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Tuesday Night Trailblaze


Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom

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 training regularly and want to add interval training to the weekly regimen. An actual tracked Week #4 workout (miles/gain/time/speed) is below.
Tracked: Backyard Climb - 10mi/2400' gain/2:28 time/4.8mph

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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  • Darin

    Good week four run everyone. 9 miles and 1740 elevation gain in under two hours! way to go!

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Kendra

    Was it fun? Huh? Huh?

    September 24, 2013

    • Sue

      Uhmmm.....hmmmmm.... yes?

      1 · September 25, 2013

    • Lou

      It was alright :)

      September 26, 2013

  • Lou

    Grrrreeeaaat! Thanks to everyone for a fantastic workout! Blazers, 9.2-miles, Lazers, 7.5 miles and both groups under two hours....way to GO!

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Carina

    I twisted my foot a little so I'm taking this week off!! Bummer!

    September 23, 2013

    • Sue

      Get better girl! We need our Swedish Blondie

      1 · September 25, 2013

    • Carina

      Thansk!! I'll be back next Tuesday. I did go to hanniger flats yesterday and ran into a Desert blonde tarantula…scary!

      1 · September 25, 2013

  • Ken S.

    Felt good to be back with the troop...

    2 · September 25, 2013

  • Jorge

    Zoom-Zoom-Kaboom
    Shower
    Some food
    Relax...
    As always, another great workout under the stars.
    Thanks Lou, Darin and all the TNTs.

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • Ken S.

    I wedged some Silly Putty into the space in between L5 and the sacrum. Should keep me mobile for at least a few hours....

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lou

      Bring extra putty. I'll pack some duct tape

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I have never been to one of these events. When you say "fast pace" do you mean this is a trail run? Or just a fast-clipped hike?

    September 24, 2013

    • Ken S.

      Trail running for sure...

      September 24, 2013

    • Lou

      Nathaniel, there are typically two groups and the lead group does more miles, gain and at a faster pace. The second group tries to match the pace of the "Blazers" but the second group usually completes the miles and gain that's described on this page (above). If you are looking for a high intensity workout tonight will push your limits; it's Week #4!

      September 24, 2013

  • Jonathan V.

    Hopefully it won't be too rough a hike

    September 24, 2013

    • Ken S.

      It's week 4...
      Nuff said, lol....

      September 24, 2013

    • Lou

      Jonathan, the TNT are not hikes and are high intensity WORKOUTS. All of the details -week-by-week workouts- are on this page and tonight is Week #4.

      September 24, 2013

  • Michael

    Can't wait to get my arse kicked again!

    2 · September 22, 2013

    • Ken S.

      You are a realist... I like that!

      September 22, 2013

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