G & T 23 and Deer Creek
I ran the Deer Creek half marathon course on Wednesday, thinking that it would be fairly melted out. Little did I know, but it was one giant icy bobsled route. I didn't bring any traction, so I had to go a bit slow, but the course is really great. A solid climb at the start, and then nice rolling terrain for the rest of the time, with a fast downhill in the last two miles. At 13+ miles and 3,000+ feet of gain, it runs a lot faster then other similar trails in the area, especially those in the Boulder area. Not sure why, but it has a really nice flow almost the entire time.
Number 23 in the G & T challenge today. Started off cold and really windy. On the ridges there were times when I really had to go on all fours to keep from being blown off. By the time I was coming back down, however, things seemed to be calming down and warming up. Early starts may not be the best in winter - but you do get the entire basin to yourself which will never happen in summer.