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Pre-nostalgia

EDIT: forgot to embed the video! My bad…see below.


Oh man, it’s the end of September. We’ve been living in Fort Collins for nearly three months. Here’s a quick recap, and a look forward to the last ~2 weeks of our stay, before we chase the sunset toward the good ol’ Sierras.

Vikki putting down Upperbot for her first V5

When we first got here, hiking sucked. Now it is awesome. I chalk this up to conditioning. Did we mention we’re staying with Brad, who has a gym in his house and a fitness company? Through that, we’ve both improved our fitness remarkably, benefitting from various passers-thru. A few weeks ago Tim Rose, Fernando Jimenez, Travis Gault, and Jen Burger stopped by for a couple of weeks to pull down on the RMNP gneiss and Mt. Evans granite. They are all personal trainers, gym managers, and/or super strong climbers. The restiest rest day involved a hike and some light bouldering in the front country. Other days were spent sharing training tips, putting each other through hard workouts, and eating healthy food.

Of course we had an unreasonable number of goals for Colorado before we came, and of course many of those have been more or less forgotten. These wayside goals include a lot of filming (we’ve gotten into photography a bit more), climbing in Wyoming more than thrice, climbing the Diamond, and visiting all the Boulder gyms. Oh, and getting famous. That hasn’t been realized either, though we did get to hang out with Alex Honnold that one time.

But the main goals have been achieved, namely, sell the big mother-trailer, buy a MUCH smaller one, and get the truck in shape for winter. And get psyched on the climbing here. More on that in the next paragraph.

The climbing: I remember our first day climbing outside in CO, when Paul and Emily took us to Wild Basin, home of hella DG V-hella-hards. We poked around, I flashed Mini-Dagger (V7), and flailed on Garfield and Odie (V8 and V6 respectively), finally nailing Odie on like the hella-dozenth attempt. Garfield still eludes me. Too much lasagna?

I should warn you that, though the climbing is really fun, Wild Basin is a chosspile. Some V6 had a huge block, like cubist-watermelon huge, break. Whoever broke it probably yarded it onto their own crotch, and I for one feel terribly for him or her. A massive foot broke off a V9 called Real Hero, or Greatest American Hero or whatever. It’s still V9, but the point is you can’t trust anyone, or any problem.

Fernando on Wild Basin. Sadly, no video of the send.

Then it was back to the Basin last weekend, and, shocker, I managed to pull off Free Basin (V11)! It was on that project list we posted a lil’ while back. Garfield still spat me off.

This is a common story now, pulling climbs out of our butts that we didn’t think we could pull. Our first trip to Upper Chaos, my favorite area, was a shut-down fest of sucktastic proportions. I tried Right El Jorge, and couldn’t do the second move. Left El Jorge seemed leagues away. Far Left El Jorge looked plain dumbsauce. Then, a month later, I cranked Right first go, and a month later I did all the moves to Left. I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to pull it off next trip, ‘specially now that it’s cold up there. Far Left now is quite enjoyable, and I plan to do it in a frenzy of Jorge sending.

Triple left hand bumps are required for ascending the Left El Jorge challenge.

For her part, Vikki was a little Russian dumpling full of BBQ and creamed meat and covered in weaksauce when we arrived. She was hiketarded, and was still bouldering in Mythos. After about 6 weeks, she cranked Upperbot for her first V5, and she nailed another at Emerald Lake two weeks ago. In some twisted manner, she managed to get up her first V6 shortly after we got here, weeks before doing a V5. See the vid?

She’s getting stronger, fitter, and much better at climbing than even she realizes. If I had to pinpoint her biggest weakness, it’s confidence in her ability to do moves. Once she believes, she’ll be doing some really hard things.

More importantly, she’s finally making headway dealing with her chronic injuries (more on this in Vikki’s next post). She has shoulder blades that look like vestigial angel wings, and has been instructed not to do pushups or pullups until her body can figure out which muscles to use. This is promising, because her technique has actually improved quite a bit, and she just needs to start some serious strength training and she’ll be like, I dunno, Sharma’s sister. Or something.

We’ve also made some awesome friends and climbing partners. You know who you are. (Also I don’t think they read the blog, so no point mentioning them by name anyway) But it’s cool to know that we have many people to visit and places to stay next time we roll through town.

But there’s still much to do. Free Basin and Upperbot may be off the list, but many projects remain. There are still some preparations to be made for leaving, like figuring out where we’re going. The idea now is to meander our way to Joe’s Valley, possibly by way of Independence Pass/Rifle, or by way of Wyoming’s awesome limestone sport climbing. Will advise.

And finally: we are nearly done with our newest video. Whoa…

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TNT: A Perfect Rest (Sun)Day in Fort Collins

Since Spenser and I are on a budget, we have rarely been patrons of the local breweries or restaurants, even though Fort Collins is full of them. Then, Zack Macfarlane said he was coming for a visit. We were psyched. This gave us a reason to explore FoCo in a way we haven’t yet.

Zack loves booze, broads, and beers. Yes, I know the booze includes beer. It was for emphasis. And, okay, Zack was also here for some climbing. Lucky enough, Fort Collins has all of the above to offer.

We picked him up at the Denver Airport bright and early Saturday morning and headed straight for Guanella Pass, after a quick pit-stop at a local breakfast joint. Zack ate biscuits and gravy with a side of chicken fried steak, Spenser a carnitas benedict, and I polished off a plate of gluten-free Johnny cakes. Needless to say, it was not going to be a serious climbing day, but it was going to be a blast! Guanella Pass provided us an excellent try-hard-enough day, so we decided to take a rest day and give Zack a tour of Fort Collins on Sunday.

Chipmunk alert! This lil’ guy felt WAY too comfortable getting all up in our business. READ: please stop feeding them when you are out bouldering!! Although he was entertaining for a bit, his persistence became annoying very quickly.

Another love of Zack’s that Spenser and I both share is ribs. We have had infamous feasts of homemade chai-spiced (oh yea, that’s right) ribs back home in the Bay Area. Sometimes we yearn for those nights. After working up an appetite climbing, we stopped by Smokin’ Yard BBQ on our way through Idaho Springs. Spenser’s face probably gives it away (see picture below), but it was amazing, fall-of-the-bone good. They also have a variety of sauces for you to choose from, none of which are spicy enough for our liking, but we enjoyed every bite of rib nonetheless. Tip if you are in the area: they have all-you-can-eat rib Mondays. We will have to return! With full bellies, we made the hour drive back home, eagerly awaiting our beds…

Ribs. A necessity. We couldn’t find the time between bites to pose for a better picture. ‘Nuff said.

On to our Sunday FunDay! The Tour de Fat was on the Saturday, but we decided not to try to venture back into Fort Collins for fear of getting stuck in some severe traffic. Instead, we had our our Tour de Fort Collins on Sunday.

Colorado is a biking state. Everyone owns a bike. We don’t, but we were able to rent them at the Fort Collins Bike Library. You can make a reservation online and for a $10 donation, you ride away with a bike, lock, and helmet (if you so choose) for a day or longer. Of note, multiple breweries are closed on Sundays, so although we couldn’t go to every brewery in the area, we certainly made the most of it.

First stop after grabbing our bikes. The Waffle Lab and Pateros Creek beers. Brunch of champions.

The Waffle Lab is the best food cart I’ve ever been to. They serve delicious, fresh liege waffles, either full of gluten or gluten-free, with an assortment of toppings to choose from. It was the most difficult decision of the day, but there were no losers. Spenser picked the Maple-Bacon Bliss, Zack went with the special of the day, an omelette on top of the waffle, while I followed my gut to the The Big Capr-easy. If you are in the area, you MUST go, but be aware they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (we have made that unfortunate mistake in the past). They were even kind enough to offer cooking my gluten-free waffle on a fresh pan, two thumbs up!

3 full pints at Pateros.

Brewery #1 on our Tour was the Pateros Creek Brewing Company, conveniently located in the same parking lot that The Waffle Lab resides in. They brew the best gluten-free beer I have yet to taste, it’s full of flavor and doesn’t taste like wee. I made the boys stay for 2 pints since I knew I had no guarantee of finding any gluten-free beer later.

Feeling pretty toasty after 2 pints, we rode on to Equinox Brewing of Fort Collins. Sadly, nothing gluten-free for me to drink…well, except for some amazing homemade root beer, but plenty of libations for the men. If you like IPAs, come here. Spenser and Zack shared two sample racks and we enjoyed the shuffleboard they have in the back. They also have a nice outdoor patio, perfect for this time of year.

Just so y’all know, I beat Spenser at shuffleboard. And not only because he was too focused on other things…

To Funkwerks we go! Riding the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. We heard through the grapevine that they don’t give BUIs around these parts…does anyone know if this is actually true?

Funkwerks rocks.

….and not just because they let babies drink. JUST KIDDING. But seriously…check out the thirsty mama!

Although again they offer nothing gluten-free that is alcoholic, they do have tasty Italian sodas that quenched my thirst. This was Spenser’s favorite brewery, but I’ll let him explain:

You know when you go in to the beer aisle and there are all those Belgian beers that are 10%, $10, and corked? And maybe you think, damn, I’d sure love to try this beer, but it’s too much to commit to. I’m a giant whimpering sissypuss and I can’t commit. I’ve never had these thoughts, but I have thought that it would be sweet to go to one of those breweries and try all the different super-strong, really floral trappist-style ales. Funkwerks is the place. All beers are different, all are strong, and all are very Belgian. For me, the highlight of the tour.

Round 1 at the ‘Werks.

The last bar of the evening is also the oldest one in Fort Collins, the Town Pump.

Somehow we got ourselves up at 6am on Monday morning and headed to RMNP. Zack needed to see the Park before he left that evening. We arrived at the Bear Lake parking lot around 8am and promptly went back to bed, with Spenser and I in the cab and Zack taking over the back of the truck. After a nice little nap, we started the hike up to Emerald Lake. It was a beautiful day and there were good sends all around. Spenser is so close to Whispers of Wisdom and I on the Kind, so we must return…

Zack in all his glory. We miss him already!

Vikki hanging on to a sloper on a fun V5 at Emerald Lake.

Zack completing the V5 with ease using his Go-Go-Gadget arms.

I will leave you with another cute picture of the chipmunk. ‘Til next time!

Note: the majority of photo credits for this post go to Zack. Thank you, Zack, for always having your iPhone ready to snap away and letting us use your photo for this post. You da’ best.

Reel Rock Tour 7 Review

In two words: Good Times. Two more? As Expected.

The premiere of Reel Rock 7 was held at the Chautauqua Theater in Boulder, a lovely wooden auditorium at the base of the Flatirons. The sold-out crowd of about 1,300 people struggled for seats, as many sections had large wooden support beams obstructing the view. Many ended up sitting in the aisles or standing in the back.

The crowd for opening night at Reel Rock 7

The show opened with the usual thanks to the sponsors, and with Peter Mortimer asking everyone to stand up for a Facebook photo. On another cool note, Peter also asked everyone who’s birthday it was to join him up on stage. It happened to be his daughter’s second birthday, and also Vikki’s 26th, and the entire crowd sang Happy Birthday to the dozen or so people. Pretty cool.

Then the films. The first bit was La Dura Dura, about Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra vying to establish the first 5.15c sport climb in Spain. The footage was, as per the usual, spectacular. I believe it was the Lowell brothers’ work filming, and they used a perpendicular version of the NFL’s above-the-field-on-cables camera to smoothly follow the climbers up steep terrain. The result is unbelievably smooth, and so much better than the previous generation of climbing film’s prodigious use of shaky hand-held footage shot by someone on rappel. Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda were also featured, leading the charge of female climbers knocking on the door of 5.15.

The film was as much about the route as it was a portrait of the two generational icons of sport climbing, and a snapshot of this unique moment in climbing. Though nobody sent the route (and this isn’t a spoiler…you’d have heard if 5.15c was established!), the film leaves you tingling for what the next generation is capable of.

Omitted from the film was much mention of other young climbers doing amazing things, or other older climbers doing the same. Of course it has to be limited in scope, but it presented these two as the only ones capable of pushing the limits of our sport. I think this shortchanges other equally driven and capable climbers of attention, and makes the viewer put all their eggs in a very loud Czech basket.

The next piece was The Shark’s Fin, an incredible story that nearly tells itself. Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin, and Conrad Anker tackle an unclimbed peak in the Himalayas 4 years after a close but unsuccessful attempt left them broken and vowing to never return. I had read the story in Rock and Ice Ascent two months ago and was eager for the film. It did not disappoint. Vikki was shaking afterward. That’s all there really is to say. Go see it. This, and Touching The Void, should be then benchmarks for the word “epic.”

After an intermission, during which Alex Honnold was swarmed with autograph seekers and Adam won 4th place in a handstand competition, they showed The Wide Boyz. We were most excited for this one since it featured our friends Brad Jackson and Adam Papilion, as well as some of our footage. To be honest, it was good but a bit disappointing. The first ascent of the Century Crack is a great story, and it’s always funny to make fun of offwidth climbing. What the film lacked was detail and specifics about the Brits’ training regimen, which to me is the most impressive and inspirational part. These guys showed that if you aim high, work hard, track your progress, and believe, then you can pull off some badass shit. I think that aspect was partially lost, as the piece was, I think, meant to be comic relief. Either way, it was cool to see our friends on screen, and as always, the footage was spectacular.

The last film was the highly anticipated Honnold 3.0. It follows Alex Honnold through a winter season in Bishop, as he establishes Too Big To Flail (V10), and conjures up his next big feat, the Yosemite Triple Crown. Thanks to 60 Minutes and Nat Geo, Honnold is now a household name even outside of climbing circles. The film attempts to portray Honnold as a goofy guy thrust into stardom (thanks in large part to Sender), but who climbs for the love of it. Having been at Sender HQ during one of the interviews, we can say that they did a pretty good job of portraying the Triple Crown as he saw it. Based on the questions Nick and Peter asked, they wanted to make it sound much more perilous, and I was glad to see that Honnold got his way.

Honnold 3.0 was awesome for the feat it depicted, the slice of his life we get to see, and of course, the footage from Bishop which made us yearn for Thanksgiving in the Pit. It was actually a bit anticlimactic, though, since we all know he made it. This feeling might’ve been due to sensory overload from all the inspiring, mind-blowing, and just plain cool stuff that had already happened on the screen prior to the last film. Either way, it’s a great film.

All in all, it was a great evening and a fitting birthday celebration for Vikki. I was struck by how much fun everyone was having, how chatty folks were during the breaks, how communal the whole event felt despite the large crowd, and how much emotion people showed during key moments. Every film had at least one “Woo!” moment, where the whole audience erupted as if they were witnessing their friend clip the chains on their project. The only thing missing was the user-generated films, but the lineup was probably the best ever for a Reel Rock, and I don’t think anyone had any complaints. Except for those stuck behind the wooden posts.

Lastly, I found that, unlike most climbing films, this is an event I would be very proud to bring non-climbers to. Our sport, in so many of its iterations, was presented in a way anyone can understand, with storylines anyone can relate to. As a climber, I was proud to see what Sender and Big UP put on the screen.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a ticket!

Reel High Psyche

It’s hard to believe that, like the long summer itself, our stay in Colorado is entering its autumn phase. As I type, Vikki is making her way to the San Francisco airport to come back home to the Front Range. That sentence right there would’ve been written backward 8 months ago…and soon we’ll be moving on, once again to join the ranks of those without mailing addresses, bathroom sinks, or rent.

Our very first full day in Colorado saw us driving up to Vedauwoo with Brad and Adam to meet up with Pete Mortimer and Nick Rosen of Sender Films. They were there to gather the last bits of footage needed for their Reel Rock segment about offwidth climbing. If we needed a reminder that we were in climbing’s Hollywood state, this was it. If we had forgotten the lesson, we were reminded later on when Sender asked us to help film a short, comical bit with Alex Honnold for the PGA tour. In between all the star-gazing, there’s been plenty of training, bits of working, and a lot of climbing outside with new and old friends.

Brad Jackson pushes through Life Without Parole, V-wtf, while Sender Films films.

And now everything is coming full circle! We cannot frickin’ wait for Thursday, September 13th, when Reel Rock 7 premieres at the Chautauqua Auditorium. As always, it promises to be an incredible show. Sharma vs. Ondra, The Shark’s Fin with Renan Ozturk and friends, and of course, Honnold defying odds and gravity. But this year’s special. Not only might (and I repeat: might) there be some footage shot by yours truly, the RV Project, but there will (and I repeat: WILL) be some sick footage of our friends Brad Jackson and Adam Papilion (We met them in Hueco Tanks, remember?). You can even catch a glimpse of them in the trailer, doing that crazy wide shit that they do. Either way, I highly, HIGHLY recommend getting a ticket to the nearest showing. They’re selling like gluten-free hotcakes in Boulder.

Gym Round-up

You’ve probably heard of Boulder, epicenter of the US climbing scene, as well as Movement, The Spot, CATS, and the Boulder Rock Club. All four gyms are located within a very small area, yet they thrive. We actually haven’t been to any of them yet.

Travel north along the Front Range and you’ll come to Fort Collins. There is a climbing community here, but not quite so big as in Boulder. There are three climbing gyms: Inner Strength, Miramont, and the CSU climbing wall. We haven’t been to the last one, but the other two are quite frequently visited. I know, I know…we left on an epic roadtrip and now we’re pulling plastic? To be honest, it’s a lot cheaper than the $50 in gas it takes to get to RMNP. So here’s a quick comparison of the two indoor crags we’ve been to in FoCo.

Inner Strength

Inner Strength was opened 18 years ago by Mike Hickey, and features topropes, lead walls, and two bouldering areas. Overall it’s a fairly small space, but it does have a fairly steep lead cave. I’ve been volunteer-setting the bouldering there for most of the summer, and have met some awesome people there. It’s also quite close to home, which makes it a convenient stop-off for a quick burn.

The cons: there are no, I repeat, no supplemental equipment to train on, except for hangboards. No weights, pullup bars, bands, or even a stretching area. Also, they have one of those featured walls that is supposed to mimic real rock. I don’t like these, personally. They are difficult to set as there are fewer T-nuts, and forcing movement is difficult due to there being footholds everywhere.

Inner Strength is a great place to go as a beginner. The vibe is very communal and relaxed, though that also means that you won’t find any testpiece routes.

Miramont

Our favorite is plastic palace is Miramont, a corporate fitness company with four locations (but only one with a climbing gym). The first impression you get is of a clean, large space with every piece of equipment imaginable. There’s a full gym with all sorts of machines and free weights, an upstairs with cardio and stretching apparatuses, and a full compliment of bands, kettle bells..the works. There was a full basketball court, recently halved to make space for a no-nonsense training area (rubber floors, gymnastic rings, olympic lifting, etc).

Click the image for a giant panorama. This was largely an experiment, but it turned out pretty well.

The climbing walls are striking. I can’t vouch for the lead walls since I haven’t climbed on ’em, but the bouldering is fantastic. The first thing you see is a giant wave wall (photos below). Then there is a 360° boulder, connected to a steep cave by a long roof. The setting is quite fun and often very technical, graded Rec, Intermediate, Advanced, and Open (they often host competitions).

I was psyched to find out that it’s managed by an old friend of mine, Paul Dusatko. I’ve known Paul since back in the day when we both lived in Santa Barbara. I appreciated his flick Soul Cal for being the first to put SB bouldering in a legit film. I sat down with Paul to ask him a few questions about the facility he’s been running.

Paul’s been part of the climbing scene for 22 years, beginning in Southern California as a trad-head under the tutelage of some of the original Stone Masters. Eventually he got hooked on bouldering, with several double-digit sends under his belt. He’s been in Fort Collins for over three years, and started at Miramont as head route-setter. He is now the Climbing Wall Manager as well as head setter.

What I’m most impressed with is that Paul has successfully navigated the corporate world on behalf of and to the benefit of the rest of the climbing community. Most climbers want sick huge walls and hardcore training grounds, but also want to be all dirtbaggy and counter-culture-y. Paul is that link. The first major change was to add the wave wall, a long bouldering feature that starts as a mellow slab and smoothly transitions to a huge, steep prow. It looks like a breaking wave (a vestige, I’m sure, of Paul’s upbringing around the surf culture of southern Cali). With every angle and no abrupt corners, the wave wall is a setter’s (and climber’s) dream.

The wave wall is one of Paul’s (and my) favorite aspects of the gym, the other being the recent addition of a Moon board. The Moon board is one of the coolest pieces of training equipment going, because it’s standardized, yet unlike a systems wall or campus board, it involves infinite possibilities for movement. There’s a binder there as well, with some of the original Moon problems marked out.

Paul describes the vibe as strong but relaxed. In other words, even though a lot of very strong people climb there, it’s still a place where beginners can hang out, make friends, try hard, and not feel too intimidated. So far, that’s been our experience there too. He also describes Miramont as an alternative to the Boulder scene, which is, for better or for worse, much more crowded with climbers.

All in all, I’m very impressed with the facilities at Miramont. Along with Earth Treks, it ranks as one of the best gyms we’ve seen across the US, although I have to give a shout-out to Touchstone and Planet Granite for also having awesome facilities, even though they’re back home. If you’re coming to the Front Range, hit us up…we’ll be happy to give you a tour of the inside OR outside climbing!

One of the sickest gym features ever, the wave wall is the main attraction.

You want the steep? You can’t handle the steep!

A training wall with every hold type, regularly spaced.

The Moon board! What! Never stop crimping small holds! A seriously fun way to wreck yourself.

The cardio deck overlooks the weights and climbing. TVs overlook the cardio deck.

Summit athlete, El Cap dominator, and all-round awesome dude Craig Demartino trains for the Paralympics

Fist, hand, and finger cracks. I’m sure they are awesome, but you’ll never see me on them!

Basketball and CrossFit.

Time to Try Hard

I’ve just fallen in love with the concept of training. I don’t enjoy training…yet. And yikes, if you know me, you know that’s a crazy sentence. Like Spenser mentioned in the last post, we’ve been in Colorado over two months. Since being in Colorado, Spenser and I have kicked up our training several notches. Through this, I’ve realized that my quit threshold is extremely low…

Pat Goodman exhibiting a high quit threshold while giving his all on the crack machine at Summit Strength Training (photo courtesy of Brad Jackson). I’m not looking to get into crack climbing, but I want to learn how to try that hard!

What is a quit threshold, you ask? I see it as the moment you lose your “grrr,” when you stop trying hard. It’s completely psychological. You could do one, two, or even three more push-ups/crunches/squats, but you choose not to. You essentially give up. You know that the extra effort won’t kill you, so why do you stop? The negative impact is not solely felt in your training, this attitude will eventually permeate throughout all your actions. It could mean that you will not make that last move on the climb you’ve been projecting, or that you will lack the mental gumption to study hard for class that you need to excel in.

So here we are. In Colorado, surrounded by ridiculously strong climbers. Living with Brad Jackson, a training master. He knows how to train smart, not just hard. So…exactly why are we not taking FULL advantage of this? When this realization finally hit me, I felt like quite a bonehead.

Brad Jackson dead lifting his way to glory at Summit.

The past 2 months have been the most active months in my entire life. Hiking to and from Rocky Mountain National Park, at high altitude, training hard…but not hard enough. There’s still a ton of other things that seem to get in the way – selling the trailer, keeping up with the social media (blog, Facebook), and climbing. I have realized that climbing is not enough, I HAVE to train my antagonistic muscles if I am going to improve my climbing and even survive as a climber long-term.

Making the hike to Upper Chaos. Thankfully, it’s gotten exponentially easier – I actually look forward to it now!

This brings up The Pain Box. Spenser sent me this CrossFit article, and although I am completely skeptical of CrossFit, this article is applicable to anyone and everyone. The concept of pain and pleasure reallocation is quite simple, albeit easier written down rather than applied.

You have a fixed quantity of “pain,” but the divider in the middle of the box can move. Do you want more of your pain to come from sacrifice and hard work or from, as the author of the article puts it, sucking.

Same goes for pleasure:

Much of the pleasure in your life comes from making a choice between the superficial thrills associated with “guilty pleasures” (you know what they are for you!) and a deeper pleasure from true gratification and/or fulfillment.

I am currently unable, let’s be honest, unwilling to give up certain guilty pleasures of my own, such as Breaking Bad. Nonetheless, this is a great concept to keep in mind when making choices.

Training is helping me raise my quit threshold and move my pain and pleasure boxes in the right directions…one more push-up and Russian twist at a time. I’ll be learning throughout this process and keeping y’all as updated as possible.

Hard work paying off – me sending my second V5 EVER this past Sunday at Emerald Lake! Zack in for the spot, helping me keep it together at the top 🙂

While we’ve been haphazardly training since settling in Fort Collins, today Brad, Spenser and I sat down to create a set training plan with a goal – crush to the best of our limits at the ABS 14 Regional Championships at Miramont North in Fort Collins, just 10 days away. Updates will be coming with our exact training and fitness plans! If anyone has any favorite training tricks or tips, please share them!

As Brad puts it, if you’re not strong, you’re f***ing weak.

So…let’s get strong!!

Brad Jackson and Adam Papilion taping up while mentally preparing to take on the crack machine.

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