TO TRACK OR NOT TO TRACK?
I drove to Nelson today fully intending to drop off this week's delivery and just do an easy 5 on the canal on the way back. Having raced on Monday and done 4 (Tuesday) 6 (Wednesday) and 9 on the trail yesterday the old legs were feeling a tad heavy and I thought I would give the track session a miss for once. Particularly as temperatures were reported to be well into the '20s.
But manager John asked me what the session would be and so I changed my mind and decided to stick to routine.
I started to think about races to come and how a hot, steamy track session would serve as good"
acclimatisation" . I reminded myself that my rivals wouldn't be avoiding a speed session because of high temperatures and tired legs.........so I shouldn't either!
I must admit I nearly changed my mind having warmed up as even with just a t-shirt on I was feeling somewhat overdressed in the lunchtime heat. But I wasn't complaining.
It made a nice change from all those cold windy days I've suffered this year. The t-shirt came off after the first of 8 600 metres reps! A much welcome natural dose of vitamin D.
The session of reps went as usual accelerating throughout; from 2:40 to 2:28, averaging out at
my 10K pace in 2:35. So well worth doing and leaving me well satisfied; but definitely an easy day tomorrow.