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It’s all in the head

Posted by thepeteplan on July 10, 2010

In my last blog entry I commented on how fitness could apparently disappear overnight. Of course it can’t really, but external factors can make it appear that way sometimes. I was up early this morning so decided to train early before it gets too hot, so went to the gym when it opened at 8am. The plan for today was to do a mile time trial. I had started doing fairly regular 2k trials before I went on holiday, but as this weekend would have been the Evesham mile event (and a mile is mentally much easier) I thought I would go for that.

The plan was a simple pyramid style pacing with a fast start, holding the rate fairly high, then slowing as much as needed to get through the mentally tough bit in the middle before gradually speeding up again. Here is how it went:

3750m warm up

1609m = 5:07.4 / 1:35.5 / 33
400m splits:
1:34.1 / 33
1:36.6 / 32
1:37.7 / 30
1:33.6 / 32

Pretty slow in the middle, but a solid overall pace. It didn’t feel overly taxing either, which is always a good sign.

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