The original plan for today was for another steady state session, but I felt like something with a bit more bite to it. So, I decided to give this month’s Cross Team Challenge a try.
Here is the description…
To say I had low expectations is an understatement. Back in January, when I was in good form, I was able to crank out a 5K with a 1:46.4 pace. From what I had read, this challenge was doable at faster than 5K pace. But there are a number of mitigating factors that would cause me to set my sights considerably lower.
- My training has been intermittent and erratic since the end of January. I’m accumulating meters at less than half the December/January rate in February, March and April.
- I have had 2 multiple day layoffs due to travel in the past three weeks.
- I am now working on slides, which kill me for middle distance pieces for some reason.
With all of that, I decided that I would be happy with a 1:50 pace. It turned out to be a pretty accurate guess and a big ask in the final rep.
I started with a fletcher warmup.
Then into the main event.
Then a 2K cool down
So, 5468m puts me in Free Spirits Boat #1 for the moment. I should really be at least a couple seconds faster than this on pace, but I’m glad to at least have posted a score.
Tomorrow: 3 x 20′ steady state