I don’t usually look forward to tapers, but this time around I am ready. I’ve been doing a really good job of beating myself up over the last few weeks and my legs are ready for a break. Also, my house is a mess and it could use some TLC.
This past weekend was my last weekend of heavy training so I wanted to make it count. For Saturday’s long run I recruited Leo and Bruce to join me for a run into Assiniboine. The route is relatively flat and incredibly scenic after the first 10km so it met all the requirements for a good long run.
Unfortunately it was stupid hot so the pace wasn’t quite as steady as I had planned, but the cloudless sky, endless wildflowers and deep blue lakes more than made up for it. The relaxed pace meant that I didn’t feel at all guilty when we took a 30 minute break to drink a beer at the base of Mt Assiniboine. Beer is $7 from the Assiniboine Lodge, but it is the best $7 you’ve ever spent.
Pics in random order:
I didn’t have the best planning for this run/hike:
I slept in, didn’t research the route before-hand, and began my run during the heat of the day. I chose my route by perusing through the Kananaskis Trails app on my phone. A loop route was outlined from Mt Lipsett to Mist Mountain. The trail was 10km-ish with lots of elevation gain, exactly what I was looking for!
I found the trail for Mt Lipsett easily, but it soon veered off from the map on my phone. I spoke with some hikers who assured me I was on the right trail so I ignored my map and just followed the obvious trail. The route up Mt Lipsett is very gentle with long switchbacks so I found myself running up the mountain instead of the power-hiking I was expecting. As I climbed, more and more wildflowers began to appear. With each switchback a new colour would dominate. It was amazing!
It was hot and I was dripping sweat. I had brought nearly 2 litres of water but I drank most of it before I reached the summit of Lipsett. Thankfully there were a few snowdrifts to help me keep my cool.
The adventurous portion of this outing happened when I turned to head up to Mist Mountain. There was no visible trail but I decided to trust the map on my phone to help me find the way. Long story short, Mist Mountain is a VERY big mountain (10 075ft above sea level) and the route that I wound up taking was very scrambly. An hour or so later, I finally reached the summit. It was well worth the effort.
The route down was straight forward on good trail. The entire outing took just over 4hrs for 16km, and I accidentally got above 10 000ft for the first time this year!
Sorry, these pics are in reverse order: