I chose Mission Peak because I like it. This has to be one of my favorite loops in the Bay Area. I knew it would be pretty good for this event too because it is steep. And the steeper the better for this competition. But, I didn't know how my body would respond given this is not exactly the normal type of thing that I tackle in training. I was relying on my aerobic fitness at this point.
|Google Earth rendering of the "loop". Up Horse Heaven + shortcut on the right hand side. Down Main trail (Ohlone Wilderness and co) on right side.|
|Google Earth profile of the "loop"|
|Start at 6:13 a.m.|
|Sun starting to come up just as I approach summit one.|
|Peak in background. Trust me. Real smile.|
As more light became available things got easier and I felt pretty good, so I decided to jog down the mountain and throw the poles back in my car and then continue on the loops. It was fun. I was having a blast.
|7:38 start for loop 2.|
|Still a real smile.|
|8:51 start for loop 3.|
|10:07 start for loop 4.|
|Now I am just lying to the camera.|