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Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Fun Outdoor Workouts!
Dynamite Light!

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 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. 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. 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 hours 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 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 Week #1 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is below.
Tracked: Water Tower 113 - 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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  • Lou

    Wonderful group! Fantastic workout! Always nice to see new faces mixed in with the dedicated ones... 31-total members last night, niiice. Thanks to everyone for another fun evening. The TNTs are the best! Ken was happy, I'm happy, we're all happy :) Natalie & Darin, we will miss you, have a wonderful vacation.

    3 · June 5, 2013

    • Sue

      Well I don't agree.... You all may be happy but I'm not. I didn't get to join you all. Sadly LA traffic was my company last night. I'm in withdrawnal from TNT..... Darin and Natalie have a wonderful trip. If your luggage seems heavier than usually don't look in it until after you get overseas. Don't worry.. I brought food water and oxygen to make sure I travel safe in the luggage compartment...:-)

      6 · June 5, 2013

    • Ken S.

      "Ken was happy" lol....
      I'm ALWAYS happy when I'm with this group.
      .

      2 · June 5, 2013

  • Darin

    Nice job, everyone. Good first week workout. Have a good rest of the month, everybody. Hate to miss the next three TNT runs, but Europe is beckoning. I will see you all when I get back.

    3 · June 5, 2013

    • Carina

      Have a great vacation!

      1 · June 5, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Totally jealous!

      June 5, 2013

  • Lou

    Carina, Lauren, & Billy, thanks for the pictures!

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Natalie M

    Thank you Lou and Darin!! As always, a great cardio workout with an awesome group of people! Love it!!!

    3 · June 4, 2013

    • Carina

      Have a great trip to Europe!

      1 · June 5, 2013

  • Sue

    Sorry stuck in traffic. Too far away... not sure I'll make it

    June 4, 2013

    • Carina

      We missed you!!

      2 · June 5, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Perfect!

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Mark (.

    Where we were,

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2163251

    stats, 5.8 miles, 1378 feet elevation gain, in about 1 hrs 15 mins.

    interesting, I didn't know only in 25 mins we come down from Mt. Hollywood over the longer route. I guess the fast group did it in 20 mins or shorter, very impressive.

    Thank you all.

    4 · June 4, 2013

  • Daniela

    Thank you Lou, Darin and everybody. I had a great time today. Nice workout with nice people.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Gonzalo DjSkip M.

    Great run today, great job everyone :)

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Renee

    I'm here but don't see you all

    June 4, 2013

    • Renee

      Can someone give me a number to call if you haven't left?

      June 4, 2013

    • Renee

      Found you!!

      June 4, 2013

  • Leslie L.

    Running a little bit late about 5 mins

    June 4, 2013

  • Ken S.

    This group is so awesome!

    3 · June 3, 2013

    • Lou

      I am sure there was more to this story... it must had been a dream

      2 · June 4, 2013

    • Ken S.

      I have no idea what you're talking about.
      Is it in the write up?

      2 · June 4, 2013

  • Penny

    I'm so bummed I have to change my RSVP. I'm buried in work. Vacation will do that to you. Have fun guys and I WILL see you next week. (except Darrin - have a great trip and I'll see you when you return!)

    June 4, 2013

    • Penny

      Hi Billy! Believe me I would rather be there. See you next week - I might be hobbling - I'm doing a big hike this weekend!

      June 4, 2013

    • Darin

      Hope you had a good trip, Penny. See you in a month.

      1 · June 4, 2013

  • Carina

    I dont think im going to make it. I hurt my shoulder really badly.

    June 3, 2013

    • Sue

      Hey Carina. Hope your ok. Rest up and heal.

      2 · June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Howdy,
    Is this hike all running? Or vigorous hiking? Both? Thank you!

    June 2, 2013

    • Kendra

      It's running dominant. We climb/hike the steep ascents. We tend to split into two sub-groups, one faster/longer, one slower/shorter. It's pretty vigorous. You have to want it, Michelle. :-). But it's fun and rewarding.

      2 · June 3, 2013

  • Josue V.

    Ready to roll !! :)

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops. Take it that this is a trail running group. Not a hiking group.

    June 3, 2013

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