Getting back into the spirit of racing; this St. Patricks Day weekend sort of kicked off the interval training for me. On Saturday I ran in the Basic 5 and did the 5 miler in 29:07. I went out too fast (5:16 1st mile) and suffered to recover while still racing the last 4 miles. I told myself not to go out to fast before the race; but something about run races gets me going out too fast every time. You’d think I would learn my lesson. At least when I am racing in a triathlon; I don’t (or can’t) make this error. Good thing; cause racing is a lot more fun when you pace the race correctly. I learned this the hard way in swimming at a very early age; now if I can just take care of business in the running side of things….we’ll see, I don’t have another pure running race for a while.
Then on Sunday, I rode in the Slammer road race (30 miles). It was a windy day and going certain directions in our 2.5 looped course made the dynamics of the race interesting. I had a lot of fun and gained some speed and power from the race. There was a 15 to 20 person sprint at the end and I managed a 5th place finish but more importantly my legs are getting closer to being ready for the demands of the upcoming Tri season.
Basic 5 results: