Sunday, April 17, 2011

Year and a half taper = very stiff legs

I headed into the Sun Run with one interval workout and one half as my prep for running fast. As a result I new it was going to be a little touch and go, and I also haven't raced in 18months and ran anything hard over 15min. The goal was to feel strong and stay on form and effort the whole race and be around 32 minutes.

Coach Lance and I had a couple of discussions about how to run this exact course layout and what my fitness indicators should get me. What was disappointing was how far off he was. He suggested opening km, 5km and final split times based on the few speed workouts and my general fitness. He thought I would go out in a 2:50k, go through the 5k in 15:45 and finish up right around 32 on the nose. Maybe a touch faster if I felt great and 32:15 if I struggled. I was 2:48, 15:43 and brought home a 32:05, so I guess he wasn't that far off :)

I guess that is what happens when you work with a coach for 15years and one that pays attention to every detail of a race course and can apply to his athlete. He has a pretty amazing assessment of my fitness and how it can be applied to specific events. I didn't have as much confidence as he did in the race plan going in, but this morning I awoke and just trusted that sometimes he knows me better then I do. He has the ability to look at the actual work that has been done and regardless of the stresses in my life and training can predict the outcome if I focus and apply what I have available, no more no less.

When training is great and you feel good it is quite easy to have confidence and predict outcomes. But after a year away from regular training and hit and miss training over the last weeks I had lost my sense for fitness indicators and confidence. But with an experienced coach that knows me inside and out I just needed to trust.

Thank you Lance for helping me gain this back and for getting me through this hard year.

Though I am happy with this run, 32:05 is a good starting point and I look forward to getting back to my low 30's form of 2009 in the next months. Maybe two more interval workouts will do it! Ha Ha Wish it will be that easy.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What in the World!!!

Yes I am still alive, though you wouldn't think so as there hasn't been a race result in 18 months to prove it. Well that is going to change tomorrow. I am doing my first race since Clearwater 70.3 Worlds in Nov 2009. After a spending the last year on the sidelines with a chronic knee injury I am getting back into things with the Vancouver Sun Run 10k to gauge where I am at before hitting the World Cup season again.

Needless to say it has been a very trying year mentally and physically. However, I am coming back into form and it is amazing the bodies ability to remember how to work hard and how quickly I have gotten into shape.

A lot has changed over the last year but coach Lance and I are still wanting to have a go at qualifying and competing at the London Olympics. It is going to be an uphill battle with finding fitness quick enough, funding the process and enough races to get the needed points and standards. I have never been one to shy away from a tough challenge so Lance, my support team and I are willing to have a go.

Through this tough year I have had fantastic support from my network of people in Victoria and have some new support willing to help me work towards London. I will share what these people have done for me in the next few blogs.

I look forward to having some race updates to start blogging about.