But today I set a comeback PR. That's how I'm going to track my PRs this year. No need to be bummed I'm not hitting the times I used to hit a few years ago. I will get there eventually and I will have real PRs then.
The race this morning was flat and had a strong head wind for the first mile and not much of a tail wind for the last mile. The middle mile was protected from the winds and wound around a residential area. I did a nice warmup with a few pick ups. I was reminded how light and thin racing flats are. I can't remember the last time I wore some. We lined up and I put myself a few rows back. The ladies in front of me were hoping to run 27 something. The gun went off and I quickly got out front and sized up the people around me. I ran a steady 7ish minute per mile pace. Not fast but what I thought I could hold. After the turn off of the main road I sort of lost my focus. There was a lot of looking around and thinking 'huh, I didn't know this street existed, there are some cute houses back here'. Oops. It wasn't until a guy in leather tennis style shoes, wearing cammo pants, a leather belt and a polo shirt tucked in came by me that I realized I wasn't really racing. Typical male ego picked up the pace when I started to pass him. I let him lead until he had to stop and tie a shoe. Yep, he did that.
|1 mile to go. Hurting.|
The last mile went by fast and I think I averaged 6:30ish There were three women right in front of me and a guy who runs very loud (stomping feet....this drives me crazy) right behind me. I couldn't shake him and wasn't really gaining on the ladies, but I kept pushing it. I caught one of the women with a quarter mile to go and she challenged me in he last 100 but I held her off by running so hard I could puke. And I did right after crossing the finish line.
|They had beer at the finish line!|
The ride was a recovery ride fail. Twice as long and averaging about 80 watts higher than it should have been. But the ride gave me a lot of confidence in my bike fitness. I was able to do pulls at what I thought was my threshold for 7-10 minutes and it wasn't hard. And the guys were nice too. Today will have to be that recovery day.