I had my 5 mile race last night and while it was far from a perfectly executed race I am reasonably happy with my performance.
The start was downhill which we would have to climb on the way back to the finish, so I was conscious that I would need to make some time on the way down. However with hindsight, I think I went out too fast which made the race harder work than it would have been otherwise.
The 7pm start after a day at work didn't seem to be ideal for my performance either!
The official times haven't been released yet, but I made it 32:00 on my watch for a 3:58/k average.
The (2K) splits were: (as usual my watch is under reading distance slightly)
Time Dist Avg HR Max HR
00:07:40 2 168 179
00:08:05 2 172 179
00:08:00 2 170 175
00:08:10 2 169 173
00:00:05 0.01 173 174
This felt considerably more effort than the 5K last weekend, although this course did involve some climbing and descent which the 5K course doesn't.
I have been looking at the race calendar and my next race is likely to be a 1/2 marathon on 25 September (although there are the weekly 5K races every Saturday). This will be followed by a 10K on 9th October, with the option of others on 16 and 23.
Am I best to have a few weeks of build up to work towards the 1/2, or carry on with the cycles?
Ideally I would like to get under 1:30:00 for the half which is on a reasonably hilly course.
As always, your feedback would be very much appreciated.