Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 Year In Pictures: Part 2

In July I went up to Leadville to continue my training for the Leadville 100. Without a doubt, the Silver Rush 50 is a more gorgeous course then the LT100 and is one of the toughest 50 Milers I've ever run. This is a photo of my running into Stump Town.

In August I found the finish line of the Leadville Trail 100 one year after DNFing at mile 62. The taste of sweet redemption was oh so yummy as I actually found a beer that bared the name.

One week after Leadville I was hiking along the Continental Divide, literally. From Milner Pass to Bear Lake, I enjoyed a day out with my co-workers as we traversed along the top of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We entertained a welcomed visit from my dad and evil step-mother Helen. Here we are soaking in the views and gorgeous sunshine along the shores of RMNP's Bear Lake.

We started what we hope will be a new tradition in Colorado's Front Range called Flags on The Front Range. This 9/11 Memorial Hike brought me to the top of Bear Peak in Boulder where we flew the flag proudly for nearly 3 hours.

I headed up to Rollins Pass to investigate where the wilderness boundaries are so we can look at putting on an Ultra-Marathon (50K and 100K) through this area in 2012. This is a picture of one of the old rail trestles that still exist up high.

Went to Moab to run in the Slickrock 100. After 50 miles and constantly being lost, I threw in the towel and traded it in for a day out at Arches.

I turned 30 years old and enjoyed my birthday driving around on The Peak to Peak Highway, gambling at Black Hawk Casinos and eventually.. my new banjo.

I spent much of October and the first half of November co-creating a team building adventure for Team Garmin-Cervelo's professional cycling team. The event went off amazingly well. Unfortunately, until the first of the year, this is the only picture I'm allowed to show you due to contractual restrictions.

December has been a real treat as I return to training and preparing for the 2012 season. I have a lot f things I'd like to do in 2012, most of it involving journey runs and exploration. In the meantime and as 2011 comes to a close, I've enjoyed spending fun times with my new friend Jerry Armstrong. Jerry is one of those fun guys whose sense of humor and laugh is contagious. I hope to share many many miles with Jerry but for now.. here is what our December has looked like.