July 27, 2010 – I was in the car heading out of Gunni by 515am on my way to Canon City. Beautiful morning, as always, and the photo in this bit was taken at 6am from the top of Monarch Pass. It’s looking into the heart of the country that Vapor Trail 125 riders will be taking on in the dark September 11th and 12th. The boys and I hope to be staffing the Snowblind Aid Station that the riders hit in the morning after an epic ramble down the Canyon Creek Trail. Might even try to drag Susan out for the sleep out.

Back to Canon City, I hope to never be making this drive to visit any of our kids! I worked there until 130pm and then hit the road back to Gunni and was throwing my leg over my road bike at 430pm, big, dark  thunderheads and lightning all around. I changed up my direction a couple of times looking for a crease in the weather. I only needed about an hour to do my PHOS workout. Finally settled on Gold Basin Road and did 8 reps all out for ten seconds each with three minutes between. I was feeling sluggo, mainly all that time in the car, but did get to 145 HR for most of them. That’ll work for me today.

Then, retool and off to the gym for weights session #3. Even though I lift ridiculously light weights, I’m already feeling the love. It’s kind of like slowly gaining a thin layer of armor over your entire body. Just riding alone is great but many parts of the body slip through the cracks. That’s all I want to use the weights for, to shore up an armor everything a little bit.

Susan’s folks flew in today, as well, so we had a nice dinner with them. Cooper got a haircut at KC’s Barber Shop and there just happened to be a rather large Hell’s Angel in there for the same. Susan was just going to drop him off but upon seeing this esteemed gentleman, she decided to stay. Sorry, no pics of this. I’ll try to get some, perhaps tomorrow.

As for training tomorrow, I’m planning on getting up too early and heading to Mt. Crested Butte for 20-40’s. I hope to be riding from the town of Crested Butte by 6am, done by 715am. It’s been raining so I could have a plan B of doing them up Monarch Pass on the pavement. Game time decision (I love saying that!) Later in the afternoon, if I’m feeling spry, I’d like to get out for some intervals, either on the road bike or better yet in the dirt. We’ll see about that. Also on tap for this week will be AMU for 2.5 hours; a four or five hour ride at high elevation with 5-8K worth of climbing; and who knows what else. Maybe tree o fo ahz hahd on the road bike (or hardtail with slicks!) on the Black Mesa Road, our premier road ride. Weights, too, every other day ‘til the Monday or Tuesday before Leadville.

Good night!


  1. Dave. First off you rock. I have a quick question. What are 20-40’s???

  2. Dave,

    Thanks for the training updates. As a cyclist and recreational mtb racer myself, I am curious as to what type of weight lifting routine you do on a regular basis?

  3. Dave Wiens Says:

    Mike, Check out the July 13th post here called “Run for the Hills” for a detailed explanation of 20-40’s. Then, find that hill and the fun begins. I just did ’em again this morning.

    Shaun, Not being too sophisticated, I pretty much do the same routine all the time. Occasionally, I will up the weight and lower the reps to 8 but I’ll still do 2 or 3 sets of each. I lift primarily for: the Leadville 100; for flag football season, which I did not play last year and may not again this year or ever for that matter, too hard on me; skiing; and hockey. I essentially lift to prevent cramping in the Leadville 100 and to be perhaps just a little stronger all around; and then as a bit of injury prevention for some of the other higher impact sports I can’t seem to live without.

    I’ll get on a jag and lift regularly for several weeks or months and then fall off and not go to the gym for the same amount of time. Sometimes it’s good to be inconsistent. Like many things, I keep score based on a lifetime average. When I look at it that way, I get into the gym enough to keep things working, at least up to now.

    For more details on my extreme weight lifting program, check out this blog from July 23 called “RPM’s.” Thanks for the comments.

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