In any case, it was another perfect night for the beach series. I was feeling fast, but the course didn't quite cooperate. The tide was on it's way in, pushing the course lines up a bit from the optimal line, and putting the north end turnaround flag into a big wide pool about a foot deep (more so on the second lap).
So I pushed hard, but my time was about 20 seconds slower than last week. I probably would have been faster on the same conditions. Hard to tell, I also did a fairly hard warmup, and ended up coming in hot to line up at the start with just seconds to spare before the gun went off . . . oops.
There are 3 races left, the series tracks a point system though all 16 races. I've noticed now that I'm currently ranked 5th in Men 30-39. The top 3 in each age group win some nice travel vouchers. I don't think I can break into the top 3, they're way ahead of me, but I think I can take number 4. Still holding out for getting back to my pre-xmas times before it's all over. We'll see . . .
|2||23:21||22nd||High tide course - loose sand, 3 laps.|
|3||20:56||28th||Low tide course - perfect weather.|
|4||22:52||28th||High tide course - good weather.|
|7||20:49||21st||Low tide course - hot.|
|8||22:23||23rd||Low tide course - out of shape.|
|10||23:23||30th||Low tide course - still losing fitness.|
|12||22:05||26th||Perfect weather, hard work.|
|13||22:30||21st||Perfect weather, some loose sand and splashy bits.|
Still feeling Sunday's run.
|Leg||Last Week||This Week|
|Start to South End||4:23||4:04|
|South End to North End||5:29||5:50|
|North End to South End||5:34||5:48|
|South End to North End||5:37||5:42|
|North End to Finish||1:05||1:04|
Hmm . . . now that I've entered the splits . . .it definitely looks like I went out too fast: This weeks splits compared to last weeks: (-19, +20, +14, +5, -1). Looks like out too fast and into oxygen debt, followed by a gradual return to a stable aerobic pace. Wouldn't matter if there were 5 or 10 more Ks to the race, but that's typical marathon behavior that I'm trying to get rid of. ;-) Need to run more anaerobic: go out fast and keep it up.