2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

2014 Pikes Peak Marathon
2014 Pikes Peak Marathon, Ready to Rock (or be rocked)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday, 02/26/12 Green Mountain

Up/Down Front

4.08 miles/2,276 vert./56:26 (36:34 up)  Garmin Data

Bumped into Homie at the Gregory lot after he had finished his 2 laps for the day.  I was debating the old/dull spikes, but he encouraged me to use the newer/sharper pair and I was very glad I did.  The lower 1/3 of the mountain is solid ice and I was appreciating the great grip, as anything less would have made the going very slow.  The upper 2/3 to 1/2 was pretty decent packed trail with only a few short sections of awkward sidehilling.  Kept the effort at a reasonably moderate level and did not push at all.

On the descent, I just coasted and was making decent time on the upper half (I think), but really dialed it back on the lower section, as even with the sharp spikes, I took a good slip while being careful (I pulled out of it without hitting the deck, but it was a good wake up call).  Passed a couple picking their way down with no traction on their shoes and felt really bad for them.  Hope they made it out unscathed.