Remember that run that kicked my a$$ a couple of weeks ago? Well, I had a tougher version of it today, and nailed it. I had 6 easy miles, then 5 miles of 90 sec 10K pace/90 sec easy, 2 miles easy and 3 miles hard. It was not easy, but it was not super tough. In fact, my pace for the intervals was more like 5k pace, and the easy pace between intervals was a little slower than MP (not planned, I just worked on going by feel). Instead of the lactic acid accumulation, I felt warmed up by the intervals, and ran the last 3 hard miles @ faster than my HMP, with last mile at 10k pace. And I could have kept going.
I am still amazed as to how great I am running now in open training runs, and how badly I am running now off the bike (OK not badly, but I just don't have the flow, the ease, the enjoyment that I have when I run openly). I know this will change when I become a stronger cyclist (like Michelle inferred in her comment). I mean, until May this year my longest bike ride was 20 miles! It takes years of cycling to develop the leg strength and efficiency (not to mention a good bike), and I need to be patient. I need to somehow separate my open running ability from off the bike running ability. I can run slow off the bike while still running well openly. We are talking different types of running. I need my brain to get that. Otherwise, I will start my off the bike runs too fast, like I have been doing, and turn the runs into a sufferfest - not great reinforcement! One more tough week and then I am going to taper my running a bit, and then the following week taper the biking and swimming! I can't believe I am going to do a HIM in 3 weeks!!!
On a different note, Chris inherited a road bike from his bro, who upgraded. It's an older model, as heavy as mine, but nonetheless a road bike. He took it for a spin yesterday and came back with a face that screamed happiness! I love that! He kept talking about how amazing it was to be able to go fast! Yes, I know! So now we can do some long bike rides together and he can push me to go faster (because, lets face it, Chris and I are always having friendly competitions going) and I am thrilled!!!
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