Sunny, 60s, little to no wind. I had to get a quick trail run in today. The answer: Horsetooth Rock time trial. My last go was late December with a somewhat dissappointing 31:05, but still a PR. It seems like every time I have tried this I am "red lining" on the 2nd mile and walking short sections that I usually run when I go easier. So today the approach was to keep the pace borderline comfortable, no walking (except the last 0.1 miles to the top), and try to turn it on near the end, especially if sub 30 was within reach. Today's result: 30:18. A new PR and I definitely could have pushed harder and got the sub 30 today, but I am learning. The slower first mile (10:40 as opposed to 10:14 last time) definitely paid dividends on the steeper singletrack later on. It was hard to peel myself off from the summit as it was absolutely gorgeous up there today. I finished off the run with a good steady effort around Westridge, Spring Creek, and the still completely dry Horsetooth Falls.
Horsetooth Rock summit via short (2.34-2.35 mile) route (singletrack with Southridge service road shortcut near top)/Westridge/Spring Creek/Horsetooth Falls
7.69 miles, 1980 feet climbed, GPS data here
|Beautiful day on the Rock!
|Sub 30 next time.