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Did my first xc race at the weekend. Not in the same league as mudrunner and the like but five miles that were a bit hill, a bit muddy, spongy grass and 99% into a headwind.
I realised as we were starting that I had no idea what sort of time I should be aiming for. Mcmillian suggests that for a road race I should be aiming for 33.30 or 6:42m/m so I added a bit on an set of with 35 mins at 7:00 in my head.
After a couple of miles I slowed right down and finished in 36:03 or 7.14m/m. however, I managed to pick up the pace again towards the end and the final half mile I logged a respectable 6:19 pace, which suggests the slowing was more to do with lack of confidence rather than real fatigue.
I appreciate that one of the 'pleasures' of xc running is that every course is different, I just wondered if anyone could offer any tips or advice on pacing for xc events.