Tuesday Night Trailblaze




TRAIL BLAZERS' DELIGHT

If you are looking for a high-intensity, outdoor workout with a wonderful group of motivating people, look no further, you have found the TNTs. Join us on the Griffith Park trails for a great workout and build strength and endurance! You will cover more miles in one night than most do over a weekend.

The group members are motivating, the views are amazing, and being outside feels great! Individually we push the pace as the group heads toward Mount Hollywood and at the peak we marvel at the view a few minutes before blazing back to the parking lot.


TNT are intense, fast-pace workouts, start-to-finish. Please read all of the details before signing up.


Are you interested in trying a TNT workout for the first time? 

• You MUST attend Week #1 or #2 before trying Week #3 or #4

• Any "newbies" that sign up for Week #3 or #4 may be denied attending 

• Only those with the fitness to RUN 5-miles without breaks may try a Week #3

The group moves very fast on Week #3 and Week #4, covering at least 7-miles with over 1800 feet of elevation gain. The pace is very fast and the workout time is 2-hours or less. From past experience with most "newbies" to the group, we realize that the distance and pace on the third and fourth week are to much for most people that are only used to "fast hiking". 

Please adhere to this request. We want people to come out and get a good workout but do not want people to be discouraged because they attend on a night that is too difficult.  


The Nitty-Gritty: TNT are interval training workouts: high-intensity, fast pace start-to-finish, bursts up hilly sections, the pace is fastest on the flats, & downhill sections, & the big climbs are individual goals.

The TNTs typically start the workouts as one group and around the 1 to 2 mile marker the group splits into two group. The Blazers (Advance TNTs) will always do more miles and elevation gain every week. The second group will always try to match the Blazers' speed but the second group sticks to the Monthly Plan (details below).

Each 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 short break at the top but the groups enjoys moving fast start-to-finish. The workout is not over until we return to the parking lot.

The organizer/sweep will wait at the regroup junctions, No Member Left Behind. However, you must be able and willing to maintain a fast pace start-to-finish

Members that want to try a TNT workout for the first time must 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. Short
est 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 h
ours 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 hikes and the difficulty level is NOT for beginners.

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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  • Darin

    thanks for sharing your water with the group, Lora. Much appreciated. I will definitely have to re-think our route to mt. Lee so that we pass at least one water fountain on the way there. Damn them for taking out the facet at the stairs!!!

    3 · April 9, 2014

    • Lou

      I do miss that facet

      2 · April 9, 2014

  • Kendra

    My feet hurt.

    April 9, 2014

    • Natalie M

      Mine too. Rest, ice, and ibuprofen. ;)

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Kendra

      I gave myself a foot massage last night which really helped. Really enjoyed it. After a few minutes, kind of was feeling like a wanted to make a pass at myself but thought better of it.

      2 · April 9, 2014

  • Mark (.

    What is the point of posting stats here :)

    http://www.everytrail.com/profile.php?user_id=433203

    my stats is 9 miles, 2172 feet elevation gain, I was the volunteer for sweep position :)

    so my time is 2 hrs 18 mins and I made it short.

    I guess Mt. Hollywood fast group did 10+ miles ???

    Thank you all for the group motivation, it was a perfect hike, thank you Darin, Lou.

    3 · April 9, 2014

    • Natalie M

      Map my run said that Darin and I did 9.4. That of course was straight down from the Wisdom Tree (less Mt.Hollywood). :)

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • Natalie M

    Oops, forgot my biggest thank you. Thank you Darin for walking me down the mountain for the third week in a row. :))

    2 · April 9, 2014

    • Darin

      you're welcome. let it rest and heal so you don't keep rolling it.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Natalie M

      I will. :)) Going to miss the fun of running TNT with all of you though. :'( Cycling here I come again!!!

      2 · April 9, 2014

  • Brittney L.

    I tried to catch up/find you guys last night but had to blaze the trail on my own... Heard it was a great run!!

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • lora

    Check out Finishtheride.org to register for the event promoting awareness of the epidemic of hit and run accidents in LA. This is so important to me and I hope for you all too. If you are not a cyclist but want to contribute to the movement, donations or volunteers for the event on April 27th are needed and appreciated. Please contact me at [masked] for more info. Thanks for your attention! :-)

    3 · April 8, 2014

    • Carina

      Lora, I can help that day, here is my e-mail. [masked]

      April 9, 2014

  • Carina

    Thanks for a great run!

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Natalie M

    Loved the run to the Wisdom Tree last night. Thank you Lou and Darin for the great run and to Lora for generously sharing your water with all of us. Thank you to everyone for checking on me and my ankle too. Feeling frustrated with rolling it three weeks in a row. I think that I'm going to take Darin's advice and layoff of it for a few weeks and work to heal and strengthen it. Looking forward to the grueling week five workout!! :))

    4 · April 9, 2014

  • Michael

    Great Trail run! It was my first time up to the backside of the Hollywood sign. Thanks for watching out for us Lou and hope you didn't worry too much when we got seperated.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Efrain

    Awesome week 4 guys! Thanx!

    3 · April 8, 2014

  • Brittney L.

    Traffic = no bueno ... Trying to hurry!

    April 8, 2014

  • Lori C

    Running late... Pls wait for us

    April 8, 2014

  • Alexander

    Stuck on traffic I wont get there on time

    April 8, 2014

  • Dan K

    That's why they call it TnT:-)

    April 8, 2014

  • Efrain

    Hahaha all 3 people I people I brought last week chickened out of today lol!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Carina

    I'm hoping to be there, coming home from the Grand Canyon that day.

    3 · April 2, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Funny that we were in 2 different parts of the Grand Canyon at the same time. Havasupai is like being in another universe!!!!!

      1 · April 7, 2014

    • Carina

      I loved the Grand Canyon!! Hope your trip was good.

      April 8, 2014

  • Efrain

    DAAAAMMMMNNNNNN ready for this!

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Ken S.

      Sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses!!!! Running is great, but so are all the other paces, CHEERS!

      April 7, 2014

    • Kendra

      You're a talker. Talkers make me thirsty.

      2 · April 7, 2014

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