2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

2014 Pikes Peak Marathon
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, 12/09/09 Sanitas

Got out with Sierra after work for a trip up Sanitas. Took it fairly easy on the up, not wanting to suck in too much cold air. It was a degree or two below zero and the wind was whipping pretty good on the upper half, creating some drifting snow and low visibility at times, but I was dressed well and was surprisingly warm.

Made the summit in 21:09, about a minute of that was waiting for Sierra while she pooped, peed and barked at deer (luckily I had her on leash during this time). Took the descent pretty mellow, as it was still somewhat light, but contrast really was terrible and it was hard to tell exactly where I was stepping (drifting/blowing snow was not helping). I eventually busted out the flashlight which helped bring out some definition in the trail.

Probably for good reason, I did not see another person the entire time. This might be the first time this has ever happened.

21:09 up
14:10 down

Tuesday, 12/09/09 Sanitas

After being scared off by the cold on Sunday and Monday, I figured I should muster up the enthusiasm to get outside, regardless if it was only in the low single digits. I had sent out an invite to Aron in the morning and was surprised in the afternoon when he replied, eager to join. By this time, I had lost some enthusiasm, but now felt committed. We started at 4:30pm and after a few minutes, I started to warm up and actually felt pretty good about being out. It was good to have company, so we took it fairly easy, talking about many topics, including Aron's appearance on the Today show that morning.

30 up (S. Ridge)
30 down (East Side)