well, not really but let's just call it a lapse in pacing ability causing me to contemplate a fake cramp and drop out at mile 2...i swear
but i'm tougher than that.... at least after the race i can say that, but i think i need some lessons in mental toughness.
so here is the Carlsbad 5000 race report- my first 5k.
I got there early enough, not before-the-parking-lot-opens-and-enough-time-to-nap-and-digest-a-whole-chicken early (james style) but i made it with one or two moments to spare before my warm-up. i did a 20-minute easy job followed by 4 1-minute accelerations to lactate threshold, recommended by lucho ("the mafter" :) ), and felt awesome and ready to go (besides the fact that i was "that girl" looking all serious and running fast through a parking lot trying to raise my HR).
the race started at 10:20 and we were off! I think lucho's warm-up may have been too good because i dropped the first mile in 5:54. considering i've never actually seen a sub 6 mile on my watch, in hindsight this was probably not the smartest. but let me make my (unfounded) case: this was a BIG race. over 10,000 people and 1100 in my wave. full on spectators all over the course and a freaking motorcaid leading us with motorcycles, a big truck with people in it, and videocameras and all kinds of stuff. And i got to be up front with the top 10-15 girls and run behind the truck for the first mile. how cool! okay, so maybe i got passed by about 5 people over the next two miles and basically blew it, who cares! it was soooooo cool to reach the turnaround because i had no idea how many people were behind me and it was crazy to be running up in the front on empty roads when you see how packed it was for a mile back.
this is how it went for me:
chip time: 19:35 (goal #1 of 2008 acheived- break 20 in a 5k!)
18th overall out of 1170 in the wave.
you know, maybe i can be faster. maybe this wasn't my best. but i tried hard, reached my goal and learned some lessons about pacing. it is just really hard for me because i do not have the confidence to go out conservatively because i don't believe in myself enough to know that i can "make it up" later on in the race....
after my race, i was a good girl and logged another 7 miles for a total of 13 on the day. i came home and did a recovery spin (40 minutes) on the trainer and my legs felt a TON better. i've never done the "recovery spin" before and kind of thought it was a sandbagging way for triathletes to either 1) make their desired training time for the week or 2) burn a couple extra calories but call it a "recovery spin"....well, now i'm a believer. it seriously helped my legs and hopefully will payoff in less DOMS tomorrow.
other than that, james got his aero on at sueprseal (olympic distance triathlon) and i was bummed that i couldn't be there to watch. i secretly like to spectate as much if not more than i like to race and this was a fun local one i was sad to miss. he ran off course (AGAIN!), i am going to have to map those things out for him and take him on some previews next time....i mean, if you are going to be fast enough to be in the front, it's your job to know where the hell you are going. sorry for the tough love, james.
no pictures yet, but i'm going to put some up in the next couple days.
have a great week!