My next trail race is called the Tender Knee. I just registered for it sealing the deal I have to keep running trails. It's 12 k of fun, running up and down.
Here's a description of the route for the Tender Knee that runs from the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve to Deep Cove:
• Find path in parking lot beside bathrooms. Twin Bridges Trail
• Run through parking lot, follow “chute” beside construction fence.
• You come to Twin Bridges trail (wide, looks like a road). (Water station here.)
• Go RIGHT, down Twin Bridges Trail to Twin Bridge.
• CROSS the bridge and follow Fisherman’s Trail to Mystery Creek turnoff.
Mystery Creek Switchback
• Find the post marker for Mystery Creek. Take a sharp LEFT and head straight up.
• After approx. 800 m, Mystery Creek Trail comes out onto the BC Hydro Powerline.
Powerline to Mushroom
• Turn RIGHT along Powerline.
• Cross the Mystery Creek Bridge, go straight up.
• Think happy thoughts as you power hike to the Historic Mushroom Parking Lot Trail intersection (marked). (Mountain Madness Aid station will be here!)
• At the Mushroom Trail POST, turn RIGHT to continue on Mushroom and it eventually becomes Baden-Powell (post).
• Keep straight on Baden-Powell.
• At the intersection of Old Buck (post), turn LEFT and then almost immediately RIGHT to get back onto B-P. (Do NOT go down Old Buck.)
Mount Seymour Road
• Cross Mount Seymour Road and enter the B-P trail on the other side.
• Start gradual descent with some uphill sections. Indian River Road
• You come out on Indian River Road; turn LEFT (marker indicates 0.5 km to trail) and take the road.
• 500 meters later, find trailhead on the right. Marked as 2.6 km to Deep Cove. (Aid station will be here.)
Baden-Powell to Deep Cove
• Follow the B-P markers. Some steep ascents and descents and bridges.
• Come out between two houses on Panorama Drive (2501 Panorama Drive). Turn right to return to parking lot.
Um...a little confusing. I'm going to try to squeeze in the organized orientation run before I go to work on the 23rd of April. Also to prepare, db and I will hike sections of it up until the event using these directions to guide us. Since it only goes in one direction and is not a loop, we'll have to find other road access points. I suppose since we'll be on a few different trails, there will be access points for us to park the car and pick up the trail (I didn't even know there was a trail called the Mushroom Trail! I can't wait!).
Today I feel a little bit crazy having signed up for this event, but I'm sure as I get more trail running under my feet (so to speak), I'll still feel a little bit crazy but at least I'll be better prepared.
I remember talking about running with my physiotherapist (who is an ultrarunner -- that's those 50 k distances), and thinking she was crazy with her enthusiasm to run trails. I'm starting to get a taste of how she felt. I've definitely taken a turn in my running career, and feel like I've embarked on a new journey.