Baldy Taper

That’s it — no more training!  Between now and AC, I’ll be doing very little running.  Saturday, I went up Mt Wilson Trail to Manzanita Ridge, then down to Chantry — lots of climbing for about 16 miles or so.  I saw Francisco and his friend coming up Wintercreek as I was heading down.  I only had two water bottles, and was tapped out by the time I reached the bench, so ended up getting water out of the stream at Hoegees.  The run back home on asphalt wasn’t fun either — probably ended up with at least 5 miles of road running.

Labor Day Monday, I got talked into doing the Mt Baldy Run to the Top — 8 miles from the parking lot to the peak, about 4000′ of elevation gain.  I had done this twice before — 2000 and 2001, and told myself that I’d never do it again.  It’s a hard race — hardly anything that’s flat or downhill, so you never get an opportunity to rest.  This is also not one that a lot of ultra runners do, but strangely enough, there were quite a few this year — Michelle, Guillermo, Angel, Diana, JR, etc.

I finished in about 1:40 — my fastest time.  I probably could’ve shaved off a few more minutes had I not run on Saturday, and also if I wanted to really race.  The weather was gorgeous at the top, unlike the last times I had been up there — usually, it’s cold and windy, but this year, it was perfect.  It was nice to hang around at the finish for a change before going back down, which was always difficult to do having to share narrow single track trails with runners still going up.

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