Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Fun Outdoor Workouts!
Blaze to Glory

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 #1 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is below.
Tracked: Water Tower 113 - 5.5mi /1200' gain /1:38 time / 3.3mph

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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  • Ken S.

    May be an old mofo but...
    (explicit lyrics)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqNx48DZCXU

    1 · July 18, 2013

    • Ken S.

      It's really a music business thing. The kids who buy a laptop and say "LOOK MA!! I'M A RECORD PRODUCER!!"

      July 19, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Because anybody who is in this group is in NO WAY a SLACKER like those guys. In all seriousness this is the best group of people on the planet!!!! And the group just keeps growing. We'll shoot some video at the party for sure LOU!!! Thanks for all you guys do!

      1 · July 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    I'm in my way

    July 16, 2013

    • Sue

      Ok, I have to admit that was funny....

      2 · July 18, 2013

    • Ken S.

      He heeee!!!!!

      July 18, 2013

  • Willie

    Great run everyone !!! Thanks to those who lead me to mountain lion territory. Not afraid of the BIG BAD CAT ! bullsh#@*%#... yes I am...
    And those of you young guys, who decided to run with the slower group towards the end,
    I love it !!! Thats what pushed me to go faster, harder, and challenge myself at my age...
    Again, GREAT JOB TO ALL !!!!

    5 · July 17, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Yes willie! Keep pushing and running, remember I was running right behind you "if I see you running, I'll keep running"

      1 · July 17, 2013

    • Ken S.

      "hey look it's a deer! Hi buddy you're so cute...gee you look like a big kitty...Uh oh..."

      July 18, 2013

  • Gonzalo DjSkip M.

    Last night was awesome :) Everybody was full of energy and going all out specially the older guys ;) really inspiring.

    4 · July 17, 2013

    • Lou

      "Vintage old" seems to cool, I was thinking more like ancient

      1 · July 17, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Aged to perfection!

      2 · July 18, 2013

  • Lou

    That was great! The TNT shirts gave us all some extra energy. Thanks Kenny!

    Andrew, thank you for scouting and taking us a new way up. I enjoyed it.The TNTs did the"Suicide Trail" & survived Thanks to Darin for pushing us all a bit further and having us do some extra miles. You made the workout a solid Blaze to Glory (week #3). I appreciate the impressive stats & cool pics.

    TNTs all of you are fantastic!

    4 · July 17, 2013

  • Natalie M

    Thanks also to Andrew and Ruth for leading us on our trailblaze!!! :))

    3 · July 17, 2013

  • Cruz

    Great workout with great company. I'm feeling it now but it was worth it.

    2 · July 17, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Was too late to catch, really sorry to miss the 9+ miles fun, but I am first to mark 5 stars.

    Gonzalo, beat you next week, bro ;)

    3 · July 16, 2013

  • Robin R.

    I'm so jealous!! Can't wait for the next one!

    July 17, 2013

  • mukti

    Nice workout , thank you Andrew for finding new trail for us as well as Lou & Darin :)

    2 · July 17, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks Lou, Darin and Andrew "great workout". Kenneth "I think your T-shirts have the TNT super power" last night everyone kept running, jumping & laughing :-)

    3 · July 17, 2013

  • Efrain

    I really enjoyed the trail! Awesome hike yet again! Thanx everyone and if I cant make it next Tuesday then Ill see you guys in September!
    So sad Im gonna miss the party!

    3 · July 17, 2013

  • Darin

    Another great run. Good job everyone. Here are the stats I got. Ken, these do not include the final .5 mile climb to Mt. Hollywood. So, those who did it actually did a little more elevation and the extra .5 mile. Distance: 9.94 mi
    Time: 2:21:55
    Avg Pace: 14:17 min/mi
    Elevation Gain: 1,919 ft
    Calories: 1,022


    https://connect.garmin.com/activity/343832731

    4 · July 17, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Fantastic, thanks Darin. Great one tonight!

      2 · July 17, 2013

  • Natalie M

    Yet another great run!! Loved the adventure of the new trail and enjoyed the great company. Thanks Lou, Darin, and the TNT'ers!! ;)

    3 · July 17, 2013

  • Elvin "Vinny" R.

    As a first timer, you guys were really warm and welcoming. Next time, I'm definitely going with the longer group.. I'm up for the challenge! Thanks for the leaders for organizing such an amazing group. See you guys around!

    4 · July 16, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Thank you Lou Darin and Andrew for the amazing hike tonight. And thanks to Kenny for the great shirts. Next week marks one year since I did my first TNT hike, so I uploaded a few of the photos I shot that night.

    4 · July 16, 2013

  • Josue V.

    This was one of the best hikes yet !!! Thank you Lou ,Darin and Andrew !!

    4 · July 16, 2013

  • Marjan

    I missed the hike I kept driving around but i couldn't find the group hopefully next time I'll find it

    July 16, 2013

  • Jay

    On the waitlist but may show anyway.

    July 16, 2013

  • Jay

    Traffic is obnoxious. Won't make it right at 6:45. Will have to hike alone.

    July 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Crap - can't make it tonight. Run hard!! See ya soon.

    1 · July 16, 2013

  • Jim

    Work shift change. Have a great workout!

    July 16, 2013

  • Carina

    I know there's a waitlist but I'm showing up anyway and you cant stop me! Lol

    2 · July 15, 2013

    • Ken S.

      We wouldn't expect anything less!

      2 · July 16, 2013

    • Carina

      Yup, I'm a defiant one lol

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Efrain

    I'm already hurting just thinking about tomorrow lol. Can't wait!

    2 · July 15, 2013

    • Ken S.

      It gets easier, lol...

      July 16, 2013

  • Fast K.

    Hyi TNTers! Going to order a second round of shirts. If you want in, please email me with quantity and sizes. The first batch is arriving today, so I will dispense them tomorrow! I rule! Put TNT in the subject line: [masked].

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Lou

      You do rule!

      July 15, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Doesn't he though???

      July 16, 2013

  • Jay

    On the waitlist but may show anyway.

    July 15, 2013

  • Efrain

    Ready for another killer hike!

    1 · July 10, 2013

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