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Old 05-29-2009, 04:20 AM   #1
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Grouse Grind Challenge

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I'm thinking of joining the Grouse Grind Challenge this year, and was wondering if anyone here has done it? Also feel free to post your best times!
My PB 3 yrs ago was 47m; if I remember correctly
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Damn that's pretty good. My best was around 1h 10min.
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i will be trying it for the very first time sometime soon
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don't try and be a hero the first time. most first timers hit the wall within 10-15 minutes. start a slow-to-moderate walking pace and if you can make it to the 1/2 way mark without stopping, increase your pace then.

I set my personal record this past monday - 47:36. I still can't comprehend how some elite grinders are capable of finishing in the mid to high 20s.

i've found that my 10k run time and my grouse grind time are within 60 seconds of each other. i'm curious if any other runners are in the same boat.
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Are you talking about seek the peak ?
I think so! I haven't been in Vancouver during September for about 3 years now though; so the name may have changed
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don't try and be a hero the first time. most first timers hit the wall within 10-15 minutes. start a slow-to-moderate walking pace and if you can make it to the 1/2 way mark without stopping, increase your pace then.

I set my personal record this past monday - 47:36. I still can't comprehend how some elite grinders are capable of finishing in the mid to high 20s.

i've found that my 10k run time and my grouse grind time are within 60 seconds of each other. i'm curious if any other runners are in the same boat.
holy crap you're right. My sun run time was 51min something seconds; quite close!

There was a time around 2004 that I'd often do the GG alone early on Saturday mornings. I realized that the 1st quarter obviously took the longest, as my heart and muscles were still getting up to speed. I found that by doing a short run before doing the Grind (about 3 km), dramatically cut down the lag of the 1st quarter. Kinda like turbo lag lol.
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I set my personal record this past monday - 47:36. I still can't comprehend how some elite grinders are capable of finishing in the mid to high 20s.
I remember one of my teachers in high school averaged ~26-32 minutes each time he did the grind. He took us on a field trip and he zoomed past everybody like crazy haha
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I found that by doing a short run before doing the Grind (about 3 km), dramatically cut down the lag of the 1st quarter. Kinda like turbo lag lol.
i should try that next time i go up.
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I think so! I haven't been in Vancouver during September for about 3 years now though; so the name may have changed
Seek the Peak is from Ambleside to the peak of Grouse, held in July.
Grouse Grind Mountain Run is the Grind only, held in September I believe.
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Fuck, my buddy is dragging me along soon.. will be my very first time and i'm not fit. FML
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I have officially lost my Grouse Grind virginity!!!


just did this about 2 hours ago...first time attempt of doing anything of such a physical endurance.

62 minutes. But wow....feels so good.

I'll be up there again in about a couple of weeks to try to get it below 60.
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just did this about 2 hours ago...first time attempt of doing anything of such a physical endurance.

62 minutes. But wow....feels so good.

I'll be up there again in about a couple of weeks to try to get it below 60.
it should be pretty easy to knock 5 minutes or so off your first time. you did check your watch when you got to the timer and not just the clearing, right?
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Thats correct dude. Actually as a matter of fact, a friend who was carrying the watch and finished prior told me to run to the finish marker before he told me the time.

But that advice was given to me in the beginning was something i should have taken to heart. "Don't be a hero."

My friend ran up at the begining, and i followed....big mistake. After two minutes, it actually felt like a knockout punch to the gut. So, the first quarter was more difficult than i imagined. But if i didn't act like a pro-star in the begining and just did a heavy pace, i know i could have done it in less than hour.

I'l repost a time in two weeks.
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don't try and be a hero the first time. most first timers hit the wall within 10-15 minutes. start a slow-to-moderate walking pace and if you can make it to the 1/2 way mark without stopping, increase your pace then.

I set my personal record this past monday - 47:36. I still can't comprehend how some elite grinders are capable of finishing in the mid to high 20s.

i've found that my 10k run time and my grouse grind time are within 60 seconds of each other. i'm curious if any other runners are in the same boat.
wow.. that is very impressive.. i think my personal best has been around 56 minutes or so... hahaa...

The elite grinders who finish in around 25ish minutes jog to the half way mark.. then walk the rest.... this guy at the gym used to go 3 times a week... he looks like the bloody transporter.. hahahaha !!!
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46:09 this past monday. if i keep knocking down my personal bests like this, i should be close to 40:00 by the end of the season.
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First 3 times this year 60min then 56min and now 54min. I can get a good 1st half or a good 2nd half but never all together haha.
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A new record has been set for the most times anyone has climbed North Vancouver's gruelling Grouse Grind trail in a single day.

Around 11 p.m. PT Monday night, Vancouver realtor Sebastian Albrecht reached the top of the rocky trail for the 13th time since he started at 7 a.m.

After completing the final climb in the dark, a weary Albrecht told CBC News it had been a challenging day.

"Once I got past 10 it was easier psychologically because I knew I was really close to my goal. Physically, it was a lot more difficult because my body was starting to give out. And 12 and 13 were painful," he said.

The 2.9-kilometre trail runs from the Grouse Mountain gondola base station in North Vancouver up to the ski lodge perched on the edge of the mountain overlooking all of Metro Vancouver.

With an average grade of 30 degrees, the popular trail has earned the nickname "nature's Stairmaster" among local fitness buffs.

Average hikers struggle up the route in about an hour and a half, while the unofficial record is 24 minutes and 22 seconds. Albrecht averaged about 50 minutes per climb, catching his breath and eating between climbs, and taking the tram down.
13,000 calories

The previous record, which Albrecht shared with Jason Chong, was 12 summits in a day. The exertion required is tremendous, Chong told CBC News.

"You have to buckle down pretty much. Most endurance athletes will tell you it becomes more mental as it goes on," he said.

Albrecht burned an estimated 13,000 calories by the time the day was over. His energy needs were looked after by a dedicated supply team: his mother Johanna Albrecht.

"I have brown rice with grilled chicken breast and greens; dark, dark greens," she told CBC News. She also supplied 24 muffins, 24 containers of energy drink and five pounds of bananas for her son to consume during the climb.

Albrecht has always been determined, according to his mother, who noted her son had extra motivation for the climb he had wanted to raise $10,000 dollars for the Shelter Foundation, a charity that provides safe homes for women and children.

"Getting up to 10 was tough because I really had to think about why I was doing it, and knowing my goal was motivated by the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, a good cause," said Albrecht.

He raised more than $4,300 by the end of the run, but is still collecting donations on his website.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-col...ecord-set.html
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Sure its great....but it sounds like the acheivement was more of a self-promo..u know, real estate. Theres guys that do the grouse grind with ease.....im sure they can do it too....if they wanted to just for the hell of it.
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