Restarting on the WP has certainly been a humbling experience. I did my best 10K ever in 2014. It was a 36:33, which is a 1:49.7 pace.
Now today was not intended to be a time trial, but still, it is a little daunting how much work it will take to get back to that level of fitness.
I was pressed for time, so I skipped the warmup.
I set my target pace for this session at 1:57. But I could tell by the time I got to 3000m that I wasn’t going to be able to hold it. My legs and lungs were both complaining and I found myself playing with stroke rate to futilely try to find a groove. I told myself that if I could stick it out to 5K, then it would be OK to slow down to a 2:00 pace.
This took off enough pressure that I could get through the piece, but even at a 2:00 pace, my HR plateaued and then started rising again. It was a struggle, counting strokes all the way to the end. It was 460 strokes by the way.
I skipped the cool down too.
But the session got done, and now I have a marker for next time. That’s the magic of the WP. There is no mystery about your goals for the next work. Just try to do a little better than how you did today. I need that simplicity right now.
So, I finished with a 1:57.9 average pace. I guess I try for 1:57 again next time.
Tomorrow: 60′ L4 before I take off for Tokyo.