Tuesday Night Trailblaze


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 #3 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is below.

Tracked: Beacon Twist - 7.5mi/2100' gain/2:14 time /3.7mph Avg moving pace

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.

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Darin

    Sorry it wasn't long enough for the hardcore. I heard you say you felt robbed, Sue. I must be slipping. I will make it up to you next week, I promise. Lol!

    September 11, 2013

    • Sue

      Did I say robbed? Hmmmm.... just kidding. I'm now recovering from the run... I just may be healed by next Tuesday.

      September 11, 2013

  • Darin

    Fun run last night. Great job everyone.

    2 · September 11, 2013

  • Leandro V.

    I had a blast yesterday and enjoyed running with the pack last night. I really got my sweat on. For all of you that help me push harder I thank you. I haven't ran with the group in a few weeks but it was great seeing everyone again. Darrin your a lifesaver for having and extra pair of sneakers for me to trek in. YAAAAY! Go TNT. Can't wait for next week!!!

    3 · September 11, 2013

    • Darin

      You're welcome. Any time. Glad you could join us.

      September 11, 2013

  • Carina

    I won't be there tonight. I nearly stepped on some sort of snake on Thursday night and I'm still shaken up. I'm a big chicken :( Stupid snake.

    1 · September 10, 2013

    • Carina

      No, you have to come!!

      1 · September 10, 2013

    • Lou

      No snakes last night

      September 11, 2013

  • Amy D

    Working :-(

    September 10, 2013

    • Lou

      Next week!

      September 11, 2013

  • Kendra

    That run was fun. My shirt looked sweet. The sparking lights of the city all around me. Wind blowing through my long, blonde hair. Sierra Club nowhere in sight. I dig it. I really dig it. I may go next week too. Holler.

    3 · September 10, 2013

    • Jorge

      "Wind blowing through my long, blonde hair."
      Something wrong here...
      at least I didn't feel any wind :)

      1 · September 10, 2013

    • Lou

      lol I love it when your hairs does that. No other big group on the peak was nice. We're that fast!

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Willie

    Great run all of you...
    Thanks Darin for the short route... To the two brothers up front, damm why do you guy's have to show up , the old man just has to run harder... great job you two !!!
    See all of you next week....
    Willie

    2 · September 11, 2013

    • Gonzalo DjSkip M.

      Haha it's your inspiration that keeps us moving faster. Your still kicking our butt lol

      1 · September 11, 2013

    • Lou

      The brothers were en fuego last night. We'll have to tie their legs to each other and maybe that slows them down ...doubtful

      1 · September 11, 2013

  • Lou

    That was a fun night! Great workout, cool weather, cooler people, and fantastic views, and no snakes! Thanks to everyone for always making TNT what it is, the BEST! Jorge, thanks for sharing the pics, nice. And special thanks to Billy for wearing his TNT shirt on the trails of France, you are awesome!

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Lauren

    Thank you for another great run!!

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Yesenia

    Great run! Thank you the awesome workout! :)

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Carina

    Thank you for a great run!!

    2 · September 10, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Thanks Lou and Darin for another great workout.

    4 · September 10, 2013

  • Willie

    Interesting, I was on that same run as Carina with Stein on thursday night...
    Hummm...follow me and I'll show you cute snakes and FAT CATS!!
    Just don't wear like brown and look like a deer...

    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9224500

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, won't be able to make it tonight. Went for a jog earlier and sprang my ankle a little. Not super bad but it's a bit bothersome at the moment. Will try again for next week.

    September 10, 2013

  • Kendra

    I am going to sign up for some trail races. If anybody is interested in joining, accost me tonight. I mean what's this trail running all about anyway? We gonna represent or what!

    2 · September 10, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Legs still a little sore from Sat, but ready for tomorrow!!

    2 · September 9, 2013

    • Mark (.

      So, it takes three whole days to recover for three hour's hike ??? Interesting!

      September 10, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I’ll be in Jersey for the next week. I’ll bring you all back some toxic waste, or a lock of Snookie’s hair...
    I think that may be the same thing.

    5 · September 9, 2013

    • Kendra

      Weak sauce, Keni!!! I was going to bring you the UltrAspire vest to look at. Fine. Go to your homeland.

      1 · September 9, 2013

    • Carina

      Have a great trip!

      September 9, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Lou I hope you don't mind but it looks like I might have a second guest.

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Kmkl

    Hi! I haven't hiked much in the past, but I do a lot of interval training workouts elsewhere. I'd love to join you guys next Saturday if you have room to spare!

    September 4, 2013

    • Lou

      Hi, the TNT workouts are on Tuesdays. Tomorrow is Week#2 and if you are fit to do what's in the description (above) for Week #2 you are welcome to join us.

      September 9, 2013

36 went

Our Sponsors

Create a Meetup Group and meet new people

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy