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7 x 1k / 2min rest (week 4 of 5)

Posted by thepeteplan on December 12, 2011

Monday’s are always the hardest day to train for me, so why do I always do the hardest session of the week on a Monday? I am starting a new job on 1st Feb 2012, and one of the best things about my new job will be not having to leave home at 0530 on a Monday and drive 240miles to get to the office. I wonder how much more energy I’ll have all week?

Today’s session was 7 x 1k, and I decided just to go for the same starting pace as I did on the 750s last week. It turned out to be just a bit too fast to maintain today, mentally at least.

7 x 1k / 2min rest:
3:22.9 / 1:41.4 / 29
3:22.9 / 1:41.4 / 29
3:22.9 / 1:41.4 / 29
3:23.6 / 1:41.8 / 29
3:23.4 / 1:41.7 / 29
3:23.1 / 1:41.5 / 29
3:19.4 / 1:39.7 / 30

7k = 23:38.2 / 1:41.3 / 29

I had to play mental games to get through this one. I had to let the pace drift just a little through 4, 5 and 6 rather than trying to be too specific just to take a bit of the effort away. Somehow I convince myself that I’ve done the pace for 750m reps, so just get through the first 750m of each rep. Then it’s just another 25 strokes and you don’t want to let the pace drift and waste all the hard work then.

The 2min rest periods felt plenty long enough. I don’t think the pace would have been much different down to even half the rest. It is close to my current sustainable limits for this type of length session, but slow enough to recover aerobically from pretty quickly.

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