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Tuesday Night Trailblaze




FEEL The BOOM!

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- Feel the Boom!
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 Blazing Feels Amazing
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 - Full Speed Ahead
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- Maximum Overload!
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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  • Kendra

    Hi fools, I am going to do another TNT shirt order. If you want a shirt, please let me know quantity and size. Please send me word at [masked]. Put TNT in the subject line. If you've ordered one already and haven't received it, let me know. Alright, alright, alright....

    K

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Kendra

      We get the Tempo shirts and tanks, fools. There is sizing info on there too. http://www.customink....­

      March 5, 2014

    • Brittney L.

      oooooo love! thanks!

      March 7, 2014

  • Lou

    Good way to start the month! It was a fun and unusual night. It seems everyone beat Darin to the top of Mt Hollywood, mark that in your calendar. The new TNTs showed a lot of might!

    3 · March 5, 2014

    • Darin

      I don't know what is harder...a week five run or restraining myself on a week one!

      3 · March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great workout. Nice folks. Managed to keep up my first time out (though I know it was scheduled to be easier tonight). Thanks!

    3 · March 4, 2014

  • lora

    Per wolf pack hustle Twitter the L.A. marathon bike crash is cancelled :(

    March 5, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Good Luck, LA marathon runners! I'm getting excited now....5 more days for the big race!!! check out this youtube video "8 stages of marathon running"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ItnxJLAOeY&list=FLhaowU_-ExaRCxdVK1prpvg

    4 · March 4, 2014

  • Efrain

    No more knee pain! =D woooo!!

    2 · March 4, 2014

  • Jorge

    Ok, for those TNTs that are going to run the marathon this week end, here is the strategy to follow.
    1- Stay close from those guys from Kenya or just behind the ones from Ethiopia.
    2- Keep this plan for 25.2 miles
    3- Last mile do your best and sprint to the end
    4- Good luck to all of you!

    By the way... big group tonight. Nice workout! :)

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Dan K

    It was great today:-) thanks Lou

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Efrain

    See you esta noche!!

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Ken S.

    Should I or shouldn't I ?????
    Hmmmmmm....

    3 · March 3, 2014

    • Ken S.

      I tried a short run this morning and I think I better wait. Still not quite there yet. I'll shoot for April 1st. Learning a lot about what not to do. it's all good, I'll be back. Thanks.

      2 · March 4, 2014

    • Efrain

      what made it work for me was my vacation (no hiking at all for weeks), I tried gradually getting back into it and that just didnt work too well...

      March 4, 2014

  • Josue V.

    Looking for a nice and slow recovery run !! See you guys tomorrow .. :)

    2 · March 3, 2014

    • Lou

      ...hike, slow recovery hike :)

      March 4, 2014

    • Mark (.

      Ohh, so nice, thank you for slowing down, I will try not to be the sweeper this time :)

      March 4, 2014

  • Lou

    To the TNTs that are doing the marathon: ALRIGHT!! WooHoo! Way to Go! All the best Gang! You are all DYNAMITE!

    2 · March 4, 2014

  • Darin

    I will be there tomorrow, but not going to go too fast or longer than 5 or 6. Marathon is this Sunday.

    3 · March 3, 2014

    • Lou

      An actual hike, I'm in!

      March 4, 2014

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