FKT: Clair Jones Wilson - Plymouth Mountain & Bill Couch Mountain (CO) - 2021-05-02

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2h 38m 46s
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Overall rating - 10 out of 5 stars. Started out warm with looming storm clouds in the distance (3 out of 5 stars for that), accompanied by a severe calf cramp in mile two that prevented me from pushing on the hills for the next hour (negative 2 stars for that), only had to stop for two mountain bikers going out to Bill (7 out of 5 stars for that) and then when I hit Bill the hail followed for about 15-20 minutes (2 out of 5 stars for that). However, the cooldown was quite nice as the thunder boomed overhead. I went around Plymouth counter-clockwise, still not sure if that was the best decision, I'll give that route choice a 3 out of 5 stars, summited Plymouth just as a second round of big boom boom thunder hit, snapped a quick photo, and then took off knowing it was (mostly) downhill from here - 8 out of 5 stars for that moment. I had ditched my poles on the way up to Plymouth to avoid being a lightning rod and alllllmost missed them on the way back, but didn't (!) - 6 out of 5 stars for that. Then started the very fun run down one of my favorite sections of trail in the Denver front range area, the trees kept me plenty covered from the rain and the wind was glorious - 18 out of 5 stars. Rocks were slippery on the way down before hitting meadowlark on the way back so had to watch my footing, but the creek next to the trail was gushing and made for the most beautiful audio scape as I tried not to kill myself with every foot slip - 25 out of 5 stars. Came in pretty much 4-5 mi/min over my planned pace due to the calf issues but still a gorgeous rainy day at one of my favorite parks. 20 out of 5 stars for looking forward to seeing the screamingly fast time the next lady has on this route. All leading to my ~very scientific~ rating of 10 out of 5 stars. Cheers!