Sunday, January 18, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Went to the commonwealth pool to play catch-up and get a swim in before lunch. Put in about 3.5-4km then did a short 20min run right after before getting lunch, picking up my bike, picking up my trainer from home, and heading to the pool to do a spin for a couple of hours. I got a new pair of cycling shoes last week from Speed theory in vancouver. They are the Shimano TR-70's. Custom heat moldable...very very comfortable. They are without a doubt the most comfortable pair of cycling shoes I have ever tried or ridden. If you are thinking of getting a pair, make sure you plan for 45mins to an hour as it takes a while to get everything molded.
For all those that have played the Wii or own the unit, they know how much fun and how hard it is to find! Seriously, how can a product be so hard to get a hold of?!? Cranbrook was sold out, Vancouver - same situation, and Victoria has nothing until Thursday or Friday this week. Fingers crossed on getting one.
Til next time,
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It was a good thing that I was leaving 2 hrs early as I got lost along the way. It was a nice sunday drive though, I can see the attraction for all those older folks. Got to race site, got warmed up, cooled off, and warmed up again just before start. LOTS of people!! I never realised that it was such a huge event! In the post-race results, they have 630 people logged as having raced. Apparently past finishers were invited, along with BCs or Canada's top 100 runners.
Gun start, and we were off. Because it was a gun start and not timing chip start, I tried to weasel closer to the front of the now chasing pack, unsuccessfully! It took about 400m to get in a position where I didn't have to jostle with others and could actually pick it up a bit. Going into the race I wanted to have an average of a 6-minute mile pace. That would put me in at 30mins. Everything was going according to plan until about just after 2km where the course turned up W. Saanich Rd, up the hill. The hill got to me, and after that if I tried to push it I would get closer to wanting to hurl. So, I backed off 3 or 4 times to save face.
Going through the 4km mark I was 15:53, off the pace I wanted (6:25 pace). After that, it was hard to keep pushing. At the 6km mark I hooked onto another runner and drafted behind all the way to the finish stretch, at which point I picked it up just to finish a place better, not for the time. I ended up 125/630 with a time of 32:13. The following are my splits:
first 4km: 15:53
second 4km: 16:21
Av. Pace: 6:29/mile
It's only the beginning of the year, and between the recovery from last year's stress fracture in my foot, and this being a C-race, it went OK. Hatley Castle is in a couple of weeks, and although hilly it will be a good one.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
So to kick off the new year I moved to Victoria to start training full-time. It’s been a pretty slow adjustment – I miss all the home comforts and reconoisable faces. But, it’s good. I came over on one of those new Coastal class ships that BC Ferries has now. It’s so confusing!! There are so many little sitting areas all over and it’s really disorientating...I was tired too which didn’t help. I met with my coach on Friday and it looks like this year will be good. Slowly getting settled in and figuring out where to ride and what groups to join/workout with. There are so many choices that it is actually a bad thing! So many workouts overlap. Real training starts Monday. The last couple of days I have just been doing my own thing casually while getting my bearings.
Tomorrow I am going to run the Pioneer 8km. It is one of the Frontrunners race series races (the first one) so there are a few races coming up over the next couple of months that I can use to track my progress. Thoughts about tomorrow: don’t really know how it will pan out. Basically I am going to go all out and see what I have in me. Fitness wise I am fine, just maintaining any kind of speed that will be the issue.
I’ll post an update on the race tomorrow.