Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February zipped on by -- time travel rocks!

We just spent 6 days in the past without having to hide a stolen DeLorean behind a road-side billboard.

Grand Canyon. Not "The Grand Canyon", as I learned in my readings this week, is an outstanding place. It is my third favorite hiking destination behind the Sierras in California and Glacier National Park. I've spent quite a bit of time in "Grand Canyon" and of that time I wish to have none of it back because it is worth every second. It's a step backward in time and a step back from "life on the Rim". No matter how long you think those rocks at the bottom have been here -- they are old. Even more important; Grand Canyon holds so many lessons of the human condition that they are IMPOSSIBLE to ignore. Being there forces ME to think about my current state and what I can do to get more from life and, more importantly, give back to the universe in ways that are beneficial to me and others.

Carrie is getting stronger. Doing the 45 miles with her 30 pound pack - she scampered, across, down and up the trails with only a few issues. Upon walking out of the canyon yesterday she said those three little words that I love so much ... "You were right." I told her after the first day to wait until the end of the trip before she decided that hard-core backpacking was not in her future. We'll get her better one way or another.

I did do one sweet run during the trip. A 13 mile jog with about 5000 feet of climbing -- 1:50:00. Fitness is sweet. I did suffer a bit with the weight of the pack. Sure, my feet got tired and sore. For the most part, this was a challenging yet doable trip that was perfectly timed.

The Desert Classic Duathlon is Sunday. I will take it easy over the next few days prior to one last system check on Saturday. The first race of 2013 is a sweet course. The temperatures are in my favor and there is no swim. Look out!

It's almost March.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Oh the weather ... love it while it lasts.

It's the most wonderful time of the year. "Winter" in the Arizona desert. Mild, sunny, breezy days and crisp refreshing nights. I wish I could bottle this up and use it from mid-March until mid-November. Yeah, that's right. For me, personally, eight months out of the year here are unbearable in regards to heat. Some of you just read that and went "quit whining". Others read it and said "it's only really hot in July, August and September".

The reality is we chose to live here from 2000 to 2005. Then we escaped. In 2010 we came back and now we own a house again.

That's beside the point. I am going to enjoy this weather while I can.

Monday, February 4, 2013

February already. Sheesh.

Tonight - coming home from the gym - I saw a 1984 white Monte Carlo SS and the gentleman driving it was wearing a 10 gallon cowboy hat. That guy is awesome.

Hiking, running & spinning were the flavors of last week. At 17+ hours last week was the biggest week of training I've had since the week of the RNR Las Vegas half marathon back in December.

The Desert Classic Duathlon is now on the radar. I have one month to train to get ready for that thing.

But first ... the preparation for the Grand Canyon trip at the end of February. Thus, all the hiking.

Hang loose!