With the registration for the lottery less than two weeks away and the race just over three months away, it is time to start thinking about training on the Ridge Run course.
Today, May 2, was a rare nice day considering the backdrop of this year’s cool spring. So I seized the moment and headed up the M trail. The time that I’ve lived in this area now spans 5 decades and this year’s snow pack is the deepest at the lowest elevation that I can remember. Unless we get some warm dry spells, it is going to be quite some time before the course is snow free. The Baldy Blitz race coming up on May 14th is going to be even snowier than usual.
At the M trailhead, there is a memorial to Ed Anacker the founder of the Ridge Run. Thanks to Wendy Weaver for this tribute to Ed.
Consistent snow pack begins just above the top of the M. By the time you pop out on the Ridge at the Bridger Canyon Overlook, the snowpack is many feet deep. Instead of wild flowers sprouting, there is an explosion of snow fleas along the snow packed trail.
Despite the snow, it is important to get out on the course and start conditioning the legs to the steep ups and downs the Ridge Run throws at you.