AM- 6 easy on the golf course.
PM- BTW (Big Trail Workout)- this was supposed to be just a leisurely trail run with Cody but it ended up being quite the beast. He was feeling his Wheaties today, while I felt pretty bad. Cody was faster today on the ups, downs, and flats. We ran from First Dam up the canyon to Guinavah Malibu (6 miles, 48 min), then ran up the steeper grade to the wind caves (1.85 miles, 22 minutes). Then the fun started. We thought we knew where the trail was to take us the rest of the way up to the saddle on the Birdenuix trail above Green Canyon, but ended up bushwacking and clawing our way up scree and prickly plants. It took 30 minutes to go .5 miles to the top, with a vertical gain of 1200 ft. Umm, yeah, that means 40-45% grade. The Garmin was barely reading that we were even moving. We found the trail about 100 yards below the top and were amazed how much easier and faster it was than bushwacking. We took a break at the top to eat a granola bar and enjoy the view, then descended the rather steep trail down to Green Canyon. My legs were screaming at me- definitely not as recovered from Des News as I thought. Finally reached the bottom of the canyon and looped back to the start via Bonneville shoreline trail. My legs are trashed and I am exhausted. Total distance was 16.5 (or so), with a Garmin reading of 5000+ ft elevation gain. 2.5 hours on the nose. Although it was technically a medium distance run, my legs were as tired as at the end of a 22+ mile long run. Trashed. But, like Cody says, any trail run beats a road run. Good, yet very tiring way to start the week.