Last weekend before Leadville. Should I taper? Sure. But I felt like I still needed to get out. It is the 4th! You gotta climb something. So I decided to go hit Bear and SoBo easy today. I left from the Mesa Trailhead and ran up the Mesa Trail for about 3 miles. Wasn’t feeling so hot on that section. Walked a few times. Gut issues, which was mainly why I was out. Wanted to flush my system. Hit Fern and headed up to the summit of Bear. Got stopped near the saddle by this frantic dude and his Amy Whinehouse-looking girlfriend. Apparently, they were lost and had no water. At this point it was 7:15 maybe. How do you get lost and then run out of water at 7:15 AM when it isn’t 60 degrees yet? Maybe they were lost from last night. I did what I could and moved on. Looked like more of a case of the pissed girlfriend vs. death. Anyway, to the summit! I am taking a moment.
On the way from Bear to SoBo, I heard something behind me. Thought it was an animal then realized it was a dude chasing me. So I tried to pick up the pace but I couldn’t stay in front. Finally, let him pass. The guy was in his 60s! So props to that dude for being the old dude that we all hope to be. Charged on and hit SoBo within seconds of the guy. We shared a foggy moment at the summit before descending.
Looking west — trying to see if we are going to have rain for the fireworks tonight. Can’t tell.
Random self-portrait for my wife so he can confirm that I was indeed on the summit.
I descended back down Shadow Canyon nice and slow. No slips and crashes today. I followed Towhee back to Mesa successfully this time — unlike that TT a few weeks ago. Looking back towards the summit, you can see why the Towhee trail is a little piece of running heaven tucked in the foothills of Boulder.
Spilts: 1) Mesa TH -> Fern; 2) Fern -> Sadlle; 3) Saddle -> Bear Summit; 4) Bear -> SoBo; 5) Error; 6) SoBo -> Mesa TH
I went 8.72 miles with an elevation gain of 5,792 feet in 02:52:14, which is an average pace of 19:44. View my GPS data.