Week Summary: Dec 19 – 2512/26/2011
Mon-AM: 1:13, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Nice morning.
Tue-AM: 1:14, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Same as yesterday; all hiking, but put in a solid effort, which I haven’t done for a while.
Wed-AM: 1:29, 2600′ ~ Green Mt.
Up 3rd access and down 1st/2nd access. Getting to be some super icy spots on the mountain.
PM: 1:14, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Timed it perfectly as light snowflakes chased me all the way down the mountain and shortly after I got back to my bike and returned to my apartment the snowstorm had started in earnest.
Thu-AM: 2:12, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Woke to epic amounts of snow (18-24″?). The streets were a total mess, so I ran (!) to Baseline before slogging up and down the 1st Saddle route. Took me 1:05 to get up but an incredible morning on the mountain with snow dumping down. Running the down would’ve been very tough even if I’d wanted to because there was so much snow. Also ran the 9min back to the house on the streets; shin was good!
Fri-AM: 2:11, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Up 3rd access and down 1st Saddle. Ran the 14min to Chat and then wallowed my way to the summit, breaking fresh trail all the way from the base of the 2nd Flatiron to upper Greenman. Slalomed/fell/ran my way down the mountain in 19:45 before also running the 12min back home on the streets. Shin felt really good.
PM: 1:43, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Biked to Baseline with snowshoes and poles on my back, which I used for the hike up and down the mountain. Only my third time ever snowshoeing, and it was…interesting. The Kahtoola Flightdecks actually handle impressively well, but they’re a pretty small platform. Wore the snowshoes so that I wasn’t at all tempted to do any running. Gorgeous evening.
Sat-AM: 1:34, 2800′ ~ Green Mt. (Descent Time Trial)
Up 1st Saddle and down Greenman-Saddlerock-Amphi. 43min worth of running.
PM: 1:32, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle with the snowshoes again. Was unavoidably delayed in hitting the road for Nebraska, so went for another trip up the mountain. Remarkably warm afternoon made for some very good packing conditions on much of the trail and I got the stowing/strapping/pack strategy dialed for the snowshoes and the poles so that riding a bike isn’t an issue at all. Felt way more confident and nimble with the s-shoes and poles today when compared to yesterday.
Sun-AM: :35 ~ Pastures/Hills, Nebraska
Awesome cross-country run through the hills and hollows on my family’s farm. There is zero snow at home right now, which combined with the middle-of-winter lack of vegetation (grass, brush) made for excellent conditions to strike out in whatever direction I wanted and run fell-style over the hills. My shin seemed good for about 30min or so, but then the last 5min might have been a touch too much for it.
|Finally above the boulder field.|
|Back of the Third.|
|Avalanche (!) on the slab.|
|View from slab: First & Second Flatirons and Boulder.|
|Seated on the top: much steeper than it looks here.|
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