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Stevie G said:
So need to keep it a bit more relaxed in future
Ta for the thoughts chaps.
Compared to the past, the zones are more a vague guide these days, I used to follow them relentlessly without a problem! The paces this week were actually fine. Reps on point, and easy has a good sway anyway. It's all about the feel.
I think it's just a bit of stressyiness mixed in with one of those slightly run down periods that just needs a few days off, like after the end of the set of average XC races following the GSR.
Little things like finding I'm doing the double run of a day later and later - ie putting it off. It has felt a bit "off" compared to last year's runup.
I was saying to ALD earlier that I didn't even regret that I'd binned off my United v Liverpool tickets for Sunday (cos of Wokey), as I wouldn't fancy all the driving time!
That says it all I think!
Only way I can describe it, is it#s like that feeling you have after a really long day of work, or travel, where you feel fried - just a general sense of being clammy the whole time, but not in a month where the weather might lend itself to that.
Generally a good sleep will see it off. But it's lingered on over a week. I ran things past a guy I know who coaches borderline internationals and he said it certainly wouldn't be clever racing and there's always another race.
Getting up and "stealing" another 20mins, or getting home and doing the same before anything else job.
Relying on you chaps having good ones for some entertaining reports. Should still be at minimum 4 there from the thread. I'm gonna disappear off for a bit now, to leave the floor to you lads, I've yabbled on enough about this now! I can only imagine what Deano would make of this nonsense
Ridiculously long reports when not even racing is just becoming a parody
Good luck all at Wokingham. I'm not running as I've just not got the endurance training in and don't fancy HM effort for a time I'm unhappy with. Hopefully be at Fleet in 3 weeks instead. I don't think SG should run either; he knows best if he's feeling right and there are many other races. Bracknell parkrun today for me for the first time in a while and, though it's a very tough course, doesn't fully justify my disappointing 20'14. Still 5th so at least my position was similar to usual but I guess a lot of the regulars were missing waiting for Wokey. Maybe just need to get used to that course again. Did a flat 30k route in a decent time (just over 1 hour) in the lovely weather this afternoon on the bike. Much happier with that than the run.
Unlucky Bus, and well battled through. Like I said to you earlier, those splits have a very similar look to the race I melted down at, but without the fast start. The struggling to hit 7min miling in a half is a memory i'll never forget!
Luckily though it sounds like you didn't have the same ending and legacy after that I had that day, and can carry on after a little rest. But all those factors you mention would deffo have added up, the long drive as well! Shorter and frequent with racing to tick over seems a good plan, to keep "that" feeling of what racing is like.
Pete - decent turnout again, like you say 1sec more would have made it just that bit more pleasing You're a consistent chap, maybe the occasional thrashed reps might spice it up, and make 10k pace feel easier.
I could have "got round" today, fairly comfy i'm sure, but I don't think there was a race performance available. As Ric said, once you've had a nightmare half, you definitely become more cautious. This way, I can pick up again and race fairly quickly, rather than in effect waste a year, like 2015-2016.
Complete rest day instead which felt very odd. 2 1/2 days off totally now.
Some quality results from some of my clubmates, V45 getting a 1.18.01! Maybe I was hasty thinking losing at Handy Cross was as underpar as I had thought.
Dom got his pb, but didn't get his sub 1hr 20. He seems to be able to go all in on solo runs, but not quite do the same on races. Unless of course it was too close, being 10 days out.
Bus - Dom is a ludicrous starter generally, but having recently done a 6.03 10miler in training, keeping 6 pace (at least) wouldn't seem mad (to 99% of us!), so a 5.50 or so first mile by his standards wouldn't seem mental.
That'll be one he'll consider reigned in
Quality from Frankie. He certainly doesn't seem to lose too much as his age zooms up. I wonder if the doing extra short stuff is his secret. A successful XC season always ramps up the confidence too.
Right now I feel utterly boiling...hopefully just the stress of the United v Liverpool game. The only game of the season that brings pure stress on
We'll have to look at some kind of low key quick return into racing. 5M-10k maybe, something we agree on off site, don't mention, and just get it done to get a line in the sand!