Things continue to go pretty well here in Kona. Riding alone for hours, rolling hills, big trucks shaking me sideways as they go past, headwinds for 20-25 miles, just another day in paradise.
I'm continuing to regain confidence in my hammy when running. No more shuffling like an 80-yr-old with a 10-inch stride. Yesterday's 11-miler at half marathon pace was actually a dilemma. What the heck is my half marathon pace? I seem to have only two speeds nowadays, marathon pace and too fast for comfort.
So I did some calculations with previous races to try to get an idea:
|6/02 Kona Half Marathon|
Same gently rolling course, similar 75 degs
|12/05 OUC Half Marathon|
PR, flat course, 40 degs
|1/08 Deland Half Marathon|
Most recent standalone 1/2, flat course, 55 degs
|Post-Hammy Injury (July 2008)|
|11/08 Miami Man 1/2 Iron|
Most recent 1/2 in a tri, flat course, 80 degs
|11/08 Route 66 Marathon|
Fastest 2008 marathon, mostly flat course, 40 degs
|1/09 ZYY Indoor Marathon|
Most recent race, flat course, 60 degs
** Predicted half marathon pace based on McMillan's running calculator.
Great, somewhere between 7:36 and 9:38. Screw it!
I decided to just run by feel instead and finished with an 8:10 avg pace. Ha, I should just run more often!!
But it appears my swimming is headed in the wrong direction. Case in point, Tuesday was another brutal 300 workout: 3 x 300 with 30 seconds rest, followed 2 x 300 with 20 seconds rest, then 300 fast. This, of course, after 900 yds of warm-up and drills (down from 1200 last time, at least) that included plenty of dreaded kicking, the nemesis of runners like me who have inflexible ankles. My last "fast" 300 ended up being no faster than the easy 300 I did in the warmup (6:15) but 10 times harder -- UGH!!!!!
Last year, however, I would have been ELATED to be able to even complete such a workout. There was no need for me to swim more than 200 yards to be warmed up. I avoided kicking and doing drills, unless in a group swim, which was not very often, really. The number of workouts over 2500 yds that were straight unassisted swimming (no fins, pull buoys or paddles) were few. But I was swimming 4-5 times a week, as opposed to usually just 2 lately, and retaining feel for the water better, I think.
So perhaps comparing last year's swim times to this year's is like comparing apples and oranges? Would I expect myself to run as well running only 2 times a week and be able to run 13 miles strong after 13 miles of warm up and running drills?
Well, actually, I might. Let's see what my swim docs say.
Happy Easter, Everyone!