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Painful Beginning to the Season

April 17, 2017 -


 Conditions: Temps around 60 at start with a moderate breeze. Wind wasn't outrageous but enough to make you shift when you rode into it. 


 

Pre Race Food: Cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin. Also drank 2 20oz bottles from 7am to the race start at 9:30am

 

Run #1: Legs felt pretty good out of the gate. Pace was much faster than my 5k a few weeks ago but I feel like I could've suffered through another mile close to this pace. Their timing has my pace at 6:59 but my Garmin is reading short for the course. Such is the life of GPS variability. No biggie. 

 

T1: Fairly uneventful. Did zero transition practice so I opted to put my shoes on instead of on the bike because I didn't want to fumble with it.

 

Bike: Onto the course and into a modest headwind for the first 3.5 - 4 miles. Tried to settle in and get my heart rate and cadence up. About halfway through the bike my legs kind of woke up and I felt like I get more power out of my legs but the data shows a drop in the second half. 

 

T2: Surprisingly smooth for no practice. Slipped my feet out of the shoes a little too early but I was worried about having an issue with it. Easy running dismount, shoe change and go. 

 

Run #2: Legs felt flat out of transition. Major rubber legs and felt like I couldn't get them to turn over. Did the best I could trying to keep going but there was zero energy and a bit of cramping in my right calf. Cramping went away but energy kept going down and at mile my legs popped. Felt like I had nothing left. Struggled

 

----- Garmin : 09:30 AM -----

Conditions: Temps around 60 at start with a moderate breeze. Wind wasn't outrageous but enough to make you shift when you rode into it. 

 

Pre Race Food: Cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin. Also drank 2 20oz bottles from 7am to the race start at 9:30am

 

Run #1: Legs felt pretty good out of the gate. Pace was much faster than my 5k a few weeks ago but I feel like I could've suffered through another mile close to this pace. Their timing has my pace at 6:59 but my Garmin is reading short for the course. Such is the life of GPS variability. No biggie. 

 

T1: Fairly uneventful. Did zero transition practice so I opted to put my shoes on instead of on the bike because I didn't want to fumble with it.

 

Bike: Onto the course and into a modest headwind for the first 3.5 - 4 miles. Tried to settle in and get my heart rate and cadence up. About halfway through the bike my legs kind of woke up and I felt like I get more power out of my legs but the data shows a drop in the second half. 

 

T2: Surprisingly smooth for no practice. Slipped my feet out of the shoes a little too early but I was worried about having an issue with it. Easy running dismount, shoe change and go. 

 

Run #2: Legs felt flat out of transition. Major rubber legs and felt like I couldn't get them to turn over. Did the best I could trying to keep going but there was zero energy and a bit of cramping in my right calf. Cramping went away but energy kept going down and at mile my legs popped. Felt like I had nothing left. Struggled


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