Date: Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today was race day, if you want to call it that. This was a race that Molly wanted to do with her wine drinking friend. No wonder. Ends up this was a wine lover’s destination race. There were definitely some good runners here, with a $2000 cash purse and $5000 in prizes (wine), but I think some people were more excited about the wine than the run. When I signed up for it I was anticipating being in good shape, and running a strong race in the ballpark of 1:22. As things turned out it became just another part of getting back into shape. I definitely was fatigued with a Training Stress Balance of -31. For an important race I will shoot for a slightly positive TSB on race day. I don’t really have that luxury now that I’ve let my fitness fall. I still hoped to have a sub 1:30 finish time. I was on track for that until I started to fall apart during mile 3. I don’t think I really felt bad until mile 5 or so, but if you look at my Pace vs. Heart Rate data, it is quite evident with the slower pace and corresponding increasing heart rate that things were not going well. Earlier in the year when I was in good shape my heart rate would sit 150-160 while racing, and usually only go above 160 for a sprint finish.

Mile

Avg Pace

Avg HR

Max HR

1

6:29

145

161

2

6:21

149

155

3

6:43

176

209

4

6:55

160

189

5

6:46

190

217

6

7:23

215

233

7

7:36

215

235

8

7:45

211

233

9

8:30

202

229

10

8:36

177

202

11

8:54

206

236

12

8:55

193

221

13

8:33

188

206

13.3

7:43

195

211

This graph shows the elevation changes (rolling), my heart rate (increasing), and pace (dropping).

Th course was beautiful, and it actually was somewhat familiar because Molly and I had biked the roads yesterday.

I am not disappointed in the race, just not excited about the results. It is more of an indication of how far I still need to go before October. Even though I am feeling much better than I did a couple weeks ago, it is going to take a few more miles before I’m back to where I should be. I ended up finishing with a time of 1:42:20, 20th in my age group. Molly finished in 1:53, just two minutes shy of her best. Not so bad after getting 56 miles of riding in yesterday!

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