Wednesday, 09/07/11 Bike
Evening mountain bike ride towing the girls. 7 miles/150 vert../45 min
Thursday, 09/08/11 Bike
Ran some errands with the girls towing them behind the mountain bike. Extended the ride a bit as it was so much fun and was a perfect day. 15.55 miles/662 vert./1:49
Friday, 09/09/11 Bike
Had so much fun pulling the girlies in the Chariot the past few days, that I decided to tow them on the road bike and go a bit further. Messed around shooting some video too. 24 miles/800 vert./1:43
Saturday, 09/10/11 South Boulder Peak/Bear Peak and Bike Ride
Sobo/Bear 7.23 miles/3,259 vert./2:55
Allison and I had a rare day off together and an even more rare day without the babies, as the grandparents offered to watch them for a good part of the day. Along with Sierra, we headed up Homestead to Shadow on a perfect day. We went a casual pace and spent a good amount of time at water stops for Sierra and had some nice long summit breaks. As we neared the end of Shadow Canyon on the descent, the girl that was walking about a minute ahead of us, turned back to warn us of a rattlesnake in the trail. I had everyone stay put while I went ahead to check it out, and sure enough, there was a small, but VERY pissed off and aggressive rattler in the middle of the trail in strike position. From a safe distance, I tossed a few pea size rocks in it's direction to scare it off, but that did nothing. After a few minutes of observing and taking photos/video, it was evident that we either go back up over Bear Peak and down Fern Canyon/Mesa (something I almost voted for), or get a long tree branch and coax it off the trail. I was able to move the snake off to the side and hold it at bay while the ladies and dogs passed. This would have been quite the scare had I been running, as the snake was in a very shaded area/blind curve where I would have been going quite fast.
Very pissed off snake!
The run turned out better than I expected. I went a moderate to almost hard pace at times, never really pushing, but just letting the run come to me and I felt like I was making decent progress despite my initial reservations. I also thought quite a bit about the events 10 years ago....