This is really the reason I started this blog. I know there are other people out there that share my ambitions and I’d like to share my experience. I want to compete in long distance endurance races, but I know I have a lot of work to. I need to figure out how to train and then how to race. I really want to be competitive and I believe I can be. I am a long ways away from the end goal, but I know what I want. I just need to put the work in and stop beating myself at my own chess game. I’ve done the same thing in 3 events now. First not really being completely ready for it, and then going out of the gate way to strong.
I believe if I were to have backed my pace off at the beginning, that I would have finished 20 minutes faster at the end of the race. I’ve been looking at my heart rate profile over the race, and I was purely just pushing it a little to far and depleting my muscles of oxygen. I only needed to back off a slight bit and I would have been fine.
My plan for the Lutsen at this point is to set myself a pace and not go over that pace for the first 50 miles unless I’m coasting on a downhill. Mile 50 to 75, I will pick it up a mile or 2 depending on how I’m feeling and then try to carry that on for the last 24 miles.
Here is a picture from the race: