Mt. Bike 15 miles
Run 12 miles
Did a 12 mile time trial run today to take the place of the race which I was hoping to run this past Saturday which was postponed. First I rode the loop I was planning to run to see how long it was. As I had estimated it was about 12 miles. Came in on my bike computer at 11.97.
Did the run in 1:11:33 which put me almost exactly at 6:00 mile pace. I didn't expect to go any faster as the trail was quite technical with a decent amount of up and down, but I did expect to feel faster. I pushed myself at about 90-95% but I never really felt like I had any more speed leftover, but I did feel like I could have kept up that pace for several miles longer than I did. I've noticed this same feeling in my biking lately. I feel like I could bike forever but when I try to push myself hard for a few miles I just can't seem to generate the amount of speed that I want to. I suppose this is just the trade off we must make. If I'm trying to get myself ready for a 24 hour bike race and a 50 mile run I can't expect to feel fast on a 12 mile run.
My concern though is with my preparedness for the Crow Pass Crossing as this is the race that I most want to do well in this summer. At 25 miles this race does require some endurance but it also requires more speed than what I have right now. I've still got 5 1/2 weeks to prepare but at this point I think all I can really do is hope that some speed returns with my eventual tapering that will begin in a few weeks.