Up into the snow!
Yesterday the plan was to summit twice. Guess we all know how that went. :) I was just too tired from yesterday's run, and then Shelley and I went to a party last night where I exercised no control over my consumption of alcohol and rich food and in the end no one else from our group wanted to summit twice anyway so I would have had to push myself up the darn mountain solo the second time. Not today.
But maybe it was the right decision because I had a super time! My friend Edgardo Balansay showed up and that was a blessing as I ended up being the fastest person from the Seattle Running Club today so thanks to Edgardo I had someone to run and chat with.
There was a trace of snow in the freaking parking lot(!) and as we climbed the trace turned to a light covering and then substantial covering and at the top it was at least one foot deep. Awesome.
Man, I had forgotten how steep and hard the bottom of this trail is. I started running and was huffing and puffing in no time. There were tons of steps that were kinda big to run up so occasionally I walked them. Then I was walking some of the steeper pitches too. :( About two miles in, and when the snow got to about 3" deep, the trail and traction improved and I was finally able to run again for extended stretches.
It was SO much fun running on the snow. I wasn't sliding around, it was quiet except for eth crunch under our feet and as the sun got higher in the sky the combination of more light and reflective snow made the trail really bright! Which was a start contrast to what was going on down in the valley.
I recently purchased a new camera and today was the big test drive. For the first time I got something that was waterproof, shockproof and dirtproof. I love it! It's awesome to be able to carry this thing right out in the open so it's convenient to use. And so we did.
Another thing that was awesome was my SmartWool shirt! This one is slightly thicker than what I usually wear and it has a hood. I used to hate hoods on anything but today it was jus the ticket. I started with it on, took it off after I warmed up, put it back on at the top and took it back off half way down. No hat to hold onto! Genius.
It took Edgardo and I about 1:16 to get to the viewpoint at the top and just over 30 minutes to get back to the car. :) Running down the trail was a BLAST. At the top the snow made for much faster descending than I thought as there were no rocks to avoid - you could fly! I was launching off little drops and no worries about where I might land. Super fun. As I passed one family hiking up the trail the dad shouted, "Cool, they're already coming down! How long did it take you?" But I was already past him and didn't feel like stopping so I just shouted, "Not sure!"
I didn't eat much today but the effort also wasn't that long and it worked.
Snow is fun.
Here are all the pictures and video.
|Breakfast||5:30 AM - apple sauce, 1 scoop protein powder, 2 scoops Perpetuem, banana, walnuts, tea|
|Workout Food||water, Hammer Gel (about half a flask)|
|Time of Day||7:45 AM|
|Weather||upper 30s to 40, light snow at the top|
|Course||Mount Si trail|
|Equipment||Brooks Cascadia 7, Ultraspire Surge|
|Clothing||Teko organic SIN3RGI Light Minicrew, Mountain Hardwear knickers, Craft short sleeve undershirt, SmartWool heavy long sleeve shirt, Patagonia gloves|