Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday, 11/24/09 Flat Run

~12 miles
90 minutes

Ran with JP and Brandon from S. Public Road TH, through Louisville, out to McCaslin Blvd. on the far side of 36 and back (Coal Creek Trail?). Pace was moderate mellow, but I was having a tough time seeing at times and was pre-occupied as my stomach was upset and I needed an outhouse (that I could not find). I think the chicken chile and fresh salsa we made last night was not sitting well. Though not my type of running (flat/non-technical), I had fun running with these two. Once back at the TH, I sped home to the comfort of my own toilet.

Saturday, 11/21/09 Burning Bear Peak (12,070)

6 miles
2,575 vertical

Allison, Sierra and I were joined by Pete K, Dave and Emily, Shep and Kiefer for a mellow trip up Burning Bear Peak in(near) Mt. Evans Wilderness. The first ~mile was on trail, then was a fun bushwhack up the ridge to treeline in several inches of snow. I used microspikes as a convenience more than a necessity, but everyone else did just fine without. The dogs had a blast in the snow and the weather was perfect, warm, clear and sunny. For the 10 minutes to the summit from treeline though, the wind was howling and seemed pretty bitter. I toughed it out to the summit, then hid behind some bushes to put on a bunch of layers. Up in ~2.5, down in ~1.5 for a ~4hr RT. Easy pace with lots of breaks.