lindsayh wrote: ↑
June 25th, 2020, 7:13 am
best of luck Dave - that is a huge field for your age group and a bit of an outlier - lots of groups around ten and less and about 1200 overall.
I just couldn't justify an entry in current fitness state and there was a big risk of a very unfriendly starting time either in the middle of the night or whilst I was at work. Irritated a bit now because 2 erg buddies (one from oz and one UK) are both racing. it will be interesting to see how Richard Steventon goes - he was very fast indeed a few years ago and is now coming back from a hip replacement 2 years ago which was a nuisance.
Terry and I trained together for the first time since mid March tonite and did the CTC.
Mine 4289 @1:51.9 and Terry was 4118 @1:56.5 - happy enough with limited training at present
one more to float boat 4!
Thanks Lindsay. There were some regrets this morning that I'd signed up, with sub-optimal training over the past 6 weeks. In the end about 65 started of the 80 in the 40-49 group. And we're the only group having to turn up again tomorrow and do it all again!
I knew that sub-8 would be tough but doable, based on the few training sessions I did manage to fit in. I did my standard adapted Fletcher workout, which was about 2/3rds done when the monitor cleared and the race system took over (about 15 minutes before the start which I wasn't expecting). Managed to finish it off blind, so can't blame that on the heavy feeling when the race started.
The race started a few minutes late, and the PM5 kept faffing around moving me from erg 14 to 12 to 13, then nothing for a while. This was after it had been displaying the normal pre-race screen, so I was getting worried that something was going wrong with the connection. Fortunately it all seemed to come right, and the familiar race screen returned. I see from the results that something went wrong with Heat 3, and they had to go again 8 hours later!
Heart rate was elevated, but not as bad as it was at BRIC18 and WRIC20, so doing this from home does have some advantages! The only other familiar name in my heat was Stu Wenman (Dangerscouse), so that provided some distraction from the personal pain, while I watched him challenging for a place in the A final tomorrow. Apparently needed a PB to get there, but it was a great effort to see from my position at the back of the field. I was about 400+ metres behind when the winner hit the 0 mark.
The race start seemed even worse than at a venue, and I was seeing an average of over 2:06 for the first while, before I managed to wind it down to my target of 1:59.9. I saw a few more 2:00-2:03 paces at the beginning than I would have liked, but managed to knuckle down and get back on track. I didn't try for my usual ramp up in the last 300 metres because I need to save something for tomorrow! Managed a 7:58.9 in the end. Not an SB even, and I don't think I can blame the race start entirely for being slower than that 7:57.1.
I thought I was in uncharted territory in having to do 2 of these in 2 days, but I see I did it back in 2007 where I clearly wasn't happy with my 7:41 (noting in my log that it was 31 degrees and I could have gone faster). Did it the next day and knocked 3 seconds off. And then in Sept 2008 I did 2 in one day, separated by a 4 minute time trial. No idea what was up with that - the folly of youth!
Goal tomorrow is to repeat today's pacing, but try throw in the *** DELETE - SPAM *** sink at the end. I suspect I might be last, but I already had practice with that today