Race Day 1:00:00  12.0 km (5:00 / km)
15 min WU
3k Race (10:49)
15 min CD
Ice Bath (10)
ETT = 8
This was meh. We were pretty puzzled with the times as we felt we had put in close to the same effort as we had 2 weeks ago. Got a bit spooked after going through the first lap in a 37 when I knew that we were supposed to go through in a 42. Backed off a bit after that which was lame. Got to thinking too much about pace goals and before I knew it I was creeping far in the back again. I was hurting a lot in the middle and into the last K so I thought we were on pace to PB again and remember thinking "Good for Paigie! Having a stellar race". When someone yelled 10:08 on the last lap I remember having a brief "wtf?" Anyways...clearly too much thinking and not enough racing today. Next time I am just going to put myself in a trans again and just stick with what I went out with...just glue myself to another human being...make a move in the middle...Run the effort in the moment...then up the auntie in the last 2 laps with everything I have.
Note to self: I think for me racing is more than just thinking about emptying the tank and putting in the effort. You have to piece together those split second thoughts of "I can beat this person!" and just go with them. Whether you make these decisions or not you are still going to be in pain. Somehow the pain seems to lessen when you know you are running well, or it doesn't matter as much because having a good race becomes more important. Do not fear the pain. Nobody ever died from pain.