Last weekend I was in the battefield of the 20km of Lausanne. Second edition for me, and a slightly better result. Well… ok… the same time more or less, but with a different spirit and a different sensation.
Let’s start from the beginning: last year as this year my first goal is the 70.3 Rapperswill (in June), so the best way to train is to get a 20km competition one month before.
Despite the last year that the race was scheduled for the afternoon, this year was in the morning. So…I jumped earlier, quick breakfast and went to the race start. Well, this time the weather was almost better (even if colder, at least it didn’t rain). But the connections to get there.. I arrived at the last minute this time. I didn’t really have any time to warmup, and I did just a couple of movements to warm up the ankles and a bit the muscles, but no running at all, no exercises etc..
What a mistake…
I was with my run-mate that actually did have time to warmup, and we decided that he would have been the pacemaker…
What a mistake (2)…
He started.. with a deadly pace. 4:00min/km he was pushing too hard for me! Even warmed up I would have never been able to keep that pace for long. At the 1st km I specifically said
“man.. just to mention… we still have 19 of these… and climbing”
I got a lot of laughs around me. But the answer was “well you will see that on the climbs we will drop it”.
Yes. He dropped a bit. But I realized that exactly on the climbs my calfs and quads were like stones! I’m sure that was not only fault of the missed warmup, but 90% cause of the charge of the last month. I pushed a lot in the last period, so I was simply experiencing some long-term fatigue stored in my muscle.
And that was clear at the 8th km. My mate simply continued with his pace because he knew that I’m a better running down the climbs than him. But I was not able to catch him. He finished 4min before me.
What a loser I am.
But still, I was able to get a pretty decent time even alone for 12km. Frankly it was the best training ever because I had a lot climbs and “all-alone” mode that I will have in the 70.3IM.
So.. at the end. Not bad.
One last experience was the “oh shit everyone is passing me” sensation. Yes. That was a good training. Remember: I’m good in Swimming and medium in bike, but poor in running, so having the feeling that everyone is passing me is always frustrating. This was a good test for my mental health 😉
If you see a lot of people passing you want to drop the race and retire. But these are exactly the steps that you need to get to the finish line and be better than the last time.
The day after:
The next morning I woke up with a wired feeling. No pain in the calfs, not at all! But my left Achille Tendon “answered me” (a lot) with a bunch of “cracks”. These cracks were absolutely painless but extremely wired because I could hear the sound even with my ears.
I decided to still do some cool-down training, bikes and elastic exercises with a lot of stretching.
Today I’m fine, no more “cracks” but a bit of pain but still… that was wired!!!