At least for the 2015 season, the Ascent Cycling Series is wrapping up. One more race at Palmer Park. One more chance to ride with one way traffic as hard as we can on local trails. It's been a long series, with all kinds of conditions thrown at us - sunshine and heat to mud and creek crossings. What will the race bring? It's impossible to guess until we are on the line, sizing up the competition and ourselves. Are we ready for this finale? Will both the bike and the legs hold on until the…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 29, 2015 at 11:12am — No Comments
Hard to believe it’s almost the end of July….where has your summer taken you???
In a little over two weeks the 60th Pikes Peak…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on July 26, 2015 at 1:49pm — No Comments
Interested in helping your fellow runners accomplish their dream of conquering Pikes Peak? Volunteer with the JQRC team for the Pikes Peak Ascent and/or Marathon. We need volunteers to work various roles including water stops on the mountain Aug 15 and 16. Volunteers receive 2 JQRC runs per day volunteered. Email Adam at email@example.com to sign up.
Added by Michael Yowell on July 26, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments
Alright, let's backup a bit. The Summer Roundup was awesome. I am a huge fan of running. I watch it on TV, follow it on websites, and try to follow our local runners as they tear it up in Ultras. What does this have to do with the Summer Roundup? I got to watch the lead runners as they screamed past me on the second lap! My race not withstanding,…Continue
Added by Mark Zandarski on July 23, 2015 at 9:48pm — No Comments
I'll be honest - I didn't know what to expect with the long race at CMSP on Sunday. The last time Nick and I tried riding Blackmere and Cougar's Shadow, they were a mess. It was more of a swamp then a trail, with several stream and creek crossing and mud bogs that were 100s of feet long and ankle deep. Not ridable at all. We've had some dry and hot days since then, but not enough to even dry up some of the new rivers running through CMSP. Given that I wasn't sure what was coming, I'd…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 21, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
I ran the Barr Trail Mountain Race last weekend and had a great time, but it didn’t start out that way. The race was late getting started and that always throws off my timing, but fortunately it was no big deal.
I headed up the mountain, running and walking. If I come up on someone and it is possible, I pass.…Continue
Added by Phil Goulding on July 20, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Lots of events over the weekend to include the Classic 10K and the Barr Trail race.
In a little over three weeks the 60th Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon kicks off with a…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on July 20, 2015 at 9:26pm — No Comments
"That's one gnarly course, but the pierogies were delicious!" Those words were for Dale Garland, race director and greeter of every single Hardrock 100 finisher making the journey back to Silverton. Apparently, after kissing the painted slab of mining stone and effectively stopping my race time, I thought Dale needed to hear not only that his race called Hardrock was indeed "hard" but that the starchy sustenance was pleasing. Don't…Continue
Added by Brandon Stapanowich on July 19, 2015 at 9:16pm — No Comments
It’s a beauty that comes with the San Juans. It’s a beauty the volunteers uphold. It’s a beauty that deepens by the year, a beauty that grows in gratefulness for all the support, for Lake City, for volunteers, for crews, for pacers, for fellow runners, for the chance to simply experience the beautiful country and enjoy the adventure.
It’s a beauty to which the extent you can’t describe, a beauty you have to simply experience for yourself. It’s a beauty and inspiration that can only…Continue
Added by Megan Kunkel on July 19, 2015 at 7:15am — No Comments
Every morning we wake up with the choice - make the best of the day we are given or simply go through the motions of living. And that is just the first choice of the day - there are a million more and sometimes we don't even realize what choice we are making and how they will affect the rest of the day, week, month... It's not easy to see how much a little choice will reflect when we act in the moment. I've been trying to wake up and choose positivity. After all, I'm waking up to a new day…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 18, 2015 at 7:31pm — No Comments
In my last post I ranted endlessly about how much I thought I was going to dislike the loops in the Summer Round Up 12k...turns out they weren't that bad. It was actually a pretty fast course in general.
However, this was a fairly crappy race for me for other reasons. My lower back was killing me! Like "sweet baby jee...mother of Mary" killing me! I stupidly did some heavy weighted lunges a few days prior…Continue
Added by Sheva Willoughby on July 17, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I hope you had a great Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo week!
This week at Jack Quinn's:…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on July 13, 2015 at 8:59pm — No Comments
The Summer Roundup Trail Run is in the books. The course was different then anything I’ve done before. I can’t remember ever repeating a loop, except on the track. I went out feeling great, and really pushed the first lap and unfortunately, I pushed too hard. I just felt like running fast, something that…Continue
My biggest takeaway from today's Summer Roundup 12k....my cheering section rocks!!!!! My entire family was out there along with friends and it helped me to execute a very solid race. My cheerleaders are the primary reason for it so thank you all!!
This was the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown of Running. It's the shortest of the 3 races but not easy by any stretch of…Continue
Added by Neal Oseland on July 12, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I have to wonder, what the large flock of turkeys was thinking Wednesday night. After all, it was wet out and still spitting rain at times. What on earth were these mountain bikers doing? Usually the trails would have been deserted at that time of day under those conditions. It would have been safe for them to take the easy route - aka the trail - to their destination.
But this was no ordinary Wednesday night.…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 10, 2015 at 7:04am — No Comments
We've all heard stories of athletes being "in the zone." It's that mystical place where things become effortless and you can do no wrong. You may have even experienced glimpses of this yourself. Time seemingly slows, your performance elevates inexplicably to a level of mastery that was previously inaccessible. It's in this state that you discover untapped potential, yet you're not sure how you got there or when it will fade. And like those elusive autostereograms, once you think too…Continue
Added by Brandon Stapanowich on July 8, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
On grey days like yesterday it's hard to want to get out and ride. It's cold. It's raining... The list of excuses goes on and on and eventfully the ride doesn't happen. Or we wait for the dry and sunny window, only to have that window never open. Again, the ride doesn't happen because of the lack of motivation to take a chance with the conditions. But what are we missing when we choose to let the weather win and allow the grey, heavy clouds to affect the motivation needed to hit the trails?…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on July 8, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
Buckle up and let 'er buck it's the start of Pikes Peak Rodeo week and the parade in downtown Colorado Springs at 6:30pm.
JQRC runners we need you…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on July 6, 2015 at 9:17pm — No Comments
Not being a runner was fine. I was okay with that. I actually preferred it that way because it allowed me to not expect too much from myself. "I'm not…Continue
Added by Sarah Musick on July 6, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
It's Summer Roundup week. To me, this 2nd leg of the Triple Crown of Running is the hardest of the three races. It's the shortest but I feel packs the biggest punch. As daunting as the Pikes Peak Ascent is, it's done at a lower intensity level. At my age, the longer stuff that has more aerobic running is much more in my wheelhouse. The Summer Roundup is just hard the whole way. High heart rate, punchy climbs on loose footing and congestion makes this a personal sufferfest. The course has…Continue
Added by Neal Oseland on July 6, 2015 at 10:34am — No Comments