Spartan Super, Fort Carson, CO, 2022 Recap

Dave crawling under barbed wire at Spartan

On June 11, 2022, I completed my first ever Spartan race. I’ve only raced one other OCR in 2022, and before that, the last OCR I had competed in was World’s Toughest Mudder in 2011. Needless to say, it’s been a while. When I joined Cerus Fitness in January, I …

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2022 CerusBrix Open

CerusBrix presented by Bluebird Botanicals

CerusBrix is a unique fitness competition hosted by Cerus Fitness in Frederick, CO. In this article, I’m going to discuss the CerusBrix Open for 2022. I’ll briefly explain the format and testing dates, outline each of the 4 workouts, and then discuss training & strategy. By the end of this …

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DEKA Mile Recap: April 2022

Dave Warfel pushing Torque tank at DEKA FIT Denver

FIT FOCR hosted DEKA MILE on April 23, 2022 at their OCR/functional fitness facility in Brighton, CO. Event Recap Takeaways Trust the Training Momentum Confidence Event Recap The best version of a quick recap can be found on my Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dave …

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Let’s Say Goodbye to the “I Voted” Sticker

A roll of "I voted" stickers

Ah, the coveted “I Voted” sticker—the method by which American citizens proudly announce to the world, “Look at me! I’m civically engaged.”

Once a year, this sticker shows up in your feed like before & after photos at FitCon. Just to be clear, I have no issue with the sticker itself (posting on social media is an entirely different story). And I’m 100% for voting in every single election where even a single item shows up on your ballot.

What I do take issue with is what this sticker represents—or perhaps more accurately, who it doesn’t represent.

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Adventures in Colorado: Dinner with the Cows

Livestock on Property sign

Part of me wishes I had photos to share from my impromptu, mini, sunset hike this evening. One, so I could paint a better picture of what I’m about to describe. And two, so I could remember it more vividly myself. The better part of me is glad I don’t. I …

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Adventures in Colorado: Liberation in Shadow Canyon

Shadow Canyon trail

Today’s run is a tough one to put into words. Ya kinda “had to be there.” But if I were to sum it up in a few words, it was powerful and liberating. Powerful, because of the mighty winds that whipped through the canyon on my way up. Liberating on the …

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The Cost of a 3-day, Cross-country Moving Trip

Open road to Kansas

Those who know me well know that I’m a big fan of the following:

  • documentation
  • seeing just how far I can make a dollar go

I realize not everything in life needs to be documented, but for those who are financially conscious, you might find this useful. Or perhaps you’ve just wondered if it would be cheaper to drive somewhere instead of fly.

In this article, I’m going to break down every dollar I spent while driving 1,680 miles from Richmond, VA to Boulder, CO.

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Adventures in Colorado: Wide Open Space

Bear Creek Ditch Trail Run, Boulder Colorado

I got a lot of work done this morning, so it was time for a break. It’s been 3 days since my last run, so I looked up an area close by on Google Maps. It looked like a trail, and I’m more interested in exploring than I am a workout right now, so let’s give it a go.

About 6 blocks from my house, there’s a quaint, suburban neighborhood with beautiful Summit Middle School tucked in the center. At the end of Tantra road, a wide dirt trail continues towards a small parking lot. The entrance clearly had my name on it.

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What do a DMV employee, tree cutter & bartender have in common?

They’re all super nice! As are most of the people whom I’ve interacted with so far in Boulder.

The Tree Cutter

I was out getting my vehicle registered in Boulder County, and turning in my driver’s license for a Colorado version. When I returned home mid-morning, I saw a Watson Tree pickup truck blocking our driveway. No big deal, as I don’t need to park there. Plenty of on-street parking.

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