshaw on July 20, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Dusting off the Cobwebs!

I wasn't sure how the legs were going to feel when I pedaled over to Bear Creek Terrace on Wednesday for the third race in the Ascent Cycling Series. A long weekend with some hard miles (Breck 100) had left me feeling more than a little beat up. Even though I was tired, I still wanted to race - something about throwing down hot laps on the fun trails! I got on the course and did two laps easy after the 5:00 race started. It was definitely an easier course with fewer rock gardens and…


Added by Tracy Thelen on July 20, 2012 at 2:49pm — No Comments


I’ve always enjoyed running hills and with one exception I’ve always lived in states where there were ample opportunities to to roll up and down a running course. I seem to recall, many moons ago, reading in some magazine about a runner who said races are won on hills, that hills were the place to exert some effort, to pass and maybe even demoralize your competition. Well, if you’ve been reading any of the previous blogs here you know that I am not really out to win anything but still…


Added by Bill Beagle on July 20, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments


Sand Creek Race #3 in the books. Back at Bear Creek for the action this go around. I am still amazed how fun it is to wrap around the little trails of Bear Creek. I always discount the fun factor for that venue but every time I end up having a riot. Last night was no different. Andy claimed this was “his course” meaning he laid it out, and I think it was the best loop yet. Well done Andy!…


Added by Cameron Chambers on July 20, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

ROLL 2012 Skills and Drills

ROLL 2012 will feature a variety of

hands-on activities for young and old

alike. Bring your peloton to 219 W.

Colorado to catch one or all these


5:30 - 6:30 PM Kat Tudor teaches a

FREE Bike Yoga Class. Bicycling

and Yoga go hand-in-hand to build

flexibility and balance. Cross-training

will improve your maneuvering skills

and your post-ride recovery. Kat

teaches positions which



Added by Amy Seltzer on July 20, 2012 at 12:32am — No Comments

Slice of Life

Upward! Upper Barr Trail, July 15

It has been an eventful few weeks. I've got to get back in the rhythm of writing here; since the fire, the words don't flow like they used to. It put things in perspective. Nature doesn't care about human life. (Actually, anyone who has hiked the upper reaches of Barr Trail knows that nature doesn't care about…


Added by Katie Benzel on July 18, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

My Many Meltdowns!




   Well, I just haven't  felt like talking about running much with all the fire's in Colorado, but it seems to be getting better.  I was often asked if we were busy during the Waldo Fire and I am happy to say that we did not transport anyone from the fire, great Job to the all the people who helped put out the fires.  It was incredible to see how the Springs came together and helped each other out.  



Added by Don Solberg on July 18, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

-It was the best of times, it was the worst of times-

Wow, from the last time I wrote up a blog piece a lot has happened. A lot of it has been bad but certainly some has been good. Racing last month at Palmer Park no one could have foreseen what the coming weeks would hold for Colorado Springs. Personally I have never been so close to such widespread devastation and fear. I have never known what it is like to live day after day glued to the media coverage listening for every shred of news with rapt intension. I hope I never have to do it again.…


Added by Cameron Chambers on July 17, 2012 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Racing and resting

Wow - a month since the last Ascent Cycling race. It's been a crazy, busy month too, with lots of things going on. I know plenty of people have said this already, but we should all be very thankful for the hard work of the Forest Service crews, the CSFP and everyone else involved in the Waldo Canyon Fire. We may have lost some of the best trails in the area, but it's a small loss comparatively. We still have…


Added by Tracy Thelen on July 17, 2012 at 3:33pm — No Comments

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