- Arrive in Boston at 6AM from LAX
- Drive to work
- Change into workout clothes
- Fletcher 20′ warm up
- 6 x 750 / 4′ rest
- Pace Target: <1:41 (last time 1:41.1, thanks to a blistering last interval)
- Rate: 30
- 2K cool down
Low expectations would be an adequate description of my attitude going into this session. I felt tired and a bit queasy after the flight. I must have slept a fair amount, I don’t remember taking off and I don’t remember much from the flight itself, but I didn’t feel very rested.
The warmup was awful. I thought it would be pretty humiliating to HD in the warmup, so I kept going. The speedy bits actually were not so bad toward the end.
The main set. I decided to try to go out at a 1:40 pace. I was ahead of the target through the first 500m of the first interval and I started to feel less than ideal. I slowed a bit and let the pace drift up. Rep 2, I decided to stick to my 1:41 plan. It still sucked. I decided that 1:42 might be a wiser choice. It was. The next rep went a bit better. I got cocky. I decided to try to focus on rate and stick with 30 and see what happened. Well, I was faster, but I wanted to die at the end of the rep. So, Rep 5 was just about surviving at 1:42. Then rep 6, I actually tried to lay down a faster last, but with 250m to go, I nearly lost gastro-intestinal control and I barely made to the end in one piece.
End result: 1:40.8. Way too much drama for a 0.3 sec improvement. But I didn’t bail on any reps. I was annoyed by the intermittent and laggy HR data on the PM5. I’m not sure if it’s the PM5 or the strap. I suspect the former, since I’ve never seen this with the strap connected by BT to my phone.
Finally, I struggled through a 2K cool down
Tomorrow: 3 x 20′ / 1′ plus peak power