Week Summary: Oct 3 – 910/09/2011
Mon-AM: 2:09, 2600′
1st Flatiron+Green Mt. Went up the First with Buzz and then continued on to Green’s summit. Then drove 8hrs to Rico, CO. Fall colors were at a spectacular peak.
Tue-AM: 1:38, 3000′
Lizard Head Peak. Slept in the Roost at the Cross Mt trailhead last night and ran by headlamp at 5am. Above 12,000′ I was in a very thick fog and could only see a few feet in front of me in my light beam. Scrambled up the final talus ridge to the vertical base of the actual Lizard Head volcanic breccia plug (~13k’). When the sky finally lightened on the way down most views were obscured by the low clouds but I got one great view of the peak (unfortunately, the Wilson Group was still largely hidden) before getting rained/graupeled on for much of the descent back to the trailhead.
Wed-AM: 1:00, 1000′
Tomboy Road out and back. Another 5am headlamp affair, so the many spectacular views in Telluride were missing. Shin was quite sore today.
Thu- Off. Another early morning in Rico (which involved blizzard-like conditions while getting over Lizard Head Pass and then later on when collecting water samples) and the 8hr drive home combined with yesterday’s sore shin made it easy to not do any specific exercise today.
Fri-AM: 1:05, 2600′
Green Mt. up 3rd and down front. Pretty tired today but really enjoyed the sun after not having it for most of the week in the San Juans. Mostly running on this outing.
Sat-AM: 1:01, 2600′
Green Mt. up and down front. First snow! 32:55 ascent mixing running and hiking and with traction issues through the final talus switchbacks. My shin still won’t tolerate running on the steepest grades but does okay on steep downhills.
PM: 1:26, 2600′
Green Mt. up 3rd and down Ranger-Gregory. Was caught by darkness near the summit, so most of the descent was a hike (good for the shin) despite the bright moon.
Sun-AM: 1:13, 2500′
Green Mt. up and down front. Not a lot of motivation this morning because I was worried about my shin, but by sticking to completely hiking (35min ascent) up and down, I definitely didn’t do any damage.
Hours: 9h32 (~4hr of actual running)
Ugh. I am getting tired of not being able to run comfortably and worry-free. I have another massage planned for early this week, but I wish I had been able to get in sometime this past week–it really seemed to make a difference. I also have to be better about not getting over-excited once I’m able to do some pain-free running. There are still days where I can’t believe I’ve been dealing with this same nuisance (shin tendonitis) for so long. When it snowed here in Boulder on Saturday morning and I was out on Green I remembered that I was on Green the last time it snowed (in May) and my shin was a concern then too. Ridiculous.
On another note, being down in the San Juans this week reaffirmed my conviction that Hardrock is the number one priority if the lottery gods shine on me favorably in a couple of month’s time. The mountains there are simply spectacular.
|Lizard Head (ridge of ascent on the left).|
|The Roost back at the Cross Mt. Trailhead with Sheep Mt. in the clouds.|