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Tuesday Night Trailblaze




DYNAMITE LIGHT! 

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.

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

    Good, quick paced, no stop up and back run. Great job everyone. Also enjoyed hanging out for a little while with those who joined us after the run for some food and beer. somebody said there was a fifth week this month. Where are we going?

    1 · July 2, 2014

    • Kendra

      Tonys. Darts. Away.

      2 · July 2, 2014

    • Efrain

      Dimples for Karaoke!!!

      July 2, 2014

  • Carina

    Good to be back, but u guys killed me!!

    4 · July 2, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks Darin, it was a great idea to run nonstop from beginning to end and be back to the parking lot before it got dark... it was an fun & fast work out!

    1 · July 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great work out. Was good to push myself and not takes breaks. Did better than I thought I would. Thanks folks.

    2 · July 2, 2014

    • Darin

      good job. I think we are going to start doing it from time to time. it's a good way to build up endurance and cardio.

      2 · July 2, 2014

  • Alex

    Sorry guys im sick ...see you all next week

    July 1, 2014

  • Natalie M

    Missing TNT tonight to watch my son's championship All Star game. Hope you all have a great run!! :))

    1 · July 1, 2014

  • Dan K

    Still at work today:-)

    July 1, 2014

  • Darin

    FYI - No Lou tonight.

    July 1, 2014

    • Darin

      I'm sure there will be a few slower people who know the way that you can stay with. we are just going to do a straight up and back tonight.

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • Brittney L.

      Oh nice! Well if we are going straight up and down I know the way :) Thanks!!

      July 1, 2014

  • Timothy B.

    Hey guys! Sorry I won't be able to make it tonight. Got a fire (not literally) to put out. I really wanna do this though. It sounds awesome!

    July 1, 2014

  • Efrain

    Back!

    4 · June 27, 2014

    • Dan K

      Good one:-)

      June 28, 2014

    • Rocky

      Pain train is on tomorrow...and I'm not talking about my migraine. Haha. Welcome back Efrain!

      June 30, 2014

  • Darin

    This first week we are going to do a double time 5-6 mile run to the top and back and then (for those who are interested) go to Golden Road for beer and food.

    2 · June 27, 2014

    • Darin

      It's PR week for this week one. Your best time up and back. It will be short so it's a good time to have everyone establish an up and back PR. I don't know that everyone will be participating though, so there will probably be a normal speed group as well (or perhaps slightly faster than normal, but not at PR speed).

      3 · June 30, 2014

    • Rashida likes p.

      Cool beans!

      June 30, 2014

  • Christine T

    Just found out I have to work late: (

    June 30, 2014

  • Christine T

    Hi, will be my first time. How long will this take? Until we get back to the parking lot.

    June 27, 2014

    • Darin

      this will be a short 5-6 mile week one run to the top and back that should be back to the parking lot by 8...8:30 at the latest.

      June 28, 2014

  • Kendra

    Who's down for this??? Good way to kick off Independence Day! George Washington would approve!!
    http://www.sevymca.org/newburypark/html/july4th.html

    Git some!

    June 25, 2014

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