Week eight was a planned rest week. I spent four days traveling to San
Francisco for work, took Friday off to decompress, did some heavier than usual
weight training on Saturday, and went for windy, muddy, short run today.
1 hour, 26 minutes running
856 ft D+
I only ran once in SF, up the Embarcadero and Telegraph Hill, but I did push
hard on the steps to see where I'm at. I've been in better shape!
The hotel had bikes and I took one out on two different evenings. On St.
Valentine's day I rode to a restaurant on Union Street and back, stopping at
Fort Mason for some photos.
I turned out to be only a spare juror yesterday and was released, my duty done
for the year.
Honestly, I think a trial by jury of your peers is a great idea, but also the
whole process is run by people very invested in the status quo and who use
a good amount of propaganda to keep us all feeling good about participating.
Week five was the first week of my second training block. Still just working on
my base. I got back to indoor heated yoga with real humans for the first time
since 2020. I'm lucky that the last locally owned big gym in Fort Collins is
still holding on.
6 hours, 8 minutes running
1,827 ft D+
Snow was still sticking around on week six. I went to yoga again on Friday and
then did a long run with two good climbs at Horsetooth on Sunday.
I have to go to the courthouse first thing in the morning for jury duty. It
might last one day, or three, or who knows how many. I probably won't be able
to do any open source stuff for a few days. I'll be running and catching up on
family responsibilities outside of the courthouse until my service is over.
Tuesday and Wednesday I ran after dark, a rare thing for me. Friday I did
a speed workout, doubling the volume of hard running from week two. I slowed
things down on the weekend with back-to-back two hour long runs Saturday and
Next week I'm going to run a bit less, do more strength and conditioning and
projects around the house.
I ran five days last week, rode my bike another day, and did core strength
workouts twice. Here are the running numbers.
8 hours, 24
4,669 ft D+
Saturday I went for a big slog at Horsetooth and Lory State Park with other
runners who are training for Quad Rock in May. The trails started out in
a runnable state, packed powder and a little ice and frozen mud. With mild
temperatures and sun the conditions degraded quickly. The last hour or so of my
run was through heavy mud and puddles of melted snow. That's just how winter
trail running goes around here.
I went to multiple live rock concerts in 2022 for the first time in years and
it was all a result of my 17 year-old daughter's prompting. In July she was
visiting a best friend in Montpellier, France. Her friend's parents went to see
The Smile, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood's band, in the Arènes de Nîmes. My kid discovered that the
band would be in Denver in December 2022 and insisted I get tickets. I did. And
then we started looking into which bands were playing at Red Rocks at the end
of that venue's season and found tickets to see King Gizzard's long-delayed
Red Rocks debut. I got tickets for that, too.
I hadn't been to Red Rocks since the 20th century (Lyle Lovett in 1998, if
I remember correctly). All the good things about this venue remain,
particularly the views over the plains at thunderstorms or the Moon. King
Gizzard was amazing. They took some selfies, referred to us affectionately as
"cunts" (they are Australian millenials), invited us to "get fucked up and love
each other", and then rocked everyone's socks off for 3 hours. Here's the set
and a full recording of the show. They kicked off with "Mars
for the Rich", which is increasingly appropriate.
Getting to Red Rocks and back from Fort Collins is a slog. Denver's Mission
Ballroom is much more accessible. I relaxed in the passenger seat while my
daughter drove and we killed some time in a River North pub. In the line for
the door my daughter and I met a couple from Kansas City who were there for
their second show and who had all kinds of stories and advice for navigating
the venue. The Mission Ballroom has less than half the capacity of Red Rocks
and feels more intimate. We were seated, not on the floor, but could easily see
the band. The band played a bunch of yet unreleased songs and treated us to an
extra heavy version of Bending Hectic in the encore. We were super satisfied!
These shows were great musically and a great chance to connect with a teenager
in the context of different adult audiences. The King Gizzard crowd was young,
like 5-10 years older than my kid, and exuberantly high. The Smile's audience
was about 10-15 years older than that and much more subtly high. If you're
a parent of a high school junior or senior you may know what it's like to go to
shows like this. The chance to have candid conversations about partying and
intoxication and the consequences is something you have to seize if you can.
Find a band you all like and do it!
We don't have anything on our future concert schedule except They Might be
Giants in May, but we're looking. The two of us are the more natural late night
rock-and-rolling team of the family and are looking forward to more.
Hi, my name is Sean Gillies, and this is my blog. Blog is short for "web log".
I write about running, cooking and eating, travel, family, programming, Python,
API design, geographic data formats and protocols, open source, and internet
standards. Mostly running and local geography. I live in Fort Collins,
Colorado, and sometimes in Montpellier, France. I work at Planet Labs PBC.
I appreciate emailed comments on my posts. You can find my address in the
"about" page linked at the top of this page. Happy New Year!