It's only January, but without this race I'd be waiting until March to start the season. That would make for a long, unhinging winter.
Time then for a little 5k, MEC race 1. It was the kind of cold in which you can feel your skin freeze within 30 seconds of removing your gloves.
Out to the start, with all jiggling about dressed like multicoloured astronauts.
The QuestionAim for this race was mostly to answer the question- what sort of shape was I in? I'd been in base training since the start of December, slowly rebuilding after injury in October.
I'm at my heaviest at this time of year also, so what time could I expect on such a day? 22 minutes perhaps.
Overtake On The Left
The answer to the question?
A fairly strong performance at this stage given the un-traction, cold and volume of clothing I had to wear. There's plenty of work to do, so stay alert for any possible injury. In other words, it's all on the right track.
Next race is in 2 months, so keep on running. The next phase is called "sharpening", starting Feb 1.