Something went wrong and my original version of this post got deleted, which I am disappointed about because I wrote it while totally jacked out on coffee and it was fun. So here is what I can remember...
My bike and run quality sessions were this week with a race-paced group ride on tuesday and a 10k race on sunday. I don't know if it was allergies or if I was fighting something off but through the middle of the week I was feeling really run down and tired. I missed some of my core workouts for the week but got the hard ride in and by sunday had gotten enough rest and was feeling mostly normal.
Sunday was the Super Bowl 10K put on by Santa Cruz Track Club every year. IT is a low key event that a lot of people I know do, that makes it a lot of fun and a nice way to get started with the season. They also put on a 3k and a kids 1k fun run! I had done this event once before and made my usual mistake of going out way too hard then dying in the the last mile; this time I let the front runners go and settled in with Chris Ratliff and Stefano Profumo who I know are strong and experienced runners and their pace eventually brought everyone back. When most of the guys slowed for water at 5k I pushed through and got the gap then pushed at my limit the rest of the way. I finished first in a time of 34:52 which I am really happy with for this time of year. I also won a Super Bowl cake, which I must say is a brilliant and very original race prize.
My girlfriend did the 10k as well and I am very proud of her because it was her first organized run and she just recently (last week) started doing longer runs. She was nervous but we got up early and got coffee, showed up early to arm up and she did great! She even won a medal for second place in her age group! She got some great photos and you can check them out at her blog Sweet Honey but here is a preview.
I am gonna do some recovery volume this week and then comes the big push for Oceanside 70.3 EIGHT WEEKS!!!!!
Swim 14,900 yds
Bike 8 hrs
Run 21 mi