Somebody once told me that I need to cut out running the easy parts of the course up here and concentrate on the hard parts. So I went back to the hardest again today for another go at it. Last weekend felt OK but I was pretty gassed coming up the backside. How would today go? Well, cooler temps for one up here now. I think summer was last weekend here. So with poles in hand and dogs by my side we marched up Hope Pass again.
I bumped into some friends once again out with the same plan as I had. Zeke, Aish, and Brian were out for a double as well. They invited me to join in but that’s too hot a train for me to be on. I let them go forth. Stomach was off since I woke up so it was a pretty flat ascent. Was just hoping to shift the contents for the backside.
Coming down the back of Hope is probably the most scenic part of the course. I used my poles extended on the descent today for a test. Wasn’t bad. I ended up making the call at the bottom of the descent to just go touch the road and return. No Winfield today. I had a bad feeling.
The speed train blew back by me at about treeline after they hit Winfield. I was actually feeling better in the gut and had much more energy for the climb than last week. Barely stopped. Felt stronger and my calves were not tearing up. Maybe its working or maybe chopping Winfield was the key. Time will tell. Strava called it a PR. Back at the summit for the 2nd time.
As I crested, a big black cloud was coming in from the west quick. Thunder but no visible lightening yet. I had to talk the dogs out of marmot hunting and start making our way to treeline. Just as we got there, the rain and hail started. There were a nice stack of folks pent up at treeline waiting to see what the storm was going to do. We made it just in time. That Winfield decision paid off. Could have been stuck on the other side for a bit.
We got pretty soaked on the descent back to the car. Back at the trailhead, the speedsters were refueling so I joined them for some banter about the upcoming race. Who they are worried about and how its going to be different this year. The starters list is thickening up so we should have a nice race up front once again here in a few weeks.