I’m in CO trying to acclimate for Leadville, trying not to over do it during the taper, etc. I’ve been trying to do some “runs” where I get some elevation higher than where I’m staying this week, which is 6100′. Next week we head up to Twin Lakes which is closer to 10,000′.
As part of that, Lucho agreed that a 14er at moderate effort wouldn’t be a bad idea. It worked out that Gordo, who’s going to pace a segment or two for me in Pb, could drive up from Colorado Springs. He reached Ben’s house at 6:00 and we took off a few minutes later.
Ben and I had done this trek last year, so I knew what to expect. A relatively easy (though there are no “easy” 14ers) trek up to Gray’s and over to Torrey’s and back to the parking lot. Last year this was my 3rd and 4th 14er in three days, with no real time to acclimate. So I was tired from the prior two climbs and sucking air in general.
This year was just day 3 in CO, so definitely not acclimated yet. But overall I’d have to say of the 12 times I’ve climbed a 14er, these two felt the best. It was only on the last pitch up Torrey’s, which is quite steep, that I needed to stop very 25-50 steps to pause. But I never had any dizziness or light headedness, so that’s a good sign.
Strava data, where you can see pace, elevation, and HR data, is here:
Now some photo’s..
The bridge right out of the parking lot – that’s Ben and Gordo already leaving me in the dust:
Hmm, HR already 109 and I’ve not even started running (hiking) -what’s up with that?? When we got out of the car in the parking lot, it was already 85-90, which I thought was odd. In hindsight, I think it was Gordo’s driving — passing other cars on the approach road (a single lane, nearly 4WD only road!). 🙂
However, even after the run during lunch, my HR was 80-90, which was odd. And it remained higher than normal the rest of the day. Today it was mid to upper 50’s, which is maybe 5 BPM high. HRV was a good dip below normal though, so today will likely be an off day!
There are Grays and Torreys in the distance!
The trail is wide and easy, here. It would become very steep, rocky, and technical shortly thereafter.
Looking back down the trail we had come up. It was quite crowded for a weekday!
Someone had left this sign so we had to get a picture. 🙂
From Torreys looking back across to Grays, which we had just descended.
Another sign, but I was too lazy to pick it up. 🙂
You forgot to include a picture of Gordo’s feet!
Gordo was wearing Trail Gloves. I need the practice. Besides, Sean was getting his Hokas dialed in on Colorado trails and I think the last thing he wanted was a picture that included our feet. 😉
I expect you at Laurel Valley 35.7 mile Race next year. Approx. 8000 ft of climb- totally self-supported. It is an awesome bit of hell. This year’s run included the bonus of storm w/ lightning, thunder, and flooding. Good luck at Leadville. You can do this!!