Wednesday : Aborted Marathon

It was not meant to be.  I’m on Christmas vacation and for once, I had enough time.  I felt pretty good and I wanted to be able to grab the 100 bonus points in the Nonathlon.  But things just didn’t work out to plan.

I looked up my PB and it was a 1:59.1 pace. Ouch.  That seemed hard, but I was game.  I took off at 1:59 and within 5K I realized it was too fast for me.  I pushed on to my first water break, at 12192m. I guzzled down some water and got going again, but this time I held it to about a 2:03 pace.  This was much better.  My HR stayed in better control and I was a lot more comfortable.  At least I was for the next 12 minutes or so.  At that point I got a call from my car insurance people.  It’s a long story, but I needed to handle a problem right away with a few phone calls.  It all took about 15 minutes.

I just left the clock running on the marathon.  When I pulled again, it showed a projected time of 3:00:00, and an average pace of about 2:30.  What a depressing sight.  But I pushed on.  For about 5 minutes.  That’s when my iphone spontaneously stopped playing music.  I played around a bit and determined that it was the headphones, ran and got another pair, and got back on the erg.

Now the projected finish was above 3:08:00.  And I just started to lose interest.  At this point, I had rowed 17 or 18km.  I rowed to 20km, had a quick drink and continued.  When I got to 25km, I decided that I’d had enough.  I had some Christmas shopping to do and some other errands, and the thought of grinding away for another hour was not at all interesting to me.

Maybe, I’ll give it a go in a couple weeks if I have a marathon sized hole in my schedule.

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I guess it’s really just another steady state training day.

2 thoughts on “Wednesday : Aborted Marathon

    • gregsmith01748 says:

      It shows how truly obsessed I am. When I row I have my hr belt connected to both the PM3 and the yahoo fitness app on my iPhone. When I bailed out of the row, I lost my pace and rate data, but the hr was captured by the redundant yahoo app.

      But wanting to have the pace and rate data has gotten me through many rows where I just wanted to quit and walk away. Its more motivational than you would guess unless you knew how much I like to play with the data.

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