Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Fun Outdoor Workouts!

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 with a 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 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 some of 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.

Members that want to try a TNT workout for the first time should join us on the first Tuesday. It's always an intense workout and the route is typically shortest the first Tuesday of the month. The miles, elevation gain, and climbs increase the weeks that follow. The last Tuesday of the month should not be your first TNT workout. 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

The Plan: Two Sides of G.P.

It's the second workout of month. The workout will be between 6.5 to 7.5 miles, includes moderate climbs, and some speed work. Depending on the amount of first time TNTers that attend the group may split in two. The Blazers will likely do a few more miles, and climbs, and most certainly a faster pace. The first timers will have the opportunity to try and match the Blazers pace and compared might or stick with the Intro route. At Mount Hollywood we'll catch our breath, enjoy the view for a few minutes, then we'll go north towards Water Tower 113, pick up the Bill Eckert Trail, & finish the workout.

Tonight's route. Depending of the pace of the Blazers some TNTers will do a shorter route. Regardless, be prepared to keep a fast pace start-to-finish.

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 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. The TNT workout averages & an actual tracked workout (miles/gain/time/speed) are listed below.

Distance: 5 to 8 miles Gain: 900' to 1800' Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hrs
Tracked: Water Tower 113 Loop: 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:
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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  • Mark (.

    Huh! No other GPS crazy than me, no recordings, no stats ???

    December 12, 2012

    • Darin

      We actually did 7.2 in 1:40.

      December 13, 2012

    • Natalie M

      Those of us that took the short-cuts up and down did 6.3 miles. ;-)

      December 13, 2012

  • Lou

    Pleasant conversations, laughter, & a fast pace. That was one of my favorite TNT workouts! The Super Blazers lead a great pace, members that we were missing attended, & the first time TNTrs were impressive. (join us again) There was no need to wait for anyone & that was a joy! Thanks Kenneth for the glow sticks, always cool. Special thanks to Darin for being the shepherd. I could not had run freely without your help. Thanks to everyone for the positive spirits, all of you are wonderful!

    December 12, 2012

    • Rashida like fajita p.

      Amen! Lou, I always think I'm going to die of exhaustion on these runs *dramatic*, but everyone is so awesome and persevers, that it helps me to keep going..and then I can't wait to do it AGAIN! hahaha! Thanks for such a great group! Carina, I can't keep up with you!! =)

      2 · December 13, 2012

    • Darin

      You're welcome, Lou. Always. Happy to help you out. Glad you got to enjoy a good pace and run free for a change!

      December 13, 2012

  • Willie

    Thanks to all, and great hustle newbies, and those who haven't been there lately....

    I thank you, Lou....

    December 12, 2012

    • Rashida like fajita p.

      I missed your short cut back down! Next time I will have to follow *hoping I remember!*

      December 13, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    I was so happy to join TNT again!!! and excited to see familiar faces. Thanks Lou

    1 · December 12, 2012

    • Ken S.

      Just like August without the sun....
      And the heat...
      And the Sierra Club screaming "LIGHTS!!!!!"
      WINTER ROCKS!!
      Love the hard core TNT group!!
      Real troopers!

      December 12, 2012

  • Ludivina

    When does this happen again? I don't see it on the calendar for next week!

    December 12, 2012

    • Lou

      It's every Tuesday at 6:45pm meet up. Next week's is now on the calendar.

      December 12, 2012

    • Ludivina

      :)yay!

      December 12, 2012

  • Cruz

    It was a great workout. It was my first time but not my last.

    1 · December 12, 2012

  • Natalie M

    As always a great run and great company. Thanks Lou for the short-cut. Love this group!! ;-)

    December 12, 2012

  • Rashida like fajita p.

    Best group EVER! Everyone rocks!

    December 12, 2012

  • Kimberly

    So beautiful last night!

    December 12, 2012

  • Kevin

    Great group tonight!

    December 11, 2012

  • Ludivina

    Fun, challenging, and encouraging!

    December 11, 2012

  • Ken S.

    Particularly enjoyable excursion this evening!

    December 11, 2012

  • DE-MARO

    Not looking favorable.. Canceling :(

    December 11, 2012

  • Ken S.

    Before tonight's hike Elizabeth and I will do a re-enactment of Stein's dramatic hike from last Thursday evening...
    A Christmas Classic!!

    December 10, 2012

    • Elizabeth

      LOL....it was an interesting night with a happy ending!!!

      December 10, 2012

    • Ken S.

      YES!! We all sang Kumbaya and chanted "God Bless Us EVERYONE!!"

      1 · December 11, 2012

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