"Officially" bike to work month is in May. That seems like a reasonable time: the weather is pretty warm and it's early enough in the year that any converts will likely keep biking throughout the summer. I'm taking a slightly more hardcore approach. My bike to work month is February. If I can bike to work most days in February I think the rest of the year will be easy!
Ah, it's that time again. Time to plan for summer concerts. A quick review of all the craptastic concert calendar sites shows me too many artists coming to town this summer. Who should I see?
- ColoradoInfo.com which is pretty disorganized...but seems decent.
- Westwords Concert Search which is just plain overwhelming
- DenverPost.com Summer Concert Calendar
- Boulder Daily Camera less complete, easier to digest, not Boulder focused (odd, that last bit)
- Denver Botanic Gardens Concerts which are, at least somewhat, already sold out!
- KBCO Concert List which should be awesome but, is kind of hard to navigate. What's up with the website, guys, 3 clicks to get to the concert list?
So, for my birthday the bug bought me a new belt from Patagonia that is not only really cool looking, but also has a built in bottle opener. Now that's just awesome. Thanks, partner.
This past spring the wife and I saw the Banff Film Festival on tour in Denver. It was pretty sweet. Perhaps the best move was also the first we saw and it was also made by a Boulderite - Danny Brown of Sensei Studios.
Well, I just found it on Google Video - (and no, I still don't have cable, cable is dead).
So, here it is. Enjoy.
We did a triathlon. It hurt.
Sunday April 3rd was the Spineworks Triathlon in Colorado Springs. Nikki and I have been preparing on and off since November for a Triathlon and this was the first actual triathlon available in Colorado. It was the day after daylight savings time change and being in Colorado springs with registration from 7:00 to 7:45 we got up at 5:30 (which felt like 4:30). Blech.
It's a slightly different race since the swim is in the pool and is staggered. I shared lane 5 with a nice gentleman in the 8:20 wave. Nikki shared lane 3 with some nice ladies in the 9:00 wave. They have you dry off your arm and then write your swim time on your arm in sharpie. Once people are done swimming, they drive over to the bike/run area and get their gear organized for the bike-to-run transition which is "on the clock." Once everyone is ready, they start a great big clock on the starting line. As your swim time shows up on the clock, you start biking. That way everyone is in the right order and you know that if someone is in front of you...they are really in front of you. It also prevents bunching on the trail, which was about 4 feet wide.
The bike and run portions went about as well as can be expected. The race is in the foothills of the Rockies, so it was actually a really varied course. One big uphill and one big downhill on the loop with lots of little interesting sections along the way. The course does three loops of the bike section and 2 loops of the running section - and they are on the same trail for a little while, but you travel in opposite directions, so there weren't any collision problems.