tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-70570636091702231162021-04-10T07:33:22.355-04:00The Carefree WayA small window into the world of Donnie Barnes. Very small. Tiny, in fact. But still fun. Sometimes.Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.comBlogger409125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-89983813539887396432014-06-19T23:00:00.001-04:002021-03-09T16:36:47.649-05:00My first from-scratch project with my 3D printerAfter much research on 3D printers, I settled on the $750 "CTC" one off eBay.  It's a clone of the original Makerbot Replicator, and I suspect it's made by the same factory that originally made the Replicator for Makerbot.  Makerbot has moved on to fancier and more expensive units, but in my research I just couldn't seem to justify the extra cost for the final product.  In fact, I looked at Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-19430544634076699972014-05-17T13:33:00.001-04:002014-05-17T13:33:25.410-04:00Dear Garmin, You're DrunkSo today I ran in a place I had never been before, and I was alone.  I was fairly sure I'd have cell service and I figured that if I needed to see a map I'd be a little happier using my phone than a watch, so I started the Strava app to record my run as well as my Garmin Fenix 2.  And I'm glad I did.  First, the Fenix 2 data as seen after uploading to Strava: The most odd part about this?  IDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-38298278081677160622013-04-18T13:04:00.001-04:002013-04-18T13:08:46.976-04:00What's Wrong with College Basketball The Big East used to be known for more a more "bruising" style of basketball.  The officials let more contact go and the league liked being known for being a little more "nasty."  Still, go back and watch tape of top Big East teams during the 80's, 90's, and even into the early 2000's.  They aren't painful to watch at all.  They did have occasional lower scoring affairs, but in general a Big Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-9915285692153344442013-02-16T19:26:00.002-05:002013-02-16T19:26:54.925-05:00Today's Unexpected JoysAs of a few days ago, today's schedule was supposed to go something like this: get up early and run for an hour go to Moncure (about 45 minutes away) to coach Zach's game (and picture day) bolt straight to Kevin's school to coach Kevin's game, eating lunch in the car (and picture day) leave Kevin's game and go to the UNC baseball game (a little late) leave the UNC baseball game and go to Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-84109178826483103042013-01-10T10:13:00.000-05:002013-01-10T10:13:04.546-05:00The Once A Year Punch In the FaceEver learn your lesson the hard way?  Of course you have.  We all do.  But what lessons do you seem to have to learn the hard way regularly? Backstory: I learned a couple years ago about the virtue of arm warmers.  In particular, I love SmartWool brand arm warmers.  And it's been "arm warmer season" now for pretty much two months.  So I've put them on quite a few times already.  But like last Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-36798330795730934322012-09-11T12:31:00.002-04:002021-03-10T20:18:41.678-05:00Citizens Arrest!I had an interesting encounter today.  I was at a stoplight, stopped, and knew the light so I knew it would be little bit before it changed.  I was on my way to grab a drink at a convenience store (if you love frozen Coke/Icee/Slurpees, the machine at the Kangaroo chain of convenience stores really is the best of the breed) and thus wanted to get rid of the mostly watered down tea that I had.  I Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-37119945814639138282012-09-09T20:37:00.000-04:002012-09-09T20:37:06.949-04:00Hell, and the freezing and whatnot So I'm normally the guy that laughs at people who get stuck in the grass after it's been especially wet.  Unfortunately, today I could only laugh at myself.  Ashley had to be at church early, so me and the kids came separately.  I was "on time" for church, which means cutting it kind of close, but still, we were there in time to get inside long before the music stopped.  But it was a big day Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-60344338683417552042012-08-21T15:10:00.000-04:002012-08-21T15:10:58.770-04:00The one you've been waiting for!It's finally here.  Pictures!  I know my blog posts are so long it's like a few pictures worth (1,000 words per picture and all that), but this time I'm just going to let the pictures and some captions do the talking.  Oh, and there's a short video at the end that's pretty boring, but with a fairly cool ending. The climb up Columbine, near the top Singletrack in the middle of the course Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-85477126689108831362012-08-14T01:22:00.000-04:002012-08-14T01:22:16.853-04:00So was it....FUN?[ How did this blog post get so long?  Cliff Notes version: Thanks to Dad, Jonas, Alisa, Edward, and Reid.  Was it fun?  HELL YEAH.  Now if you need something to put you to sleep, read the long version. ] First I want to thank a few more people who helped make this possible.  One is my Dad, who loaned me his trailer for the trip.  Made life a LOT better.  Plus, you know, he's my Dad...he almostDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-46988239777418659222012-08-12T18:36:00.000-04:002012-08-12T18:36:17.552-04:00Doesn't that hurt?!? When the subject of my cycling comes up  and people find out how long I ride for (six hour training rides, occasional races or mountain riding days much longer), the topic inevitably turns to how much that saddle would hurt them if they tried that.  Guess what?  It hurts me too.  Okay, it no longer hurts me as much as it would hurt someone who doesn't bike a lot to go that long, I admit.  But Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-26835797516197822502012-08-12T01:33:00.000-04:002012-08-12T01:33:04.071-04:00Leadville Trail 100 Race ReportWow.  Just...WOW. That was one epic day.  It started with getting up at 4am so we could get to the head of the corral when it opened at 5am.  That went as planned, which was good as our corral was a full half the race and that meant there were probably around 1,000 people in it!  The race started promptly at 6:30am, and it was on! Alan and I moved through traffic down the paved hill pretty wellDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-76617726533118949862012-08-10T22:11:00.000-04:002012-08-10T22:11:07.704-04:00The big day is almost here! Well, the big day is almost here.  It's kind of hard to believe, to be honest.  But it's here, and I'm excited! It's not too late to donate to my fund raising effort if you haven't already.  I'd really like to send a few more young folks with cancer to this very special camp, so please donate to help out if you haven't already! I feel like all the prep work is done and all that's left is to Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-76435569868993287382012-08-06T18:08:00.000-04:002012-08-06T18:08:11.335-04:00The RV in videoI had a request from a loyal reader for some pictures of how we live in the RV.  I figured a video would do it better, so if you want to kill three minutes of your day, check this out: Today we didn't have much on tap and somehow ended up with a late start.  But we headed toward Minturn on 24 to eat lunch with Matt leading the way since he had been there before (that's one of the places his Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-80282597794264859112012-08-05T20:03:00.000-04:002012-08-05T20:06:14.683-04:00More recon and a reviewTook a little trip today to the middle of the LT100 race course.  This was the only part I hadn't yet seen, and is the easiest part of the course.  Took a little doing to figure out a little bit of it, but we've got it now.  There's still one tiny part I haven't ridden, but I'll get it later this week.  I am glad to have seen most of this middle part, though, because it does give me a little Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-22417766208492289552012-08-04T17:36:00.000-04:002012-08-04T17:36:06.117-04:00The mystery is revealed!Folks following along religiously with this blog (seriously, what's wrong with you people?) might recall this picture: And in particular, I couldn't help but wonder why an antique store had costume rentals, particularly this time of year.  Well, we have our answer...Boom Days!  That's right, I reported that Boom Days had started yesterday and the fact that it's a big yearly festival here in Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-8531475291733112072012-08-03T22:59:00.000-04:002012-08-03T22:59:51.532-04:00Just another day in ... ColoradoSo today's workout was to climb Powerline again.  Yay, me!  Or, you know, not.  It's just a few miles, but it's also 1,400' of elevation gain over some of the worst terrain imaginable...huge ruts, loose sandy soil, large loose rocks, etc.  I tried to park a few miles away so I could warm up first, but I came in from the wrong direction for that as there was just nowhere I felt like I could leave Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-12093273061165490532012-08-02T20:06:00.002-04:002012-08-02T20:06:53.110-04:00Tempting fate with another day off from adventure!Okay, so one more reminder...I'm raising money to help young folks with cancer through Team First Descents.  There's just over a week to go and I haven't reached my goal.  Please donate! Not much to report today.  I was able to scrub most of the black dye off my hands from yesterday using Gojo with two harsh scrub sessions.  Then I went for an easy run around Leadville: That was kind of a Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-54613765172930010442012-08-01T23:16:00.000-04:002012-08-01T23:16:01.541-04:00Never take two days off from Colorado adventure. Ever.Because if you do, apparently Colorado tries to get you back for it in one shot. The day started off innocently enough...I got up early, made my smoothie, got dressed for a three hour ride, and loaded up the motorcycle and headed over to Twin Lakes, the site of the 40 and 60 mile aid stations in the race.   It's both, because when you leave you climb ten miles to the top of Columbine Mine, and Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-8738399759554634822012-07-31T19:46:00.000-04:002012-07-31T19:46:16.363-04:00The workout day off == no adventure.Today is my normal workout day off.  Well, it's probably my last normal workout day off for a few weeks, because next week is race week and I'll take Thursday off (which is typical for long endurance racing...you take the day two days before your race off, then do a light workout the day before).  After that, I'll take at least a full week off and who knows what after that.  I guess it really Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-64931046932792656962012-07-30T23:34:00.000-04:002012-07-30T23:34:26.565-04:00Okay, a little less adventure today...We slept in a bit today, and then got to work on the motorcycle problems that lingered from yesterday.  I started doing some more work on the bike while Matt was kind enough to run to the hardware store for some tools and some supplies.  He found almost everything we needed except for one spacer (and to his credit, he did find a spacer that would have probably done okay, but I wanted better).  AsDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-43049507360095801542012-07-29T21:26:00.000-04:002012-07-29T21:26:57.941-04:00Every day is an adventure here in ColoradoWow, what a day. And it's not evey 7pm yet! I set my alarm clock to go ahead and get up and get my 1.5 hour ride in while it was cooler.  Got up at 7, got my breakfast smoothie made, ate, got dressed, and went out and loaded up my bicycle on the back of my motorcycle.  I didn't take a picture of that today, but here's an older one:   Yeah, I know, kind of nutty.  But it works.  Well, it usedDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-84359731879576827882012-07-28T23:07:00.000-04:002012-07-28T23:07:20.587-04:00Good day!So I loaded my bicycle on the back of my motorcycle and headed over to St. Kevins, the first climb in the race.  My prescribed workout today was to walk up a 45 minute hill.  See, I'll be doing some walking in the race, and it was to be a light day since I had a long ride day yesterday.  So instead of just walking, I also pushed my bike up the hill.  That's even more like the race and that way I Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-58018696049385315702012-07-27T18:38:00.000-04:002012-07-27T18:38:25.653-04:00Poor MattSo Matt got here yesterday to hang with me until the race.  I brought his motorcycle with me as well as mine so that he and I could go do some exploring in the time I'm not still training (and there will be a lot of that to kill).  Both of our motorcycles are "dual sports", which means they are street legal and very street capable, but are also very off-road capable.  That helps up here where theDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-34202530265228504022012-07-26T14:07:00.001-04:002012-07-26T14:07:15.067-04:00Good morning, Leadville!Just some interesting photos from around town in Leadville. Elk's Lodge with Mt. Massive in the background Leadville Race Series offices Leadville, USA Legacy Kickin' it old school, or Alisa's next whip Just a barn Good fences make good neighbors I'm guessing the fire department doesn't appreciate the hydrant collection Yard art, or "just put the clothes line nearDonnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7057063609170223116.post-77083766514638227252012-07-25T17:37:00.000-04:002012-07-25T17:37:38.437-04:00My statement is: I love Leadville.I've heard stories that there are still some residents of this town who are not happy that this big mountain bike race happens every year.  Well, I have yet to find any of those people.  Instead all I have found are some of the most welcoming and friendly folks on the planet. I'll start with Jerry at the Pastime Saloon.  She's been running that place for something like 30 years.  Here's what it Donnie Barneshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15357027036761231453noreply@blogger.com1