Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday, 03/09/10 Cougar Sighting on Green Mountain

Ran Green again today with Mike and showed him the more runable Gregory/Ranger route. We started off going moderate pace, but before long, we were going fairly hard. I think we passed Kerrie in the canyon, but it did not register until after the fact (still not entirely sure).

We made it to the Ranger Cabin in ~16:50 or so and took a short break to put on Yak Trax. After the short stop, it took me a while to get back into a groove (if I did at all). I pushed hard and felt as though I was sucking wind a bit, hacking up a lot of pflegm, but forced myself to run most of the way up even when traction sucked.

Made the 4-way in 35:15, then the summit in 38:56. Not too bad given my still somewhat lacking fitness and less than ideal conditions. Mike ran quite well, as he was breathing down my neck the entire run, except for the final few minutes where it was real steep, but he was only 15 or 20 seconds back by the top. One or two more days and I will be chasing him. Awesome for his 2nd mountain run ever.

We cruised the descent at a moderate conversational 28 mintues.