3/30/2015 – Mon
Olympus Saddle + BST 1st Climb
(1:57 – 4200' – 6.5miles)
Ahh. Too nice of a day to just hit anything without any major relief, so a late morning Olympus it was. It was a fairly relaxed effort with no redlining. Pleased to have reached the saddle under the 60min mark. I'm quite excited that the upper portion of this trail is becoming more dry by the day. I really like that mountain in the summer.
Tues – Ø
I'm not sure how today worked out to be so nice, yet my timing never allowed for a run. It was productive as shit, but I couldn't find the right timeframe to lace up the kicks to even hit the streets. Oh well, that's life. I did score a sweet new cap and some nice button-ups during an random stop by the thrift shop while on a very routine trip to the grocery store.
Wed – AM – Olympus 2nd Creek + Low Loop (1:20 – 2700' – 5.5miles)
Wed – PM – Olympus BST (1:00 – 1700' – 5.7miles)
The temps were rather brisk this morning and I was excited that I wasn't out for a midday effort in the direct sun. I put in a solid effort up to the 1st creek (25:13), but good hell!… I don't know how I managed to set a PR that's 2min faster than todays effort?! I was really cranking up the hill today, or so I thought? I've been consistent with my efforts lately and have noticed a trend towards faster paced runs. I believe part of it is that I feel rather relaxed with my running form, and I'm about ~8lbs lighter than I was this time last year (mostly by not overeating at every meal). – PM – The run was a quick-paced out and back on the Oly BST segment before heading to Blue Plate diner with the missus for some vegan burgers (we're not vegan, purely a glutenous option they offer for a reasonable price).
4/2/2015 – Thurs
Olympus: Bottom of Forgotten Areté
(1:20 – 2700' - 5miles)
The temps dropped overnight… whoa! Although we woke up to a gorgeous view of Olympus, some clouds up high and a skiff of new snow. That mountain always looks enticing in that manner. After some morning chores and design work, I headed to the main TH. I wore too heavy a jacket for the bottom, but not enough layering after hitting the 7500' mark. I was really excited to at least reach the saddle today, but my motivation waned when I began to get intense shivers up high (at the start of Forgotten Areté) and I was not willing to become any more chilled than I was. A simple beanie and a pair of gloves would have sufficed. Back down I went. Albeit, frustrated at first, then realizing how amazing this town is, and how fortunate we are to have amazing mountains so close to home. Pretty grateful.
4/3/2015 – Fri
Big Beacon & Red Butte
(1:11 – 2700' - 5.5miles)
Our cold-crop plants are starting to come up in the backyard. Broccoli, kale, mizuma greens, maché (similar to arugula), onions, garlic and beets …that's all for now. Temps were still quite low in the early morning. I waited around for the temps to bump up enough to uncover the little buds. I did some cleaning around the house and tackled some work projects. Around 9:45 it was just warm enough. I headed into town for some errands and make a quick stop at The Rose to order up some more 4 Barrel Coffee (Ethiopian–Burga, to be exact). It has the most full flavor of french-press that I've had to date. I enjoyed a cup while I was there and headed to the Zoo TH. I went straight for Big Beacon (Mt Wire) up the standard South Ridge and managed to set a PR (32'29"). Which I'm sure was from the coffee. From the top I hit Red Butte ridge down to the Living Room and then followed the main BST path back to the TH. A fun outing that offered some zip from a fresh cup of properly roasted and brewed coffee.
4/4/2015 – Sat
Oly BST + 2nd creek
(2:03 – 3000' - 7.5miles)
Right out of bed was a treat. My wife rattled me up mentioning that there was a lunar eclipse and I HAD to see it. She was right! I shot up and caught a glimpse of it before nabbing my Nikon D300, the tripod and heading straight outside. A graduated red hue spanned from the bottom left of the sphere up to a bright white crescent top right. I set up and took about 10 pics, all of 2 turned out, but all I needed was one. It was great to see the blood moon on the morning horizon as I hadn't seen that in quite some time.
From here my morning went sour. A series of strange and uncomfortable events presented themselves in a pungent shit-storm. One thing after the next. I thought certainly a run would suffice and turn it around, but no. From the start of the run I was plagued with a weird cramp/twinge below the Patellar's on BOTH knees. To add insult to the climb, there was a blustery and chilly headwind that wouldn't back down. The knee pain became worse as I made my way up Olympus (and I had planned to drift towards Grandeur immediately following. Well, that wasn't happening anymore). I turned back down and the pain worsened to the point of needing to sit down and massage my knees to warm them up. Getting back to the BST, I continued to shuffle and gimp my way back across to the TH, but by the time I was there my knees had warmed/loosened up just fine. I decided not to push on for the rest of the day. So I went and got a burrito and some ice-cream with the Mrs. In turn, my day bounced back after some time with her, food and ice-cream, typical. – Watched Birdman and drank tea for the evening.
4/5/2015 – Sun
Beacon, Red Butte & Avenues Twins
(3:02 - 5000' - 15.5miles)
I'm pretty thankful that we don't have continuos wind storms in the Wasatch. Today was rough. Writing this, my eyes and nose are still dry and windburned. – I gathered my gear early and left the house immediately after having coffee. No time for loli-gagging today! I had 3.5 (firm) hours to chop up a good run before meeting my wife after work for lunch. A quick stop by the market for a couple PowerBars and I headed straight to the JCC TH in hopes to avoid the winds. – From the car I went directly to the BST and headed eastbound and into the mostly wind sheltered George's Hollow trail which leads up to Big Beacon. It's a nice climb and mostly runnable on fresh legs, with tenderized-meat-clubs it's a bit more difficult to call it runnable. Though, I put in an honest effort and kept the flow going with a running cadence to the junction/saddle, which is where the winds instantly kicked up and nearly knocked my on my ass! (50-60mph gust on the ridges this morning!).
I had a hard time in the winds for the rest of the run. I dislike wind the most, probably more than any other element. -- The Red Butte loop was tolerable, but on the upper bench/ridges of Dry Creek en route to the Avenues Twins I was definitely italic-running. Shoulders and head leaning into the wind as to not get blown into City Creek Canyon. I'm sure that dealing with the winds will make me as strong as an oxen, though. At least I'd like to think that.
Mileage: ~ 51