Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Fun Outdoor Workouts!
Trail Blazers' Delight

Are you looking to add cardio workout during the week? Join us on the Griffith Park trails for a TNT workout! It's an intense workout, fast pace start-to-finish, the group members are motivating, the views are amazing, and being outside feels great! Individually we push the pace as the group typically heads towards Mount Hollywood and at the peak we marvel at the view a few minutes before blazing back to the parking lot.

If you are not familiar with TNT workouts please read all of the details before signing up.

TNT are interval training workouts: it's a high-intensity, fast pace start-to-finish, there are short bursts up hilly sections, the pace is faster on the flat & downhill sections, & the big climbs are individual goals. The group is typically in small clusters during the intervals (climbs, speed sections, etc.) and individually not far apart. There are quick recover points (brief stop or brisk walk) and a break at the top but the group enjoys moving fast start-to-finish.
The organizer/sweep stays between the "Blazers" and the members in the process of improving their endurance. The organizer/sweep will wait at the regroup junctions, No Member Left Behind. However, you must be able to maintain a fast pace start-to-finish

Members that want to try a TNT workout for the first time should attend Week #1.
The last Tuesday of the month should NOT be your first TNT workout.

Monthly Plan: (routes may be altered depending on trail conditions & weather)
Week #1- Dynamite Light!
Considered intro to TNT workouts. Shortest route of the month but trying to keep pace with the Blazers will make you sweat. Averages: 5.5 to 6 miles, gain 1000' to 1300', steady ascend to the peak, & speed work. The Blazers will typically do more miles and gain.  
Week #2 - Trail Blazers' Delight
You tried week #1 & it was a great workout, it was the good kind of pain, & the high-intensity pace was hard but it was fun moving fast. Averages: 6 to 7.5 miles, gain 1200' to 1500', 1 to 2 steep climbs, & speed work.  
Week #3 - Blaze to Glory
Keeping pace with the Blazers is hard work, you know what it takes, and you enjoy it. Tonight is not for first timers. Averages: 6.5 to 7.5 miles, gain 1400' to 1900', 2 to 3 steep climbs, & speed work.  
Week #4- Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom
TNT workouts are dynamite and you need plenty of might tonight to keep the group tight. This week we trail blaze more miles in two hours than most do over a weekend. Averages: 7 to 9 miles, gain 1500' to 2300', 3 to 4 steep climbs, & speed work.

Weekly Bonus: climb south face of Mount Hollywood

Difficulty: (ADVANCE) TNT workouts are NOT slow pace hikes and the difficulty level is NOT for beginner hikers. TNT are interval training workouts up/down hilly & steep sections with few breaks. You may use your hands for balance and leverage on steep trails. The workouts are for people that have been hiking/training regularly and want to add interval training to the weekly regimen. An actual tracked Week #2 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is below.
Tracked: Beacon Hill Twist: 7.5mi/1500' gain/1:50 time/3.7mph

Meet up Time:
6:45 PM and START at 6:55 PM
(sooner if all RSVPs arrive) If your name is on the "I'm Going" list & you cannot make it please change your RSVP to "Not Attending". Thanks in advance.

Meet Up Spot/Directions: Parking Lot #2 (CLICK HERE)
The island by the entrance, east side of the lot, & first row of lights (see pic)

Recommend:
- Good traction soft-shell hike/trail running shoe
- Hydration system, water bottles, sports drink
- Lightweight layers, rain/wind breaker jacket

- Check Griffith Park weather forecast
- Snack: fruit, Energy Gel, etc.
- Headlamp (best), flashlight
- Cell phone

Optional:
- Small camera
- Trekking Poles
- Gators

Turn-by-Turn Directions
From 134 East Freeway: EXIT Forest Lawn Drive go RIGHT and LEFT on Zoo Drive (first light),  followed by a RIGHT at the first stop sign, Griffith Park Dr. Drive for about 3-miles (4 stop signs) and go RIGHT at Crystal Springs Dr. and then go RIGHT first stop sign, no street sign, but look for a Merry Go Round signs pointing RIGHT, drive on the road a bit & make a sharp RIGHT into Parking Lot #1, as you enter Lot #1 STAY LEFT, drive to the last aisle, and Go RIGHT toward Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

From Los Feliz Boulevard Driving WEST on Los Feliz Blvd. Make a RIGHT on Riverside Drive into Griffith Park. Go TWO STOP SIGNS and make a LEFT, no street sign but look for a Merry Go Round signs point LEFT, drive on the road a bit & make a sharp RIGHT turn into a Parking Lot #1, as you enter Lot #1 STAY LEFT, drive to the last aisle, and Go RIGHT towards Parking Lot #2 (lot with lights). Park in or near the lot then walk to the Meet Up Spot (CLICK HERE)

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. My function as an assistant organizer is only to organize the hikes and I assume absolutely no responsibility for you or your guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you are aware and made your guests aware of the risks, dangers, and hazards associated with any outdoor activity, and you accept, and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards, and further agree to release, and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers, and event hosts of this Meetup Group from, and against any, and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

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  • Willie

    Here kitty kitty ... has anyone seen my cat? here kitty kitty. It's light brown with black marking on it's face. Please know it's not safe to get near it, if you see it. Only I can come close to it, and run like hell and yell a few octaves higher with major goose bumps....
    And yes, i'm glad to wake up to a new life today.... I'm going to miss my single track trail that run alone on tuesday nights.
    Note: Don't forget to tell those that are close to you, that you love them, before a TNT run....

    8 · May 15, 2013

    • Lou

      I fear week 5 more! ...well maybe not the next week 5 :)

      May 15, 2013

    • Carina

      Ha! Ken you crack me up...But soo true!!!

      May 15, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2132846

    stats, 7.7 miles, 2129 feet elevation gain, in two hours, plus, a mountain lion and a soiled underwear ;) It was a fun hike.

    3 · May 14, 2013

  • Lou

    TNT, Cool Breeze, and Lions, Oh My!

    2 · May 15, 2013

  • Emmy

    I’m glad Willie and everyone else is okay. Here’s a link about what to do if you encounter a mountain lion. Mountain lion sightings are rare, and attacks on humans extremely rare.

    Most sources say that if you see a mountain lion (and it sees you), you shouldn’t run or do anything else that would make you look like prey. (One controversial study did say that some who ran survived and others did not.) Not sure how not running would apply to a group of runners, though as long as you’re aware of your surroundings there shouldn’t be a problem – mountain lions generally try to avoid people and would certainly avoid a group. What they want is a nice fat deer.

    http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wildlife-sightings/mountain-lions/if-you-encounter-mountain-lion

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • Emmy

      Ken, the light may have encouraged him to go away, but I doubt he was interested in attacking or eating someone – there are plenty of deer in the park. Mountain lions generally avoid people; P22 has been mostly hanging out in obscure corners of the park. It’s been very dry, so he might have been visiting the water bowl at 113. It does occur to me, however, that he may be getting used to lights. They’ve put more motion-triggered cameras, with very bright flash bulbs, where he hangs out – have you ever triggered one on the way to Mt. Lee?

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Absolutely. Several on one hike alone...
      Lou and Shannon and I were doing the Macarena in front of the cameras, lol...
      And I'm not kidding!!! I'm sure they get that a lot!!

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Willie

    Great!!! good run all of you....

    3 · May 15, 2013

  • Natalie M

    Thank you Lou and Darin for another great run/workout!! A special thanks for all of the extra hills and mountain lion scare too!! ;-)

    5 · May 15, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I didn't know Willie could sing soprano...

    4 · May 15, 2013

  • Kei

    So so so tired , but so so so so so enjoyed it!!!

    2 · May 14, 2013

  • Kei

    Thank you so much everyone today. I am the Chinese girl, English name is Joanne
    It was harder than I thought , but I had a good time !
    See you again !!!

    2 · May 14, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Go P22 make our hikes exciting !! :) And I thought I was hearing things.

    2 · May 14, 2013

  • Kei

    Maybe 3 people will come with me , is that ok?

    2 · May 9, 2013

    • Lou

      Yes it's OK

      May 13, 2013

    • Josue V.

      Go Ming Ming !!

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • lora

    on my way

    May 14, 2013

  • Kendra

    Chasin the money. Doggonit!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • clau

    Ask attendees

    May 14, 2013

  • Lauren

    Look forward to running the trails with you guys again!

    4 · May 11, 2013

  • Tommy K.

    This would be my 1st hike with this group. I was hiking in the Bay area starting late last year.

    May 13, 2013

  • Tommy K.

    I am willing to rideshare/carpool from the San Fernando Valley area. It saves gas and the environment, and more fun that way.

    May 13, 2013

  • Ken S.

    My caution paid off. No pain today. I'm taking a few days off from hiking to heal. I'll be there Tuesday...

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • Craig B.

    I am not 100%sure that i can make it. But stay tuned. A hike is always off the planet!

    May 8, 2013

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