So yesterday I had this great idea of hitting my trail run before work and posting the run completely in pictures. That's how the run started and my phone is filled with about 10-15 great pictures from the run. What happened mid way through my run completely threw that out the window.
A little background. I have been feeling really good about my fitness level. I have 2 double digit mile trail runs under my belt in the last two weeks. I finally hit the summit of the mountain by work and you have to be happy with 1300 feet of elevation gain. And finally I have been forcing myself to train in 100* heat as additional endurance training. I thought things were going great.
I hit the trail at 4:45am, a little bit later than I wanted to but I figured if the run was reasonably close to when I hit the summit two weeks ago, I would make it to work on time. The trail was rough but I hit the summit 5 minutes faster than I did two weeks ago. AGAIN, fitness level is really improving.
Well once I hit the summit, sitting on top of the highest point was an older gentleman eating a granola bar or trail mix. Said good morning to him, very nice man, and we exchanged comments about the beautiful view. Then it happened.....
This older gentleman proceeded to tell me that he rides his bike to the trailhead from south Tempe. THAT IS 15 MILES AWAY!!! Then he hikes the 1.3 mile trail with 1300 feet of elevation gain. After relaxing on the summit, he heads down and rides his bike to his local YMCA to get some swimming done. WHAT?????
This absolutely blew my mind for the entire day. Four major things I took away from this encounter:
1) This old guy was an absolute badass lol
2) What freakin time does this guy get started to hit the summit by 530 am
3) I highly doubt my fitness is anywhere near this guys, causing me to rethink my fitness level
4) I truly hope that at the age of 70 or 80 I'm still able to ride/hike/swim just like this old guy
As for my run, here are a few pictures and I finally attempted a couple videos on the downhill sections of the trail.
Base of the mountain and the start of the trail:
Summit, just before the old guy killed my confidence lol
**Disclaimer - Severe turbulence on these videos, I was running and trying to keep my phone steady**
Flat runnable section
Rough downhill section
Ever have a moment where you look at another average Joe and they make you tell yourself, "I have a lot more work to do"???