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Same Old Place, Brand New Trail

Posted May 27 2011 1:29pm

I was out yesterday in Laguna Coast. Again. But, this time I tried a different trail – West Ridge. I had been avoiding this trail because it has these things that I detest:

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It was an absolutely stunning day, and even though the onshore winds were stiff, their cooling effect was pleasing and appreciated!

The plan was five miles. The first two and a half were spectacular. The views were tremendous:

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Okay. I know I’m old, but I’m not a fossil yet!

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I got to the turnaround point surprisingly fresh. I enjoyed the view toward the ocean:

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Then I turned around. Gulp!

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It wasn’t until I got back, that I found out that I had essentially run downhill for 2 1/2 miles:

Running Bommer Ridge-El Moro 5-26-2011, Elevation - Distance

That meant I would be climbing back up toward those homes in the distance that you can’t see in this photo:

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After some huffing and puffing (and some less than speedy foot shuffling) I crested (yet another) hill and was welcomed back to civilization:

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It’s kind of scary that in less than a month I have a race that is going to essentially do this climb three times in a row. Yikes!

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