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TWW Daily Feed for November 25th

I’m back in Colorado after an epic 8 hour visit to the Milwaukee airport, which, by the way, is very nice and was actually rather comfortable. My flight back was pretty uneventful except for my strategic seat location as the only non-family member of a family of six spread through the entirety of row 21: 2 year old, mom, 4 week old, me, 3 year old, dad, 6 year old. It was awesome, especially at about the 1.5 hour mark when the 2 year old and the 3 year old both had epic meltdowns that resulted in them screaming and slamming their stumpy little legs into the seats in front of them. At least I wasn’t the dude getting whiplashed by a 2 year old. Ahh, the holidays. The Feed: Continue reading


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TWW Daily Feed for September 18

I was slinging drinks last night at the local bar last night and made the following observations: 1) Thursday is the new Friday night. When I was in college I thought it was crazy that the biggest night at the bars was Thursday. Apparently this trend extends well beyond college campuses. 2) Hot moms generally remain hot moms, which makes sense because they must have worked out a lot to recover from the birthing process, so it makes sense they continue to work out. Good job hot moms. 3) Cutting people off is my favorite thing to do when bartending. Perhaps its because I want make sure they get home safe, or more likely because they’re annoying me and I want to be an asshole, it really makes my night. 4) 40 year old men or women who are single, may have been nominally attractive 10 years ago and drink alone at the bar are good reasons to stay sober and keep your head on straight. Welcome to the weekend! The Feed:

Outside’s Adventure Adviser has a good little article about the best volcanoes to hike in the United States. To me, hiking a volcano is like dating a really hot girl who might be crazy; for most of the time the hot factor wins you over but when the crazy kicks in, the last thing I want to do is be in a position in which body parts are in peril.

Men’s Journal has a synopsis of music festivals going on this weekend, one of which is Telluride’s Blues and Brews festival. Telluride calls to me. I need a job, a pass, a dog and a place to live there. Who’s selling?

Velo News has a sneak peak of Pearl Izumi’s 2010 shoe line.

Here is an older Slate article about how athletes are getting around PED regulations by claiming they have attention deficit disorder and other ailments that require “therapeutic use exceptions.” That is American ingenuity people.

And for those hitting the bars this weekend, check out DrinksMixer.com to peruse some new cocktails to try out.

And we’re on to the weekend!

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Mount Sanitas

We here at TWW do not often recommend going from 0 to 60 in the first five minutes of a workout, but unfortunately for our legs there are just some routes that are worth destroying them for. We count Mount Sanitas among that group – a route that is completely unforgiving, but worth every second of leg pain.

Almost a Boulder version of the Incline, Mount Sanitas is essentially a steep hike that is variably runnable, winding up the rocky ridge Sanitas where it tops out about 1.4 miles in. The trail is well worn, with some sections cut directly into the rock ridge, making it an adventure in foot placement and pacing. The views along the way and at the top are some of the best you’ll find in the Boulder area, making the fact that you can’t feel your calves easier to accept.

One drawback; finding the way back down in order to make the run a loop is a bit confusing. The East Ridge trail winds down to the Sanitas Valley trail which we take back to the parking lot. The problem with the East Ridge trail is that it is not clearly marked. Our best advice is to follow the most worn path, and keep your eyes open for the random trail markers. Our map shows the Mount Sinatas trail, the route down via the East Ridge trail, and then the Sanitas Valley trail back to the parking lot. A more label intensive map can be found here.

Do it because: intense hike and workout only minutes from downtown Boulder. Great views of the Flatirons, the town and beyond. Lots of pretty people to ogle.

Distance: 1.4 miles to the summit, 3.0 miles roundtrip.

Directions: From 9th and Pearl Street, take Pearl Street west and take a right on 4th Street, a left on Spruce, and then another right on 4th. Take 4th north to Mapelton and take a left. There are lots on both the north and south sides of the street. Additionally, you can generally park on the road and walk up to the trailhead.

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