Snow Season Triathlon 48
When the mountains are buried in snow I love to hike, but after years of breaking trail I now pick and choose my trail breaking days for the most part. This leaves me needing to fill a hole in that physical trail breaking beating, so I came up with hiking the 48 - 4,000 footers after doing an indoor triathlon at the Royalty Inn Athletic Club. I start off with a one mile swim, which is 70 laps in the 25 yard pool. I follow this by doing the hill climb on the stationary bike, level 15, 12.5 miles. The bike is old so it doesn't list any elevation but I assume it's a pretty good amount as I end up drenched head to toe. Last, is a 5K flat sprint on the treadmill. I am not a fan of the treadmill so I just turn up the speed and get it over with as quickly as possible. Once I am finished I head home for a nice big breakfast before heading out to hike a 4K...or two!
Another reason I do this is to simulate my hiking/running during the snow free months. My pace in the pool is a slow but steady rate of speed, which simulates cruising along a ridge. The bike is all uphill, so it simulates the grind to gain a ridge. Finally, the treadmill is pure speed, which simulates fast descents.
The goal is to eventually try and finish all 48. Usually, the snow season is late November / early December through late April / early May. Below is my progress so far, I will eventually add links to this chart to my Strava uploads.