Monday, October 13, 2014

Stuck in 4th gear

The motor (aka cranky muscles) isn't working well at the moment. It feels like there should be at least another 1-2 gears, but finding those gears is proving challenging. Admittedly there have been some of the usual cranky muscle signs messing with training, so that doesn't help. I headed over to Gindy parkrun last Saturday, mostly to be there to cheer Kikka when they announced her position in the '50' Club. However, it was also nice for a change of scenery and to catch up with some familiar faces.
Kikka - another parkrun Club 50 member
 The conditions in Canberra on Saturday were perfect running conditions, cool and windless. I was well slept and rested and felt pretty good during the warm up. Alas when it came to the run, I couldn't get out of 4th gear. It's been a similar finding in recent training, with the 4:40 min/k proving a popular 'rev' zone for the legs. For the Gindy parkrun I finished in 23:42 something like 4:40, 4:39: 4:40; 4:57 and 4:44 to average 4:44 for the 5km. There was no coaxing the legs to go any faster and that's been the case with recent 1km reps. 4:40 is about as good as it gets. All the intervals sessions are based on feel (aiming for a pace that feels sustainable for 5km).

With this latest stint in 'Groundhog day,' today some 400m reps were needed to see if I could, even briefly, shift into 5th gear. Good news is that yes, a slightly quicker pace was possible. Bad news is it was very hard to stay in 5th gear and there were no signs it was a sustainable gear change! Average pace for 6 reps of about 430m were 4:22; 4:10; 4:11; 4:11; 4:13; 4:14. I stuck with just 6 reps as the effort was not sustainable. With more travel on the horizon, there won't be much training opportunity. Hopefully just enough time on the hotel treadmill to keep the legs ticking over. It sure would be nice to see a similar parkrun outcome as when I returned from my travels to Germany. Unfortunately as this is a trip for work, there won't be a lot of time for relaxation and I don't think US Riesling will have the same 'medicinal' qualities as those of Germany. ;-)

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  1. Good to see you found an outdoor treadmill in the US. 5th gear is better than being stuck in 1st ;) I'm sort of having the same problem (minus the cranky muscle issue) - HR is not near top gear but can't get the legs turning over at goal (4:24s) 5k pace. Think I'll have to hit the downhill k at Stromlo for a bit of angel gear work.

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    1. Thanks ET. If it was 1st gear, 5th gear would be pretty quick! Hopefully the downhill k at Stromlo gets you sorted. Yep, it's a good 'outdoor treadmill', it even has a Sat morning fun run before my conference sessions.

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