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Training Log Archive: rcro

In the 1 days ending Nov 6, 2021:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - off road1 53:24 5.78(9:14) 9.31(5:44) 480
  Total1 53:24 5.78(9:14) 9.31(5:44) 480
averages - sleep:7 weight:77kg

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Saturday Nov 6, 2021 #

2 PM

Running - off road race 53:24 [4] 9.31 km (5:44 / km) +480m 4:34 / km
slept:7.0 weight:77kg shoes: Adidas Terrex Speed SG

Sugar Loaf winter fell race. I'm not good for hills at the moment but want to get back into it so no result or time to chase. Went further back into training run by choosing my brand new shoes so that I could break them in. Started slowly so stuck in the traffic jam through the single file trying not to waste energy in passing.

Took a while to get moving on the top but progress was good along the Deri. Surprisingly dry underfoot even where the puddles normally are. Pace nosedived as it started going up again and had to walk most when I know I could run it before. Still - post race segment analysis has this ascent exactly the same time as my 2018 performance (which I recall I was also disappointed with this ascent). Sad to be losing places ascending though.

From the top legs weren't working and it's the most technical bit of downhill - and some strong crosswinds affecting my balance. Lost a lot of time here and possibly worse than previous years. From the crossroads though - nobody overtook me (one came close), and I passed 5 for an overall net gain top-finish! I know it's not that technical, but think I was a bit more confident in these shoes and combined with them weighing 75g less per shoe was easier to clear the trip hazards. Powered through the flats but lost momentum on the two ups - yet closed the gap and passed Helen on these, her having been out of sight at the crossroads after the top.

Hunted down the last 2 victims on the track and gave them a bit of a surprise in appearing and then disappearing. In the leafy, rocky bit going faster than I could see as eyes started watering but able to scope out the rocks and ankle hazards in time.

Pretty happy with this result on current fitness, and this descent. 1:24 slower than my fastest, 2nd best out of 6 attempts despite the very slow start. Descent felt good - overall just 1s faster than 2018 so I guess I lost more this time on the initial drop from the top. It's very rare for Strava to pop up with any PRs on segments nowadays.

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