A little altitude never hurt anyone. Well, maybe some people's bodies (or brains rather) don't respond very well to altitude, but if you live in Colorado you just gotta deal with it and enjoy the gorgeous playground we have.
Training is getting pretty intense, so a little bit of cross training and spicing it up a little won't hurt. So a couple of weekends ago I decided to go all out. On Saturday morning me and my Ironman gang went out on an 81 mile bike ride. I was feeling STRONG! I was telling Kristi that it sometimes scares me, since I have to remember I need to run 26.2 miles after I jump off my bike.
We went out to Masonville and back on a gorgeous, 70+ degree, sunny day:
This time, instead of heading out for a 26.2 mile, I went for a 2 mile hike... at night. We started off at 9700 and 10:30 pm and we immediately started to go up, up, up. There were some crazy switch-backs gaining lots of elevation FAST. After the switch-backs, it flattened for a second but we started hiking through snow... lots of snow too. Fortunately we were not post-holing, but still slightly slippery. After almost two hours, we reached another flat-ish area where the man had planned for us to set camp. This was at 11,600ft. I was exhausted, but unfortunately didn't sleep so well. My feet were cold.
|At the trailhead at 10:30 pm|
|Elevation gain - Trailhead to camp site.|
|Panoramic view from the summit of Mt.Belford|
|Summit shot - Mt. Belford|
We continued on. We had another 1.5 trek to the summit of Oxford. It felt nice to walk on flat for a bit and while I thought the descent would be fun, it was steep and snowy but we hit the saddle pretty fast. The ascent to Oxford was dry and was not as steep, so it was fast. We reached the summit of Oxford an hour later and enjoyed some Krispy Kreme's.
|Summit shot - Mt. Oxford|
|Campsite - Mt. Belford - Mt. Oxford - Mt. Belford - Trailhead|