Artley Goodhart loves spending time in the mountains – whether it’s climbing, hiking, running, or mixing it up and cross training. A SCARPA employee in the distribution department for the past four years, Goodhart spends his free time wisely and trains in ways that keep him excited about the sports he enjoys. Here’s a few of his favorite picks for keeping things interesting.
We’ve all been there, when training becomes so mundane and you lose some of your drive to hit the same places you have been climbing, running, and biking all summer long. All of us have different strategies for spicing things up; some are easy, others require a little more planning and can be all the more rewarding. For me it has turned out that personalized triathlons and link-ups work great. Some of these are well known and could be called local challenges and others, as far as I know, I made up. I have a few specific favorites, but there are seemingly infinite variations.
Unconventional triathlons are great for mixing it up. What’s better than throwing three of your favorite sports together for a great day of pushing yourself? Here are a few of my local favorites:
Longs Peak Triathlon (LPT): The LPT covers about 90 miles — 76 by bike and about 14 on foot — and gains a total of about 11,500 feet to the summit of Longs Peak (14,259 ft) via some 5th class routes. We started this at 10:00pm in an attempt to beat the 50% chance of thunderstorms forecasted. We strapped our packs loaded with climbing rope and full racks to our bikes. I used my SCARPA Sparks for biking and running to save weight. We carried these packs and gear all the way to the summit unsupported in a sixteen hour push from car to car. As far as I can find we were only the second team to do the LPT unsupported (with rope and rack) but I’m not sure about free solos. We did it in sixteen hours, beating the other team by four hours. However, rain forced us to climb a much easier rock route, the Cables Route, which more than explains our faster time.