Now you see why we are so exhausted!
The Inaugural Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile
|McD, Axel and Gute race at 14,115 feet photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Special thanks to Dan Cockrell for his handy editing on the Team Colorado Pikes Peak Mile footage. For a rough edit, it came out pretty damn good!
|This is like a fairytale picture: a giant befriending a hobbit with purple rabbit ears photo: Dr. Seuss|
|Axel showing the guns! photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Big McD finishing with Axel in tow photo: PikesPeakSports.us
Big McD and Axel Make Up ...in slow mo'.
Pikes Peak Ascent
Big McD attempting to "Pull a GR" photo: PikesPeakSports.us
Gute ran a strong race and finished 3rd in 2:27:27 while Big McD, after working with Gute through Barr Camp, acquired some Big McCramps in his quads and finished in 23rd in 2:49:36.
|Team Colorado takes it out hard photo: PikePeakSports.us|
|Gute does the Hoka Shuffle in his Hokas photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Big McD still secured 2nd place overall in the Triple Crown of Running Series (Garden of the Gods 10 Mile that included "no bodily emissions", Summer Trail Round Up, PPA).
|"It's a graduate level course that I teach" says Big McD photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
|Gute giving some skin to the RD, Ron Ilgen photo: PikesPeak Sports.us|
Friend of Team Colorado Eric "Quadazilla" Blake of West Hartford, CT went on to win the Ascent in 2:13:45 (he had a flight that same night so he wasn't able to buy beer for everyone with his prize winnings like he did at Mt. Washington. We'll take a rain check, Eric!). Greg Ruckman of Breckenridge, CO placed 2nd in his first attempt that the Peak.
Kim Dobson, Lisa Goldsmith and Amy Perez represented Team Colorado for the first time and we can't be more proud of our ladies.
|The "Queen of Uphill" keeps true to her bib number PikesPeakSports.us|
|There's gold in them thar hills: Goldsmith searching for her namesake atop Pikes Peak photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Kim "Boo" Dobson frightened the shit out of our camera man before she went on to claim a Hat Trick for the Pikes Peak Ascent in 2:41:43 (see "video evidence" above). Lisa Goldsmith has been battling an unidentified injury recently but still placed 2nd in the 45-49 age group and 21st woman in 3:24:42. And our very own Chef d'équipe Amy "Half As Fast" Perez officially earned her nickname after her 3:45:44 finish.
|Amy, on her way to body checking a guy who cut the course photo: Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette|
The challenge was Amy's Ascent time vs. Axel's Marathon time. The verdict: Axel is victorious as he ran a 3:43:46 in the Marathon.
No stranger to breakin' the vinyl, Dobson takes her second straight win on the Peak photo: PikesPeakSports.us
Pikes Peak Marathon
On Sunday August 18th, three Team Colorado members made the trek up AND back down the mountain in the Marathon.
|It's all fun and games...for the first mile, at least photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
|Golden boy, Axel Nichols, has no more golden locks photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
Being no stranger to the mountain (but just looking like a stranger with his new haircut) Axel Nichols comes back from 3rd place and a 6 minute deficit at the summit of the mountain to catch and pass the Jason Delaney and pull up side-by-side with race leader Touro Miyahara in the last mile of the race. It came down to a kick and the Japanese runner used his speed as a road runner and his experience as a Mt. Fuji record holder to take the victory in 3:43:23. Axel finished 2nd in a close 3:43:46. Jason Delaney, 2012 Pikes Peak Ascent Champion, of Polson, MT finished 3rd in 3:53:45, after being the first to reach the summit in a time of 2:16:21.
Also in her first appearance as a Team Colorado member, Michele "Bomb 'chele" Yates did just that and bombed downhill finishing 5th female in 4:56:09. She had some of the fastest downhill splits of anyone, men included, and was second in the nation behind Stevie Kremer (4:16:10) for the USATF Trail Marathon National Championship.
Watch out, she'll drop a bomb on you, I mean in the dance club sort of way (the Gov doesn't like when that word is used--hey maybe they are following Team Colorado now!).
|Michele coming into the finish photo: Amy Perez|
Peter "The Prez" Maksimow had the most colorful outfit of the day, with matching Inov-8 buff and TrailRoc 245's, but stunk it up in the marathon, running
|The Prez, putting the Hip back into Hippie photo: PikesPeakSports.us|
The Axel interview
*CJ Hitz wins a pair of Inov-8 shoes for pointing out how the The Prez tried to lie about his time. The Prez gets a "you suck!" and CJ gets a new pair of Inov-8 shoes!