Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Fun Outdoor Workouts!
Dynamite Light!

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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    • Carina

      Great video!

      August 3, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Ha you found it here. I knew I had posted it in the wrong place but forgot where. Hope to see you soon!!! We missed you!

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Josue V.

    So when are we having beer night ???

    July 3, 2013

  • Carina

    Thank you for another great TNT run! I will miss you guys for the next month and a half but I will run and hike the highest peak in Sweden, Kebenkaise just so I can keep up with you guys when I come back!! Have a great summer!

    4 · July 3, 2013

    • Carina

      Lol, thanks, you guys are the best!!

      July 3, 2013

    • Darin

      Have a good trip, Carina. See you when you get back.

      July 5, 2013

  • Lou

    TNT workouts are always so much fun! And it's because of all you and your lively, positive vibe. THANKS TNTs! I was glad to see the vacationers back on the trails and the happy new faces out for the first time enjoying the fast pace. All of you did great!

    5 · July 3, 2013

    • Yesenia

      Thank you Lou, it was a challenging but great workout! I enjoyed the encouragement & friendly smiles. I plan on joining the 1st and 2nd Tuesdays of the month until I increase my speed and endurance.

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great

    July 4, 2013

  • Mike C.

    I am organizing an one of its kind high-level endurance race at Iron Mountain on 10/5. It is called Iron Mountain Race. Your reputation as a group of strong hiker preceds you. Therefore, I want to extend an invitation to all of you to participate in this inaugural event. Lou, Carina and Leslie have already signed up.

    This is the link to the event page.
    http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/127512822/

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • Willie

    Great as always everyone...
    Elizabeth, great pace on the uphill. Way to go!!!

    4 · July 3, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Thanks Willie, you guys are my motivation! If I see you running, I'll keep running:-)

      3 · July 3, 2013

    • Ken S.

      If Willie sees P-22 we ALL keep running...

      2 · July 4, 2013

  • Jose V.

    I'm in for beer and/or wine!

    July 3, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2202263

    stats, 7 miles, 1749 feet elevation gain in 1 hr 29 mins.

    Thank you all, special thanks to the 25 years old challengers, you guys kept me motivated :) 5 stars! Thank you Lou.

    2 · July 3, 2013

    • Lou

      That's a solid week# 1! I'm glad doing the extra miles & climbs are always optional. :) Thanks Mark!!

      1 · July 3, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks Lou, it was a great work out! It was a big group yesterday, nice to see almost everyone back..Carina have a nice trip :-)

    3 · July 3, 2013

  • Silvia E.

    Beatiful pictures:-)

    3 · July 3, 2013

  • Jean-Francois

    Was a Fun Workout... Not easy.. But Fun.. Great group.
    Thank you. JF

    3 · July 3, 2013

  • Kendra

    For the TNTers who missed the first order of shirts and want to get in on the second batch -- email me and tell me what gender/size shirt you want and how many. Also, if you prefer a tank top, etc., check out http://www.customink.com for other options. My email is [masked]

    Now go get some rest!!!

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Great first week !!!

    2 · July 2, 2013

  • Silvia E.

    Sorry did not have enough time i am still in whittier and not prepard :(

    July 2, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Tnx Lou...see you in a few

    July 2, 2013

  • Larry T

    Dammit, forgot my backpack and had to go back home.

    July 2, 2013

  • Maya

    Sorry, but something came up last min :(

    July 2, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Stuck at work again :(. Hopefully next wk.

    July 2, 2013

  • Natalie M

    I missed TNT!! Thankfully I get to come back on a first week workout!! :)) Looking forward to seeing all of you!! :))

    3 · July 2, 2013

  • Lou

    Hi TNTs! Nicole (Jon's better half) and I can use your support for the Sports Strategies Nutrition part of the event that is scheduled on Sunday, June 30th at 7:30 a.m. (link below). The more particupants that attend the better my chances of scheduling another PowerBar nutrition information talk & free goody bag handout event. Please sign up & show up to grab a FREE Goody Bag!

    The talk should be about 15-minutes so you will still have a full day afterwards. I will be doing the bike ride after the sports nutrition talk. However, if anyone is up for doing a workout or hike after stashing your Free Goody Bag post a comment here. I hope to see some of you on Sunday morning!

    The link & where to sign up.
    http://www.meetup.com/hiking-196/events/126435992/

    June 28, 2013

    • Carina

      Thanks!

      June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello

      July 1, 2013

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