10/16/98 The club has started its off season!! If you are on the Incline Club e-mailing list a notice will be sent out when we start back up with long runs sometime in November.
10/15/98 14 showed for the last Club workout of the season. 12 did the Incline and 2 ran up Barr Trail to meet us. 4 people set PRs led by John D with a killer 5:29!!! Pete T was 2nd to the top cutting off 1:49 which also beat his ALL-TIME PR. Yvonne F was 3rd with a 15 second improvement and Rick H knocked off another 7 seconds. A great year for many:-) See you soon when we start the long runs in November-ish.
10/11/98 Rick H kept the torch going late into the season to run a solo Ute Loop and get the final long run * of the season:-)
10/8/98 10 came out for the Incline today. Rick H reports With the cool Oct. temperatures there were 3 new 98 PRs. Tom H with a 24:43 (-:32) Matt V with a 22:00 (-:09) Dan V with a 21:46 (-07). Also two new runners showed up, Jim Swinehart and Steve Weinrib.
10/4/98 Most of the Club Members did the first race in the Fall Series. The big news is Incline Club Member Kelly M won the St. George Marathon and with his 2:19:20 qualified for the US Mens Olympic Trials!!!
10/1/98 6 showed up for the incline run on a unusual kind of weather day Autumn in Colorado. Dense fog till we hit the top and came out to see the city shrouded in low fog. The Aspen trees look like they where in full color. Four of us did the incline while Valerie did a tempo on Barr Trail. There was one PR for the year by Matt V. but not an overall by him.
9/27/98 Ben C, Glen A and Rick H did the Severy Creek trail today. Jim Swinehart did Elk Park. Rick reports: Half way up we noticed a cabin about 200' off the trail, so we had to investigate. Apparently some one must be living there because there was fire wood stacked in the corner with a couple of books too. There was no real roof but there was a tarp that you could see that was used for a roof.
9/24/98 10 people did the handicap run up the Incline. Yvonne F was the only PR today by 1 second so unless the handicap was done incorrectly she should have gotten to the top first. Tom H returned to the Incline after almost a year and was our newbie today.
9/20/98 11 Incline Club members did the 15+ mile Pony Express Trail Run:
Matt Carpenter 1:36:35 1st Jim Adcox 1:44:55 3rd Rick Hessek 1:45:18 4th Larry Miller 1:46:48 8th Bob McAndrews 1:58:44 Gary Hellenga 2:02:11 Ramsay Rayner 2:02:38 Lynn Galleger 2:09:49 4th Keith Grimes 2:13:46 Nick Bunn 2:14:55 Cate Terwilliger 2:28:20
Also over the weekend Paul DeWitt set a PR when he won the Buena Vista 5K in 14:44 and Cindy ONeil won the Aspen Golden Leaf mini-marathon in 1:46. Glen A went horseback riding so I took over the top spot on Sunday Long run board.
9/17/98 13 people came to todays run up the Incline and 9 of them set PRs! Jeremjos was the first to the top with a 2:30 PR. Ben C was second with a 1:37 PR. Valerie P took the bronze with a 1:17 improvement. Jay B PRd by 1:11. Nick B took 1:05 off. Ladd Ms 55 second PR made him only the second person ever to go under 20 minutes!!! Larry M got a 37 second PR. Matt V took off 12 seconds and Ramsay R managed to shave 1 second off of his best time. Something must of been right today because that is a lot of PRs! I managed to get the top spot back on the Thursday workout board because Rick H went to a football game:-)
9/16/98 Now that the season is almost over we will be doing the Incline every Thursday through mid-October when it will get too dark to do Thursday group runs. Also we will be using the Pony Express Trail run as our long run this Sunday the 20th. More info on the race can be found here.
9/13/98 Only 4 of us showed for the Elk Park run today. Glen and Ben both had great times to the top. Jim and I did more sleeping than running. It was slow going for us the day after the Imogene Pass Run. However, bragging rights are ours too bad we cant walk anywhere to brag:-O
9/12/98 The Incline Club rocked the Imogene Pass Run!
Matt Carpenter 2:10:20 (1st male overall) Rick Hessek 2:43:51 Larry Miller 2:51:18 (4th in age group) Jim Adcox 2:53:18 Gary Hellenga 2:59:32 Peter Tonsits 3:07:58 Ramsey Rayner 3:08:53 John ONeil 3:40:07 Cindy ONeil 2:46:41 (1st female overall) Lynn Galleger 3:13:36 Yvonne Franceschini 3:14:42 Carol Sauceda 4:07:07
9/10/98 30 people came to the Incline Club pre Imogene Pass Run pizza party. Awards were given to the 14 people that have come to 20 or more workouts over the year. Glen A got the big spike award for the longest streak 24 long runs in a row. Rick H got the driven award for working the hardest and being the most consistent over the course of the year. Everyone who showed managed a door prize of either a FILA T-shirt or hat with a few Gatorade towels thrown in for good measure. Linda R and Yovonne F were the stars of the dance to Tracy Chapmans Give Me One Good Reason. Finally, and as predicated, Glen A took home the $$$ in the winner take all pool tournament after he went undefeated for the night! Most of the night he was claiming he was not going to enter the tournament. He finally acquiesced however and we noticed something rather odd half way through the tournament: I only have five chalks for my cues yet whenever Glenn was chalking there were still 5 chalks on the table. Mr. I dont think Ill play had brought his own chalk!!!
9/6/98 10 and ½ of us did the Elk Park doughnut run. There was a group of 500 teenagers (yes, you read that # right they were from Texas and called themselves Teen Mania) hiking up the Peak today! When we got to Barr Camp more than half were still standing around getting ready to head up. We got to pass the rest of them! On your left CRASH! OK, your other left. We did not get by the last of them until the A-frame. Free at least, free at last felt so good to be free at last! The highlight of the day for me however was getting to help make the doughnuts:-)
9/3/98 13 of us ran up the Incline. MAJOR work was done on the Incline since the last time we ran it! 100s of hours went into replacing missing rails! There are NO more big steps the whole way up and foot slots were cut into some of the rails that are on the diagonal. It is just TOO AWESOME:-) This combined with some hard training helped 6 people get PRs today. Lynn G and Yvonne F both took 2:15 off to score first to the top. Ramsay R was 3rd to the top with a 1:15 PR. Rick H got a 28 second PR. Linda R was close on his heels with a 22 second PR. Al D was only 2 seconds off of that with a 20 second PR. Newbie Ladd M became the second fastest runner for the year and is now number 4 on the all-time list of runners behind me, Dan V and Matt V.
8/30/98 10 and ½ came for the first annual John O. birthday run on Elk Park. However despite valid attempts we could not squeeze enough birthday french fries into the birthday doughnut. Jim A also scored the first to the top award and for a change was able to get warm doughnuts MC will never live it down;-)
8/27/98 18 and ½ came for todays workout. All but two did 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy from Hydro Street. Yvonne F. did the Incline and ran an all-time PR. It felt good to get back on schedule after the last couple of weeks either tapering for or recovering from Pikes Peak. The Hydro street hill repeats were as killer as ever especially since some of us did 10 of them:-O
8/23/98 7 and ½ of us were on Pikes Peak today. Ben C ran from the bottom and the rest of us did Elk Park! We killed 2 dozen doughnuts while sitting in the summit house making red blood cells.
8/20/98 16 came for a social run that was just what we needed to recover from Pikes Peak. We ran on some new trails in a nice cool afternoon shower! I did not even bother to start my watch:-)
8/16-17/98 INCLINE CLUB ROCKS PIKES PEAK!!! 2 overall winners, 5 overall top 10s, 5 age-group winners, 4 age-group 2nds, with a total of 19 age-group top 10s! Cindy O, Rick H and Laura E all did the double!!! 37 club members (and 7 more who are just on the e-mail list) did the race congratulations to all of you:-)
Ascent Men 15 4/135 RICK HESSEK 32 COLO SPGS CO 2:50:23 16 1/78 BRENT ASHMORE 29 COLO SPGS CO 2:50:41 52 15/188 KEVIN P CAFFEY 40 COLO SPGS CO 3:05:55 59 17/188 CHRIS BEAUDIN* 41 MANITOU SPRING CO 3:08:52 65 12/135 MATTHEW VON THUN 32 COLO SPGS CO 3:10:41 70 13/135 RAMSAY RAYNER 31 COLO SPGS CO 3:12:21 81 2/59 JACK RAMSEY 55 COLO SPGS CO 3:16:08 100 2/28 GLEN ASH 61 COLO SPGS CO 3:19:50 161 15/137 LARRY MILLER 48 COLO SPGS CO 3:28:55 193 16/78 KENT WATSON 28 USAF ACADEMY CO 3:34:27 204 47/188 TIMOTHY EDWARDS 41 WOODLAND PARK CO 3:35:51 214 55/201 MATT HAFFNER 35 COLO SPGS CO 3:37:53 296 37/135 JEFF S MILLER 30 COLO SPGS CO 3:49:55 306 79/201 NICHOLAS BUNN 38 COLO SPGS CO 3:50:41 398 57/135 LON RATHMELL 30 COLO SPGS CO 4:00:08 887 121/135 MARTY TOETZ* 32 COLO SPGS CO 5:28:16 Ascent Women 1 1/100 CINDY O'NEILL 36 MANITOU SPRGS CO 2:45:11 20 8/100 LYNN GALLEGER 36 COLO SPGS CO 3:23:44 38 7/70 YVONNE FRANCESCHINI 33 COLO SPGS CO 3:39:10 61 17/100 CATE TERWILLIGER 39 MANITOU SPGS CO 3:46:10 77 15/100 LAURA L ENGLEMAN 44 WOODLAND PARK CO 3:51:40 121 34/100 KELLY ELLIS 35 COLO SPGS CO 4:08:39 144 24/70 SUSAN CHAFFEE 34 COLO SPGS CO 4:13:53 174 48/100 BECKY BEAUDIN* 37 MANITOU SPRING CO 4:23:03 183 39/100 CAROL SAUCEDA 43 MONUMENT CO 4:25:37 281 70/100 CARLA AUGENSTEIN 39 COLO SPGS CO 5:00:34 330 50/69 TINA CASSENS* 29 MANITOU SPGS CO 5:16:12 Marathon Men 1 1/69 MATT CARPENTER 34 MANITOU SPGS CO 2:11:28 1:32:59 3:44:27 6 2/94 DANIEL L KURSCHNER 37 COLO SPGS CO 2:47:42 1:36:24 4:24:06 8 5/69 DANIEL G VEGA, JR 30 COLO SPGS CO 2:54:14 1:40:39 4:34:53 16 4/94 TIMOTHY ALLISON 37 COLO SPGS CO 2:57:49 1:54:32 4:52:21 21 6/69 RICK HESSEK 32 COLO SPGS CO 3:05:14 1:51:43 4:56:57 24 7/69 STEVE D CHAFFEE 33 COLO SPGS CO 3:10:11 1:48:45 4:58:56 31 1/36 ROBERT MCANDREWS 58 COLO SPGS CO 3:06:51 2:00:11 5:07:02 36 2/11 ZEB PYKE 16 Barr Camp CO 3:18:11 1:54:40 5:12:51 59 17/94 GARY A HELLENGA 37 COLO SPGS CO 3:12:53 2:15:34 5:28:27 65 20/94 PETER TONSITS 36 COLO SPGS CO 3:33:27 1:56:37 5:30:04 69 7/91 GARY PYKE 45 Barr Camp CO 3:11:44 2:20:21 5:32:05 90 14/103 MIKE LLOYD 40 GREEN MTN FALLS CO 3:41:30 2:00:35 5:42:05 138 29/69 JAY ENGEL* 33 AURORA CO 3:54:56 2:05:23 6:00:19 252 22/72 JAMES M SWINEHART* 51 DENVER CO 4:00:58 2:45:54 6:46:52 375 10/11 MIKE R POWER? 19 PHOENIX AZ 4:08:55 3:32:16 7:41:11 Marathon Women 3 1/25 CINDY O'NEILL 36 MANITOU SPRING CO 3:09:04 1:56:49 5:05:53 36 6/28 JENINE EBERSOHL* 49 COLO SPGS CO 4:06:27 2:23:42 6:30:09 60 7/15 LOUISE ERASMUS 28 COLO SPGS CO 4:13:43 2:47:35 7:01:18 77 13/24 LAURA L ENGLEMAN 44 WOODLAND PK CO 4:15:20 3:18:01 7:33:21 81 17/25 LINDA RONAS 33 COLO SPGS CO 4:50:28 2:47:54 7:38:22 * On mailing list but does not run with club ? Not sure if this is our Mike Power
8/13/98 8 of us did a 1.25 mile time trial from the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon start to Hydro Street to work on our pacing for the races. I hit Hydro within 4 seconds of my split:-) Game over lets get this race on the raod and trail!!!
8/9/98 12 came to the Sunday run. Almost all of them started at the summit and worked on the top miles. 3 of us ran out Elk Park and then up. After the run many of us worked on clearing the trail of rocks:-)
8/6/98 17 came to the Thursday Incline Club run. 10 did the Incline as scheduled 7 took one more spin up Barr Trail before next weeks Pikes Peak races. Kent W was fisrt to the top with a killer 1:33 PR. Al D was 2nd to the top with a 43 second PR. Ramsay R had an 8 second PR. Nick B picked a bad day to start late because his 1:12 PR would have gotten him to the top in second place. Almost everyone did the Hydro Street hill repeats after their run with some even doing extra reps!
8/2/98 21 showed for an awesome Elk Park run. I mean everything was perfect as far as conditions go. Lots of people nails some very fast times to the top. Only 2 weeks to go not enough time to get a whole lot better but plenty of time to get a whole lot worse time to start thinking about a taper!
7/30/98 Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain! At least 18 (I may have missed some people hiding from the lighting) came for 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy up Barr Trail. The rain tore the hell out of the trail. I have NEVER seen the Barr Trail so washed and rutted coming down was almost not fun:-( Days like today let me know just how dedicated or crazy the Incline Club is. As it was dumping big time on us I did a quick vote before we started to see how many wanted to do just 20 minutes no one raised their hand!!!
7/26/98 24 and 2 ½s showed for the Elk Park run. It was foggy, misty and cool in other words perfect for running:-) Several did out/backs on Elk Park but most of us went all the way to the top. The trail was a wet mess from all of the rain over the last several days. Erosion undid all the work several of us did above the 16 Golden Stairs only a few weeks ago:-( Those that did get to the summit had to run some part of another 6 miles down the Pikes Peak Highway to get back to Elk Park because they closed the road above Glen Cove. Only 4 of us got to run all the way to Elk Park the rangers got everyone else:-(
7/23/98 18 came for either a tempo run to No Name Creek or Barr Camp. This differs from the normal 30 minute tempo run because we wanted to work out some split times on the course. A cool fog rolled in and made for great running conditions. However the light rain that followed made for a cold downhill. 3 of us ran to Barr Camp the rest did the No Name tempo run.
7/19/98 12 and ½ came to the 4th Elk Park Run. A perfect day to be on the Peak indeed! Lots of good times ran some were even PRs. I set a PR for amount of blood donated to the trail after a nice little biff onto a sharp rock. John O gave blood too but his was through the nose:-O
7/16/98 21 ran up the Incline today which is a new Club PR for this workout. 8 people set PRs today!!! The first to the top was Mike P with killer 4:27 PR. Al D was second and Lon R was 3rd with a 1:16 PR. Other PRs were set by Cindy O who took off 36 seconds, Dan K 30 seconds, Timothy E 29 seconds, Glen A 25 seconds and Rick H who set an all time PR by 1 second. Lots of people are peaking perfectly for the Peak:-)
7/12/98 16 and ½ came for the 3rd Elk Park Run. This is the report from Rick H: I think everyone is taking notice that there only 5 weeks until the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon weekend. Getting a ride down took a little longer that usual because nobody seemed to be driving down. Maybe because the temperature was perfect at 58 degrees with no wind.
7/9/98 12 came for the 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy up Barr Trail from Hydro Street. This is the report from Robert R: The torrential downpour stopped about 5:00 p.m. and, despite the heavy rain, the trail was in pretty good shape. Around the 8th switchback, we entered some low clouds, i.e. fog, (pretty cool) and it started raining again, light but steady. Above the 12th switchback, we broke out of the clouds and, looking at the valley below, we could see the clouds below us (definitely cool). Rick H and maybe Brent A did the 30 minute protocol and then continued up to Barr Camp (double Grrrrr!). The rest of us ran back down for the best part of the run Hydro repeats ;-)
7/5/98 12 and ½ were at the Sunday Long run. There were also lots of other runners on Elk Park Trail and at Barr Camp. There is no snow left on the Barr Trail!
7/2/98 13 came for a 30 minute tempo run up the Barr Trail from Hydro Street. The rain earlier in the day made for cooler temperatures and great traction on the trail. Nate K and Tim E got their pins for coming to 4 workouts.
6/28/98 10 showed for the first Elk Park run over to Barr Camp and then to the top. Rick H reports that there are only two small sections of snow left on the Barr Trail. One half way between the 2 mile and 1 mile to the top signs and the other on the far North switch-back before the 16 Golden Stairs sign. He also says being the first time to the top for many of us, we all felt the attitude a little.
6/25/98 16 came to the 4th run up the Incline. Rick H was the first to the top with a 1:02 all-time PR. Tim A was second with a 22 second year PR. Linda R PRd by 21 seconds, Lon R knocked off 9 seconds and Robert R tied his PR. Some of the rest of us slacked off for a taper for a race over the weekend.
6/21/98 8 ½ came for the Sunday run lots of people doing lots of races including me. I am told that it was a good run and that no one got lost or killed:-) Next Sunday starts the Elk Park long runs meet at the toll booth on the Pikes Peak Highway at 7:00am.
6/18/98 13 showed for 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy up Barr Trail from Hydro Street. Robert R., who provided the list to me because I was in New Hampshire, took over the top spot on the Thursday workout board. Robert R. also reports Im not sure who got the furthest up the trail, but Mike P. was leading the way down and everyone was having a good time behind him. The repeats up Hydro seemed to bring out the animal in several people. Brent A., Mike P. and a few others were really cookin. Rumor had it that Rick H. went to Barr Camp in the morning and still came out and did well tonight Grrrrr! ;-)
6/14/98 With most running the GOG 10 mile race, only 7 showed today. This also made for the first change at the top of the Long Run Leader Board in 9 weeks. 2 (Larry and Eck) did the Mountain View loop and 1 (Cindy) was headed for the top. Mike D showed up late and run up past No Name and back.
6/11/98 20 people showed for the 30 minute tempo run up Barr Trail from Hydro Street. All and all it looks like the group is pacing the tempo run better and getting faster because of it. 3 rebels ran the Incline with Thom S setting an all-time PR and Matt V setting a year PR.
6/07/98 23 and 2 ½s came for all kinds of runs. A few did the Ute loop, most went to Barr Camp, 2 (Cindy O and Kevin A) went to the Bottomless Pit sign, 1 (Terrie A) went to the A-frame and 3 (Dave E, Timothy E and I) went to the top. There were only 3 or 4 little sections of snow on the way to the A-frame then it got thick in spots so we did a b-line for the top from there. Even so a lot of the snow is gone and we followed the Barr Trail the rest of the way to the top once we got to the 16 Golden Stairs. Cindy O, Terrie A, Kevin A, Rick H and I all did the Leadville Turquoise Lake 20K yesterday so we were a bit tired but it was fun to run together and poke fun at each other for how bad we felt today. Even Ajax (the dog) got in on the fun with a rather stinky joke;-)
6/04/98 19 came for our third run up the Incline. The rain before the run cooled things off and added some humidity to the air to make for a PR day! Seven people set year PRs (which became their all time PRs) with 2 people breaking all time PRs from previous years! Kevin A was first to the top with a 2:21 PR for the year. Mike L was second with a 2:20 PR for the year which also took 35 seconds off his all time PR. Kent was 3rd with a 1:29 year PR. Other PRs were Cindy by 1:10, Todd M by 54 seconds, Lon by 32 and me with a 36 second PR which was also a 4 second all time PR. Running down was even more fun because the trail was damp which made for some great traction unlike when it is dry and loose.
5/31/98 26 and ½ came for a Barr Camp up and back run another big group with 8 newbies. Kevin C. reports that getting to the A-Frame is no problem: There are some drifts about 1 mile below A-Frame in the forest (two hundred yards of snow at most), but other than that the trail was clear all the way up. Four of us went to the top (Cindy O, Rick H, Terrie A and I) and had perfect conditions! Cant get much better than eating high altitude doughnuts at 14,110'! Todd M got his pin today but the other 3 are still up for grabs.
5/28/98 A new club PR was set when 27 people including 6 Thursday newbies showed for 30 minutes of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy from Hydro Street. The conditions were dry and hot which is NOT the winning combination! Todd M became the latest Club member by coming to his 4th workout. When he gets his pin we will only have 5 left and Mike and Nate are still owed a pin leaving just 3. Larry H, Dan K, Bob and John could finish them off IF they come this Sunday the race is on! Now how do I give 3 pins to 4 people?
5/24/98 11 showed for the Ute loop tomorrows BB 10K kept the group size small. Nancy and Cate both got their club pins today. Terrie and I ran to the top but for a change we did not have to deal with the strong winds that had been such a constant. Memorial day weekend made for a crowded summit house and while we were there 2 people passed out do to the thin air. Larry started with us but opted to head back over and down the Barr Trail from Mountain View. The main group of 7 had perfect conditions for the Ute loop.
5/22/98 Got a report from Incline Club member Larry T. that as of yesterday there was no snow left on Barr Trail as far as Barr Camp. The run-off is also not as bad.
5/21/98 16 came for a 30 minute tempo run up Barr Trail from Hydro Street. It was a hot one today. Afterwards we took over Hydro Street for our hill repeats nothing like a little friendly competition to end the day! Kent, Linda and Lon got their Incline Club Pins.
5/17/98 20 and ½ came for a Barr Camp up and back run a Sunday run club PR. The Robert and Linda R. report on the trail goes like this: The snow and ice werent too bad. A ways after No Name, there were a few spots in the shade where some snow and ice covered about half the width of the trail. When we got past the longest half mile in the world marker, we hit a few more spots with some ice. Also, some of the trail was serving as a drainage way and was quite muddy. Overall though, not too bad. I also got a report that there is no snow left on Bobs road (aka the Ute Loop) from a runner who did that loop backwards today. Meanwhile, only two (Cindy and myself) ran to the top this week and we had to deal with a 58.7 mph wind that made for a -7.9 degree wind chill factor! Linda and Nancy (along with K9 Myles) came to their 4th workout thus becoming the newest Incline Club members now only six pins left. As can be seen by the long run board we also had 10 (TEN) newbies come out today!!!
5/14/98 17 ran up the Incline today. Kim, Robert R. and Kelly E. got their pins for coming to 4 or more club workouts thus becoming the newest Incline Club members. Only 10 pins left Jeff and Kent are owed two of them after that we will still allow new members, they just will not get an Incline Club pin:-( 5 PRs out of the 9 who came last time! Lon was the first to the top with a killer 3:05 PR. Lynn took silver with her 2:03 PR. The bronze went to Kim with a 1:01 PR. The other PRs were Rick who knocked of 58 seconds and me who chopped off 44. If you use Internet Explorer you can check out your handicap for next time.
5/12/98 A large portion of the Incline Club FAQ was enhanced to better explain our Thursday workouts. Three heartrate graphs were also added to back up the concepts explained.
5/10/98 19 and 2 ½s came for the Ute loop a good turn-out that moved the long run board around a bit. Three of us Cindy, Larry M and myself ran to the top again and we all took 15-20 minutes off our times from last week it felt much easier on the second trip. Kevin A. started up with us but we never saw him again although it should be noted that he had ALREADY run the Ute loop as a warm-up so he may have bitten off more than he could chew. Terrie used her Peak Pass and the fact that the upper miles of the Pikes Peak Highway were closed to get in a ton of altitude running.
5/07/98 25 people came smashing the club PR!!! Workout protocol #2 was the order of the day 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy for 30 minutes starting at Hydro Street. We had a huge group running down together after the run and then we took over Hydro Street for our hill repeats. They felt harder today but that was most likely because the 15 1 minute hards during the workout trashed our legs.
5/03/98 16 and ½ started the new month with the COG loop. Five of us Cindy, Dan, Kevin C, Larry M and myself decided to head to the top today. The snow on the Peak is unreal! You can walk onto the roof of the summit house it is so deep. The first trip above 14,000' is always a killer and today was no exception. We got stuck behind a couple COG work trains removing snow and the waits made starting up again hard. There was one section where there was a 12' wall of snow on both sides of the tracks a strange feeling indeed. All the train spotting may have come at a price however when we got back down it seemed that every car within a mile radius of the COG depot had STAY OFF THE TRACKS signs on them. At any rate, we will no longer be doing the COG loop:-( The rest of the group did not get it much easier because Kevin A reports that he got rather bloody getting from Mountain View over to the Barr Trail because of the crust on top of the snow.
4/30/98 21 people came today setting a new club PR!!! We were back at Hydro Street for a tempo run to No Name Creek or 30 minutes whichever came first. Most everybody got further than 3 weeks ago and those that did not got at least as far as the last time. Perfect conditions may have helped but so did better pacing. Just to finish everyone off we did 6 repeats up Hydro Steet. I know if finished me off!
4/26/98 Only 7 came to todays knee deep snowathon which dumped on us during the entire run making for one hard workout. Several people were away running Collegiate Peaks and the Cherry Creek Sneak which also helps explain the small group. The 7 who did show are all in the top 10 on the Sunday long run board someone call a doctor these people are sick! Terrie, the lone female, even ran some extra to get in some more time.
4/23/98 18 and ½ for the years first club run up the Incline. This is the largest group we have had on the Incline and just 1 shy of our long run PR. We did a group start today and will use these times for handicapping our next Incline run in three weeks. Not much more to say other than yep, it still hurts!
4/19/98 11 came to a snow packed run to Barr Camp and back. Shannon was the newbie today. The fire was going at Barr Camp which made it hard to leave but it warmed up enough on the way down that some of the snow/ice was already gone from just 2 hours before.
4/16/98 14 came to the Thursday run a great turnout considering the conditions! Because of the mega snow we did not run the Incline but instead did 30 minutes of 1 minute hard 1 minute easy up the Barr Trail. The snow was soft and deep to make the hard minutes all the more so. Hopefully next week will be our first Incline run.
4/12/98 14 and 2 ½s came today. Most of the snow was gone and it made for some fast times and great running. What little snow that was left was very hard and did not present a problem.
4/9/98 14 and ½ came to the first Thursday workout of the year a 30 minute tempo run starting at Hydro street. Most started out too fast so are looking forward to the next time to get farther up the trail. Kent, Kim and Robert were the newbies today. Jeff earned his club pin for coming to his 4th workout. Next Thursday it our fist run on the Incline!
4/5/98 17 with NO ½ Ajax did not come today! Joe was the newbie and Laura became the newest member of the Incline Club after she came to her 4th workout. A great day for the COG loop. No snow at all to No Name Creek and it was firm all the way to Mountain View on the COG. There were only a few soft/deep sections getting back over to Barr Trail so it made for an awesome run. INCLINE CLUB NEWS FLASH: We will be starting our Thursday workouts at 5:30pm this coming Thursday the 9th. The first one will be a tempo run from Hydro Street to No Name Creek. The following week will be our first Incline run of the year here we go again! Finally, for those using IE4+ as their browser (will not work with any other browser) check out the new Incline Club promo page.
3/29/98 18 and ½ today. Don, Janet and Julie were the newbies. Carla, Lynn and Matt H all came to their 4th club workout thus becoming the newest members of the Incline Club and getting the club pin. It was amazing just how much snow was gone after a week of great weather. Only the North facing slopes still had snow and it was covered with a layer of crust that the slightest force would break through. I found that if I shuffled my feet I could stay on top while using a running stride would make you sink up to a foot and get slowed down:-( There was one spot where I could see six foot circles of snow cracking around me wanting to give with each step and I found myself willing the snow to hold me. With a little luck we will get some more nice weather to finish off the rest of the snow but Im sure there are a few good storms left.
3/22/98 Again we had 17 and ½ runners with two newbies, Kelly and Charlie, coming out to join the fun:-) We did an out and back up Barr Trail which is always well traveled to avoid the new snow from the big storm. That is we except for Larry who ran in the sickly deep stuff over to the water pipe bridge and managed to ruin a pair of shoes in the process! Barr Camp was a ghost camp. In the many years of winter running (or summer running for that matter) on the Barr Trail this was the first time I had ever seen Barr Camp locked up. The upper cabin was still open but the caretakers were out for the day.
3/15/98 17 and ½ today another big group especially when one considers that 3 regulars were missing. The snow is starting to go but none of us are being fooled by the change of weather we know we have not see the last of Mr. Winter. We have now had more people (38) join us for a Sunday long run than we had join us for the Thursday Incline Club runs (35). Doug H and Jeff P were the newbies today. I think as the weather gets bigger we should really have some big groups but even now, all levels and abilities are represented. Finally, it turns out that last week Kevin A did not have to do another loop to find his dog Ajax because it ran down with some of the other runners.
3/8/98 19 and ½ today a tie for the club PR! The snow got very deep and I for one spent a great deal of time on the ground on the section from Mount Manitou over to the Barr Trail. At one point the snow was so deep that when I broke through a 2" layer of crust on the top bruised my quad! Barr trail was in great shape however so it made up for it. Larry T has been recruiting new people and today he brought five of them with him. Kevin C was seen back on the trail after missing four weeks with a knee injury. But the story of the day is/will be if Kevin A has/had to do another loop to find has dog, Ajax.
3/1/98 With many people off to races, several people recovering from a race yesterday, and a couple of sick people, only 5 people showed for the first run of March. Larry M takes over the leader board and it should be noted that not only did he run the 20K race yesterday he won it! Terrie also ran it and got 3rd overall in the last of the Winter Series. Myself and Dan headed to Pueblo for a 10 mile race and took the top two spots there. Kelly headed East for 3 weeks of races. Paul took top 10 out of 10,000 (not counting the 10 year olds you would have to ask) in the Fort Worth Cowtown 10K. Several other Incline Club runners had races over the busy weekend but I am still waiting for the results... Even with the small group, Larry M managed to have a good time. He and Glen claimed to have seen some mountain lion tracks. To them it looked like it moved the before mentioned (1/18/98) dead deer a few feet so Larry M grabbed it (the dead deer not the lion) and stood it up in the middle of the trail which managed to give quite the scare to Terrie when she came through! Most of us should be back for a big group next week see you then.
2/22/98 11 and ½ the smallest group of 1998. I only went a few switch-backs with the group because I ran from my house and back today. Because Barr Trail was very icy on the way up (and/or depending on who you talk to the snow got so deep), no one ran from Mountain View back over to the Barr Trail but opted to run all the way down the COG instead. Gee, leave em on their own for one run and they take the easy way out;-)
2/15/98 14 and ½ today with Ben becoming the latest Incline Club member having come to his 4th workout. Did not hear any reports of any falls. The weather turned out nice even though it was a bit overcast. Terrie, who got a late start on the group, reports that she got dumped on by the white stuff above No Name Creek.
2/8/98 Off of an e-mail tip I found out that the two stories about the Incline published in the Gazette had been deleted. Fortunately, this was anticipated so I had saved them. Here is the feature story from the 12/10/1996 Gazette and here is the story from the 7/17/97 Out There section of the Gazette. After reading these stories you might wonder just what the heck do you think your doing then by forming a group to run up the thing. For my 2 cents on the matter please refer to the 7/17/97 post in the Incline News.
2/8/98 15 and ½ came for a great run. We thought all the fresh snow over the week would make the going tough but it served to cover the ice and made it a lot safer. Larry T became the newest Incline Club member by coming to his 4th workout. He also brought Jannie todays newbie. A few falls today, but most of them were in the deep snow. I think with my two I may have picked up at least a tie for first in the fall-down club. After the last couple of weeks it was a true relief to have so many not fall!
2/1/98 Fresh powder for all! 14 and ½ came for the let it snow edition of the Ute Pass Loop. Matt H was the newbie today. Despite that fact that the snow made us slow most of us lost 10-15 minutes in the first hour alone the high knee lift workout definitely got our hearts pumping! Its odd, I know, but the sicker the conditions the more alive I feel when I finish. I think more than a few in this club fall into that category! Although there were still a lot of falls most of them ended up with a nice soft landing:-) Terrie won the fall-down award for the second time in a row claiming she lost count after six. Kevin C took second with four. NO reports of blood this week. It should be interesting on the COG loop next week when we get up into the really deep stuff.
1/25/98 19 and ½ came out making this the new club PR. Ben, Bob and Sheila were the newbies today. The Incline Club also got two new members because both Kelly and Nate came to their fourth club workout. We got treated(?) to some serious wind going up the COG making it a true relief to turn right into the woods at Mountain View (10,012'). However, the real fun(?) was still waiting because all the ice we saw last week running UP the Barr Trail was as bad as we thought coming DOWN it this week. 31 falls were recorded with Kelly and Glenn being the only people confirmed to have NOT fallen out of the 16 runners I spoke with! Terrie won the fall-down award with 5 falls. Kevin C, Larry and Thom took second with 4 falls each. Larry wins the blood award because both of his knees oozed the red stuff. To add insult to injury, he took his blood hit on the last switch-back before finishing and there was no snow/ice involved just a magic rock. In other news the Incline Club was well represented at the 2nd Winter Series Run with Dan, Thom and Larry taking the top 3 spots congratulations! Notice that two of the top runners also took some of the top fall-down spots. I wonder if there is a correlation there? See you next week be there or be fat.
1/18/98 16 and ½ showed today. Brent became the newest Incline Club member by coming to his 4th workout. The Ute loop was ICY today. It seems like every week we say that, but I just dont remember conditions like this. We were glad we were not coming down the Barr Trail to No Name Creek going up was enough to scare me. Brent also led the fall-down club with five falls. I took two and Keith and Glen each took one. No blood today to speak of but everyone got excited about a dead deer that was next to the trail although Kevin A reports that he saw it when we did the loop two weeks ago. Next week we are back on the COG loop but we may go back down by the water bridge to avoid some of the bad ice from that point to No Name Creek. CU there!
1/11/98 The club set a record by a half today with 16 and two halves coming out. The newbies were out in force but they got the same treatment as everyone else the snow got DEEP! Up to the water bridge all was normal but after that we had to work. Most ended up running on the GOGs themselves because the railway was so packed every time I would try to run in the snow someone would catch me. The 1.5 mile trail from Mid Mountain Station (10,012') over to the Barr Trail was unbelievable. Because we had so many newbies I broke a trail right to the door of a little known cabin yet 4 people said they STILL did not see it!? After this the snow got really deep and we hit several sections with it up to our butts. I was laughing so hard I went in to oxygen debt several times. After awhile however, it was a true relief to get back to the Barr Trail which, as usual, was packed down. As far as the fall-down club goes, I think it would be easier to list those that did not fall the deep stuff knocked most of us down 3 or 4 times but at least it was soft. All and all a great adventure run and now I remember why this loop is one of my favorites.
1/4/98 A great day with 14½ showing for the first long run of the year. As promised, we made the loop a little longer to bring us up to 2½ hours. So much snow has melted that some of the regulars got a bit lost because the trail looked so different. Kevin C became the newest member of the Incline Club having come to four workouts. Both members of the fall-down club, Thom and Larry T, drew blood. However, since Larry T made the larger donation he gets to be todays lucky winner! Larry T and Keith (who showed up late after driving to the Pikes Peak toll road only not to find us) were our newbies today... Next week will be a good one because we will connect into the COG railway and run up to Mid-Mountain Station and the head over towards Barr Camp. Because we will not quite make it to the camp consider this run a BYOW Bring Your Own Water!
12/28/97 A cold morning greeted 9½ runners today. It warmed up fast however because the sun was waiting for us on the second switch-back of the Barr Trail. After the run several people commented that Kevin's dog should count for more than a ½ because it runs twice as far as we do. Only two in the fall-down club today, Larry and me. I should say Larry was in the knocked down club because he ran into a tree branch and even managed to get a cut on his nose. Paul and Judy, both Incline Club members, did their long runs on Barr Trail later in the day and although they get the acknowledgement, they do not get the star on the Long Run Board. Speaking of which, the Sunday Long Run Leader Board has a new leader because the top 3 streaks came to an end today leaving 5 of us tied with 5 runs. However, Kevin A and his dog get the top spots because their 5 were in a row. Next week, to start off the New Year with a bang, we will add 30-45 minutes to our loops so we can start getting a little higher up the mountain be there or be fat...
12/21/97 11½ today with several people taking off for the holidays. Glen, who was tied at the top of the list, lost same places because he opted to go to a Broncos football game or so rumor has it. However, the holidays also brought in a couple of newbies (oldbies to the Incline) because Terrie and Doug were out for their first Sunday long runs on the Peak. The ice is slowly going away (getting dirty mostly) but that did not stop 3 people from taking hits. Thom took a spill on the way up. On the way down Jason decided he would trip over our K9 companion and went down. Kelly was the winner though because when he went down just after coming through the rock arch on the way down he contributed to the club blood bank. Several people had a bunch of sheet metal screws in their shoes and it looks like it paid off. All and all a great run with everyone getting a lot faster on the loop. Several of us even tacked on some extra time by running an extra mile over to the top of the Incline and back. The city was in the clouds so it made for a neat view. See you next week...
12/14/97 The club set a PR today with 16½ showing for the long run. Glen, who came to his fourth workout, became the newest member of the club. The story today was the ice which put five people in the fall-down club! Jason was the winner with 2 falls, one of which drew blood. Kevin also took a hit and oozed the red stuff. Although Thom didnt fall, he did manage to wrap himself around a rail and make a blood donation in the process. It could be argued that the fence saved him from falling, but fair is fair and he did not go down. Brent, Dan and Paul also went down but managed to keep themselves in one piece... I was impressed with the newbies today! We got a trio (Brent, Nate and Trent) from the UCCS x-country team and they brought with them a great work ethic. At one point we had done a little detour to add on some extra time and when the newbies caught us we told them that they could turn around and run with us. Forget that mess they asked how far we went and ran the extra too. Awesome! After the run I was talking with one of them and he said he wanted to come to a bunch of the runs so that way he was sure he could get at least one with some really bad weather. Not that the rest of the group isnt just as dedicated and/or crazy, because they are! I did a spot check to see if anyone felt like we should run somewhere else because of the ice and most everyone looked at me like I was the nut. I should have know better because everyone had been so busy showing off their blood or telling of the run when they were the one with MORE blood...
12/7/97 Nine and ½ with 2 newbies. Four other club members went to Pueblo today for a race congratulations to Thom for taking 2nd place overall. Meanwhile, the rest of us had to deal with some serious snow. I cant claim it was butt deep like the group claimed last week, but I do know that unlike last week the Ute Indian Trail has snow from the very beginning. One member summed it up like this, I cant call that running. Oh well, we survived and it is days like today that make runs like Imogene Pass, Pikes Peak and others seem a little bit easier! Only two members in the fall-down club today; myself once, and Kevin twice. In many years of winter running on the Peak I do not remember so much ice, especially this early. Next weeks run back on the Barr Trail should be fun because with no races scheduled there should be a big group.
12/2/97 The Incline Club FAQ was updated with information about the Sunday long runs and the long-term plans for the year.
11/30/97 Ten and ½ came out for the first official Incline Club Sunday long run. Cindy, Dan, Glen, Jason, John, Kelly, Kevin and his dog (the ½), Larry, Rick and Thom went up Barr trail. Because I was in Moab crashing my mountain bike with 3 other Incline Club members, I had to get this report secondhand. Depending on who I talked to I got snow depth reports anywhere from a few inches all the way to butt deep! Turning off of Barr Trail after No Name Creek (AKA French Creek) had the group plowing through fresh snow. All agreed however that the section from the water bridge back up to Barr Trail was the deepest section. 3 people fell during the run Dan and Jason on the way up, Thom on the way down. But the most interesting news had to be that Larry and Thom ran in the butt deep snow in SHORTS!!! The Pueblo Half Marathon will be hurting a few members next week, but most of us will be back on the Ute Indian Trail loop come on out!
11/25/97 An e-mail was sent out informing Club members that Sunday long runs on Pikes Peak will officially begin Sunday, November 30, 1997 at 8:00am. All runners are welcome and you do not have to be a Club member to join the fun! We will meet in the COG parking lot close to the base of the Incline. Be on time because it is cold, we do not wait for late people! If you want more information, or if you want to be on the Incline Club e-mailing list just let me know!
11/23/97 Six of us put together an unofficial test long run out and up Ute Indian Trail. Dan, Glen, Jason, Larry, Rick and I made the loop in under two hours because there was not a lot of snow and ended up running in the parking lot for 10 minutes to get the rest of the time. A great run with no one falling this time around. We will start the real thing next week.
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