Tuesday Night Trailblaze - Billy's Last Night in LA


Billy's Trail Blazers' Delight

Billy's final TNT for a while so tonight we are doing a shorter Week #2 workout than usual. The plan is to still do a solid burn, fast-as-fast can be, no one can stop the TNTs!

After we finish, shooting for no later than 8:30pm, anyone that would like to grab a bite to eat and wish Billy a farewell is welcome to join us.

Are you looking to add a 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 every workout.  
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 #3 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is below.
Tracked: Beacon Hill Thrill - 7.5mi/1900' gain/1:52 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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  • Kendra

    Hi Fools,

    I am going to order a third round of official TNT shirts. If you would like a shirt, please email me with size, number of shirts and if you want a regular shirt or a tank. They are $22.00 each. Thanks! [masked]

    P.S. Second round of shirts should be coming shortly.

    Kenny

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • Lou

      Does anyone know who that Steiger guy is?

      August 14, 2013

    • Ken S.

      "Former Member"?
      I think he took peyote and is living on Mt Pinos now.

      August 14, 2013

  • Lou

    Thanks Billy! And Happy Trails my friend! All the best on your journey! I look forward to hearing all about it. It was another fantastic TNT workout with the BEST group.

    August 14, 2013

  • Kendra

    Fantastic Billy's Delight Blaze! Great weather, great route, great people, great fun. Otherwise, it sucked. BTW, if you want to order a TNT shirt on this next order, please email me and let me know how many and what size. [masked]. Please put TNT in the subject line. Bye fools....

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Daniela

    Nice trail run, thank you everybody. Billy, good luck!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • jon

    We honored Billy with a nice fun spicy run. Although some of the runners were cursing him because of the route up the vertical black top. : ]

    Billy was so enamored with Griffith he decided to take piece with him in his knees and elbow.....

    Good chit, good beer and burgers for the TnT....jon

    2 · August 13, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Challenging trail run today! Billy good luck on your new journey in life:-)

    2 · August 13, 2013

  • Carina

    Thank you for a great evening and GOOD LUCK Billy!!

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Working late. Have fun Billy!

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • BJORN

    I also can not make it.

    August 13, 2013

  • Rod C.

    Heading to Amir's Garden then Mt Hollywood. Done by 830 - Lou

    August 13, 2013

  • Leandro V.

    Not gonna make it baby sitting issues

    August 13, 2013

  • Lou

    TNTs! After our faaast workout we're heading to the Golden Road Brewing, it's located 3-miles from our island. The link below has the map http://goldenroad.la/misc/#/contact

    2 · August 13, 2013

    • Lou

      ...

      August 13, 2013

  • Lou

    Billy, if we walk, aahh, trailblaze to the Golden Road Brewing it would still be 6-miles round trip. And we can hydrate while we are there so there is need to carry water.

    August 12, 2013

    • jon

      I like this idea beercatholan..... run drink run....

      2 · August 13, 2013

    • Carina

      Are we really going to there after? I missed the last one.

      August 13, 2013

  • Marvin M

    Working overtime :(

    August 13, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Still sick... This sucks. 3rd week now. Crap.

    August 12, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Kenny I even shared your comment from last week with Lou and Co. at Pinos. Peace and blessings, you bastard you...

      1 · August 12, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Kennie is an interesting spelling, BTW...

      August 12, 2013

  • jon

    Billy where we should we go after the run?
    Glendale Taps or back to Golden Road....jon

    August 10, 2013

  • Carina

    So happy to be back for Billy's last run!!

    2 · August 7, 2013

  • Eli G.

    I would love to join but I'm unsure if I would be able to hang...this seems like an intense workout.

    August 7, 2013

  • c☆

    Here we go again... :)

    1 · August 6, 2013

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