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