I'd been looking forward to the race a bit more than before but had run 30 miles of the NDW contributing to 100miles the previous week. Besides, I still remembered mid-afternoon that I hate 10ks! Jogging down to the race it was fairly windy but much better conditions.
After a shock PB last time, the aim this time was to a) prove it wasn't a fluke (my aim) and b) pace it less erratically, keeping every km between 3'50 and 4'00 per km (BenFP's request). I hoped that with less crazy weather it should be just about possible, though of course I had more pressure on myself this time because I knew I ought to be able to hit sub 40' now. 39'30 would be a big win in my books.
Ready, Set, Go.
Lap one - Ok, this is doable, it feels much less painful than last time.
Lap two - Well, at least I don't feel sick. 4'09? Bother. Oh sugar, 3'39? That's going to hurt later
Lap three - Ok so I've screwed up the 4'00/k or under thing but I think 39'30 should be achievable. I never want to do another 10k again. I'm never going to do a 10k again
Lap four - there's no one to chase or stick with. How is it this spread out? How is this not over yet?
Finish - 38:30 What the?! oh heck! 3rd OA, first female. Finally the 10k times are stacking up. I still never want to race another one though. Shame there's one in the diary for a fortnight's time.
Race 1 of double race week done. Orion Forest 5 next.
Things I have learned during this race: it's a good thing my mental arithmetic is awful. It means I'm never sure I've got it in the bag so I have to keep trying.
|Distance||Cumulative time||Pace / km||HR|
|1.00 km||0:03'52"||3'52" /km||120 bpm|
|2.00 km||0:07'36"||3'44" /km||151 bpm|
|3.00 km||0:11'45"||4'09" /km||157 bpm|
|4.00 km||0:15'25"||3'39" /km||151 bpm|
|5.00 km||0:19'15"||3'50" /km||131 bpm|
|6.00 km||0:23'13"||3'57" /km||- bpm|
|7.00 km||0:27'06"||3'52" /km||137 bpm|
|8.00 km||0:31'06"||4'00" /km||142 bpm|
|9.00 km||0:35'05"||3'57" /km||148 bpm|
|9.88 km||0:38'30"||3'51" /km||150 bpm|