Yeah, I guess I'm one of the masses still. A new year always gives me pause to look back, look around, and look ahead. And make the anti-resolution to keep doing stuff that I deem blog-worthy.
Looking back. 2011 treated me well - personally, professionally, athletically, and as a parent. (I am not a fan of the wording - "treated me well" makes it sound like it was out of my control. Hell no. We are each the master of our own destiny.) I set forth a racing goal a year ago to finish top 10 in every trail/mountain/ultra race I entered in 2011, and I came pretty damn close to making it happen - only my annual Ascent meltdown kept me from fulfilling it. The number of high peaks I have "bagged" running reached double digits. For the most part, I averted serious injury, and I made some great new friends and training partners. Indeed, 2011 was worth every day it offered me.
I did something to my back in mid-November on a run to Barr Camp, and it has been giving me fits ever since. I seem to be able to manage it, but it took me the better part of a month just sitting around before I could get back at it. I've been busy the past few weeks, though. Winter break has afforded me the opportunity to get reacquainted with some of the coolness that is Colorado.
|Sunrise over the Mosquito Range|
An opportunity opened up the day after Christmas, and I did a solo jaunt to Sangree Frolicher hut near Leadville. The snow cover was scant enough to allow me a chance to dash up to the summit of 12,867' Buckeye Peak before heading home. Showing up to the hut as a random "that guy" was fun - I met a bunch of very cool, like-minded folks at the hut.
|This view never gets old|
|I'm not at liberty to share our route, but.....|