Pikes Peak Ascent 2016

Pikes Peak is famous for a few reasons, most know it for the most grueling up hill car road race.  Because it is accessible by auto (or train), it is a tourist hot spot to be at one of the tallest mountain peaks in the USA.  It also hosts the worlds hardest half marathon – The Pikes Peak Ascent – starting at 7000′, finishing at 14000′.  With so many downhill races popping up here and there, you know, we just have to be different. Plus we have been meaning to visit Colorado, it really helped that our good running buddy from San Diego moved there so we weren’t lone tourists.  To appreciate the mountain’s beauty (and pains),  Dave  booked us for the Manitou Springs/Cog Railway tour that brings tourists to the peak!  This was mainly for altitude adjustment and scouting the course.  On the way up due to lack of oxygen, you get sleepy.  Some people get severe headaches but we were fine.  Up the cog rail you learn many history tid bits about the mountain, some that you never knew were nationally popular – There’s a huge monument at the Peak dedicated to the song “American the Beautiful” because the author wrote it while looking at Pikes Peak.

Manitou Springs / Pikes Peak Cog Railway

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The next day we would be experiencing the journey on foot…

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I am now a “professional cyclist”

Yes, in quotes because no, not for bicycle racing, but as a bike messenger. It consist of delivering depositions, bills, etc between law firms. The pay is minimal – although I think it is a fair trade off for something that you look forward to doing everyday – no waiting for Friday for it to be all over and being the weekend. Yes, I love Mondays!

Some inspiration was taken from the movies Quicksilver , Premium Rush, Line of Sight, and the USA network tv show Suits

Mike Ross in the show suits is a bike messenger who is hired as a lawyer on one of his deliveries thanks to his intelligence

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Preparing for a Race

chrisWith one of the most legendary battles in a pool happening last night, Michael Phelps vs. Chad Le Clos in the Men’s 200M Butterfly, I wanted to highlight the mental side of the race prep. Physical training, which is clearly essential, is where most advice ends. However the mental training is what makes the biggest difference in the outcome.

In Meb’s book “Meb For Mortals” he has an entire chapter about training your mind for the battle.   As mortals we may not be competing with a rival side by side, yet by paying for an event you’re taunting the course.  There are key steps below in order to PREPARE for a race event – mentally.

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(M)e (A)nd (R)oger (C)rush (H)ills

(I know it’s Roger and I, but there’s no month spelled RAICH hehe)

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San Diego Winter’s “triathlon off-season” means run season. A few events sprinkle in to motivate in January and February, but the following month is exactly that: march.  You’ll see below how we’ve been pretty busy in our spring, I hope it’ll be worth the wait!

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Hey you! You’re a social media SUPER STAR

To start, I admit guilt. I’m one of the pioneering folks of social media (Facebook in particular) who posted my run workouts to an isolated circle of “non-exercise” friends.  Let’s be honest, social media is a platform to share or brag about your achievements like run, bodybuilding competitions, etc.  Somewhere via magazines, results from others, and advertisements I was lead to what I felt was the ultimate achievement benchmark: Boston Marathon Qualify (BQ). I thought I was so cool when I achieved that goal.

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The key to bike theft

Normal seeming day, I finish my afternoon loop at work, locking up my bike and head up stairs for 10 minutes.  I am ready for my next round, coming down…. and the bike is gone. Security was on patrol somewhere else. I was freaking out, luckily found the guard in time so he can capture the security camera feed. Below is the vid from 1:10 to 2 min is the thief in action. Gone in 60 seconds: Continue reading

Roger’s First Overall win

Bessy won Silver Strand Half Marathon 2015, and Mission Valley 5k as the overall female – so why not Roger join the tip top podium as a couple goal? Well first of all, an overall win is highly competitive for males. I (Roger) had no idea this would happen.  While running the zigzag wind-pounding ONEHOPE ACT 10k course a few years back (fiesta island), which overlooked the simple flat all asphalt 5k loop, I aimed for this 5k as a PR attempt. Two days before this race, on the track with my buddy John, I nailed the run workout for the time goal (400s x 10, 800 x 1: at race pace).  Come race day, Outkast’s statement proved true “you can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.”

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