What is a Trail Nerd?

A trail nerd is a runner who loathes the pavement, does not let a little bad weather stop them, does not whine, and is always ready to help a fellow trail runner. They originate from Kansas City, then like little seeds, propogate in other areas. Wanna be a nerd? Just join one of our group runs.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Nerds Like the Wet Stuff Too...

What an adventure! The 'Energizer Bunny' and I went out to Busiek this morning - at first it looked like a complete wash out - 2 of the three bridges we use to cross the creek were washed out from last week's floods. But we found the 3rd intact which opened up the south and east sections of area for us to run. We'd normally wade across, but this morning Woods Fork was a TORRENT. Light rain, a little thunder, and water logged trails did not stop us from getting in about 2 hours - however at one point we had to refer back to my GPS watch to get us back to the car... A little adventure on every trip.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Trail Nerds like the Frozen Stuff Too...

I spent 3 days in Beaver Creek, CO last week - skiing my heart out. Skiing is one of my favorite sports, behind trail running, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, hiking... etc. 3 Days. Fresh snow each day. Light powder in the first runs, with nice groomed trails after that. I always looked for the loose stuff though... First on, last off every day with lunch on the run. That's the only way to get your money's worth.

I did see what I thought was a true Trail Nerd, as I was on the lift going up, he was 'running' up the slope - with crampons, he headed STRAIGHT UP about a 1.5 mile long 'Blue' slope. Then rode the lift down. Now THAT's a NERD.

For a few images click here.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Daylight Savings Time is Here!

That can only mean one thing - time to put up the tights and break out the shorts! It was a bit chilly at the start today but I was positive I could suffer through a few minutes and I was right - things warmed up nicely at Busiek today - we went to Wilson's Creek at 8:00 only to find the trails closed. So we went on over to Busiek. Me, Captain Fun Hog, Jelly, and Chris Bills did a great 9 mile loop, then I hopped on my new Gary Fisher 29er and pedaled for about 30-45 minutes.

THAT is when you REALLY know spring is coming, when the rubber starts to meet the trail... What a perfect day. Now time to go hang out by the pool and get some sun. I'm out all next week - Dallas for business, then Wednesday to Beaver Creek for 3 days of powder - forecast is for snow all three days we are there. Back Sunday. Hold down the fort!

Sunday, March 2, 2008


Many of you have asked me about keeping current on my blog - sorry, not much happening since White Rock - a few weekends of ice have kept me off the trails - however, today me and Captain, Bunny and Chris all spent some time at Busiek. Gorgeous morning, water in the streams running deep and clear. Chris showed us all how to cross a stream - just run right through it.

Getting Ready for Ouachita 50K in April. Anyone else planning for OT50, or other races?