Total whiteout. Roads not plowed yet. Yet it was time. Part of me wants to just buy a treadmill for Leadville. The rest of me knows that this would be a mortal sin. I headed out and thought I might run towards the Fish Hatchery but quickly realized that LC 4 was a mess. So I headed down LC 9 towards the lake. I think part of me knew that I wanted to go to the lake. Its my “home” on runs here. I miss it when I am gone for too long.
It has snowed all night long so the roads were more than ankle deep in snow. Not much good footing. But the real problem were the ice daggers falling from the sky. Hitting me in the eyeballs. Had to close my eyes for a bit as I was starting to tear up from it. The weather settled a bit once I got into the trees to block the wind. The trails around the lake have a lot more snow than the roads. Evidence? Check out the street signs above in the upper right. This is the entrance to the lake area. Where they stop plowing and you go up an over to get on the base.
Had the place to myself except for one damn XC skier. I will find him! It was a her. Caught her and then took over breaking trail. Things were slow going but tolerable. But then they went to worse on some of the rollers. Had to hike a few of them because I was just spinning my wheels. HR stayed up so I was getting my workout. Started to realize that this wasn’t a good choice for my ankle. Fuck it. I am crazy. Crazy like a hawk. Or was that a fox?
Just as I was having my “Rocky” moment (Thanks, SE) — you know…where I am training in the knee deep snow and Ivan Drago is on the treadmill — a snowmobile comes whizzing past! Yes! He blew a nice 12″ deep path for me and there was packed snow below. So I got moving again! Note to self: Buy a snowmobile and have someone drive it 100′ in front of you instead of spending money on a treadmill. Genius? That’s Turquoise Lake Road looking back towards Sugar Loafin’. The way back home.
I went 6.45 miles with an elevation gain of 522 feet in 01:12:38, which is an average pace of 11:15. Heart rate average was 133. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.