Posted this on Dailymile and FB, but thought I’d put it up here too…
16F at the start, but my gear selection was pretty good and I wasn’t too cold and quickly warmed up to a nice temp. I love my buff! Used it as balaclava to start and then just covered the ears after the 1st couple miles.
I had hoped to break 9:00 pace but this is a very technical course. About 5 miles is on a tight mountain bike single track, and it’s really hard to get any speed there. (See the Garmin link below to see what I mean about the 2nd half of the course!)
Considering this was my 1st running race over 7 miles in several years, I am pleased as I was strong throughout even though I was pushing hard. (I have done adventure races that have had longer foot sections, and orienteering courses where I have been “running” longer times, but this was my 1st running race this long…)
The garmin data is here.
Here is a screen shot from the google earth import:
And here is my heart rate… This shows I really could not have gone a whole lot faster. I was in the 165-175 range and that 175 is definitely pushing anaerobic. I have not done a max heart rate test in a while, but I would think it is only 178 or so. So the fact that I was above 165 for so long is a sign my vo2 max is doing pretty good.