I had the day off today so I did a rare weekday Flatirons session.
My first lap today on Freeway on the Second Flatiron was a PR of 15:08, which basically means I didn't stop much and I'm familiar enough with the route that I don't have to think about where to go next. Recorded times on Strava for this route range between a blistering 6:03 and 2+ hours.
The second lap was more exploratory, trying out different lines in my quest to climb the center of this first pitch. Until now, I've been scrambling up the easy rock on the right side, then veering left to gain the Freeway ridge at the top of this photo. FYI this is about 1/4 of the 800-foot route. The rest is at a slightly lower angle and has lots of good holds. Of course there's a jump, and two slightly steeper slabs at the very end ;)
On the third lap -- after 10 times doing this climb -- I guess I had reached the point where I didn't see anything here that I didn't think I could free climb, said "what the heck", and just headed straight up. And it went fairly easily. Like many visitors here, I've stared up in awe while seemingly crazy people climbed these slabs without ropes using some sort of voodoo that I didn't understand. I mean, I've spent years watching that.
Well, I guess I've become one of those crazy people. A fun day.
Distance was 4.81 miles, time 2:47:59 (moving 1:44:17), avg. pace 34:55, moving pace 21:40, max pace 8:30 min/mi, elevation gain/loss 3,037 feet.