Each summer, I enjoy competing in the summer XC series as it a barometer of my fitness from year to year. Since it is a series of races, you can look at your best from each series and know if you are still improving. If you were trying to do the same based on a given race, there are too many variables that could effect the outcome of that one race and so you do not have as accurate a measure.
Anyway, I entered the finale of the summer HDR – XC series already confident that I had improved upon last year. Last year I was consistently between 23:19 and 23:27 until the Saturday morning finale which i ran in 22:24. This year I got faster as the summer went along: 23:46, 22:56, 22:06, 22:59. The last 3 were all faster than any Thursday night from last year. The 22:06, was of course, a PR. So as I said, I entered today’s race thinking that 22:00 would be nice, but I really just wanted to win! Sure enough, I just missed the 22:00 with a 22:10, but I won! My first mile was not quite as fast as the first mile of my PR race a couple of weeks ago. Clay was out there and he yelled that I was 5 seconds behind. After two, he yelled that I had caught up, but he was a few seconds ahead of the 2 mile marker so I am not sure I really had… So basically I stayed 5 seconds behind the PR pace of a couple weeks ago. In retrospect, I believe those 5 seconds were lost in the very beginning. I jumped pretty good off the line but even before the gate many people were passing me.
I think I will blame it on Alan, all the other races had a one mile race which most of us use as a warm up. Today he had a one mile warm up run, and then had a 12 and under 1 mile race, then he had the 3 mile. So, there was too much time between the warm up and the race. This is probably why I was sluggish through that first half mile……
Oh well, It was a good morning! Like I said, I won 1st place and almost set another PR!! (Thanks to Jorge Rodas – who is in my age group and beat me every Thursday night, all summer – for not being there today)
Yesterday, by the way, I rested…… no run…. no bike ride….but I did weigh myself
Yesterday’s Weight – 166.2
Today’s cycling 0 miles
This Week cycling 81 miles
August cycling 81 miles
2010 Cycling — 544
Today’s total miles – 4 miles
This week – 20.5 miles
August Total: 30.5 miles
2010: 1394 (includes 14 pool)