Our routine is as follows: Change the diaper, pick out an outfit that won't embarrass his mother, gather his supplies and bottles, find some food that is acceptable to both of us, play on the living room carpet for a bit, transfer all his gear and my gear to the car, transfer boy and boy's gear to his .
That accomplished, I rallied to the BCC park n ride where I picked up Layne, who was also game for a little Lone Peak TT. This speed game is one we've enjoyed playing lately, particularly in the Wasatch as a lot of the peaks are laden with memories of previous struggles and all day epics. It's nice to have the personal comparison as efficiency in the mountains improves. Looking beyond self, the comparisons are not always so favorable as more and more fast runners are starting to make a habit of running up big peaks. But, as far as I can tell, there isn't a lot of documentation of this kind of stuff. Local speedster, Jared Campbell has started to accumulate some of the faster known times on his blog where he has a page for Wasatch FKTs. While not listed, the fastest time I knew of was by Chad Ambrose and Jared Inouye. They chose the Big Willow approach and logged a solid 2 hour and 15 minute ascent. Because of familiarity, I chose the Jacob's Ladder trail but am interested in how all the options compare as the distance and vertical gain varies slightly.
Getting an unfortunately late start meant that we would be dealing with warm temperatures but we were both just happy to have the release of running in the mountains. From the sign at the trailhead, our personal struggles began. Moving at just slightly different paces, it felt like a solo effort. I ran and hiked at an intensity that satisfied me in the moment but as the memory of that discomfort fades, seems too shallow. I was comfortably uncomfortable all morning but that's how these events play out at times. It's trial and error to learn one's physiology as applied to a particular course.
On the summit ridge, I glanced at my watch and saw that I had 18 minutes to finish under two hours, which had been my goal at the outset. Invigorated by the impending personal success, I felt smooth over the last section of 3rd class scrambling. I was smearing, pulling, high stepping, and then was surrounded by just air and a dense layer of smoke from the recent forest fires. Wild and the size of a dining room table, the summit of Lone Peak is one of my favorite places. I nibbled Sport Beans and rationed my remaining liquid while waiting a couple minutes before cheering Layne onto his PR for the peak.
|6 miles in almost 2 hours??? Not that fast.|
Lone Peak Time Trial from andy dorais on Vimeo.
|Sharply dressed baby Lars, age 9 months|
Outdoor Research High Efficiency Series running shorts and jacket (due out spring 2013)
Nike "Richard Simmonsesque" singlet
Black Diamond Z Poles