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Boulder Trail Running

Posted by Michael Hughes    July 26, 2010

People are drawn to Boulder for its blue skies, 300+ days of sunshine, cultural activities, lifestyle, thought provoking people, dining and of course the running trails of every description. The Boulder area offers hundreds of trail running opportunities. If you’ve always been a cement or pavement pounder, it might be time to mix it up with a trail run. This run is about 6 miles.

The morning was crisp and clear with high clouds and intensely blue skies. The mountains reflected in the water as I ran and sweated and picked up the pace. This is part of my cross training for my Muay Thai Kickboxing program. Like P90X,  I believe muscle confusion (so you never plateau) is important to the sustainability of any physical regime.

Boulder Reservoir Loop. Easy, mostly flat dirt and accessible: Popular among hikers, cyclists and runners, the Boulder Reservoir is a great standby for an easy run with a convenient location. There are also numerous variations to add anything from .5 miles to 20 miles to the existing loop, actually 26.2 as this is the starting area for the Boulder Marathon (formerly The Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon

The most popular place to start this run is Coot Lake north of Hwy 119 and 63rd. There is also additional paring at Tom Watson park across the street. You can easily run clockwise or counter-clockwise. I’ll give directions for a counter clockwise circuit.

Start by running north on 63rd Street. It will turn to a dirt/gravel road when you turn left on Monarch Road. Go all the way west (toward the mountains) until the road T’s take a left on the continuing dirt road, wind all the way around unless you want to add some more distance (about 3.5miles) the Eagle Trailhead is a good place to do it, Otherwise, continue running south until you come to the entrance to Boulder Reservoir. The road will have turned to pavement by this time and you can run on the shoulders for a softer ride. Then follow the east side of the lake around back to Coot Lake there will be some minor bouldering and crossing a dry arroyo to get to the Coot lake side. Run toward the Coot Lake parking lot and your done (except stretching).

For a list of trail runs around and near Boulder, visit www.trails.com.

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Top 10 Colorado Road Trips!

Posted by Michael Hughes       July 19, 2010

  1. The San Juan Skyway. Ouray into Durango. Don’t miss: Telluride, Silverton, Mesa Verde and Pagosa Springs.
  2. Pikes Peak Scenic Byway. Don’t miss: Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds and Garden of the Gods.
  3. Steamboat Springs. Don’t miss Strawberry Hot Springs, Gondola and Arapahoe National Forest.
  4. Independence Pass Scenic Byway. Between Twin Lakes and Aspen. Don’t miss Colorado Trail, Lake Creek Valley, and the Maroon Bells.
  5. Glenwood Springs. Don’t miss Hot Springs Pool, Biking along the Colorado River, Glenwood Caverns and Yampah Spa Vapor Caves.
  6. Trail Ridge Road. Don’t miss Rocky Mountain National Park, also Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs.
  7. Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Don’t miss North Rim Drive, Blue Mesa Reservoir and the West Elk Scenic Byway to Crested Butte.
  8. Highway of Legends. Highway 12 from Trinidad over Cucharas Pass to La Veta and Walsenberg. Don’t miss San Isabel National Forest, Spanish Peaks and the Great Sand Dunes and Colorado Gators (Colorados only public Alligator Farm).
  9. Colorado National Monument. Grand Junction to Fruita. Don’t miss Rim Rock Drive (23 Miles), also Palisade Peach Festival and Colorado Wine Country.
  10. Peak to Peak Highway.  Central City through Nederland to Estes Park. Don’t miss Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Falls, Longs Peak and Gold Hill.

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The Naked City

Posted by Michael Hughes  July 17, 2010

Boulder has always been known to be a little different. I had heard of the (WNBR) World Naked Bike Ride throughout the streets of Boulder several years back. Just another quirkiness of Boulder. Seems that people would ride through the streets of boulder in their birthday suits usually on a Thursday. I don’t like the pain nor the lack of sanitation involved with riding like that myself. Don’t get me wrong I think there is a time and a place for nude, just not on a bicycle. Padded bike seats and bike shorts were made with logic in mind. Nude bike riding brings to my mind one word “youch.”

Then of course who could forget Boulders’ Naked Halloween Streak. Where by nude people would run up and down Pearl Street naked, with a hollowed out pumpkin on their head. Many of these people need to keep their clothes on. This lasted until the participants started getting arrested and charged as sex offenders. Game over.

Ah the signs of Spring are in the air in Boulder and what…? Is that a topless gardener for all to see? Yes again the good citizens of Boulder, Colorado, have been exposed to a spring display that is more than the usual iris and virginia creeper. The locals were called when a woman wearing pasties and her co gardener husband were seen both wearing thongs. The rental home is at a street corner with a very low fence, near an elementary school and community garden. Gardening in the buff must be in the Bill of Rights somewhere. The aforesaid semi naked couple did challenge this in court after they were charged with “nuisance” to the community. The couple won.

Most recently the public who addresses the Boulder City Council have started stripping. All the way, the full monty.  Since there are rules of decorum this does not necessarily get your point(s) across (no pun intended). No longer will you be accosted by the public trying to put 1’s in your G-String but you will be faced with removal from the room, possible criminal charges (depending on your body type) and worst of all a 30 day ban from addressing the council.

Well it’s Saturday maybe I’ll go for my morning naked trail run.  I love Boulder and have lived here since the mid 70’s.

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Energy Efficiency

Posted by Michael Hughes  July 15, 2010

Definition: This little label packs a big punch — think of the Energy Star brand as proof that an appliance isn’t just green for the sake of green consumerism; it’s tried and truly energy efficient. How efficient? In 2008, Energy Star products helped Americans save $17 billion on their utility bills and offset the greenhouse gas emissions of 30 million cars.
But not just every appliance can get the label — only those that get their job done while saving a significant, measurable and tested amount of energy. They also need to be affordable, an idea aided by the federal tax credits available for Energy Star products.

But products aren’t the only thing that can earn the label — since 1995, over one million Energy Star homes have been built, and they’re 20-30% more energy efficient than standard homes. But you don’t have to buy a whole new house to live in an Energy Star home, instead you can renovate your own place to meet the standards: Effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products and the biggie: Third-Party Verification. So even if you go through the first five steps, you don’t have an Energy Star home until it’s inspected and tested.

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