Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday the 13th..... Sanitas

4.5 miles
1,700 vertical

Allison, Sierra and I got out for a fine winter afternoon stroll up Sanitas. After a nice run on Green yesterday, I was eager to up the tempo a bit, on the up at least and blow out some cobwebs. Started off fairly quick, but definitely saving a bit for the last half. Speed hiked the first steep section, ran quick tempo on the "flats" and was able to maintain a running motion most of the time, except for the steepest steps where I just power hiked through. I kept the intensity fairly high, but certainly not all out, maybe 90% at the most for a few minutes, maybe I just did not have that extra gear to go any harder anyways even if I tried. Reached the summit in 18:16. The final few minutes I was getting after it to go under 18, as it would have sounded nicer, but oh well, I was pretty happy with my time all things considered.

I walked back down to meet Allison and Sierra, as she had taken her time at the car while I went ahead. She was cruising and it was all I could do to stick with her on the finale and she topped out in 23:??. I think if she really worked at it (and was not keeping tabs on the dog), she could knock a few minutes off of this even.

We then went over to the true summit and lounged in the sun for quite some time as it was quite warm and peacful. Headed down the East ridge easily. My IT was OK, but I knew running would not be the best idea.