TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Sitton Peak

This morning I drove up Ortega Highway for a run with a veteran trail runner, Steve Harvey.  He showed me trails I’ve never heard of, mostly single-track, in the San Mateo Wilderness.  Colorful spring flowers dotted the trail edges.  A welcomed cool breeze blew occasionally beneath a hot sun on often exposed trails.  The trail markers reminded me of make-shift grave markers. 

I got lots of advice on my training plan for Twin Peaks.  And right now I’m feeling a little more confident about what I signed myself up for.  I’m so grateful for this run and the knowledge and confidence I gained.  I am now armed with “I can do it.”  This is opposed to “I’m not sure I can do it.”  Or worse yet, “I doubt I can do it.” 

We ran past a helicopter rotor on the mountain floor.  I couldn’t help imagine the helicopter plummeting down.  You really never know what you’ll come across trail running.  Helicopter parts was a first for me.  We also came to yet another “Four Corners.”  But this one was the meeting of FIVE trails.  LOL.  Then we climbed a foot sliding steep trail to Sitton Peak, where we did some sittin’.  Smile.  The 360 degree views of wilderness was awe-inspiring. 

One piece of advice Steve gave me was to find a good technical downhill and work on really opening up on it.  He said that I won’t run the technical downhills that fast in an ultra, but I’ll run them more confidentially.  We ran a technical downhill on the way back when Steve took off surprisingly fast, hoping from side to side for the best path.  He disappeared from sight in an instant.  I have considered myself a decent technical down hill runner, in fact, this is pretty much my strong point.  This morning I had to push it to catch Steve.  I focused hard, several steps ahead and ran it much faster than I normally would have.  It was a blast!

San Mateo Wilderness with grave-marker-like trail markers:

Sitton Peak:

Running back to the trailhead on trails less-traveled:

It really didn’t seem like this much work! : )My Activities Bear Cyn Sitton Peak Loop 5-14-2012, Elevation - DistanceMy Activities Bear Cyn Sitton Peak Loop 5-14-2012

4 comments:

  1. Very nice! Really great to get advice from someone like Steve. I am also working on my downhill skills and hope to make up lots of time on the downs this year.

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    1. Steve is really great Johann. He has given me lots of good advice and shown me trails that I knew nothing about. Funny thing the other day, (well kind of), I bit my tongue running as fast as I could downhill. LOL.

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  2. I am always in awe of your elevation profiles. I really need to work on some hill repeats!

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    1. Thanks Khourt. Be patience with hills. They don't come easy and it easy to get discouraged. Just keep on pluggin' at it. : )

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