I had previously done the Canmore Quad in the summer of 2011 with Wes (A skier who I work with at Gord's) and Andrew (Our Mizuno rep from Gord's), but we rode bikes and took vehicles between points, took long breaks between each summit, and shotgunned a beer on each summit resulting in a total finishing time of 11:54. Since then I have wanted to get back and do it right, and as fast as possible.
Reid, a speed skater from school had stopped in at Gord's to pick up some shoes, and mentioned he was thinking about giving it a shot as well this summer, so we decided very last minute to give it a go, and 4 days later, on Monday June 17th we made our attempt.
For those of you who haven't heard of the Canmore Quad, it involves running all 4 of the mountains in each corner of the town of Canmore powered only by your own two legs. It has been done very few times, and all in all involves just over 51km of running, with a quad burning 5000m of elevation gain and loss.
|The Canmore Quad. Starting and finishing on Main Street in Canmore|
Reid was going to be driving between mountains, so he dumped me at the 4 way stop in front of Rebound Cycle at 6:15am, and I headed down main street towards the Alpine Club and the trailhead for Grotto mountain. After about 30 minutes of easy running on the flats I began the climb up Grotto. I didn't see Reid on the way, and due to a slight miscommunication, he was waiting to join up with me at the Cougar Creek parking lot, and was almost 2km away. We spoke briefly on the phone, and he told me to go ahead.
|The goal for the afternoon|
|Enjoying myself on the summit of Grotto|
|Out of water and dying a little bit|
|I forgot how sketchy this summit ridge is|
|Parking lot panorama|
I will definitely make another attempt this summer, but have to give it some time for the infrastructure in Canmore to get some repairs. If anyone is interested in joining in, let me know, the more the merrier!
Overall, It was a great training day, and I got in 39km with 2710 vertical meters packed into a solid 7:31. The day after I felt a bit of stiffness in my quads, but by Wednesday, I was back running with almost no soreness. This bodes well for my fitness right now, and all the hill work has paid off! Now it's time to gear up for Fernie this Saturday. The legs have recovered nicely and are ready to go (I hope).
Fernie 50: 1 day
Iron Legs: 50 days