Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Of Snakes and Ladders



I am now on Week 9 of my Sub-2 training and it hurts to say that I have rolled the dice and it fell in a Snake pit.  It took me back to 2 weeks worth of training, as what I felt in yesterday’s long run.

Got to love that trail! @Timberland
Snake pits I’m talking about started on Week 7, where I missed my long run session because the “cross-training” became the base training.  I went trail biking that got complicated because I had to bike 1 hour to get money to pay for our food!  It was quite funny at the time and I felt I needed the extra workout so I volunteered.  Yes, it did give me the workout I needed… and more!

As with most learning experiences I had to go through with it the bad way, as the mid-day heat caught up with me and left me drained.  Not to mention my battered shins from the “falls” I had at Basekamp that added to the exhaustion.

Prior to that week it seemed that I landed on a Ladder as I have managed to do a 15k at an average 6:04/km run at 92%hr.  I deviated from the training plan as I wanted to know how fast I can go with an extra effort.  And it didn’t disappoint.  Weekday runs also were decent speed plays averaging 5:45/km for 5k runs at good 90%hr.  It would have been great if that continued, and I thought it would.

Coming into this week I already did two consecutive weekday 5k runs and hopefully catch a decent long run this weekend.  There’s a plan to stay over at a hotel this weekend.  Its near MOA so it’s a good spot for a run.  Too bad I’ll miss the weekend bike ride again.  If it doesn’t materialize then it’s the usual weekend run-bike sessions for me. Yey!

With a few more weeks to go I am still hoping to do better. I probably have to go back to week5 again to regain momentum and hope for the best for the remaining 5weeks.

Week # / Date
Distance
Ave. Time / km
% Heart Rate Ave.
Est fin 21k
Barley/Nov.'13
21.35
0:05:36
?
1:59:43
TGT/Oct. 24
25k
0:06:20
90%
2:38:20
TGT/Oct. 31
21k
0:05:55
90%
2:04:15
1 / Aug. 23
16k
0:06:44
88%
2:21:24
2 / Aug. 29
16k
0:06:22
91%
2:13:42
3 / Sept. 5
19k
0:06:51
84%
2:23:51
4 / Sept.12
20k
0:06:25
89%
2:14:45
5 / Sept.19
21k
0:06:20
90%
2:13:00
6 / Sept.25
15k
0:06:04
92%
2:07:24
7 / Oct. 3
missed
missed
missed
missed
8 / Oct.11
16k
0:06:17
90%
2:11:57
9 / Oct. 17
21k
0:06:10
90%
2:09:30
10 / Oct. 24
25k
0:06:20
90%
2:13:00
11 / Oct.31
21k
0:05:55
90%
2:04:15
12 / Nov. 7
21k
0:05:50
90%
2:02:30
D-Day Nov 15
21k
0:05:45
90%
2:00:45

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