Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday, 06/30/10 Green Mountain

Started at 5:19am with Sierra.  Went up the front side, somewhat easy for the first half, then moderate with a few minutes of not so fast hard toward the end(trying to go fast, but was feeling sluggish).  Was surprised to bump into two other runners on the summit, Zack and Aaron from Westminster, plus a hiker enjoying the views to the East.

Headed back down the front side, felt a little better and more sure footed while descending.  Waited a bunch on Sierra today, but was glad to get her out (more difficult now that work has decided to ban dogs from work since they are a "liability" and "unprofessional"). 

Every day now, as I walk in/out of work, passing the smokers on the side of the building huffing away, I can't help but to recite the recent e-mail announcing the banning of pets from the workplace with my own slant, replacing "animals" or "pets" with "smokers".

"While adoption of this new policy may be disappointing to some, the policy is being put in place in recognition of the need to respect our employees and visitors that may have allergies to animals, may be uncomfortable around animals or may find the presence of animals in the workplace to be a distraction. Given our increasing focus on security, the increased customer and VIP visits to our facilities, and the continued growth of our workforce, the presence of pets has become increasingly inconsistent with our commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of our employees and visitors."

Gotta chuckle at that one.  Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Up in 37:50 (avg HR 155/max 178)
Down in 23:45 (avg HR 135/max 172 (not sure how I hit 172 on the down?))


  1. Smokers are WAY more deleterious to your health than dogs. Is this some kind of Dilbert-esque workplace?

    Regarding high HR on the down: I've noticed that going up I'll hit 175bpm with very high resp (like 40-50 per min). On downs I'll have slow easy breathing, but my HR stays way up. I've asked several people to explain this, but no one has had a good explanation.

  2. John, aren't most workplaces Dilbert-esque? Though I am very disappointed with this decision, I respect it and respect the fact that not everyone likes dogs, no matter how calm and quiet all of the dogs are that do come to work (just a handful and you never really know they are here). Not many companies permit dogs anyways, I guess it was eventually bound to happen when we went from private to public.

    On the descent of Green, I took the NE ridge variation which begins with a short but sharp rock scramble that I bolted through pretty fast which explains the spike. Didn't think I was pushing that hard at the time though, so was a bit surprised.

  3. Hey Jeff, nice meeting you on the summit today, that was me, Aaron, the harder name to remember. What a great time of day to be up on the peak wasn't it? I liked hearing how 37 minutes was a slower day for you...its inspiring since mid 40's is fast for me. I didn't realize until today that going right and staying on ranger trail to the saddle cuts the run to the peak from that junction point from 1.5 miles to 1 miles. I didn't remember the last stretch to the peak ever being that hard, but 1200 feet in the last mile going that way explained it.

    See you around.