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Tuesday Night Trailblaze

Dynamite Light!

Are you looking to add cardio workout during the week? Join us on the Griffith Park trails for a TNT fun outdoor 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

    Great Week #1! A BIG group with a wonderful spirit. It was nice to meet a lot of new faces today, and some that were missing few months. Hopefully we'll see more of all of you soon. Thanks Darin! We could not do this without you. Scott, thank you for helping out with the second group; it's a relief knowing I can count on you to help guide. Thanks to everyone that attended and made it another joyous TNT! I am ready for Week #2!

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Darin

      You are welcome, Lou. My pleasure. I love hearing the long group grumble on week one because I am doing too much. I also love the fact that they push through and do it. Great job guys.

      August 8, 2013

    • Scott H.

      Anytime Lou, happy to help!

      August 8, 2013

  • Darin

    Good week one. Great job everyone. This is what I got for the long group:

    6.75 miles, 1500 Elev. gain, 1.5 hours. Not too bad for a week one.


    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/355308730#.UgNVD9EOkXo.gmail

    See you all next week!

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • Daniela

    Great workout! It was nice to see you all again.

    August 8, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks Lou & Darin! Thanks Billy for choosing the trail up to mt. Hollywood, we'll choose a great trail for you on your last TNT :-)

    August 7, 2013

  • Willie

    Great run everyone, hats off to the pace setters in the lead, and making push myself to the limit after my slow start. Newbies do come back, it only gets better !!!
    I thank you all...

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Great workout

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Great group, thanks for your patience with the newcomers...

    August 7, 2013

  • Kendra

    Colleagues,
    President Obama is taping The Tonight Show in Burbank at 7:25. Leave early in case there is any president-related traffic.
    Kenny

    August 6, 2013

    • Saba

      obamajam! looking forward to it.

      1 · August 6, 2013

    • Lou

      Now I read this! I found out during the workout why I was delayed

      August 7, 2013

  • Leandro V.

    So much freakin traffic and I'm almost there

    August 6, 2013

    • Lou

      You made it! Even Obama traffic jam can't stop you

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Natalie M

    Thank you Lou and Darin for the great run this evening!!! A real butt kicker for the first Tuesday of the month. Nothing less than I would expect. Thanks for pushing us to become stronger! :))

    2 · August 7, 2013

  • jose s.

    The workout was awesome, cool bunch ,nice view from the top thanks lou

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Marvin M

    Great group. Great workout. Thanks Lou for waiting for me!!!

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    Very nice group. Excellent hike with cool leaders who made sure everyone was okay. Felt welcomed and had a great time. Perfect directions BTW!

    2 · August 6, 2013

  • Ken S.

    It truly bums me out that I have to cancel. I've been rather sick for the last few days and have to strengthen my immune system. Drag. Enjoy!

    August 6, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Thank you Kenneth for your kind words of empathy and compassion...
      Oh, wait...

      August 6, 2013

    • Kendra

      Oh sorry. Was talking to myself. Wrong Ken.

      August 6, 2013

  • Claudio

    Great run!! Thanks Lou!!

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    Can someone help me out with the location? I'm a bit confused. Thank you! :)

    August 6, 2013

    • Darin

      hi. do you know where the Merry go round is at Griffith park? we met at the entrance to the top parking lot by the merry go round. merry go round is located south of the golf course.

      August 6, 2013

  • jose s.

    Are there any bail out points along this worlout in case i need to stop

    August 5, 2013

    • Lou

      Typically if anyone collapses we just roll them off the side of the trail. :) Yes there are bailout points and the trail we are heading up tonight is wide, and popular. The view from Mt Hollywood is worth the effort it takes getting there.

      5 · August 6, 2013

    • jose s.

      Fantastic thanks

      August 6, 2013

  • Lauren

    Have fun guys! Sorry I have to work late, look forward to seeing you all in a couple weeks.

    August 5, 2013

    • Lou

      Do you plan to attend only the TNT parties now? :) It was a fun night and I look forward to the next TNT hangout. ....there were several request that we should do more social events and I agreed. We'll miss you

      August 6, 2013

  • Jennifer L.

    Gonna give this a whirl!

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Marvin M

    Looking for carpool. Coming from Culver City. Will share gas. Thanks.

    August 5, 2013

  • Scott H.

    Back for more fun!

    3 · August 1, 2013

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