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|Subject: ||RE: Colorado summer training|
The Longs Peak trail is a nice workout-if you go only to the boulderfield it's about 4.5 miles one way, with close to 3K vertical-and the trail is runnable, though crowded on the weekends. Not a bad trip in an evening after work. Beyond the boulderfield and keyhole, it's tough to run-as the footing is not good-though hiking at 12,500-14,000 elevation will give you all the aerobic you need. Another nice trail is the "Wild Basin" area a little further south. Not quite the climb, but less crowded. Watch out for thunderstorms in the mid afternoon, particularly as you move into July and August. As I recall, the trailhead is 8 or 10 miles from Estes Park. I second the rec. about driving to Lyons or Fort Collins to get some speed in-Loveland is another town nearby. A lot of the hotshots who train in Boulder sleep in Nederland or Eldora, at 10,000 feet, but do their faster runs at 5000 feet in Boulder. Don't underestimate the power of climbing 14ers for aerobic base. Even just hiking, they will make you tough like nothing else.
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