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, 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 the first Tuesday of the month.The last Tuesday of the month should NOT be your first TNT workout.

Monthly Plan:
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.  
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 1400', 1 to 2 steep climbs, & speed work.  
Week #3 - Blaze to Glory
Keeping pace with the Blazers is hard work and you know what it takes but you enjoy it. Tonight is not for first timers. Averages: 6.5 to 7.5 miles, gain 1400' to 1600', 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 8.5 miles, gain 1500' to 1900', 3 to 4 steep climbs, & speed work.
Note that planned routes maybe altered depending on group's strength, trail conditions, & weather.

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 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is listed below.
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 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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  • Alane D.

    Being the 'lost one' I especially appreciated genuine care and concern. You truly have a heart of gold.... Thank-You...

    January 17, 2013

  • Willie

    Lou,
    A SPECIAL THANKS, for last nights hike. As a leader you were making sure that all of us made it back, but then you notice that one was missing, after a head count, you were certain, without hesitation, you took off with concern to look for that individual. Again I THANK YOU... for leading by example, and not by a late payment, as others. (you know) You're the best!!!! To the rest, GREAT!! to be apart of.
    Willie,

    3 · January 16, 2013

    • Lou

      Thanks Willie! I was glad that everyone made it back. It's such a fantastic group to be a part of. ...They're, Dynamite!

      January 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Thanks for waiting, if you did. I probably just missed you guys. Bad traffic and bad planning on my part. See you all next week.

    January 15, 2013

    • Penny

      Thanks Darin. I actually come from Studio City now (I have class there on Tuesday afternoons) so it's not so bad. I just didn't give myself enough time to get there. Never again!

      1 · January 16, 2013

    • Lou

      Hi Penny, we stretched out the waiting as long as we could, sorry you missed it. You can make it up by kicking some serious dust next week

      January 16, 2013

  • Kevin

    It was a great group as usual. Everyone is supportive, friendly and awesome. I'm looking forward to being back at the end of Feb.

    1 · January 16, 2013

    • Natalie M

      Wishing you a wonderful trip and adventure. Looking forward to your pics and stories. Enjoy!! :)

      1 · January 16, 2013

    • Lou

      Have a wonderful trip! If you get a chance to upload a pic or two on a TNT page do it...it's OK to rub it in. We'll see you in Feb.

      1 · January 16, 2013

  • Lou

    It was fun & the group was super fast. Thanks everyone!

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks Lou, there is nothing like a good work out at the end of the day and what a gift to do this with a amazing group of people!!!!

    January 16, 2013

  • Natalie M

    As always, a great run with a motivating group!! Loved it!!! Thanks Lou and Darin!:)

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Alane D.

    Invigorating, beautiful, amazing

    2 · January 16, 2013

  • Carina

    I uploaded our important stats! Just remember I'm the slow one...,:-)

    January 15, 2013

  • Lou

    Heading to 5 Points take the wide trail to there then to Mount Hollywood

    January 15, 2013

  • Penny

    Running a few minutes late

    January 15, 2013

  • Katie Elizabeth A.

    I want to try this, but starting on Week #1. I presume based on the date in the month that this is not week #1...maybe you can put at the beginning of the description, "This is WEEK #...." :)

    January 10, 2013

    • Lou

      Katie, you are correct, it's not week #1. It is the second Tuesday of the month, Week #2. Regarding including "...the description, "This is WEEK #...."", the four weeks/workouts are scheduled monthly so it's a general description but I'll make note of your suggestion. It's a new TNT format & feedback helps, thanks. If you are an active person Week #2 is likely manageable. There will be a bailout point soon after 2-miles & the way back to the start from there is 1-mile, on a wide, popular trail.

      January 11, 2013

    • Lou

      Ken, thank you for helping out & the positive words. Your description of the group is perfect.

      January 11, 2013

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