First, the numbers.
13 hours, 32 minutes
10,522 ft D+
Over 100 kilometers distance and 3200 meters of elevation gain. That's a solid
week. A lot of my favorite local singletrack was wet and closed, so I did more
running on flat pavement and compensated by going on steeper back-to-back long
runs on the weekend.
Today I woke up with little enthusiasm for running. I'm a bit sleep deprived.
I expected crowded trails and scarce parking. My right knee has been feeling
brittle and I crashed and scraped it on Saturday. If there had been two or
three more little things, I might have bailed. But, I've got an annual
Horsetooth pass now, there was enough gas in the minivan to get to the
trailhead and back, the weather was fine, and my gear is all in good shape. And
next week is my scheduled recovery week, so I would have plenty of time to rest
and recover from another long run. To keep it simple, I planned to do two trips
up to the Towers and back via the service road. No route-finding would be
needed, no slipping or tripping would happen, just a long run/hike up a steady
grade with freedom to enjoy the views instead of watching my feet. It was
a good plan and I felt better as I went. I even managed to get my legs to turn
over quickly on the descents. Going up, I hiked every stretch of trail with
a grade over 5 percent. In other words, most of the climb. I'll probably do the
same at Quad Rock.
This week's steep routes helped me to fourth place on the local club
leaderboard for most elevation gain.
Longs Peak from the Tower site