Bruce Barrell

Club Member Since 8/22/2005

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Bruce Barrell - I may be smiling, but I hate company dinners....
I may be smiling, but I hate company dinners....

“I'm not ready for the fat farm just yet...”

City: Colorado Springs State: CO

Favorite Shoe: Mizuno Size: 10

Age: 65.2 years old

Marital Status: Happily Married to the prettiest girl in the world

Family members:
My wife and boys -- the best finish line fans in the world; also, Maggie, my running partner and enthusiastic four-legged friend!

What I do for work:
I'm on the hunt! After 20+ years in high tech, doing product/program management and, more recently, consulting engineering, I'm searching for 'what's next'. Help me out!

Way too much time in front of a computer!! :(

Places I’ve called home and why I like where I am now:
Palo Alto, California
Sunnyvale, California
Scotts Valley, California (beautiful redwood trails!!)
Auburn, California - American River is a nice area, but...
Colorado is the BEST because of the diversity of options available; the weather can be a challenge, though! :)

When I started running and what got me started:
I first got into the sport in Junior High; not being much of a team sports kind of guy, I always enjoyed getting out on my own, and used to love running the hills above Palo Alto. After a 180 degree switch to weight lifting for nearly ten years, I saw the Ironman on TV and decided then and there to get into triathlon, which reivigorated my running career. For years my favorite distance was the 1/2 Ironman, but running was always the best of the three disciplines for me. In one race, the Escape from Alcatraz, we ran the Double Dipsea and I fell in love with that course, still one of the best! Now, with two boys and a house to keep up, triathlon is on hold indefinitely, but I love getting out on trails and occasional road work to have some time to myself and to work off the voluminous quantities of Bryers I eat every week.

What does running mean to me:
Running is an incredible escape from the monotony of daily work and house work; I always feel physically better and more mentally sharp when I'm working out regularly. One big advantage running holds: crashing isn't (usually) as painful as a crash on a bike.

Running accomplishments: View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
One weekend I got an inkling to run up Half Dome in Yosemite. Getting there a day in advance, I ran the Illilouette trail the day before, a 16 mile hilly loop that was a definite challenge for me. The next day, I got up early and made it to the top of Half Dome, took an hour nap, and ran back down all in under 5 hours! I've always been proud of that! I've run the Double Dipsea 6 times, one of the toughest trail runs on the west coast. My first Ascent holds a special memory for me - I was SO excited at the finish line!! The next year, something went wrong - the gel wasn't sitting in my stomach very well; my wife said I looked like death warmed over as I approached the finish line. In the Oceanside Ironman, I ran my one and only marathon in 3:49; given the circumstances, I was pleased with the result.

What I like about trail/mountain running:
No traffic! Wind in the trees. Streams flowing. Other runners who smile and say "hi" back... the challenge of the climbs, and the return downhill...

Favorite running trail and why:
Henry Cowell Park in Felton... Niscene Marks Park in Aptos... the Dipsea trail in Marin County... Waldo Canyon... Sorry - I can't decide!!

Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Double Dipsea in Marin County... great 360 degree views!!! Short and sweet....definitely gets your heart pumping.

Best running experience:
Running to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite and standing on the edge of it when I got to the top. The day before, I ran the loop from Curry Village to Nevada Fall to the Illilouette Falls to Glacier Point then down the 4 mile trail.... one of the best 15 mile loops on the planet.

Worst running experience:
One year at the Double Dipsea - it was especially hot, I wasn't in my best condition, and I ended up walking 3 or 4 miles. Very humbling. My wife was really worried - my target time of 2+ hours ended up being closer to 3! One runner fainted and was airlifted out by a helicopter - she thought it was me. Not fun!

Neatest thing found on a run:
God's amazing presence....

Running related bathroom stop story:
Usually I time my meals with my workouts pretty well... this time was one exception. I was on the return of a hilly run in the Los Altos hills when suddenly my bowels attacked with a vengance! Luckily I was able to pull off the trail and find a discrete location without delay when a diahretic attack hit of epic proportions. At least I was able to make use of oak leaves and not have the misfortune of poison oak, which is all over that area.

Nowadays my weakness is having to hit the potty within the first couple of miles of every race -- am I getting nervous in my old age, or what's the deal?!

Running pet peeves:
Runners who drop trash; hikers ahead of you who move to the left after you've nicely told them you're approaching "on the left"; cars that cut it too close; my tendency to trip on downhills (and twist my left ankle!).

Other hobbies and interests:
Time with my wife and boys; camping with the family; MotoGP and Formula One; time in the Word; snorkeling in Hawaii.

Other stuff:
I'd like to get WAY more consistent in my training; Favorite movies: Braveheart, the Shining, the best of all - the Passion of the Christ!! Favorite foods - peanut butter and strawberry jam; my wife's ribs (the ones she cooks); Breyers ice cream with hot fudge; French toast; the list goes on and on!!

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