Well that was it, one of the most physically demanding weeks of training I've ever undergone- and I feel great!!
I made occasion to summit Galena Mountain, which has captivated my imagination, towering over Turquoise Lake, since we first drove into Leadville. I scooted up Mosquito Pass, familiarizing myself with the route of Leadville's Marathon and Half Marathon. I got to scope out some of the Ten Mile Range for the Ten Mile Traverse (hopefully in a couple of weeks), heading up to Peak One and hanging out with a mountain goat. To top it off I got to spend 35 miles running on the Colorado Trail, and sharing a good chunk of that with friends new and old!
Without further ado, the week in review:
AM- 9 miles up and down La Plata via the standard route. 1:40 for the ascent, 2:47 total, extra mile afterward to retrieve my stashed key... 4,500 ft
PM- 3 miles with Mel on the FitTrail at the college, :40, 300 ft
PM- 11 miles, up Mosquito Pass from Diamond Mine (:54 ascent, including wrong turn to reach ridge about .5 miles from pass, enjoyed running above 13,000 ft :), then out to Lake Isabella, 2:00, 3,000 ft
AM- 8 miles up and down Galena with James from Timberline Lake Trailhead, 1:25 ascent, 2:30 total (including 15 minutes sitting at summit), 3,000 ft
Some great folks camping at the trailhead had just fixed pancakes and bacon and invited us to join them for breakfast- how could you say no?!
PM- 10 miles on CT from S. Cottonwood Creek, 1:22, 1,300 ft (3 miles of about 6:30 on the return trip, felt awesome, hot weather)
AM- 8 miles round trip up to Peak One's saddle from Frisco, where at 12,200 ft I decided not to summit at the request of a mountain goat... 1:00 to goat, 1:30 total, 3,200 ft
AM- 25 miles on the CT from Twin Lakes to Hagerman Pass Rd with Josh, Donna, Sandi, and Cato. I had a blast getting together and running with some new faces! 5 hours, 5,000 ft
Totals: 75 miles, 15 hours 15 minutes, 20,300 ft.
|Summit of La Plata|
|Looking north from La Plata over Ellingwood Ridge|
|Looking at Mt Massive after breaching treeline on Galena|
|Looking towards home over Bear Lake and Turquoise Lake from Galena|
|St Kevin's Lake nestled snugly in Galena's embrace.|
|Looking north from Galena's summit with Mount of the Holy Cross beckoning...|
|Soaring down her grassy slopes.|
|Colorado Columbine flourishing above the trees on Galena.|
|Came within 5 feet of this fella before I realized he was just to my left. |
Decided to give him his space.
|Curious as could be; coming close and backing off, |
I'd say we were mesmerized by each other
|My brother on the mountain posing next to his mountain and home.|
|Me posing with said goat's mountain.|
|Sunday's crew after about an hour of running (Josh, Cato, Donna, and Sandi).|