This week was mainly jogging, with one easy summit of Horsetooth, a lap in the Leppy Hills outside the Nevada-Utah border casino town of West Wendover, and a couple of trail jogs close to home, before the Western States implosion on the weekend.
Total: 117 miles (19,000')
Week Ending July 6
Mon - Thur: Off
Fri - 4 miles (1,200') hike. North Diamond Peak with the kids.
|We were hailed and rained on for an hour or so while trying to cook at the campsite, and then we were rewarded.|
|Alistair posing at a small creek confluence on the way up to North Diamond.|
|North Diamond with Never Summers behind.|
|Summit (11,852'). Northern Never Summers beyond Cameron Pass.|
|Followed the drainage back to Cameron Pass.|
|A gentle hike on the Lake Agnes Trail|
Total: 12 miles (3,400')
Week Ending July 13
Mon - Thurs: Off
Fri - 5 miles (1,500') hike. Horsetooth summit.
Sat - 3.5 mile (1,000') hike. Arthurs Rock with the kids.
|Top Arthurs. Seriously, we had fun.|
Total: 8.5 miles (2,500')
Week Ending July 20
Mon - Wed: In NYC for work. Brought no running gear.
Thurs - AM: 8 miles (1,200') easy. Trail jog with Lee and Marie on Valley - Sawmill - Carey - Towers, from Bluesky.
PM: 9 miles (2,000') hill tempo. Towers in 33 mins. Back at it. Man, I'm out of shape. Great turnout, including local reporter Stephen Meyers. A Towers article in the Coloradoan.
|Approaching the summit of Seven Utes, the Nokhu Crags appear over the Shoulder of Braddock. Silver Creek Trail runs the verdant hillside, before dropping into Lake Agnes: miles 7 - 11 of the Never Summer 100km course.|
|Mike heading north on the Silver Creek Trail, taking in the Medicine Bows to the north.|
|Mike in Silhouette|
|Richthofen and Static from Silver Creek.|
|Other side of the Crags below Michigan Lakes. Photo: Pete Stevenson.|
|Top Diamond with Chad and Cam. Photo: Hinterberg|
|Looking back at the Medicine Bow Traverse, before dropping off to the west. Photo: Hinterberg.|
|Hinterberg selfie on the Yurt trail traverse.|
|Kelly Lake in Hidden Valley.|
|Karen Smidt cruising above Kelly lake. Photo: Marie-Helene Faurie.|
|Moose everywhere in State Forest. Photo: Pete Stevenson.|
Total: 58.5 miles (13,000')
Week Ending July 27
Mon - 10 miles (2,500') easy. Slogged on Horsetooth - Westridge - Spring Creek. My legs were so dead on this run I almost bagged it after 10 minutes. Forged on and finally enjoyed a fluid descent of Spring Creek some six miles in.
Tues - AM: 7 miles (1,600') easy. Horsetooth summit. Legs were much more responsive today.
PM: 5.5 miles progression. Skipped the track in favor of a short progression run on the Valley trails. Oi, need to work on fitness.
Weds - 7 miles (1,600') easy. Really easy summit of Horsetooth.
Thurs - 10 miles (3,200') hill repeats. Lee put out the call for a Horsetooth Hills workout, and as much as I didn't want to do this, I knew I needed to start working on some fitness. The workout goes: 3 x 1/4, 2 x 1/2, 1 x 3/4, 1 x mile (capped with a Horsetooth summit) on an average grade of about 15%. I hit these at about 80% effort, but it was still grueling. There's a reason I don't do this workout much more than twice a year; it's just a rude way to start the day. Splits were a good 20-30 seconds off (per quarter) from what I usually do on this workout: 3:10, 3:00, 3:01, 5:59, 5:55, 8:55, 12:22.
PM: 8 miles (1,300') easy. Black Squirrel training run and Altra shoe demo from the Arthurs Rock trailhead in Lory. Great turnout for this run, with an opportunity to demo the new Lone Peak 2.0s, Olympus and Torins.
|At the Arthurs Rock TH.|
Sat - 18 miles (8,000') hoofing. Radical Slam with Elijah and Jamie. More on this in a separate post, but the gist is this: Mount Meeker (13,911'), Longs Peak (14,256'), Pagoda Mountain (13,497'), Storm Peak (13,326'), Mount Lady Washington (13,281'), Battle Mountain (12,044'), Estes Cone (11,006'). Longs is a great peak, but man is there a lot of choss on the massif. A lot of rocks, a lot of peaks and just a really fun morning in the park.
|Elijah finds the elusive Clark's Arrow on the way to Longs and the Keplinger Couloir.|
|Longs, Palisades, Loft and Meeker from Pagoda.|
|Meanwhile, Cam found a 5x5 bull elk on top of Static (12,571')! Say what! Never Summers are wild, man. Photo: Cam Cross.|
|An Elk on the Static Ridge, looking north to Nokhu Crags, with Snow Lake below. Crazy pic: Cam Cross.|