My original plan was to hike a 14er today, but I went to bed late, and I wasn’t sure of the weather, so I just ran up South Boulder and Bear peaks again. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve hiked up these two mountains, but this was at least the 4th time this year.
I made good progress from last week. Got my time down to exactly 2 hours from 2:17, and my stopped time to 2 minutes from 6. Only 15 minutes to go to reach my goal for the summer.
Unfortunately, further improvement is going to be tough. Besides a few short snowy sections on South Boulder, I got down about as fast as I safely can. I just wouldn’t comfortable going much faster. That means I need to climb faster, and that won’t be easy.
I don’t run on the way up – it’s more like “speed hiking”. I ran some of the flatter sections today, but once the trail got steep I had to slow down. I have a long way to go before I can run the whole thing. Before I can, I need to drastically increase my endurance. I slow down quite a bit on steep sections, and it gets worse further into the hike. Fortunately, I should get better with more practice, and I plan on practicing a lot this summer.