Miles: 104 mi
Summits: Green Mtn, Flagstaff Mtn
Notes: 4 weeks until San Tan 50k in Arizona, 1st race of 2012.
|A New Year Begins|
30 mi; 3,500' vertical; Whole Foods (Town of Superior) to Chataqua Park via Marshall Mesa, Doudy Draw, and Mesa. Joined by Jeremy and Sean. Incredible temps of 40-50 deg. Wet sloppy trails and lots of ice still. Everyone using microspikes or shoes w/screws.
|Sean and I climbing an ice-free section of Mesa Trail|
|Most of the trail looks like this right now...|
|A view of the front range from S. Boulder|
15 mi; 2,300' vert, Mesa Trail & Eagle Loop. Incredible temps in the low 50s, despite uncommon gray skies. Muddy trails w/very icy sections. Took a nasty fall and might lose a fingernail (better than a tooth). No other significant damage. Pretty happy today when I saw that my little post "Through Endurance" became so popular and passed around on forums and such. I'm glad I posted that.
|I love this playground|
15 mi; Dry Creek Trail; Started dehydrated but took a while to figure out what was up. Fixed it early and had a good run. Memories of run...Urban Llamas, not-so-dry creeks, and guys who were 'born to run' much slower than they run.
|This dude jumped on trail in front of me and faded hard over 2 mi.|
He was 'Born to Run' much slower it seems. I nailed the coffin shut
when I pulled my cell phone out to make a call as I passed. Sorry bro.
10 mi; Cherry Creek Reservoir; Tempo run. Unbelievable 62 deg temp...clear skies. I got stuck out of my routine due to a work obligation. Unfamiliar with the area, I texted a friend who sent me some ideas. I ran hard through various interconnected trails at the reservoir...most of which came to a dead-end. Pieced together, I squeezed in a 10 miler in the middle of this incredible day of perfect weather.
|The ice atop the water floats north and forces itself against the rocky shore|
|I always enjoy spending time with these friends|
|Pretty good day I must say...|
13 mi; Cowdre Draw & Community Ditch, low zone 3 run on rolling hills. Muddy trails. I approached my turn-around time and found these cows. They're vegan you know? So I hung out for a couple minutes.
|You're blocking my view cow!|
|New Vegan Friends|
|Always thank the trail.|
AM: 8 mi; 3,800' vert. Flagstaff Mountain/Green Mountain. Ran w/Sherpa John & Josh. On very little sleep, I forced myself to the trailhead for a sunrise summit of Flagstaff/Green Mtn. We had a great climb and I wished I had my microspikes the whole way. Regardless, we bagged two summits before 9 am as the storm clouds rolled in.
|Flagstaff trails shortly after sunrise|
|A descent of the canyon back to Chataqua|
|Summit of Green|
PM: 10 mi; 700' vert; Out n back across open space west of Superior to Marshall Mesa. The snow started falling and accumulated 1/2" in the 90 minutes I was on the trail. The air is relatively warm, in the high 30s and I took some time to reflect on my week.
3 mi; Dry Creek Trail; 1" of fresh white powder and blue skies. I learned last year of the bald eagle that sits on a specific tree at about 10:30am. A bird watcher explained the daily routine of this incredible bird. A few weeks ago, I took a picture of him sitting in that tree. Today, he took flight as I approached. I took a quick picture as he flew into the sky.
|A photo I took two weeks ago...|
|His morning flight today|