Ok, so I was not quick nor did I get dirty today at WTC, but this post is both those things. It’s an email I sent to a couple friends who asked about my performance at the race. Quick summary – not too good. The best thing I did regarding the race was predict that it would be Bradley Mongold’s coming out party. It was, as he finished second.
Went out too hard, got off course (2/3 mile total, but enough), bonked, lost water bottle down mountain. Ran bad time, but had a good time. I relearned what NOT to do when racing. Ended up 40 something in 4:29:5?
To give you an idea of how the race went see the following table of AS sections with distance and HR.
Dist HR (bpm)
From the attached HR/elevation chart you get a different picture of the same story. Went out way too hard the first four miles. I settled into my own maybe slightly too hard and very unsteady rhythm from 4 to 10. Ran with a steady eddie pace guy from 10 to 17 (or at least a good chunk of that). Unsteady, but averaging same 170 HR from 17 to 19. After 19 I tried to pick the effort a notch to 172-73 bpm and did so through 22. After that the wheels came off/ I gave up/kinda lame. Today won’t have been a failure if I learned some lessons.[I appear to have inadvertently stopped my watch going into and maybe coming out of the second dip.]